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Jun192011

Event Summary: 2011 Tech Day Plus

2011 Tech Day Plus

By Laura Markslag

Our seventh annual Tech Day Plus event, held at Hannan University on Sunday, June 19 featured 30 presentations and raised nearly ¥50,000 for Tohoku orphans via the Ashinaga charity group.

Technophiles, technophobes, and everyone in between picked up a plethora of language teaching and learning ideas at Osaka JALT’s most anticipated annual event: Tech Day Plus. Under the theme of simplicity and practicality, a variety of high tech and not-so-tech ideas for both EFL teachers and learners were presented in the three Tech Rooms and the Plus Room. Steve McCarty, opened the event with his plenary speech about online education and virtual organizations.

Over the course of the day, presentations covered a wide variety of topics, with everything from implementing Google docs, designing podcasts, creating a video corpus, using online video clips and making digital movies, comparing PCs and cellphones, learning vocabulary with computerized flash card sites, working with Wikis, utilizing additional resources such as CALL, English Central, electronic textbooks, and Dropbox, reading online, using simple text animation, protecting sensitive data, and making Global English accessible and meaningful, to teaching paperless, speaking naturally, motivating classes with name cards, implementing listening activities, and thinking like a video game designer to build better courses.

This year’s event even welcomed an overseas presenter, Michael Paradowski (all the way from Poland), for his presentation on InfoVis Interfaces. As summarized in the words one participant, "This was the most informative and useful JALT event I have attended. All the presentations were top quality and I walked away with a handful of useful language learning tools."

The high speed Tech Day was followed with a good old-fashioned conversation over dinner and drinks at a nearby izakaya, giving the participants a chance to discuss the presentations they participated in. This conference provided its attendees with countless ways to effectively meld technology with teaching. As technology continues to impact the classroom, our Tech-Day events are sure to grow, so please join us for #8 next year!

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