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Technology and study abroad: Godwin-Jones, 2016

In this column we will be looking at the varied roles that technology can play in the study abroad experience. Some argue that the availability of Internet- based social media while abroad is for language learning and cross -cultural understanding at best a distraction and at worst an inhibitor of full engagement in the target culture, inevitably leading to less exposure to the target language and therefore fewer opportunities for language proficiency gains. I will be arguing that, in fact, technology can play a positive role, particularly if students are provided with appropriate guidance and support. The main areas to be discussed are the personal and learning benefits of technology use while abroad, the formation of second-language identities , the affordances for pragmatic language development , the integration of mobile devices for place -based language learning, and the opportunities for enhancement of intercultural communication competence .
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Learning with digital technologies: US 0ffice of Ed Tech 2016

Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.
 
Our schools, community colleges, and universities should be incubators of exploration and invention. Educators should be collaborators in learning, seeking new knowledge and constantly acquiring new skills alongside their students. Education leaders should set a vision for creatinglearning experiences that provide the right tools and supports for all learners to thrive.However, to realize fully the benefits of technology in our education system and provideauthentic learning experiences, educators need to use technology effectively in their practice.
 
Furthermore, education stakeholders should commit to working together to use technology to improve American education. These stakeholders include leaders; teachers, faculty, and other educators; researchers; policymakers; funders; technology developers; community members and organizations; and learners and their families
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abinaya's curator insight, December 17, 2015 8:22 AM

 The department's office of educational technology calls for incorporating ed techinto a ... teacher's preparation to use technology to improve student learning, ... asEd-Tech Director at US Department of Education - Digital Education ...  http://goo.gl/fYwNpz

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Virtual exchange for language learning: Rose Bard

Virtual exchange for language learning: Rose Bard | TELT | Scoop.it
In 2013, Gemma and I carried out a virtual exchange project (VEP). As you will learn in the presentation below I had been looking for ways of making monolingual classes to enjoy using English today...
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Challenges of OER/OEP for language learning

Challenges of OER/OEP for language learning | TELT | Scoop.it
Web2Learn (leader of WP6) conducted a series of interviews between September - October 2014, asking a range of international experts what are the challenges and the benefits of OER/OEP for language learning.
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13 short videos of interviews with language educators on open practices and resources.

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