Monday, July 30, 2012

Blackboard Collaborate Log In URL

9:00 -10:00 am PT / 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Workshop Welcome Address

Presenter: Evan Rubin
  • Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate - Audio, Chat, Polling, Whiteboard Tools

  • Participant Introductions - Take the microphone and introduce yourself

  • Workshop Goals and Expectations

    • Gain confidence in using Web 2.0 tools by exploring, practicing, and creating

    • Learn how to enhance the language classroom with web 2.0 tools

    • Create an web 2.0 infused assignment for language students, share, and post on the SMaLL Portal
  • Review the workshop agenda
  • Tips to Success

10:15 - 12:00 pm PT / 1:15 - 3:00 pm ET

Presentation: Learn and Teach in Global Communities of Practice

  • Barbara Lindsey - Director of the Multimedia Language Center at the University of Connecticut (website)
  • Melina Masterson, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Claudio Pinna, Masters in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, 2012
  • Carsten Witt, Ph.D. Candidate in German Literature and Culture



1:00 - 3:00 pm PT / 4:00 - 6:00 pm ET

Blog Building: Posterous and Tumblr

Presenter: Evan Rubin

In this session Evan Rubin will demonstrate how to set up your own blog, how to modify the settings, and the various ways how to post a blog entry with multimedia using Posterous and Tumblr, including web based, mobile device, and email. Participants will then create their own blog, which they will use for their reflection journal entries and embedding projects created throughout the workshop. Submit your blog Title and URL by clicking HERE. Evan will post blog links on the participant blog page.

Example Blogs


Complete your blog
  • Create a profile/about page
  • Make a blog post with media (image, video, or audio)
  • Submit your blog Title and URL by clicking HERE.

Reflection Questions

1) How can...

a) blogs

b) back channels

c) wikis

d) social bookmarking

.....enrich your communities of practice?

2) In collaboration with The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) ACTFL published the 21st Century Skills Map for World Languages. How might you use the environments and activities we've shown to help support the development of any of these skills in your students?

3) What do you see as some of the challenges and opportunities in implementing global communities of practice with your students? With your colleagues?


Watch Day 2 - Blogs Recording