this is my first post as a HASTAC Scholar...woohoo! My brief bio contains pretty much the essentials so I will get right down to describing my project.
Officially, I am interested in exploring the use of new technologies in second language teaching and learning. I am particulalry interested in tablets as a learning tool and the vast world of apps. I teach introductory French and I try to incorporate hands-on (literally) activities in my classes that simulate as much as possible real world interactions with technology as well as with a variety of different situations: from shopping to navigating a city to making short films. I am also working on an app to teach Martinican Creole to English speakers using the communicative language teaching approach. I am hoping to learn more here about how people use tablets and smartphones in their classrooms, especially for language intsruction so that I can figure out how to make my little app as useful as possible. I am targetting primarily students who wish to study abroad in the French Antilles and would like to acquire some Creole. I am also becoming increasingly interested in social media as a way of incorporating authentic input in language instruction.
Unofficially I am obsessed (strong word) with research tools to improve work flow efficiency. I am currently exploring options like Papers2 vs. Sente vs. Zotero + Goodreader, as well as writing tools like Scrivener and GTD tools like DevonThink.
Ok that's it for me. I'm looking forward to interacting with folks and learning as much as I can from this community.