EVOLUTION OF A LISTENING LAB          Bob Palmer       ELI Faculty Retreat         May 18, 2012
ELI LISTENING LABS IN THE BEGINNING    “HAVE BOOMBOX, WILL TRAVEL”
AT FIRST, INTEREST APPEARED HIGH…..
BUT IT QUICKLY FADED WHEN “LAB” MEANT         MORE OF THE SAME….           “The horror...”
METHODOLOGY, CONTINUITY OFTEN LACKING
WHAT TO DO?
SO, WE TOOK AN EMPTY ROOM IN AN OLD             BUILDING…
DRESSED IT UP…
MEASURED & MARKED OFF SPACES FORDESKS, ELECTRICAL & ETHERNET OUTLETS
ADDED DESKS AND DRILLED OUT       CABLING SLOTS
ADDED AND CONNECTED 30 LAPTOP         COMPUTERS TO A NETWORKBefore securing cables   After securing cables
SEARCHED TONS OF TEXTS, CDS, DVDS,         USING TWO MAIN CRITERIA:• Is the content relevant? Does it address  student nee...
CHOSE BEST OF BREED FOR EACH LEVEL
MADE A FEW ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES….                       You WILL attend                       Listening Lab, or         ...
OPENED THE DOORS…
AND THE STUDENTS CAME…
WELCOME TO THE NEW ELI LISTENING LAB
LOOK CLOSELY: WHAT DO YOU SEE?
LOOK CLOSELY: WHAT DON’T YOU SEE?
WHERE IS THE INSTRUCTOR?
WHAT THE INSTRUCTOR SEES FROM THE  PODIUM (NET SUPPORT SCHOOL)
WITH THIS PROGRAM,      FROM THE PODIUM THE TEACHER CAN:• View every student’s computer screen• Proactively monitor the st...
WHAT DO THE STUDENTS SEE?A MOODLE INTERFACE (DEMO)
STUDENTS CLICK ON THEIR COURSE, ENTER APASSWORD, AND THE COURSE MENU OPENS
CLICKING ON “SCHEDULE” BRINGS UP THAT       DAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITIES
LAB INSTRUCTOR INTRODUCES, SCAFFOLDS,    AND BRIEFLY DEMOS THE ACTIVITIES
THEN STUDENTS GO TO WORK – AT THEIR OWNPACE – IN FULL CONTROL OF THEIR LEARNING
PARADIGM SHIFT• Teacher fronted instruction   • Autonomous learning
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES - 11. Limited bandwidth (garbled audio, screens freezing)      Proposed Solution: Upgrade the network...
IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES - 21. Student hesitancy to speak in labs -- VoiceThread      Proposed Solution: Portable carrels to e...
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  1. 1. EVOLUTION OF A LISTENING LAB Bob Palmer ELI Faculty Retreat May 18, 2012
  2. 2. ELI LISTENING LABS IN THE BEGINNING “HAVE BOOMBOX, WILL TRAVEL”
  3. 3. AT FIRST, INTEREST APPEARED HIGH…..
  4. 4. BUT IT QUICKLY FADED WHEN “LAB” MEANT MORE OF THE SAME…. “The horror...”
  5. 5. METHODOLOGY, CONTINUITY OFTEN LACKING
  6. 6. WHAT TO DO?
  7. 7. SO, WE TOOK AN EMPTY ROOM IN AN OLD BUILDING…
  8. 8. DRESSED IT UP…
  9. 9. MEASURED & MARKED OFF SPACES FORDESKS, ELECTRICAL & ETHERNET OUTLETS
  10. 10. ADDED DESKS AND DRILLED OUT CABLING SLOTS
  11. 11. ADDED AND CONNECTED 30 LAPTOP COMPUTERS TO A NETWORKBefore securing cables After securing cables
  12. 12. SEARCHED TONS OF TEXTS, CDS, DVDS, USING TWO MAIN CRITERIA:• Is the content relevant? Does it address student needs ? Do Ss have the linguistic competence to digest it?• Is it interesting? • Phil Rice – Movie trailers at Levels III, IV
  13. 13. CHOSE BEST OF BREED FOR EACH LEVEL
  14. 14. MADE A FEW ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES…. You WILL attend Listening Lab, or face the wrath of Lowell!!
  15. 15. OPENED THE DOORS…
  16. 16. AND THE STUDENTS CAME…
  17. 17. WELCOME TO THE NEW ELI LISTENING LAB
  18. 18. LOOK CLOSELY: WHAT DO YOU SEE?
  19. 19. LOOK CLOSELY: WHAT DON’T YOU SEE?
  20. 20. WHERE IS THE INSTRUCTOR?
  21. 21. WHAT THE INSTRUCTOR SEES FROM THE PODIUM (NET SUPPORT SCHOOL)
  22. 22. WITH THIS PROGRAM, FROM THE PODIUM THE TEACHER CAN:• View every student’s computer screen• Proactively monitor the status of the PCs themselves, such as low batteries, loss of Internet connection, frozen screens, etc.• Send text and audio messages to all or selected students• Listen in to what the student is listening to• Chat with the student via voice or text
  23. 23. WHAT DO THE STUDENTS SEE?A MOODLE INTERFACE (DEMO)
  24. 24. STUDENTS CLICK ON THEIR COURSE, ENTER APASSWORD, AND THE COURSE MENU OPENS
  25. 25. CLICKING ON “SCHEDULE” BRINGS UP THAT DAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITIES
  26. 26. LAB INSTRUCTOR INTRODUCES, SCAFFOLDS, AND BRIEFLY DEMOS THE ACTIVITIES
  27. 27. THEN STUDENTS GO TO WORK – AT THEIR OWNPACE – IN FULL CONTROL OF THEIR LEARNING
  28. 28. PARADIGM SHIFT• Teacher fronted instruction • Autonomous learning
  29. 29. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
  30. 30. IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES - 11. Limited bandwidth (garbled audio, screens freezing) Proposed Solution: Upgrade the network infrastructure2. Big jump in Basic/Level I students, requiring help to keep things running smoothly, rethinking software requirements Proposed Solution: Take on TA/practicum student to assist; procure additional Rosetta Stone licenses
  31. 31. IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES - 21. Student hesitancy to speak in labs -- VoiceThread Proposed Solution: Portable carrels to enhance sense of privacy, lower affective filter – West Park Elementary2. The 1:30 lab slot – students straggling in late and upsetting the session flow – no food facilities near the lab Possible Solutions: Reschedule the lab; Install vending machines and a large refrigerator, food cart
  32. 32. THANK YOU!
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