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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Larry Udry, IELI Instructor, Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, USA
In this Letter from the Editor of the CALL-IS Newsletter, Larry Udry previews the newsletter.
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REPORT FROM ACROSS THE POND: IATEFL CONFERENCE/LT SIG PCE AT HARROGATE, ENGLAND
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, CALL-IS representative, consulting with U.S. Department of State and University of Oregon
In a companion piece with the next article written by Ms. Nicky Hockly, the LT SIG coordinator, Ms. Elizabeth Hanson Smith, reports on her visit to the IATEFL/LTSIG conference in Harrogate, England.
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LT SIG ACROSS THE POND REPORT ON THE TESOL US CONFERENCE 2014 IN PORTLAND
Nicky Hockly, LT SIG Joint Coordinator, The Consultants-E, Barcelona, Spain
In a companion piece with the previous article written by Ms. Elizabeth Hanson Smith of CALL-IS, Ms. Nicky Hockly, the LT SIG coordinator, reports on her visit to the TESOL Convention in Portland, Oregon.
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NEARPOD: PROS, CONS, AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
Nicole Servais, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
Nicole Servais provides an overview of Nearpod, a cross-platform tool to increase student involvement and engagement that literally puts your presentations into students’ hands. Pros, cons, and suggestions for classroom applications round out this materials review. Read More
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REPORT ON THE CALL-IS LISTSERV DISCUSSION "USING E-PORTFOLIOS TO GUIDE AND ASSESS ESL LEARNING OUTCOMES"
Kole Matheson, Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College, Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA
Kole Matheson reports on the resources and insights cultivated during the CALL-IS Listserv discussion on electronic portfolios. E-portfolios encourage students to develop reflective learning habits which serve them in and beyond academies. The report explores how instructors have adapted e-portfolios to their classrooms and how obstacles to their implementation may be overcome. Read More
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USING SCREENCASTING TO ASSESS ANNOTATION
Kerry Pusey, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau SAR
Annotation is an essential academic skill that demonstrates students’ ability to analyze and evaluate textual information. However, it can be difficult to assess students’ annotation skills simply by looking at an annotated text. One way to address this issue is through the use of screencasting.
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TWITTER FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES
D. Stephanie Fuccio, Writing Instructor, University of Arizona, USA
In her previous article, Stephanie Fuccio described a scavenger hunt using Twitter to orient students to the campus and its facilities. In this article, she describes how students used Twitter for research. Read More
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READING MOBY DICK ON (MOSTLY) AN AGING IPOD
John P. Madden, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA

Could your students use their smart phones, or other small, mobile devices, to read long, difficult books? What might happen as those devices age? In this article, John Madden reports on his experience using an I-pod to read Moby Dick, and he highlights the pros as well as the cons.
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CONFESSIONS OF A DIGITAL NEANDERTHAL
Thomas Healy, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA
How can a 20th century instructor motivate and engage the 21st century learner? Thomas Healy describes his journey from technophobe to a regular user of mobile technology. Read More
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JALTCALL 2014 CONFERENCE REPORT
Edo Forsythe, Hirosaki Gakuin University, Hirosaki, Japan, and JALTCALL 2014 Conference Co-Chair
The JALTCALL 2014 Conference showcased state-of-the-art practices and methods in technology in EFL. This report tells the highlights of the conference with details about how you can participate in future JALTCALL Conferences. Read More
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