Wireless Ready II
Japan’s second symposium on CALL, Web 2.0 technologies, and wireless learning environments is set to take place at the Nagoya University of Commerce and Business on March 29th. Entitled Wireless Ready: Interactivity, Collaboration, and Feedback in Language Learning Technologies, the conference will simultaneously be held virtually at Gavin Dudeney’s Edunation in Second Life. Keynote speakers include Russell Stannard, John Collick of Promethean, and Michael Coghlan, who also happens to be a Webhead. And my boss, Tom Robb, will be on a panel discussion related to Japanese student preferences when it comes to vocab study on cell phones and computers - interesting stuff.
I enjoyed last year’s event: good crowd, nice atmosphere, lots to discuss. The lineup of presentations and panels looks just as intriguing this year, particularly of interest to me are the ones on mobile technologies and interactive whiteboards. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the trip over to Nagoya due to finances, but I’ll certainly be firing up my avatar and checking out a few of the talks in Second Life. Registration is now open for the event in SL, but it’s limited to 50 participants, so if you want to attend, it might be better to register soon.