Since its inception in 2006, NOVASTARTALK has worked to create face-to-face and online opportunities for teachers of all of the STARTALK languages to create, collaborate and share technology-enhanced classroom resources for standards-based language instruction.
Face-to-Face Summer Institute
Our face-to-face workshop is open to teachers of all STARTALK languages. Held in the Arlington Center of Northern Virginia Community College, participants learn practical tech tools chosen for their ability to engage students and support standards-based teaching and learning.
Annual Webinar Series
Instructors join us from across the globe for our free webinar series as a way to keep up with the tech tools that they’ve learned in the summer institute, connect with their colleagues throughout the year, and learn from celebrated masters of teaching with technology.
Hands-On Tutorial Database
Access online lessons on each of the applications and tools taught in our summer institute and webinar series in real-time. Each lesson includes instructions for usage, examples of the tool in action, alignment to the standards, and recommendations for how to incorporate it into your curriculum.
Community of Educators
Join a network of teachers in the STARTALK languages dedicated to the sharing of best practices and tools with the power to revolutionize the teaching of world languages. Submit work to the gallery, chat with fellow instructors, and be the first to know about upcoming events by subscribing to our email newsletter.
Learning new technology can be difficult, but the process of implementing it in your classroom successfully is even harder! NOVASTARTALK makes it easy to integrate technology into your teaching to support the needs of your students. We offer hands-on instruction in a relaxed, friendly environment with personalized attention from our instructors. You'll leave with products that you can use in your classroom that are aligned to the STARTALK principles, ACTFL World Readiness Standards, and best practices for teaching and learning.
Join us for a week in our nation’s capital to meet new colleagues, collaborate on exciting projects, and create materials that will make language learning come alive for your students. Registration is now open for teachers of all STARTALK languages. Local and residential participants welcome. Register Now!
June 29 - July 3
For New Participants
July 6 - 10
For Returning Participants
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NOVASTARTALK is a summer institute located right outside Washington DC at the NOVA Arlington Center in convenient Arlington Virginia. Our workshops, held in the first two weeks of July, are designed to help teachers refine their use of technology and 21st century language pedagogy in the official STARTALK languages. In the face-to-face program, teachers of[…]
As a means of extending the rich dialogue and cutting-edge technology from this year’s summer institute, we’re bringing back our webinar series for teachers of the STARTALK languages. NOVASTARTALK is proud to announce the following webinars on technology-enhanced language instruction: Enhancing Your World Language Classroom Using Brain-Friendly Tech Apps Dr. Marjorie Hall-Haley Thursday, November 13[…]
After a brief introduction on digital storytelling, an instructional methodology where students/teachers use Web 2.0 tools to combine multimedia to tell a story, participants of the NOVASTARTALK Summer Institute created digital stories using the programs Adobe Voice (iPad), Sock Puppets (iPad) and Storybird (PC). These projects could be used as short lessons for students or[…]
Participants in the NOVASTARTALK Summer Institute learned about Blendspace, a free online application that allows users to combine different types of media (web pages, videos, simulations, documents, images, etc.) into a cohesive and navigable web page. They used Blendspace as a way to organize and showcase the many products that they created throughout the week.[…]
As you create learning objects and tools for your classroom, post the links to these items in this forum to share with your fellow NOVASTARTALK participants.
Todays Meet is a free micro-blogging site without logins. It allows teachers to easily create a virtual chat room where students can speak up. Its interface is very easy to use and like Twitter, it uses a 140-character limit. The information discussed can be saved.
ScreenChomp is an iPad app that allows users to make annotations and doodles on the screen while narrating and recording. The instructors downloaded images and then wrote in the target language while they recorded their audio at the same time. Rozita A Mostofi, Parivash K Eidizadeh, Farideh N Jahanbin, Gita Sadeh Shariat: http://www.screenchomp.com/t/7mdTFy2P http://www.screenchomp.com/t/KHVYvtEfmc http://www.screenchomp.com/t/7caBJrHVBr
The instructors were given the task of recording each other using the iPad to answer questions in the target language about their trip to the Smithsonian. The task modeled a sample assignment that they could then give to their students. After they finished recording the video, they edited the files and added effects using YouTube’s[…]
myBrainshark is a free, online tool used to create online and mobile presentations. The easy-to-use interface lets users combine pre-existing PowerPoint presentations, images and video, documents and PDF files with narration and background music for a standalone, playable movie. Below are several presentations created by our instructors that could be used as part of an[…]
Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text. NOVASTARTALK instructors particularly enjoy this program as it supports characters in many of the STARTALK languages, allowing them[…]