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 Alexandria Campus 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
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Hands-On Learning for Teachers of STARTALK Languages
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!
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Role-playing apps such as Sock Puppets and Puppet Pals HD allow students to engage in interpersonal communicative tasks which can then be recorded as individual videos to be shared with the class and presented for feedback. Weekend plan (Created by Dali Tan) Weekend plan I can create more interpersonal mode tasks both inside and outside[…]
NOVASTARTALK is a summer institute located right outside Washington D.C. Our workshops 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 less-commonly-taught languages (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu) create technology-enhanced activities to[…]
We invite teachers of any of the STARTALK Languages to join us on Thursday, October 8 from 6:00-8:00pm Eastern Time for a special webinar: Enhancing Your World Language Classroom Using Brain-Friendly Tech Apps Dr. Marjorie Hall-Haley This interactive webinar provides easy to use information on brain-friendly tech apps that can guide instruction with critical need language learners.[…]
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, October 8 from[…]
Canva is a free, online image editor and desktop publishing platform that can be used to create stunning web and print graphics. The simple drag-and-drop interface makes creating presentations, postcards, blog graphics and invites a simple process. Users can take advantage of the free graphics and layouts linked from Canva, upload their own art, or[…]
Welcome to this supplemental resource for the presentation “Reframing Technology for Today’s Millenials,” a part of GMU STARTALK: Transitioning Korean Native and Heritage Teachers into the Culture of US Schooling. Participants in this workshop, please use the following tools below when prompted during the presentation. Presentation Slides Additional Notes and Resources
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.[…]