Learning Language by Creating Multimedia
Alaskan Learners gathered at UAS on Feb 17 and 18 to participate in a Language Teachers Technology Workshop that was organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau School District, and the University of Alaska Southeast.
Twenty-two participants, ranging in age from 20 to 80-years old, learned to program interactive computer games that will help users learn four Alaskan languages: Tlingit, Haida, Unangam Tunuu (Aleut), and Deg Xinag Athabascan. Students incorporated audio, images, and the text of both their target language and English. The first person to get their program working was a 65-year old.
The 14-hour workshop brought together students from four UAS courses and many visitors including: Ben Young, Lance Twitchell, Jessica Chester, Linda Belarde, Jordan Lachler, Josie Shangin, Hans Chester, Mary Foletti, Ray Imel, Alice Taff, and Linda Schrack, Nora Dauenhauer and Lance Twitchell.