LangLab PASSPORT consists of the six modules shown above.
- Client is the module students use when working individually
- Teacher is the module teachers use to review students' work and provide feedback
- Monitor lets the teacher listen to and speak with students in a class as they work, or take control to have students work in unison.
- Admin lets teachers create or modify lessons
- Let'sT@lkClient is the module students use when working in pairs or groups
- Let'sT@lk Monitor is the module that lets a teacher organize groups
You can purchase licenses for the full suite of modules or for a module package containing Client, Teacher, Monitor, and Admin but not the two Let'sT@lk modules. The four modules teachers use regularlyAdmin, Monitor, Let'sT@lkMonitor, and Teacherare grouped together in a LangLabInstructor panel; you click on the one you want to bring it up.
In addition, a special utility module (LangLabUtilities, not shown) contains a program for obtaining or managing licenses and one for running a diagnostic report. It also contains a Color Chooser program that lets an institution customize colors used for parts of module screens.
Below we describe at greater length what the main modules let you do. Click on the name of a module in the list below or in the menu bars above to see its screen(s) and an explanation of its functions.
The Client module (the only one students use when working individually)
- listen to an audio clip
- record either during recording pauses of an audio clip or without an initial audio clip
- record a simultaneous interpretation of an audio clip in another language (or a "ghosted" version of what a speaker is saying, in the same language, in an audio clip without recording pauses)
- read instructions, textual material, and written questions in a configurable scrolling text window (a teacher can choose fonts, colors, etc.)
- answer multiple-choice and checklist questions by clicking on radio buttons and checkboxes, and type answers to fill-in-the-blank and free-response questions in text boxes
- view small pictures or other images that pop up automatically when a student is on an item that uses one
- click a button labeled with the URL (location) of a Web page or an instructional resource of some kind in file form, and have the resource displayed or played by a browser or other appropriate tool. Resources can include video clips, other audio clips, image files, Powerpoints, .pdf documents, etc.
- do these things in a computer room or lab (or in a classroom, using a laptop and wireless networking), as well as a dorm room on a campus LAN, or elsewhere (e.g., at home), over the Internet
- store students' recordings and written responses automatically as easy-to-retrieve files.
The Monitor module
- monitor students and talk with them as they work
- create a virtual lab, with the teacher and students all in different locations on the network
- take control of the Client module for each student working in a class, initiating and stopping hearing a clip and recording as desired or as restrictions of standardized tests may require (or to improvise lessons by asking students questions live and recording responses).
The Teacher module
- lets teachers listen to students' recordings when they choose, even from an office or home
- shows the answers students entered in response boxes
- lets teachers record comments at exactly the right place in the file, put in new recording pauses for the student to try something again, or cut out things that were satisfactory and don't need to be redone
- shows the teacher a report indicating which lessons and items each student has completed and how much time was spent on each
- lets the teacher view a report showing all students' written work for a lesson or export it to a word processor for adding corrections and comments
The Admin (authoring) module for creating new courses and lessons
- prepare sound clips for lessons by importing/capturing and editing existing sound sources, digitizing tapes, or recording new clips
- link a picture or other image "internally" to a lesson item, so that it pops up automatically when a student comes to the item
- create text instructions for lesson items
- include longer reading material (including by copy-and-paste) in an item
- add written questions to an item
- put radio buttons, checkboxes, and text boxes in an item for entering answers to questions and other testing
- configure the appearance of the text window by choosing background color and font characteristics
- put in recording pauses of the right length or adjust existing pauses to give students enough time to respond
- link Web pages, video clips, other audio clips, documents, Powerpoints, and other "external" instructional resources to an item, so that students can simply click a button labeled with their location and bring up a browser or other tools to display or use them
- hide a lesson for later use as a test, make it accessible to students when the test begins, and hide it again afterward
- change item order and delete items or even lessons
- create or import a class roster with student passwords
- set up new courses and specify necessary information like the sound file format and where course files will be stored.
The Let'sT@lkClient module
- talk with one or more other students, record the conversation, and replay it afterward
- choose a group, join it (unless the teacher assigns groups or has the computer do so) and quit a group
- see who else is in the group one has joined
- use the tools of the regular Client module described above to listen to, view, or read materials designed to serve as a basis for discussion
The Let'sT@lkMonitor module
- join a group of student conversing in order to see how they are doing, participate in the discussion if desired, and help them
- choose the size of groups, so that a group will have 2, 3, or 4 students
- let students choose their own groups or assign students to groupseither by putting students in groups oneself or by letting the computer assign them to groups randomly
- pre-assign students to groups to save time (as when giving a test for which students will work in pairs or groups)
- save a set of group assignments and use it again later
- talk to the entire class at the same time, if desired
Do you need classroom management functions, too?
If you want a teacher to be able to
- see students' screens
- send files to students
- launch applications on their computers
- send the teacher's screen to students
- send one student's screen to the others
- freeze students' computers
- enable text chat among students (groups or the class)
- restrict Web access to approved sites
you can use LangLab PASSPORT in conjunction with classroom management products. We thought of building such functions into LangLab PASSPORT, but we were so impressed with GenevaLogic's elegant and easy-to-use implementation in their award-winning Vision product that we decided to partner with GenevaLogic and become a reseller for Vision. You can learn more about Vision and download a demo version by going to GenevaLogic's Products page. If you're not using Windows, there are products for OS X that work nicely together with LangLab PASSPORT.
Need additional special-purpose authoring tools?
Do you need to subtitle or edit video clips, convert files from one format to another, etc.? Since there is excellent freeware for these functions, we saw no reason to complicate LangLab PASSPORT unnecessarily by adding functions better performed by such stand-alone tools. We'll be happy to steer you to the tools you require.