CALL, or Computer-Assisted Language Learning, is the branch of second language research and teaching which investigates the impact of technology on learning, and EuroCALL is the European association devoted to this research. Our iTILT project of course falls squarely in this area.
The September issue of ReCALL was guest-edited by Myriam Hauck and Nicolas Guichon, chairs of the EuroCALL Special Interest Group (SIG) on Teacher Education in CALL and CMC, whose focus is on learning to teach languages with technology. This group held a workshop in Lyon 2010 (look for iTILT partners Euline, Shona, and Jozef Colpaert in the group photo!) and another in collaboration with the CMC SIG in Barcelona this year, for which you can read abstracts and presentations.
Euline's paper, entitled Video-stimulated reflection as a professional development tool in interactive whiteboard research, reports on a research method which involves filming classroom interaction and watching the film with the teacher. The researcher uses the film as a stimulus to discuss the teacher's views. Euline collected a substantial amount of data with secondary school teachers of English in Germany, and found that the method not only provides insights into the thinking behind teachers' practice, but also stimulates reflection and professional development among the teachers involved in the project. Read the abstract of this paper.
My paper, Learning to teach with videoconferencing in primary foreign language classrooms, is based on a pilot study of the use of class-to-class videoconferencing for English in French primary schools. The research method also involved video-stimulated reflection, showing a variety of concerns and reactions among the 6 participating teachers, and shedding some light on the challenges of integrating new technologies into existing classroom frameworks. Read the abstract here.