Technology IN Teaching seminar 2013

NYU SCPS American Language Institute Tokyo Center

Apple Distinguished Educators and other tech geniuses showcase best uses of Apple hardware and software for language learning. The brand new NYU-SCPS ALI Tokyo Center features a state-of-the art learning environment complete with Apple technologies and a robust Wi-Fi network. Presenters will demonstrate the capabilities of each tool, illustrating its full potential. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to network and share their favorite language learning apps with each other.

Innovate your practice at the Technology IN Teaching Seminar at the NYU SCPS ALI Tokyo Center!

Date: Saturday September 21, 2013 Doors open 9:30 a.m. First presentation at 10:00 a.m. Event finishes by 3:00 p.m.

Location: ALI Tokyo Center main lounge

Access: Shinagawa Campus Map, Intercity Building 22F. Click here for Virtual Breadcrumbs!

Cost: ¥ 1000 (early bird). ¥ 1500 Door.

Early bird RSVP BY WED. 9/18: Register online here.




Introduction to Keynote Presentations

James York, founder Kotoba Mine Academy

Creating materials with Pages

Glenda Baker, ADE, The American School in Japan

Content management with iTunes U & Apple TV

Kirsten van Niekerk, ADE, The British School in Tokyo

Lunch break and “Resource and App Share”

(Open floor)

iPads for Language Learning

Alex Selman and Alex Worth, Kanda University of International Studies

Digital textbooks with iBooks Author

Dr. Valerio Alberizzi, ADE, Waseda University

Media Production with MacBook Pros

Rab Paterson, ADE, International Christian University

Language Cloud presentation

Billy and John Martyn, founders of

Presenter Bios

Valerio Luigi Alberizzi holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Linguistics from the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor at the Open Education Center, Waseda University, Tōkyō, where he coordinates the Italian language program. He also teaches contrastive linguistics at Shirayuri College, Tōkyō, and Italian language at Nichii kyōkai (The Italian-Japanese Association). Distinguished Educator (2013).

Glenda Baker is the HS Instructional Technology Coach at the American School of Japan. She also teaches courses for Global Online Academy; Graphic Design and Introduction to Teaching Online. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and Google Apps Certified Trainer. Find her online at and on twitter @glendab.

John and Billy Martyn are brothers and co-founders of Language Cloud. They began developing Language Cloud in 2011 during their free time as a solution to save and manage their own learning materials online. The platform quickly grew to over 7,000 language teachers and students who began using it to create and share assignments and manage course materials. As feedback and support from teachers and students began to pour in, John and Billy left their jobs in investment banking to focus full-time on developing the platform. Over the past year they have been growing their team and developing additional features such as the digital syllabus, questions sets, markup tools, and gradebook.

Kirsten van Niekerk currently teaches Mathematics and is Head of Key Stage 3 at the British School in Tokyo (Secondary). She is originally from South Africa and has taught in London and Tokyo for a total of 11 years. She is an  Distinguished Educator (2013). You can find her on twitter @TokyoVan

Rab Paterson currently teaches critical / creative / lateral thinking, and digital literacy full-time at ICU’s English for Liberal Arts program  and academic writing and research methodology part-time at Tokyo University’s Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Information Studies. He is an  Apple Distinguished Educator (class of 2013) and his websites is at

Alex Selman is a Project Coordinator at Kanda University of International Studies focussing on syllabus development. He has been involved in TESOL in England, Spain, Mexico and Taiwan, moving to Japan in 2008.

James York has worked as an English language teacher in Japan for the past eight years. He is currently employed at Tokyo Denki University where he is conducting research on the use of virtual worlds as language learning domains. His research project can be seen in more detail at:                                        

Alex Worth began teaching English in Japan in 2004, returned to England in 2009 to study for an MA TESOL at Canterbury Christchurch University. He returned to Japan in 2011 after accepting a teaching post at Kanda University.