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Early-bird Registration Extended and Schedule Online

The early-bird registration deadline has been extended to the lunar new year, February 11. Register soon to get the most savings!

Also, the at-a-glance schedule is now online. Check out the Program page of the conference website for more details. A full program lineup will be available soon.

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Planning Your Travel to the 2013 NCLC -

Now that Registration is open, you may be thinking about your travel to Boston and lodging in the city.

While the full program schedule won’t be available until early 2013, the start and end times of the conference may be helpful to you in your planning. The 2013 NCLC will formally commence with breakout sessions in the early afternoon of Sunday, April 7, and will close in the early afternoon of Tuesday, April 9 – with plenary sessions, 70+ workshops and breakout sessions, school visits, and cultural performances in between.

We are pleased to be able to offer a special room rate for conference attendees at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, very conveniently located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. Learn more on the Location tab of the website.

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What Technology Tools Do You Use in Your Classroom?

Language learning is on the move.

For students of Chinese looking to augment a central text, there are dozens of mobile tools, applications, games, podcasts, and software ready to fill in the gaps. Last month Asia Society launched a new mobile website with lesson ideas and resources, China and Globalization. Both students and teachers are digging into the content. They tell us they find the interactive flashcards to be particularly useful.

This feedback has us thinking: What else is working in Chinese language learning? Following is a sampling of unique, new, or otherwise trending tools.

Skritter |
Use Skritter’s smooth and corrective handwriting input function – with or without traceable templates, your choice – to write simplified and traditional characters, and track your personal progress. Choose vocabulary from more than 181 textbooks and the HSK, or sync your ChinesePod account for continuous study. web, iPhone, iPod / free demo–$9.99 (monthly subscription)

Pleco |
Pleco is a dictionary, document reader, and flashcard system in one. The coolest part? Optical Character Recognition (or OCR): point your device’s camera at a printed Chinese word for instant look-up. Pleco also allows handwriting input and supports both traditional and simplified characters. iPhone, iPad, Android / free–$79.95 (for upgrades)

Perapera Chinese |
Perapera is a handy Internet add-on that facilitates web browsing in Chinese. By downloading the free plugin and activating it, users see instant translations of words and phrases by simply hovering over Chinese text on any given web page. Firefox and Chrome web browsers / free

StickyStudy |
StickyStudy houses decks of flashcards that contain vocabulary for the new HSK, TOCFL, and your own additions. These flashcards are initially all red; each time you answer one correctly, it becomes greener, and eventually (you hope!) it becomes solid green as you learn the vocab. Users can access audio samples by a native speaker and track your personal progress with a “bird’s eye view” via a zoom function. iPhone, iPad / free–$4.99

Chinese Cubes |
Chinese Cubes offers learners a chance to try their hands – literally – at augmented reality (or AR). You assemble small cubes, each marked with a certain Chinese character. The software identifies AR markers on the cubes, and recognizes what characters are being used and in what order you’ve placed them in. Together, the cubes and the software produce interactive audio and visual content on the computer screen to teach the learner how to speak, write, and use these characters. Windows and Mac platform / $149 (for starter pack)

Join the conversation: What tools do you find particularly useful?

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