My name is Bill Price, and I’m the technology coordinator of the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute. I’ve also been teaching ESL there for five years.
My academic background is in applied linguistics and TESOL, but I’ve tied technology into my work and activities since I was a child. Through middle school and high school, I built at least a dozen websites, three of which I administered on behalf of a club or organization. I also learned to program more generally. After I became the senior editor of my high school’s literary magazine, I spent my time at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Information Technology summer program making a content management system from scratch using PHP and a MySQL backend to enable students to digitally submit their writing and artwork to the literary magazine and comment on each others’ work. In the following months, my senior project was to build a website for the German department of my high school.
In my undergraduate (Cornell University, linguistics and cognitive science) and postgraduate (University of Pittsburgh, applied linguistics and TESOL) studies, I became interested in computer-assisted language learning. The vocabulary acquisition and retention experiments I ran continued to put my programming skills to the test, but a bit of patience and enthusiasm can take you a long way when your goal is to help people learn robustly and efficiently.
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Technology Coordinator and Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute
- Greater Pittsburgh Area
- Higher Education
Develop, deploy, and/or maintain computer-assisted language learning technologies and materials in an intensive adult ESL program, including software for computers and smartphones, online services, and presentation technologies. Regularly hold training workshops for teachers on new and emerging classroom technologies. Help teachers to troubleshoot any technological issues which arise in the course of teaching. Catalog and maintain inventory of technology supplies for teachers. Regularly attend conferences on technology in education and computer-assisted language learning and implement relevant technologies and insights within the context of the English Language Institute.
Teach intensive adult ESL courses in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar. Develop and deploy novel curricular materials. Continuously assess students in multiple skill domains and across multiple modalities of language to address curricular goals and standards.
Future Imperfect is a technology-in-education resource which helps educational professionals connect to and utilize cutting-edge technological resources in their teaching and curricula. I bring together my specialties in technology and teaching by clearly communicating best practices and actionable ideas to a professional audience.
MA-PhD program in Applied Linguistics
Developed written course materials and evaluations for an online ESL course and deployed them using the Open Learning Initiative tools developed by Carnegie Mellon University.
Teaching Assistant for the Etymology course at the Bristol, RI site of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, summers 2008, 2009, and 2010, for a total of five three-week sessions.
Maintained inventory of periodicals, including keeping existing stock sorted, adding new arrivals daily, and selling older issues. Helped visitors check out books and board games. Maintained the computer kiosks which were available for visitors' use.
Copy-editing selected proceedings of the Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty (2005) for publication.
Primarily worked on refining an "experiment bank" website designed to help language acquisition researchers share specific digital instruments and materials with one another.
Tasks rotated regularly, but included stocking the beverage areas, sorting and stocking silverware, performing simpler cooking tasks like deep-frying and grilling, and nightly cleaning.
- Applied Linguistics
- Computer Assisted...
- Teaching English as a...
- University Teaching
- Second language...
- Educational Materials...
- Data Analysis
- Higher Education
- Educational Technology
- Cognitive tutors
- Android Development
- iOS development
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Wikimedia Commons
- Open Learning Initiative
- Creative Writing
- Google Drive
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Office
- Language Teaching
- Academic Writing
- Educational Research
- International Education
GermanLimited working proficiency
Inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa Society upon graduation, with Magna Cum Laude honors and with distinction in all subjects; conducted original experiment and composed honors thesis entitled "Remembering Chinese Characters: a case study in computer-aided spaced repetition rehearsal"
Activities and Societies: Glee Club, Rotaract, Golden Key, Cornell Undergraduates in Linguistics