CAN-8 VirtuaLab by Sounds Virtual
The Can 8 VirtuaLab is a totally digital, multimedia, a language learning system that operates on a computer network. It’s a virtual language learning system that provides students with the ability to learn and reinforce their own language learning, at their own pace.
It has endless possibilities in regards to the language program. It is used as a pronunciation coach for practicing conversation, grammar, speeches, and just everyday expressions. It’s a great way to preserve our language & culture for future generations and an economic solution to preserve, protect, and revitalize First Nation’s Languages.
What we purchased is an empty database system. Instructors can start creating their own course material within a few hours of learning the Can 8. Oral production is the focus of student activity. Students use Can 8 for listening, speaking, and comparing activities. The types of exercises in the Can 8 program include:
Listen & Record (Words & Phrases)
Fill-in the Blanks
Dialogue & Conversation
Storytelling – Legends & Stories
Karaoke: Traditional, Local, Children Songs
Cultural Teachings & History
Each instructor has their own User ID and access code for the Can 8. Within the system, they have the ability to do the following: Create lessons and manage classes, create accounts for students, assign lessons to an entire class, obtain reports for tests, students grades, amount of time on students spend on Can 8, and which activities were completed including date and time.
Tracker View: Can review and correct their student’s work
Planner view: Area used to create lesson plans
Student view: Instructors can see what their students see
The Tracker automatically organizes the students' work into a format like a spreadsheet. Students' names are listed up on the left side of the screen and their responses to questions (either spoken or written) are shown to the right of their name. Colour code identifies the type of answer the student has provided and on certain questions if the response was correct or incorrect.
Blank - The student has not yet responded to the item.
Gray - The student has recorded a response or the student has written something which you can now review.
Red - You recorded special instructions to the student for this item which the student has not yet completed.
Yellow - The student has received your special instructions and has recorded a new response.
Cyan - The student has answered the multiple-choice or fill in the blanks item correctly.
Purple - The student has answered this Multiple choice or fills in the blanks incorrectly.
Green - The instructor has listened to the response.
Lesson plans can be created before a class begins and students access the lesson. The lesson plan can be modified or added to while a class is in progress. Students can access new items as soon as the changes are completed in PLANNER and the instructor returns to the main menu.
Instructors also have access to the Workplace. A secure area which allows instructors to create course materials without giving access to students until the lesson is ready.
I - Title of subject
T - Study explanation, storytelling, listen to songs
E - Listen & Record
S - Student records simultaneously while listening
V - To verify – Student must respond to questions
C - Conversation (not seen by student) (for dialogs)
R - Read & Record
A - Instructor asks a question & you record your answer (flashcards)
M - Multiple choice questions
F - Fill-in the blanks
Once an item has been selected the student can see:
A Visual Display of the Lesson Sound
Text, Video, or Image and Questions
A Visual Display of the Student's Response
Listen and Record (E)
Multiple Choice (M)
Fill In The Blanks
Dialogue (C & E)
Respond to Questions