Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain & Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT): Thoughts on Language Acquisition for the 21st Century
Prof. Jasmin B. Cowin, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, TESOL, 
Touro Colloge

Gen Z and Gen Alpha continue to drive Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) expansion into all industries from corporate environments, marketing to healthcare, and gaming to language education. Location independent, virtual environments hold the promise of exponential expansion beyond the brick-and-mortar presence of schools, colleges, universities and other institutions of learning such as Virtual Schools and Universities. These learning centers are being transformed by intelligent systems that help humans learn better and achieve their learning objectives. The breadth of areas in which AI is already inserted in education includes intelligent tutors or chatbots, personalized learning, smart teaching, learning analytics, reducing student drop-off, education administration, data privacy and ethics. The Blockchain offers new ways of storing, tracking and verifying students’ credentials. 

This 30 min. webinar presentation will explore these concepts in education, and looks at what the future might mean for language professionals, students and institutions in the 21st Century.

Prof. Cowin, Assistant Professor and Practicum Coordinator, TESOL and Bilingual Department,Graduate School of Education, Touro College and Vice President, Chair Elect 2021, NYS TESOL organization
New York, USA. Prof. Cowin's ongoing research in the field of TESOL and language acquisition is expressed in scholarly demonstrated through publications, presentations and participation in academic conferences and scholarly activities such her Fall 2019 presentation at  The National University for Science and Technology, Moscow and January 2020 33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness
and Improvement in Morocco. Her focus is on on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ENL. Read her article 
 Using Wikis to Develop Learners’ Critical Literacy Skills

Lesley Painter-Farrell

Director of MA TESOL, New School


Developing critical literacy skills means arming learners with a variety of skills, which allow them to decode texts, understand text bias and draw on cultural clues to process and synthesize information. Ultimately, learners become empowered information managers (Shapiro and Hughes, 1996), which in this age of clickbait and fake news has never been more important. In this webinar, the presenter aims to illustrate how wikis can be used in and outside the classroom to effectively practice and develop learners’ critical literacy skills and how this application is conducive to detailed and directed text interrogation.  


 Lesley Painter-Farrell (DELTA, CELTA Cambridge University, M.Sc Aston University) worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Portugal, Poland, and many countries in Asia. She began teacher training when based in Poland for the Soros Foundation and Longman publications. She moved to New York to head a teacher training department and designed courses for teaching younger learners, teaching using new trends and language development courses for teachers who are not native speakers of English; she also ran CELTA courses. Her research focuses on reflective practice in teaching. Her own published materials for ELT include The Role Play Book, Homework, and Lessons Learned: First Steps Towards Reflective Teaching in ELT.