CoEDL at Puliima
The chance to engage in pioneering language work was the major drawcard for those who attended Puliima 2017.
This Indigenous Language and Technology Forum is a biennial event and has been held six times, with the latest conference taking place in October in Cairns.
CoEDL members were at the conference as presenters and attendees.
CoEDL’s classroom robot Opie was introduced to attendees by Angelina Joshua and Grant Mathumba Thompson of the Ngukurr Language Centre.
Angelina Joshua (left) and Grant Mathumba Thompson introduce a Puliima delegate to Opie, the classroom robot.
Opie is assisting language workers like Grant and Angelina to teach endangered heritage languages to children of the Ngukurr community, in south-east Arnhem Land.
CoEDL’s Opal team, who have developed a variety of pilot classroom robots, accompanied their colleagues from Ngukurr Language Centre to support the presenters and field technical questions about the robot.
Left to right, CoEDL CI Janet Wiles (standing) with Jonathon Taufatofua and Gautier Durantin from the Opal team, language worker Angelina Joshua, linguist Celeste Humphris, language worker Grant Mathumba Thompson, and coordinator Jackie van den Bos of the Ngukurr Language Centre.
CoEDL members at the conference were Doug Marmion (also of AIATSIS and standing in image at top) and Julia Miller (standing in below photo) who gave a workshop on data management, which included tips on creating inventories and safeguarding un-archived language materials. CoEDL affiliate Hilary Smith also gave a workshop on the free online-tool ‘Powtoon’, which can make animated videos of up to five minutes in length and which can be adapted as a tool to assist language teachers.