ABOUT THE AATF WEB SITE
The AATF has been present on the Internet since fall 1994, when it opened its gopher on a server at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The first AATF home page on the World Wide Web opened in September 1995 as a joint project of the AATF Telematics Commission and the Department of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Catherine Dhaussy was responsible for the original conception and hosting of the site. The main AATF Web site eventually moved to be hosted by the Division of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA and co-managed by Townsend Bowling, Chair of the AATF Telematics and New Technologies Commission, and Jayne Abrate, Executive Director of the AATF.
Management and hosting of sections of the AATF Web is shared among several individuals and institutions. In May 1997, Joel Mayer, Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio, Texas, joined the site management team as creator and administrator of the Grand Concours site and, later, of the Babillard des membres. In fall 1998, Lisa Narug, then Assistant Director of the Grand Concours, now its Director, assumed duties as administrator of the Grand Concours site. Betty Clough, founding member of the AATF Telematics and New Technologies Commission, became editor of the Babillard des membres in January 2001. In Fall 1998, the late Christopher Pinet, Montana State University, Editor-in-Chief of the French Review, opened on a server at his institution a new French Review site. This site is now part of the AATF Web site and managed by current Editor-in-Chief Edward Ousselin. The National Headquarters and National French Week materials developed by Jayne Abrate, and hosted since November 1999 on a server at Southern Illinois University, were moved to the server at UTSA in January 2001. In August 2002, the entire AATF Web site, with the exception of the French Review site, moved to www.frenchteachers.org. Since 2010, Catherine Ousselin, Chair of the AATF Commission on Technology, manages the technology section of the Web site.
In January 2010, the AATF launched social media sites on Facebook (AATFrench) and Twitter (AATF French), also managed by the Commission on Technology. The AATF continues to increase its presence on social media.
Last update: July 20, 2015