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Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

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What technology have you used in teaching languages? Do you have any favorites? How about tips? Please share any programs, Web 2.0 tools, or other resources you have used in your classroom. Also, please share what level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and age group (elementary, secondary, college) you teach.

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Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

Hi Betsy,

I haven't had experience using Facebook with my students. I know a lot of schools block social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. I have come across teachers who have created a facebook page for a historical figure and design the page from the point of view from that person. If you're intending to use include links and post student work, I also recommend creating a classroom blog, wiki, or website- it all depends on what you want. The easiest and most convenient platform for me has been creating blogs using Blogger.

Good luck,

Elvira

Tammy Burke's picture
Tammy Burke
ELL/PYP overseas

Hi Betsy,

Keep in mind that Facebook has a rule that users must be 13 years of age. I have students in grade 1 who have personal accounts, but this may be a problem if you require younger students to use it.
I have used kidblog.org for my students. It is basic, free and can be either private or public. One of the best resources I've found (other than Edutopia), is Free Technology for Teachers. I link to it through Facebook and it's been great.

Tammy

Jocelyne's picture
Jocelyne
French teacher High school and college

Hi,

I use blogs for writing. My students say they lost fear to write. I use wikis for sharing interesting links and for projects. This year I want to try iPadio for oral production and comprehension.
I also have my blog to share with them information and links as a complement of my course, and I realize podcasts episodes for grammar points and vocabulary.
http://fletec.blogspot.com/

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

Hello everyone,

I'm intersted in creating Vokis (www.voki.com)for our first unit on greetings but am unsure how to manage these on my account. I do not want students to create their own accounts due to liability issues. Does anyone know how I can manage these in one account? Or does anyone know of another program for avatars that allows me to set up student accounts under my account (like gloster does)? Your help is greatly appreciated!

Elvira

Cara B's picture

Last year, when I had my students create Vokis, I did them all under my account, which was cumbersome and not efficient. If you find out more information about how to create student accounts, please share!

Last year I also used Tikatok -- a book-creation program -- with the older students. I had them make books to review basic vocabulary that the younger students can read this year. I also used Glogster, which you mentioned.

This year I would like to try podcasting. Any advice is much appreciated. I teach K-5 right now.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

Hello Everyone,

I have written a blog post on a Google Map I created to introduce Latin Music to my elementary Spanish students. I think middle school and high school students could benefit from this map because it illustrates authentic popular music from different countries. I hope that this could be of use to you and as always I welcome your comments and feedback! Also, this idea of using Google Maps can work well across languages and proficiency levels.

http://languagejourneys.blogspot.com/

Un abrazo,

Elvira Deyamport
K-6th Spanish Teacher

karina baez's picture

Hi Elvira,
I onthe other hand have not had much luck trying to find a classroom abroad who is ready willing and able to Skype. Any schools you can recommend? I teach Spanish at the intermediate level
Thanks

brahim elouafi's picture
brahim elouafi
teacher of English at a high school Morocco

Hi everyone ,
I'm thinking of launching a wikispace to function as a sort of platform of exchange between my students and I (perhaps in the future we can enlarge the scope of participation by inviting more people to take part in this wikispace),but unfortunatrely I still lack that technical flavour to make this ambition a reality.If there is anyone who can help, i'd appreciate it very much.Thanks in advance.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]Hi everyone ,

I'm thinking of launching a wikispace to function as a sort of platform of exchange between my students and I (perhaps in the future we can enlarge the scope of participation by inviting more people to take part in this wikispace),but unfortunatrely I still lack that technical flavour to make this ambition a reality.If there is anyone who can help, i'd appreciate it very much.Thanks in advance.[/quote]

Hi Brahim,
Check out the following link to help you with wikis. It offers some tutorials that might help you get started. Good luck!

http://cybraryman.com/wikis.html

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

[quote]Hi Elvira,

I onthe other hand have not had much luck trying to find a classroom abroad who is ready willing and able to Skype. Any schools you can recommend? I teach Spanish at the intermediate level

Thanks[/quote]

Hi Karina,

If you want me to send your email to my contacts,I will be more than happy to. You can send me a direct message. Unfortunately, I cannot name the schools I have skyped with out of respect for their privacy. However, my contacts are willing to get requests through email and are very eager to make contacts with other schools. The two schools I have collaborated with serve Spanish speaking children from grades K-6th.

Elvira

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