Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom

Related Tags: World Languages
More Related Discussions
35 Replies 4251 Views
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.

Comments (35 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS

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

[quote]I used to tech elementary this year is my first year teaching middle school, I am not sure which kind of techn. resources I would have. I want to try skype i think it would be really cool for my students! if anybody is interesting let me know skype is a cool tool for conversations, spelling (Spanish)[/quote]

Elizabeth,

Check out our Epals discussion. I just posted on several sites where you can find Skype partner schools. I have had much luck making contacts with schools in the U.S. and abroad. If you want me to send your information to my contacts abroad and in the U.S. just direct message me your email. I'm sure they would love to talk to your students. The schools abroad teach grades K-6th and my US contacts are for 5th and 6th grades.

Also, I can set you up with our middle school Spanish students if you'd like. Just let me know.

Saludos,

Elvira

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

[quote]A group of CT teachers just finished a week creating units and looking at various technology for the world language classrooms. This is the wikispace that we created during the institute with lots of links for teachers. We especially love Google Voice for getting students to call in various presentational assessment assignments from home..you can save the messages, email them to parents, embed them on a wiki, or download them to your computer to save. We also love wikispaces in general for keeping in touch with students and parents...Here is our wiki about technology:

http://ctworldlanguagesk8.wikispaces.com/Links+for+Technology

Here is the wikispaces website for our Japanese program at my school:

http://maloneyjapanese.wikispaces.com/[/quote]

Jessica,

Thank you for sharing this wiki! I'm not very familiar with creating wikis but I have used one before. I like how your school district uses it to communicate with parents/families. Great idea!

Our district is working on giving every student their own google apps/mail account. I'm trying to brainstorm ideas for this. Would I be able to save google maps, google voice, and other google apps to the google account? Your input is greatly appreciated!

Elvira

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

[quote]A colleague and I used a blog to have our classes communicate with each other - the blog was powerful because it was public, and multiple people could read and comment on posts at the same time. We did this in English, as a cultural acitivity, but are hoping to use it in upper level Spanish (I teach Spanish 1-4 at the high school level) next year.[/quote]

Nancy,

I love the idea of blogging with students! Do you recommend any sites that are secure for students? Also, do you make up names for them to blog? I'm a bit nervous of the liability issues and was wondering if you had any tips for people who haven't blogged with their students before.

Thanks in advance!

Elvira

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

[quote]I love to use flip video camara, projector & my ipod! I play music my students create a fashion show I use the flip video and them a play the video the next class for them they love it!! the power of the video is amazing! even those shy students would participate!!![/quote]

Elizabeth,

I just bought my own personal flip camera and found it very easy to use. However, I've had a hard time converting files and have to buy a software program that would do it for me. What software program are you using to convert files? Do you recommend one for a beginner like myself? I have tons of ideas that incorporate flip cams, but I want to make sure I can get past this file converting issue before we purchase some for our school. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Elvira

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

[quote]Together with a professional software company I created fun Quiz Shows which can be used with a digital whiteboard, projectors or in a computer lab. We have games for various subjects....of course for German, too.

I use these with my students to review and practice basic vocabulary, as a class opener or closer. They love the games :-)

you can check them here and we are happy to customize games for you with your own content. www.ifiveeducation.comVielen Dank![/quote]

Petra,

Thank you for sharing this resource! This would definitely compliment Interactive Whiteboards. I'll be trying out the free trial version soon.

Elvira

April M's picture
April M
8th grade Spanish teacher

Students created short films using StopMotion. They drew pictures and text on the whiteboard and the program strings them together to look like an animated film.

Abril

Tammy Burke's picture
Tammy Burke
ELL/PYP overseas

I just finished using digital storytelling with my English language learners and it was wonderful! I had them write stories, create a "book" using presentation software (PowerPoint or Impress), then they illustrated them with either scanned original artwork or online images (properly referenced, of course) and finally, they narrated their stories using Audacity. The same could be done using simple movie making software, and it connects wonderfully to content in other classes.

Tammy Burke
Kaohsiung American School, Taiwan

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

[quote]I just finished using digital storytelling with my English language learners and it was wonderful! I had them write stories, create a "book" using presentation software (PowerPoint or Impress), then they illustrated them with either scanned original artwork or online images (properly referenced, of course) and finally, they narrated their stories using Audacity. The same could be done using simple movie making software, and it connects wonderfully to content in other classes.

Tammy Burke

Kaohsiung American School, Taiwan[/quote]

Tammy,

What a great idea! I bet your students enjoyed putting these products together and developed their language skills along the way too. I bet this would work just as well in intermediate to advanced foreign language classes. Thanks for sharing.

Elvira

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

[quote]Here are some resources/sites you may find useful in your foreign language classroom. I reviewed each one of them on my blog.

Foreign Language Sites[/quote]

Thank you for sharing this list! I have used some of these sites in my own teaching and they are very interactive.

Betsy Carnathan's picture

Hi-
I was thinking about using Facebook among my students (in a separate account from my personal FB). I thought I might post stories, websites, tweets, etc. Does anyone have any experience using it? Are their pitfalls? I'm a 3/4 FLES French teacher.

Discussion Teaching basic English conversation skills

Last comment 14 hours 14 min ago in English-Language Learners

Discussion Falar de educação em português

Last comment 3 weeks 2 days ago in Global Education

Discussion assess the reading process

Last comment 1 month 1 week ago in Assessment

Discussion Reflecting on How to be Innovative with PBL

Last comment 2 months 1 week ago in Project-Based Learning

blog The Elephant in the Language Classroom

Last comment 2 months 6 days ago in Collaborative Learning

Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion.