George Lucas Educational Foundation

Sarah Wike Loyola

Director of Educational Technology in Raleigh, NC

I taught middle, high school and university courses in Spanish for 17 years. I taught AP Spanish and a paperless course titled "Spanish through Technology and Social Media" which is a hybrid of language learning and exploring new technologies. This class was named one of the "5 Classes Most Likely to Pique Student Interest" by South Park Magazine. All my classes married language learning with the use of authentic materials. During the 2014-15 school year I was a part of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 'Teachers of the Future' cohort and was named 'Outstanding Teacher' by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in 2015. In the fall of 2016, I started my doctorate in Educational Technology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In August of 2017, I will start a new career, outside of the classroom, as the Director of Educational Technology at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC.

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Posts

  • Global Education

    Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

    More than 30 exercises to keep your students engaged and learning.
  • Global Education

    In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

    Language classes often don't focus on the aspect of learning a language that intrigues students most -- speaking it. We should get students talking more.
  • Communication Skills

    The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication

    Guest blogger Sarah Wike Loyola explains how learning another language is different from learning about that language, describes ACTFL's current guidelines, and offers five steps for planning your next world language unit.
  • Student Engagement

    10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners

    Guest blogger Sarah Wike Loyola, known for using authentic materials in her Spanish classes, explores ten ways that social media can engage a generation of students who prefer creative and collaborative learning over memorizing vocabulary lists.