November 6, 2015
Tech for the Foreign Language Classroom
I think the foreign language classroom is one of the most natural extensions for tech integration. Tech can provide some great resources and ways for your students to create authentic artifacts, it’s as easy as pressing record on the iPad for students to capture their language skills.
Video & Audio
Students can record skits, conversations, or practice hearing themselves speak. Teachers can also create resources for their students and add them to their learning management platform for a more blended learning approach. This is particularly useful if to provide differentiation or extensions for your students. We have iPads (and bookable iPads just for video-ing) & microphones. There are also tons of foreign language music videos on YouTube, the combination of pictures, intonations and gestures can give students context clues and is also a fun way to interact with a language. You can even have your students create their own music video or recreate a popular song in the target language. These are fun ways to get students up and moving and active in their learning experience.
The iPad makes it super easy to shoot, record, edit, create, and explore. There are tons of apps that can be useful for everything from brainstorming, creating, learning, collaboration, visible thinking, collaboration, to presentation. If you need something, you are pretty much guaranteed that “there’s an app for that”.
- YouTube Capture – capture, edit, and post video directly to YouTube
- Index Card – Index Card is a corkboard writing app that makes it easy to capture, organize, and compile your ideas
- Voice Recorder – Easy way to record audio and voice-overs on the iPad used by the Video Production class
- Duolingo – language learning app
- Explain Everything – a great interactive screencasting whiteboard app, allows students to create and share ideas as videos and more with easy-to-use tools and integrations.
- Book Creator – allows for easy creation of books that can be exported as pdfs
- Adobe Ideas – a drawing app, students can still draw lines, shapes, and freeform illustrations and with ten drawing layers and a photo layer.
- Google Slides – create, edit, and collaborate with on Google Slides aka Presentations
Using Tech for Collaboration
Tech is a great way for students to work collaboratively, such as with Google Docs or setting up blogs and providing peer feedback. Sites such as Pinterest can be a great way for students to do visual research and add captions in the target language. Don’t forget about tools and educational websites such as Quizlet, Livemocha, Busuu, and Memrise.
This is just a few ideas and resources, but hopefully they get you excited and inspired for the possibilities out there.