Utilizing Cutting Edge Technology To Enhance Your WORLD LANGUAGE Instruction in Grades 6-12
Presented by Deborah Roberts
Specifically Designed for World Language Educators Serving Students in Grades 6-12:
- Make the best use of cutting-edge technology in the world language classroom
- Multiple strategies for using technology to help students develop and demonstrate communicative proficiency
- Software applications that allow students to work collaboratively
- Dozens of websites that promote retention of content in an engaging and fun format
- Applications of technology that enable students to showcase their ability to create using the content and skills they have learned in the classroom
- Strategies that use technology to help students interpret information from authentic resources
- Receive a resource handbook that details current uses of technology and activities and assessment strategies that motivate students and promote active learning
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Using technology to communicate and access information is second nature to our 21st century students We can take advantage of this proclivity by making the use of technology an integral part of the classroom routine in world language classes. To that end, the content of this seminar focuses on the use of technology to help students practice the 5 Cs from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Through the use of technology we can motivate students to communicate and exchange information using the language they are learning. Participants in this seminar will learn how to structure activities that use technology to access and interpret authentic cultural information and communications in the target language.
They will become acquainted with a wide variety of websites that promote retention and require students to use their higher-order thinking skills. Strategies and aspects of technology that enable students to present what they have created and discovered using their language skills will also be presented. You will leave this seminar with knowledge of strategies and activities that are both practical and easy to implement. Using a large screen multimedia projection system (rather than individual computers), Deborah will demonstrate specific lessons and projects for grades 6-12 world language instruction. These proven ideas, practical lessons and motivating projects will provide your students with immediate learning opportunities.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Utilize Cutting-Edge Technology Tools to Strengthen World Language Instruction
Strategies for integrating the latest technology into your world language instruction … Motivate your students by using the technology that is part of their daily lives in order to achieve instructional goals
- Expand Your World Language Classroom Beyond the Four Walls
Learn how to give students an “authentic” learning experience by accessing current cultural information from the target countries and communicating with native speakers … Discover online global community opportunities that will allow your students to gather information about the target culture and share their learning beyond the traditional classroom
- Increase Your Teaching Options for World Language Instruction
Practical strategies, ideas and examples to use immediately in your own classroom … Specific ways to use technology to develop speaking and writing skills and enhance comprehension of the target language
- Creative, New Ways to Have Your World Language Students “Show What They Know”
Learn about applications of technology that let students show their creative side while demonstrating what they have learned and are able to do using the target language
- Help Students Become Independent Learners
Discover websites that will aid students in practicing and mastering content and appeal to different learning styles
- Streamline Your Workload and Save Time
Learn about online resources that will help you to manage administrative tasks more efficiently and communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues
- Utilize Educationally-based World Language Games and Simulations to Increase Student Motivation and Learning
Discover the numerous educationally-appropriate games and simulations sites that provide additional practice in the target language … Increase student motivation by varying instructional strategies and helping students to learn in a way that is current and relevant to them
- Tips for Assessment and Evaluation of Students’ Progress in Learning the Target Language
Learn how to assess students’ acquisition of skills and content through the use of technology
- Increase Student Motivation for World Language Learning
Engage students through the use of technology … Create a record of their learning that demonstrates their increasing skills and growth over time
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
Take home an extensive resource handbook filled with explanations of technology and specific examples of classroom applications for novice through advanced learners
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- How to capitalize on students’ natural inclination to use technology for gathering and sharing information, communicating, and keeping current
- How students can record themselves and how you can evaluate them without the expensive technology of a language lab
- How to help students find and organize content that is pertinent to the lesson at hand
- How to break down the walls of your classroom and have students interact with native speakers and other language learners
- How students can create digital stories, picture books, and cartoons with voice tracks and sound effects which are then shared with a larger audience
- How to use technology to assess students’ progress
- How to effectively use Interactive White Boards to promote student learning
- How to create content collaboratively by using wikis and other online tools
- How to present and exchange information through blogging
- How to create and use podcasts to share information
- How to access great websites that promote student learning
- How to access current cultural information that sparks student interest
- How to manage your own time and still keep up with technology
- How to make your job easier by accessing useful online tools for teachers!
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
One of the biggest changes in teaching methodology since the turn of the century is the integration of technology into everyday classroom activities. As teachers, many of us are digital immigrants who did not grow up using technology to communicate and access information, although it has certainly become an integral part of our lives over the last decade. Our students, however, are digital natives. They have never known a world without technology and they are constantly connected and therefore prolific users of electronic methods of communication. One of the major goals of world language education as defined by the National Standards is the development of communication skills in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes.
By making the use of technology a regular part of our lessons, we can help students develop their ability to communicate in all three modes in a way that is meaningful to them and which taps into their digital learning style. In this seminar you will learn about specific applications of technology and explore examples of world language activities that use these applications to help students meet learning goals. For some of us, learning to use technology comes easily while others struggle to learn about and master new functions. I fall into the latter category and most of this did not come easily to me!
I hope to share with you what I have learned by dint of hard work and perseverance so that you too can become comfortable with the strategies presented in this seminar. Once we learn the technology, we can create and develop learning activities that support our curriculum and appeal to students. I promise that these ideas are practical and easy to implement!
I look forward to sharing my experience and ideas with you in what will be a fun and exciting seminar!
P.S. Remember that you will be taking home a resource handbook full of practical ideas and examples!
Who Should Attend
World Language Teachers serving Grades 6-12.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
- Applications of Web 2.0 technology that provide opportunities for students to engage in communicative tasks
- Examples of activities that lead students to “authentic” experiences using the target language
- Numerous fully articulated ideas for using technology with beginning to advanced students in any language
Meet and Share
This seminar presents a great opportunity for participants to meet and share their ideas for utilizing technology to enhance world language instruction.
Deborah Roberts will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own world language program.
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