Adina Alexandru, Ed. D.
Southington Public Schools
AATF, Chicago, July 2012
Did you know?
of educators considered technology
essential to teaching and learning AND
believe that technology improves student
• Yet only
of educators use technology
to instruct students.
• Teachers use computers several times a
week for lesson preparation, but only
twice a year for instruction!
• Technologies may not align with the current
• The teachers’ own lack of computer
expertise and time constraints
The wrong approach (focus on technology
first not learner goals)
What types of technology do you use in your
classes? Is it paid/free?
When you use technology, why do you use it?
When you do not use technology why do you
make that choice? (give example)
What are some of the biggest challenges you
face when using technology?
Integrating Technology May…
Change the way you teach
Change the way you interact with
Change the expectations you have
for your students
Give you more options to present
Free you to really do what you do
Planning the “When”
Have the computer in
use all the time
Use a defined task to
determine how long
each student or group
can be at the computer
Planning the “How”
Develop a system for
using the computers
(lang. lab, etc.)
Think small (one
project at a time)
Create a homepage
with agendas and links
groups (you will
achieve better results
when students can
Planning the “How”
(write them out and share
them with the students)
Use students as
revised to incorporate the 21
Original Terms New Terms
(Based on Pohl, 2000,
Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn, p. 8
Two old time favorites
Create your own customized avatar.
Change the appearance of the avatar, pick
a background, and best of all, make it talk!
You can add your voice by phone,
microphone, or use text
speech to make
it use a computerized voice.
spreadsheets, drawings, forms.
Submitting homework assignments with
A quick, easy way for students to complete and submit a
homework assignment is with Google Docs.
Teachers can share the link for the assignment so that students
have a blank worksheet.
They can complete it in G Docs, and then either save and
share their own link with the teacher or email it back to their
teacher. Of course that this means that students need to have
reading activity AP French
Select an AP level article
12 key words from the
Place the students in small
Ask them to elaborate on what
the story might be about based
on the “wordle”
Ask them to anticipate the
characters, the plot, the
storyline or to make predictions
Quelle structure ou organisation est mise en place dans les villes concernant les
ils agissaient à leur propre volonté
ils travaillaient seulement pendant la nuit sous la toile
ils racolaient les sympathisants du Comité du Salut
ils ne travaillaient pas d’une façon organise dans les villes mais
seulement dans les campagnes
Pourquoi le narrateur et ses amis boivent
parce que l'air est très sec
pour mieux comprendre la situation
pour oublier leurs problèmes
Que veut dire que le pays est mené "à vau
de pire en pire
à une résolution
Dans le texte (ligne….) qui sont les « maquisards » par rapport au Front
Islamique du Salut ? Quel rôle jouent
ils? Quel est leur but ?
Ils sont de très bons copains avec les membres du Front
Ce sont les protecteurs des valeurs traditionnelles datant du moyen âge
ils s’opposent au Front
Ce sont les membres de la Résistance dans le régime Vichy
Other favorite applications
Exemple du vidéo avec des
Vialogues supports meaningful discussions
Vialogues gives you the opportunity to
participate in a focused environment, absorb
the content of a video while commenting on it.
Keep your students current with news casts,
press conferences, and raw news footage.
YouTube has millions of movie clips. Bring
these movies or clips to life for your class!
Record and upload your classroom lectures so
students can annotate the lesson with their
questions and comments.
projects (skits, debates, presentations, displays)
Un projet pour commencer
Student HW «
Teachers and students can use
on any device with a web browser
(tablets, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc.).
Teachers login at
by entering their email and password.
Students login at
by entering the "virtual room number"
provided by the teacher. Students will then see
"Waiting for teacher to start an
Teachers initiate an activity by selecting it on their main screen (e.g. Multiple
Choice, T/F, Quick Quiz).
Students respond on their devices.
Students' results are visible on the Teacher's screen or sent in an email.
278185 = room #
**** A similar but more simplistic app. is MOARS
(Mobile Audience Response System
for students to use with iPod
Touch or iPhones only.
Instant audience response
A similar but more simplistic app. is
(Mobile Audience Response System). MOARS is
a free, open
source system for students to use with
iPod Touch or iPhones.
standard web technology. It is
an easy way to gather live responses in any venue:
conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv,
Connects with ACTFL
Connects with 21
Century World Language
The networked teacher
by Alec Courosa
While the above examples demonstrate
how digital storytelling is used to teach
ESL, the same ideas can be applied to
teach any vocabulary in a foreign
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real
time information network that connects
you to the latest information about what you
interesting. Simply find the public streams you find
most compelling and follow the conversations.
“Twitter has simply become one of the best places for
teachers to collaborate, share solutions to common
classroom problems, and discuss education policy. In fact,
it might just be the best forum teachers have ever had.”
Applications in the classroom
1. Tweet about upcoming due dates or assignments.
Set up a feed dedicated exclusively to due dates, tests or quizzes.
2. Coordinate assignments
Use Twitter to collaborate on different projects and keep a quick reference on any changes.
3. Set up a foreign language news stream.
Keep foreign language students informed of current events from relevant nations while
challenging them to use their translation skills by keeping a specific news feed.
4. Connect classrooms.
Teachers and students from around the world can collaborate on projects using Twitter as a
communication tool that educates students in different classroom and cultural protocols.
5. Post sample questions.
Use Twitter to post up sample questions for upcoming exams for students to research and
6. Post supplementary materials.
tweet articles, news stories, opinions and other interesting tidbits relevant to a specific
class as an excellent, convenient supplement to classroom lectures.
7. Facilitate discussions.
Require students to post their own succinct responses to the main theses and open up
discussions with one another.
To get started, you may choose to follow these people:
Dragon Dictation 2.0 is an easy
use voice recognition application
powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak
and instantly see your text in a TARGET LANGUAGE content for
everything from email messages to blog posts on your
or iPod touch™.
With Dragon Dictation 2.0, you can dictate status updates directly to your
Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter), send text or
email your friends, send notes and reminders to yourself … all using your
voice. The new Dragon Dictation 2.0 also features multilingual
capabilities, giving you the option to switch between a variety of
Speech to Text in Google Chrome
Speech to text technology can be also very pricey. Adding a speech recognition
option to your computer doesn't have to be expensive if you use Google's
Chrome web browser one of the apps you can add is the
is available as a free and easy to use application.
installing it, you launch it and click the microphone. You can now start
recording your voice. The Speech Recognizer will type out your text when you
finish recording. You can then copy and paste your text to a document you
have opened in Google Docs.
could be a good resource for students who need
assistance generating text documents on a computer.
Conversion software for documents, music,
Allows you to edit YouTube videos to only
the selection you are interested in showing.
Find the video you want to chop.
2. Select & cut interesting part of the video.
3. Share it with friends.
Moodle is a management system that enables educators to: create
dynamic online sites, supplement F2F instruction, create wikis,
databases and forums to foster collaborative learning
Here are some example for using Moodle:
Moodle is also available as a Microsoft Office Add
in. You can
use it to open and save office documents housed in Moodle
create parents accounts, students accounts, annotate assignments,
create quizzes, submit quizzes and grade quizzes
Moodle Meets are free, 5 day online professional
development courses led by experienced
educators. Moodle Meet topics focus on the
resources and skills needed to use technology in
the classroom as well as on the skills needed to
teach and learn in a virtual environment. They are
Professional learning Potlucks. A concentrated
week of discussion, collaboration and resource
Social learning network similar to Facebook designed specifically for foreign
language students and teachers: teachers post assignments and reminders of
upcoming quizzes and tests, students can also post their own topics. This site
gives the possibility for communicative language practice (as opposed to
practicing vocabulary or verb conjugations in isolation). This is a way for
students to do the majority of preparation at home and practice actively with us
in class!. This allows students to hand in homework via the Edmodo interface
and eliminate paper altogether!
In preparation for this application at the beginning of the year survey students
regarding their access to technology at home. If you have student with no
access at home you can always encourage them to use the school computers in
the library during study halls or after school. This way all students can post and
comment every day.
Great resources for iPods/iPads
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