We’re approaching that point of the year – everyone is antsy – teachers + students. It’s hard to focus. It’s hard to get work done. This is that time of the year where you find your GO TO, high engagement, low-prep activities. Because I don’t know about you – but I get tired in May.… Read More Ending the Year with Engagement
Just thought I’d share a tool I ran into via #langchat on Twitter (thanks @SraSpanglish aka Laura Sexton!) and finally got to try out today. It’s called Vibby. It allows students to watch videos and simultaneously annotate what they see happening by adding “highlights”. You can then save & share these highlight videos. I had… Read More Vibby – Interpretive Listening
Alright, I’ll admit it: I totally love Google Drive and all of the tools they have for students and teachers. One of my favorite tools is the Google Maps editor. You OR your students can place markers and draw shapes on a map – zoomed in to a specific region, or spanning the entire globe. There… Read More Google Maps & Directions
Thanks to the #langchat Twitter feed and my experience at CSCTFL in March I have been trying hard to incorporate more #authres (authentic resources) into my classes. One of the big focuses was on changing the task, not the text for your levels. My last blog post I wrote briefly about technology uses in the classroom… Read More Instagram in Oaxaca
I love technology in my classroom. In my first few years as a teacher, I was lucky to work in a school that was 1:1, wasn’t in the crazy roll-out stage, and had an instructional technology coordinator who quickly became one of my favorite co-workers. It wasn’t uncommon for her to come to me with,… Read More Technology & Acquisition – Friends or Foes?
If you’re not at the stalking stage yet, quick FYI- MovieTalk is a language learning technique developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings, that you can find out more about here. In the most basic sense, you play a short, muted video clip while you describe it in comprehensible language for your students. The “Stalking Stage” Now,… Read More Movie Talk – Time to Jump In!
I LOVE stations. and I LOVE games days. I really love combining both of those things. So, when my Spanish I students were working on sports, I felt like it was a great opportunity to bring in “Los Juegos Olímpicos” to the classroom. Set Up On the front end, this was a lot like any… Read More Los Juegos Olímpicos