Language learning with Bing and Office 365: Teaching with Technology

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  • 1. Page 1 Language Learning with Bing and Office365 Globalization has increased the need for students to be culturally aware and able to communicate with peers who may speak another language to their own. Within their own classroom or through on-line projects the acquisition of a new language or the use of technology to support communication is vitally important. In this tutorial you will: 1) Learn to use Bing Translator as a communication tool. 2) Learn to use Flashcards to help students acquire a new language. 3) Learn to use translation tools which are integrated in Microsoft Office programs. 4) Learn to use the Microsoft Lync Conversation Translator to facilitate communication between two or more persons who don’t speak a common language. Tools: Microsoft Word; Bing Translator; Flashcards; Microsoft Lync ICT Skill Level Required: Educator Scenario Sameer is a Languages teacher in a school with a mixed cultural intake. He wants his students to be able to communicate with each other quickly and knows that technology can help. At the same time Sameer is aware that mastery of language is as important as quick communication so he wishes to use technology to support that too. In this project you will discover useful tools and activities that can be used for communication with members of the school community who don’t speak the native language.
  • 2. Page 2 1. Bing Translator is a tool that provides instant machine translation. For both teachers and students it a way to bridge languages within seconds.  How to use Bing Translator web link. 2. Bing Translator should be considered a back-up tool as the translation will be quick but not necessarily 100% correct. It is also accessible from within Microsoft Office programs like Word or OneNote. A text (or a part) can be translated by highlighting it, right click and select translate. 3. Learning a language should be fun. One of the tools students could use is Flashcards. As students create, practice and play, they teach themselves new words. Students can post their Flashcards to SkyDrive to share them with their classmates. You can create Flashcard Decks for language learning containing words, images and sounds.  How To Use Flash Cards web link  How to Use Flash Cards video web link
  • 3. Page 3 4. Microsoft Lync offers the Conversation Translator. Instant Messaging conversations can be translated on the spot in the language of the other participants in the conversation.  How To Use Conversation Translator web link
  • 4. Page 4 Further Resources and Ideas  Visit TakingITGlobal for projects to connect your students with learners from different countries http://www.tigweb.org/  Connect with teachers from other countries to collaborate on educational projects http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/ Framework Alignment  UNESCO CfT – Technology Literacy (ICT, Basic Tools)  ISTE – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity (1b,c,d), Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments (2a,c), Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility (4b,c,d)