Combining the Powers of Teachers and Tech in the Language Classroom

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Technology has made its way into the classroom in a big way, leading to new teaching methods including blended learning and flipped classrooms. But technology should be incorporated in to the language classroom strategically to allow both the teacher and the technology to do what they each do best.

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Combining the Powers of Teachers and Tech in the Language Classroom

  1. 1. Combining the Powers of Teachers &Tech Language Classroom
  2. 2. Technology is everywhere.
  3. 3. Can you spot Waldo in this sea of devices? Image © Luca Bruno
  4. 4. Technology has made its way into the classroom in a big way.
  5. 5. But we shouldn’t forget about the other big player in the classroom.
  6. 6. We’re talking about her.
  7. 7. We’re talking about her. (or him!)
  8. 8. Just because there are computers in a classroom, doesn’t mean students have to be sitting in front of them.
  9. 9. Let that teacher do what she does best.
  10. 10. Let that teacher do what she does best. Hint: It’s not watching her students use a computer. That’s so easy a caveman could do it...
  11. 11. Let that teacher do what she does best. Hint: It’s not watching her students use a computer. That’s so easy a caveman could do it...
  12. 12. Language teachers are better at facilitating interactive activities.
  13. 13. For a foreign language teacher, interactive activities might include…
  14. 14. Debates
  15. 15. In the foreign language classroom, it’s all about getting students to open their mouths.
  16. 16. So, what about all those cool computers?
  17. 17. They’re right there, at home.
  18. 18. It seems like just about every child has a laptop, tablet, or smartphone these days.* * The 2011 U.S. Census reported that 71.7% of American families had internet access at home.
  19. 19. Let that technology do what it does best.
  20. 20. Computers are wicked smart.
  21. 21. Computer algorithms can present students with dozens of questions per minute.
  22. 22. Computer algorithms can present students with dozens of questions per minute. And remember all of their answers.
  23. 23. Computer algorithms can present students with dozens of questions per minute. And remember all of their answers. And adjust accordingly to focus on what they struggle with.
  24. 24. That’s a lot to do in just one minute.
  25. 25. No offense, teachers, but individualizing the learning experience to that extent with 20+ students in your classroom… it’s probably not possible.
  26. 26. No offense, teachers, but individualizing the learning experience to that extent with 20+ students in your classroom… it’s probably not possible. …unless you’re a robot!
  27. 27. So, here’s where we get to our point.
  28. 28. So, here’s where we get to our point. (We bet you’ve been wondering what we’re getting at, right?)
  29. 29. Technology should be used to teach students vocabulary… at home.
  30. 30. Teachers should then build upon what students learned at home via interactive group activities... in class!
  31. 31. It’s a little something we called Declaratively Accelerated Blended Learning.
  32. 32. Because there are only so many opportunities to practice speaking a new language.
  33. 33. Class time should be one of those opportunities.
  34. 34. To learn how to turn your passive classroom into an active classroom, check out our Declaratively Accelerated Blended Learning Implementation Guide
  35. 35. For more advice on all things foreign language, connect with Transparent Language:

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