Teaching Foreign Languages with Technology - Boston

July 8-10, 2013


Tom Daccord: tom@edtechteacher.org, @thomasdaccord

Erin McCloskey: emcclosk@gmail.com

Karen Nerpouni: nerpouni@verizon.net


Day 1

Workshop Introduction & Overview

Collect: Socrative - Instant Response System

The “5 Cs” of a World Languages Classroom

Collect: Recommended TFLWT Resources

Recommended web resources for Foreign Language teaching:

Collect: Tips on using Google to find TFLWT Resources

Relate & Create: Audio Recording Tools/ Digital Storytelling

Web-based audio recording

•Websites with images licensed under Creative Commons~

eBook Tools and resources

“Screencasting” tools

Comic Book creators

“Best Uses” -  Brainstorming


Day 2

Relate & Create: Blogs in the World Languages Classroom

Getting Started with Blogs

Blogger is a free, quick, and easy way to blog. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos. Other options include Edublogs, WordPress Classroom, or KidBlogs.

Beginner Challenges - compose and edit posts

  1. Start a new post and give it a title (such as “welcome to my blog”). Write sentences welcoming readers to your blog.
  1. Use bold, italics, and colored text at various points in your sentences. Do a spell check.
  2. Publish your post and view your blog.
  1. Start a new post with the title “Recommended Resources.”
  1. Create a numbered list of links to three TFLWT web sites. Note: Turn text into links, such as: BBC Languages
  2. Publish your post and view your blog.
  1. Now edit the first post you made and add a picture to it, either uploaded from your computer or from the web.
  2. Edit the second post you made and insert a link to the blog of a teacher next to you.
  3. Leave a comment on one of their posts congratulating them on their blog!

Advanced Challenges - add multimedia and interactivity to your blog

  1. Create a new post. Embed a YouTube or TeacherTube video into the post.
    Hint: Use “HTML” tab to post. Iif video appears too big on your blog, edit HTML to reduce width & height.
  2. Make a new post and embed web audio, such as a Fotobabble recording or a Vocaroo recording.
  3. Click on your Layout tab and add the following “gadgets” to one of the side bars (if using WordPress, explore similar Widget options):
  1. Text: Add a welcome message to your blog or some other bit of text
  2. Link list: title it “My favorite resources” and add links to three favorite web resources.
  3. Poll: Create a poll, such as asking students how long homework took them last night.
  4. Translate: Translate your blog into another language
  1. Help others learn “more advanced” features

Blogging Resources

Note: Blogging in Chapter 2 Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers, by Teachers


*Copyright tip: search for Creative Commons licensed content with Google Advanced Image search ---> Usage Rights

Relate & Create: Wikis in the World Languages Classroom


Google Drive I  – Documents

Google Documents Challenge

Your goal is to create a document that outlines what you learned yesterday in our workshop.

  1. You may discuss the organization of the document for five minutes. After that point you should only communicate via the chat room!
  2. Assign responsibilities and begin to edit the document together.
  3. Give the document a title -- Heading 2 size
  4. Use the following formatting tools in your document: boldface, redtext, yellow highlighting.
  5. Create a bulleted list with hyperlinks to three websites mentioned in the workshop.
  6. Change the font to Times New Roman 12 point.
  7. Save and name your document.
  8. Add at least one image to your document.
  9. Have everyone select a piece of text and insert a comment
  10. Check the document spelling.
  11. Create a numbered list of three ways Google Docs could help teaching and learning.
  12. Check the revision history of your document.
  13. Download your document as a PDF or Word file.

Google Drive II  – Presentation

Google Presentation Challenge

Your goal is to create a Presentation of at least three slides on what you learned yesterday.

  1. Select a theme.
  2. Create a title slide with title and subtitle.
  3. Include the following:
  1. A slide with a bulleted list of ideas for using technology in teaching and learning.
  2. A slide with an image from the Web and a caption with a text shape.
  3. A slide with a movie on Google Docs.
  1. Publish your Presentation to the Web.
  2. Download your Presentation as a PowerPoint.

Optional challenges:


Google Drive III  – Forms

Google Forms Challenge

The goal is for each of you to create a new form that evaluates knowledge and understanding of what you learned yesterday.

  1. Give your form a title.
  2. Write a short set of instructions.
  3. Create three questions, each of a different type.
  4. Ask questions that elicit themes and information from yesterday’s workshop.
  5. Email your form to your groupmates or post it in the chat room.
  6. Take each others’ surveys.
  7. Once everyone is finished, check your responses.
  8. Go back and edit the original form and add a new question.
  9. Find the URL of your form and post it as a link in your Google Doc.

Optional advanced challenges:

Google Drive Resources


Day 3

Relate & Donate: Collaborating with the World


*** Relate & Donate: Building a Personal Learning Community

Assessment and rubrics

Narrow/broad criteria & multimedia rubrics

End of Workshop Survey & News

Please complete this survey before you leave! In the survey confirmation, you will receive a link to download a certificate of participation.

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