|I have used online educational resources for a long time now. I used them as supplemental material: YouTube videos, exercises gleamed here and there.|
For a while, I had felt my students were charged too much for their books and digital homework platforms. I had attempted to negotiate with the publishing company, but they offered alternatives that didn’t appeal to me: 3 months-subscriptions, paperless copies… All these meant that ultimately, the students would still pay a high price and not be able to sell back their material. Access to the digital platforms, albeit useful to teachers, is outrageously expensive, and cannot be sold on to new students.
Eight years ago, we decided to switch to Francais Interactif quasi-exclusively: each of us lecturer adapts Francais Interactif to her own pedagogy. Personally, I use my own props and visuals in class, but I use the textbook for supplementary exercises to practice the new vocabulary and grammar. Google tools are our digital platforms: I post the homework packets in the Google Classroom, and students can find Google forms that accompany the videos and grammar exercises provided on the Francais Interactif website. I have included the link to my e-portfolio in Merlot. Other free resources of use in my classroom include DuoLingo, education.vic.gov.au, to name but a few.