Guest TechPD Blog~Technology in the World Language Classroom

By:  Tammy Riedel

Five years ago the middle school I teach at went 1:1.  Students would be issued school computers for the year.  They would be responsible to charge them and take care of them.  Teachers were expected to use the technology 70% of the time.  Many teachers embraced this goal but some were a bit leary.  As a Spanish teacher, I was leary about embracing 70% technology in my classroom.  My classes are active and move around a lot.  The goal of language learning to become proficient in speaking.  My goal was to focus on proficiency not technology.  Over the years I have embraced technology as an additional tool to help my students become proficient.  I have listed below some of my favorite sites that I use on a regular basis.  I am not 70% technology in my classroom, but have embraced technology as a tool.

Google Voice:  very simple to use; allows students to call using a phone and record; can be used for proficiency checks, question responses, able to listen to responses and save them, could be shared for individual portfolios to show growth

Google Forms:  can be created and used to administer quizzes and written responses, using the addon Flubaroo, it can be quickly graded

KaHoot:  formative assessment tool; students answer quickly to gain points; able to see results of knowledge immediately; many pre-made activities

Socrative:  formative assessment tool; students can answer either multiple choice, true/false or short answer; immediate feedback for students; teachers are able to download data

Quizlet:  formative assessment tool; valuable for students to use to review vocab; has a quiz/test feature as well as games; new addon it quizlet Live in which students can play live in class against their classmates

Quizizz:  formative assessment tool; students receive points for accuracy and quickness, students can work at their own pace rather than race through, instant feedback for the teacher

Duolingo:  formative assessment tool that can be assigned or used as practice; students create their own account and work at their own pace to earn “lingots”; the site encourages students to practice; students can test out of material they already know; similar to other social media sites, students can have friends, they can post their proficiency level, they can turn in lingots to open additional resources

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