Teaching Foreign Language with Technology
This intensive workshop will offer hands-on opportunities for Foreign Language / World Language educators to explore practical ways to use technology to enhance instruction through the 5C’s framework (Communication, Creativity, Culture, Community, and Critical Thinking) — with specific attention to listening, speaking and writing skills. The workshop will explore innovative ideas, effective techniques, and thoughtful plans for incorporating Web-based resources, apps, social media, mobile devices, and emerging technologies into foreign language classrooms with an eye towards building communication skills, creativity and critical thinking.
Participants will examine the best language-acquisition resources; work with innovative tools and apps to help students practice and improve their speaking, listening and writing skills; develop fluency with Web and app technologies and online social media; and learn how to connect students with others from around the world. Examples of technology use in foreign language classrooms will be drawn from a variety of contexts and languages, and the workshop is appropriate for teachers of any foreign language. The combination of presentations, resources, and hands-on exploration will leave participants with tools and strategies to build creative, collaborative, and community-minded classrooms of the 21st century.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is intended for middle and high school Foreign Language teachers, division heads, and curriculum developers as well as higher education professors and instructors.
Device/ App Requirements:
It is important to prepare your device with the appropriate installations as noted below and download the required apps before your workshop.
- Please make sure to bring your device (laptop, chromebook, tablet) fully charged and updated to the latest operating system. You are encouraged to bring more than one device if you so wish.
- Many applications we will be using require a Google account. Please create a Google account and login before coming to the workshop. Please bring your Google ID and password account information with you. Even if you have a school Google Account, we also recommend creating a personal one, as some schools restrict faculty (and student) downloading of apps and tools. Please bring your school Google ID and password account information with you as well.
- While we do provide a list of apps ahead of time, you may be asked to download a new FREE app or update an existing one. Having your Google ID and password readily available will help minimize disruptions and enable you to get the most out of your workshop experience.
As new apps and updates are continuously changing, a complete list will be published here and emailed to participants closer to the workshop.
Framingham State University offers 1 graduate credit for this course. You must attend all workshop hours and complete a final assignment. Cost is $75 per credit and registration forms will be emailed to participants upon registration and available on the first day of class.