Teaching and Learning Language with Technology
NMSU has partnered with AATSP since 2010 in offering graduate level content through sessions and workshops at the annual conference. This site will continue to be the place to come to access links and ideas presented during our NMSU sessions and workshops. We used this site during our sessions and will continue to use it afterwords to provide access. The biggest reason for this is to eliminate printed handouts!
Why Integrate Technology in Language Instruction?
- Your Classroom is not an Airplane!
- If Technology Motivates Students, Why not use it?
- Technology Combined with Good Teaching Leads to Success
- 10 Tips for Teaching with Media
- The Pencil Metaphor
- Computers in the Classroom
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
Establishing Collaborative Rules for Technology Use and Expectations is Essential
One thing that we should always do when using technology in class, is survey the technological assets used/owned by the students. After all, if they don't have access to something, will they use it? This survey can be formal (an electronic form can be created easily with Survey Monkey) or informal (by just a raise of the hand). Ultimately, you will want to consider the LCD (Least Common Denominator) with technology so that all students can participate. Of course, having activities that can be done for extra credit or offer different options - flexibility is always best.
- Non-specified Student Technology Survey
- Alabama State University Student Technology Survey - also in PDF (more for college students)
Selecting Websites, Apps, and Programs
One of the most difficult things to do is to select appropriate sites, apps and programs to use in class. Here are some sites with some things to keep in mind. There are always new ones being added.
- Criterios para seleccionar sitios de la Red
- Video using R.E.A.L. method for evaluating sites
- Video on 5 W's for evaluating sites
- YouTube for Foreign Language Use - ideas and criteria for selecting videos
SmartPhones - Ideas
Of course, with the popularity of iPhones, Droids, and other SmartPhones, the tools and apps available there are possibilities now that literally bring learning to the students hand, or pocket, bag, or backpack. Some of the apps that are on most devices can be used to engage students.
Other Technology Resources
There are so many possibilities of technology use that is it difficult to cover them all. Here are some items that might help you. If you have something to share, let us know so we can help find it.