Using the Right Digital Tools at the Right Time within a Unit is Key for Language Learning
It’s great to see that more and more teachers are starting to feel comfortable using technology in their classrooms.
Nowadays we hear the words Google Drive, Google Classroom, Hour of Code, Chromebook or even Kahoot in every teacher’ lounge. Some of these digital tools such the Google docs are as familiar and feel as necessary as a piece of paper or a pencil.
However, if we look closely at some of the classrooms that are now using digital tools on a regular basis, we will see that technology is not necessarily enhancing the lessons or improving the learning.
When it comes to second language learning, digital tools are oftentimes used in isolation instead of being part of a comprehensive unit of study. I’ve seen certain tools been misused or abused simply because teachers like them or kids “have fun”. I’ve also noticed that in some classrooms technology is driving the lesson plan rather than being used as a tool that can support and improve the lessons and the learning experience of our students.
I’ve been using technology for many years in my classroom, but the way I use it today is very different than when I started. Through lots of trial and error I've learned to mindfully integrate technology into my teaching to increase learning. The SAMR model has guided me through my adoption of technology and has helped me take my teaching to a different level.
The results of my research on “The effects of digital technology in second language acquisition” confirm what I already knew: technology has a positive effect on learning. When we infuse our teaching with the right digital tools and the right pedagogy, there is a boost on student engagement and learning.
With all these thoughts in mind, I decided to share my findings and to create a “Skills” page for second language teachers. This page will help them select the right digital tools needed to enhance learning in each one of the four areas of language: speaking, writing, listening and reading.
What is Under the Other Links on This Page?
Make sure to click on each one of the icons on the top-right side of this page. Here's what you will find:
Roadmap to Develop Literacy and Communication Competence
Language teachers refer to the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning as the "Five C's". The standards were recently modified to focus on real world communication, literacy and the 21st century skills. The five C's are Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.
From the five C's of language I find myself referring to the Communication area and its related standards the most.
Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
Click on the links below to learn more about the standards and overall foundation of second language education.
Infographic of my Research on the Effects of Technology on