High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom


There’s an App for That!…Or Not…

09/08/2017 | Written by Lauren Rosen

  So you are used to seeing High Tech Low Tech articles that discuss options for improving your students language learning experience. These options are presented in various ways requiring different amounts of technology or none at all. The outcomes are intended to be the same regardless of whether you are integrating technology or not. […]

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Core Practices

05/15/2017 | Written by Andrea Behn

The Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) provided world language teachers with 6 Core Practices in 2015 and though some of the practices are not new to teachers, they do take some planning and effort to incorporate in teaching. For some teachers, the most challenging Core Practice to incorporate into their repertoire is using authentic […]

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High Tech and Low Tech “Minds on” the Real World

02/12/2017 | Written by Deana Zorko

As we observe our students in the classroom setting, we look for them to be engaged in learning, not just “busy,” nor “on task.” We want them intellectually active in the target language with challenging content in a real world context. While attending my most recent district professional development day, the following explanation adapted from […]

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Recognizing and Socializing Accomplishments: Feedback to Engage Students in their own Learning

10/26/2016 | Written by Lynn Sessler Neitzel

Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement, but this impact can vary, dependent on when and how it is used . Evidence shows that although feedback is among the major influences, the type of feedback and the way it is given can be differentially effective. Dr. John Hattie, world renowned […]

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Building Relationships Using Hi-tech and Low-tech Instruction

08/22/2016 | Written by SuAnn Schroeder

Nowadays, it is pretty common that technology plays an important role in the world language classroom. Our guiding resource ACTFL offers a position statement regarding the use of technology. “ACTFL acknowledges and encourages using the potential of technology as a tool to support and enhance classroom-based language instruction.” At the same time, ACTFL “recognizes the […]

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Classroom Engagement, Participation and Proficiency

06/24/2016 | Written by Deana Zorko

I recently wrote the following in a personal statement of my teaching philosophy: I value a safe and culturally rich classroom environment where risk-taking in the target language is encouraged thus preparing students to communicate in real-life situations using communicative, collaborative and creative skills they have gained as they apply the content they have learned. […]

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Students as Teachers…Presentations Taken to the Next Level

04/11/2016 | Written by Tobias Barske

Student presentations are commonplace in world language classrooms and have been for a long time. Teachers use them for all the right reasons: instruction moves from teacher-fronted to student-centered, students gain responsibility for course content, and learners practice ACTFL’s presentational mode of communication. Presentations offer a possibility to assign research outside the classroom to students, […]

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Is integrating 21st Century skills synonymous with technology?

12/21/2015 | Written by Lauren Rosen & Deana Zorko

When we think of 21st Century skills we tend to think that the pedagogy which guides us to incorporate these skills must be accompanied by high tech tools. Of course by definition some skills (such as technology literacy) will need to be fostered by high tech tools, but there are others that can go low […]

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Should we go high or low?: A Few Tips on Using and Choosing Technology Wisely

10/14/2015 | Written by Deana Zorko (with Anita Alkhas and Kris Knisely)

Let’s start with ACTFL’s position statement on the use of technology as an initial step when deciding to go high or low tech in a lesson or activity: The use of technology should never be the goal in and of itself, but rather one tool for helping language learners to use the target language in […]

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Making A Solid Case for Realia (2): In Defense of the Handmade

06/14/2015 | Written by Anita Alkhas

“Only by acquiring skills that bring us into contact with the physical world can we flourish as social individuals.” Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head, 2015. Scissors, tape, glue, and brightly colored construction paper. The first thing I remember constructing with my hands was a wide-brimmed floppy paper hat for my mom, an […]

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