High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom


WAFLT Conference Poster Sessions: High Tech Low Tech

02/12/2019 | Written by Lauren Rosen

Have you thought about presenting at WAFLT but then wondered if you really had enough to share? Well, you do! It’s all about the packaging. Maybe you don’t feel ready to spend a whole hour talking about what you are doing. Perhaps you prefer that one-to-a-few informal conversation with colleagues. Or maybe you have an […]

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Differentiation Opportunities: High Tech Low Tech

12/20/2018 | Written by Nicole Strasser

Recently Spanish 3 students at my school have been exploring different social and conservation problems through news, stories, and videos. While social activism is not exactly on the forefront of any of these sixteen year olds’ brains, I have found that there are 3 factors which play a very large role in student buy-in and […]

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High Tech Low Tech Right Tech No Tech

10/21/2018 | Written by Lauren Rosen

As we approach conference season with WAFLT and ACTFL just around the corner, many of us are getting excited for the new ideas, the networking, the recharge to our batteries. In addition to teaching language classes, for the past 25 years I have spent many hours in classrooms observing others and working one on one […]

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High Tech/Low Tech: Talking Advocacy with Your Students

08/10/2018 | Written by Josh LeGreve, Spanish Teacher, Green Lake School District

As we all begin to prep for our return to our classrooms, one of theearly lessons in the year I look forward to is having the conversation with students about why languages matter and why it is important to learn about other cultures and communities. To me, this is a pivotal portion of my work […]

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Comprehensible Input: Foreshadowing…2018 Summer Institute

06/25/2018 | Written by Lauren Rosen

The 2018 WAFLT Summer Institute is just around the corner. To help folks get charged for this year’s theme, “Digging Deep: Comprehensible Input, Authentic Resources and Growing Professionally,” it seemed appropriate to share a few definitions and current resources from the web that provide a range of thought on this topic.   First, What is CI? […]

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Activities for Doodles & Scribbles

02/25/2018 | Written by Deana Zorko

Definition of a doodle: an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch; also : a minor work There aren’t many favorable definitions out there regarding doodling and scribbling. As teachers, however, we see it day in and day out on homework, warm ups, tests/quizzes, journals and even desk tops. It can be destructive and even […]

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Ideas for When You Are Out

11/28/2017 | Written by Deana Zorko

I recently read this blog post in Path to Proficiency and began to reflect on my own sub plans for when I am not able to be in class. How can students effectively use class time to continue their work towards proficiency? Will they actually do what I leave them? After some contemplation, I thought…students […]

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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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