High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom

Building Relationships Using Hi-tech and Low-tech Instruction

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

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Classroom Engagement, Participation and Proficiency

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

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Students as Teachers…Presentations Taken to the Next Level

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

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Is integrating 21st Century skills synonymous with technology?

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

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

“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

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Making A Solid Case for Realia (1): An Added Dimension

I recently reacquired the suitcase that I lugged around on my very first trip to Paris. The moment I grabbed it by its handle and felt it dig into the flesh of my fingers, I was flooded with sensory memories – cue the soundtrack to Amélie! Only instead of seeing

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Ideas that Stick

This month marks the one-year anniversary of High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom. As we look back through the archives, we notice that there are quite a few ideas involving sticky notes. This is not surprising. After all, sticky notes represent a perfect marriage between high and low tech.

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High Tech/Low Tech: ¿Legend or Myth?

Across cultures, stories about gods and heroes fall into the category of myths and legends. According to diffen.com, “…the two aren’t the same and can be differentiated based on factors such as reasons behind them, the stories behind them and the truth they hold.” The table below (from diffen.com) helps

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The window is now open to nominate a student, colleague, or friend of education for a WAFLT Award! Each day this week we will highlight a different WAFLT Award on social media. More info at https://t.co/KPysEmfhIA https://t.co/WbZPkOTDgE
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Don't forget to join us at @flesfest this February! Registration is open now and it is free! https://t.co/IKPUXbCDad
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- 13 days ago

The Call for Proposals is open for the WAFLT Fall Conference 2022: "Level Up: Embracing Change, Empowering Learners." We hope for session, poster, and workshop presentations from many languages, levels, and perspectives! More info & proposal form at https://t.co/2k94Hp71UU https://t.co/MgJ9HjFaCv
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- 32 days ago

WI FLESFEST is excited to share that Jennifer D. Klein, author of "The Global Education Guidebook" will be the Keynote speaker for FLESFEST 2022! We hope to see you all online on February 19th! https://t.co/x01bnjEk3y for more info! https://t.co/9j7BVMNBH0
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and please note the link should be https://t.co/x01bnjEk3y!
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