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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- 61 days ago

WAFLT mourns the loss of Patrick Raven, former WAFLT president and former Executive Director of CSCTFL. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones. Patrick was a champion for WL and PD throughout our region. https://t.co/J4o2oP6gtS
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- 67 days ago

The Ripon Area School District is accepting applications for a full-time Spanish Teacher beginning with the 2021-22 school year. The RASD World Language Department offers classes taught through CI strategies. Interested applicants can apply on WECAN to vacancy 116443.
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- 100 days ago

Registration is open for WAFLT Virtual Summer Institute -- August 2-3, 2021. Building Cultural & Global Competence with Dr. Jacque Van Houten and Pam Delfosse. Only $40 for members! Don't miss your spot! https://t.co/5eYWhxKp4E
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- 125 days ago

@csctfl: CSCTFL 2022 Virtual Conference Several options of presentations: live, pre-recorded, and simulive (pre-recorded with live chat). Get inspired by the topics in the image below! For priority, submit by June 15! Proposals can be submitted to https://t.co/SXU16fWWzc https://t.co/FwSM1a3rkk
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- 155 days ago

@ADiazMora It is! November 5-6!
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