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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- 27 days ago

There is still time to register for Summer Institute! Reserve your spot now and we will see you in Madison on August 1st and 2nd! Here is a short video invite from one of our facilitators, Danielle Chaussee! Go to https://t.co/OEuMOEL5cn for more info and to register! https://t.co/py9XYkvWU8
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- 31 days ago

Don't miss this great opportunity on August 1-2 in Madison! Summer Institute is going to be a jam-packed two days to get you energized for the next school year and extra ready to engage students and encourage global competence! Register at https://t.co/OEuMOEL5cn https://t.co/8MCxpAFu47
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- 31 days ago

Dear WI World Language Colleagues, Are you ready to return to an in-person WAFLT Fall Conference? So are we! Our 2022 keynote highlights "Wisconsin Voices" and we'd like to hear from you! Please share your thoughts on the Google form linked below! https://t.co/mAfVhsv6u4
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