Using phones/computers to quiz students

Check out these options for infusing lessons with technology in an appealing way to students: with their phones. :)


(We’re trying this one today–it actually takes into account how quickly they can answer, and it’ll show who is in the lead if you wish to show them.)


(I haven’t used this one yet.)


(I used this often last year as a ticket out–I couldn’t guarantee total participation, but most students did participate or look over a shoulder.)


Open Study

Open Study is a platform that allows students to seek and give help from/to each other.  It doesn’t look like we have a spot for Spanish yet, but there’s an open part.  Find a friend somewhere, anywhere in the world to work with!  Technology at its best.

Oooh, infographics

Kathy Schrock just keeps bringing out the coolest things.  Check out her helpful links/work with Infographics here.  Her idea is to use them for assessments–what a beautiful way to present our information!

If you’re unsure about what an Infographic is, check out these awesome examples.


Blommin’ Google

Kathy Shrock “created this chart of Google tools set in the hierarchy of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy after spending lots of time investigating all that Google has to offer.”  Check out the programs we can use to enhance levels of thinking:

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Khan Academy

Holy Cow.  I know that I don’t teach math, science or social science; but this concept is incredible.  I see so many possibilities and implications for the way our foreign language classes could one day be, and it excites me!

Check out the Khan Academy!


Silly Google Translator

Check out this video from the Google Slam Competition (called Extra Spicy Slam)


Wicked Deception

Ooh la la, have we hit the jackpot.  I’m working on ways to share with students the benefits and drawbacks of available online materials.  Typically I have no trouble with dictionaries, but the translators make some cheating possible (usually noticed though–use of advanced constructions etc.) and/or botch up whatever it is they’re trying to communicate.  If anyone has ideas for dictionary activities etc., I’m so interested!

Here is a youtube minimovie that I love.  It uses online translators to give us an eventual (Eng-French-German-French-English) dialogue in English that is quite hilarious.  (Subtitles let you know what the original was.)