Looking for some ways to leverage technology to enhance dual language instruction? While the first impulse may be to buy content that has technology components, often materials aren’t readily available for purchase. District and campus staff can leverage technology to enhance dual language instruction by using it to create content, facilitate communication between classes, and, then, facilitate sharing.
- Students and teachers can use digital devices as tools for authentic communication and for accomplishing intellectually challenging, nonremedial tasks in the context of culturally appropriate whole activities.
- Students can use technology to produce theme-centered, multimedia slide shows, electronic hypermedia books, and publish their poetry and written pieces.
- Students can use technology to graph real life data and explore–with audio recordings–the relationships between data and their graphical representations.
- Students begin to learn the words for the graphics they wish to incorporate in their slide show, as well as the processes of modifying, saving and retrieving their work. Students learn to interweave audio narration using the microphone on their digital device, with some experimenting in the target language by reading or translating their work
Step 1 – Create Content:
- Narrated Audio Slideshows – (read more)
- On the iPad, you can use free apps like 30HandsLearning, as well as paid apps like Explain Everything ($2.99) on iPad/Android tablets, to create content.
- On Chromebook, you can create a narrated slideshow (lots of instructions available online).
- On a desktop/laptop computer, lots of different programs to use.
- On iPad/Android tablets, use Book Creator app ($4.99)
- On Chromebook and/or laptops/desktop computers, create ebook with GoogleDocs and/or LibreOffice, respectively.
- Oral Storytelling – Focus is on audio recording. Take pictures and then add audio narration. Or, simply record audio of a child’s story, then have them prepare text to match it.
- Written Composition Approach – Students write a script, match pictures to main events in the script, then narrate it, combining all the components into a narrated slideshow.
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