Why I’m not preparing my students for the “real world”

We often hear education experts tell us how important it is to design learning experiences for our students that will prepare them for the "real world." And teacher blogs, conference presentations and tweets are also full of strategies they have developed and implemented to prepare their students for the "real world." By and large, they are good strategies worth exploring … Continue reading Why I’m not preparing my students for the “real world”

Yes, they CAN understand native speakers!

I often hear teachers say that authentic videos featuring native speakers (and intended for viewing by other native speakers) are too difficult for our language learners to use as listening practice, let alone listening assessment. And yet, I think we can all agree that we would like to have our students listen to "real" products … Continue reading Yes, they CAN understand native speakers!

And the single best tool I recommend to other teachers is….?

I'm often asked what my favorite educational technology tools are. The question usually goes something like this: "With all of this emphasis on education technology and 21st century teaching and learning, what is one tool you would recommend to other teachers?" My response? Selectivity Before you rush off to the app store or to your computer to try selectivity.com … Continue reading And the single best tool I recommend to other teachers is….?

Check out teaching activities created in MentorMob and EdCanvas

UPDATE: since publication, both tools have changed their name and also their Web addresses.  MentorMob is now LessonPaths and can be found at http://www.lessonpaths.com. EdCanvas is now Blendspace and is found at http://www.blendspace.com. After completing my "Side-by-Side" post comparing online thematic content curation on MentorMob and EdCanvas, I ultimately chose to create student learning experiences … Continue reading Check out teaching activities created in MentorMob and EdCanvas

Side by Side: comparing EdCanvas and MentorMob for curating online content for students

This week, my students in French 2 are continuing their study of food and nutrition. In order to further their study and take it beyond lists of foods to memorize, I wanted to use an article I tried with French 2 last year. The article, Ten Things You Need to Know About Hunger, 2013 comes from … Continue reading Side by Side: comparing EdCanvas and MentorMob for curating online content for students

Still so far to go

For this post, I think my recent communications with a colleague and subsequent posts (and related comments) on social media will speak for themselves. Let's begin at the beginning with this email thread....names removed (except my own), of course. From: Teacher A Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:28 PM To: Nicole Naditz; Teacher B Subject: … Continue reading Still so far to go

Google Teacher Academy….the next few hours

Now that you've had some time to digest my experience of the first couple of hours of the Google Teacher Academy in London, here are some of my favorite takeaways from the subsequent (but still not all of the remaining) hours. Use "street view" in Google maps to give context to literature and historical events … Continue reading Google Teacher Academy….the next few hours

Google Teacher Academy United Kingdom: A whirlwind of inspiration, dreams…and yes, technology

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader                                                                         … Continue reading Google Teacher Academy United Kingdom: A whirlwind of inspiration, dreams…and yes, technology

Virtual World Languages Student Fair?

I've been seeing really exciting posts about the application period for the Google Science Fair and of course, that got me thinking about what that would look like for other subjects. To be sure, there may not be money to invest in actual in-person fairs the same way the Google Science Fair finalists are invited … Continue reading Virtual World Languages Student Fair?