Tech Tools for Proficiency

Our world language classrooms focus more and more on building proficiency through performance.  So why not take advantage of the technology students have at hand to engage them in developing language skills.

Let’s take a look at four apps or websites that can help us achieve this goal and engage our students in all three communicative modes: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational.

  1. Recap – Pose a question and have students respond by chat in the target language.  Then, have them make videos of their responses to engage in a deeper discussion.  Enhance the initial question with a “journey.” Create a video Journey with supporting resources on the topic or to expand questions. This will support students more in providing their responses to the prompt.
  2. EdPuzzle – Make any video – your own or one from another source, like YouTube – interactive and ratchet up the engagement and expectations.  Add voiceovers and questions to assist students in understanding the video content and let them loose.  Then, monitor how often they watch the video and how well they do with the tasks.
  3. Flipgrid – Don’t just ask a question; expand a prompt.  Record and upload video stimuli. Embed YouTube and Vimeo videos. Upload a high-resolution image for your students to discuss. Or, add a little fun with GIPHY and Emoji. You can also feature an attached file (OneNote, Google Docs, etc), document (PDF, Word, Dropbox, etc), or any website as the stimulus in your topics. Students record their responses and can also add photos, stickers, files, and links.
  4. Thinglink – Create interactive images, infographics, videos, or 360 experiences with additional content. Even have students create their own 360 documentaries with audio narration, images, videos, and quizzes.

Use any one of these four applications and reap the benefits.  All of them support your students in developing collaboration and communication skills while engaging in real-world learning experiences.