Post information, resources, and tips for using technology in language classes here.

This page is devoted to exploring questions such as:

  • How are trends in the development, availability, and use of emerging technologies impacting the ways in which students work, play, live, and learn?
  • What implications do trends in the use of emerging technologies have for what teachers need to do to prepare their students to thrive in 21st Century communities?
  • How are foreign language educators currently using emerging technologies to facilitate teaching and learning?
  • How can teachers design learning environments and experiences that will systematically develop students' skills with multiple literacies?

Questions for Self-evaluating Technology Integration

New technologies can foster cognitive engagement with content in ways that are well-aligned with research on learning and memory. However, the exact same technology can be used for language drill or for meaningful communication, depending on how one approaches the task. Consequently, sound pedagogy is an essential part of successful technology use. Teachers striving to provide technology-infused, standards-based lessons in the target language should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Purpose – Will using technology in this lesson allow students to accomplish something that they otherwise could not, or am I using it as just a “bell and whistle?” Am I using the technology primarily for “show and tell,” or do my plans include ample opportunities for my students to interact and create with it as well?

  • Task – Will the technology-based task I have designed develop students’ proficiency in the target language? Is the task developmentally appropriate for my students? Have I scheduled enough time for students to successfully complete each individual step of the task?

  • Tools – Are the technologies students will use to accomplish the task appropriate given their needs, skills, and the goals of my lesson?

  • Process (i.e., scaffolding) –

    • Product: Are my expectations for what students will do with the technology clear?

    • Preparation: Have I determined how I will prepare students to accomplish the task (in terms of content, process, and technology skills)?

    • Process: Have I carefully considered the logistics involved in each segment of the activity and planned accordingly? Have I anticipated at what points students may encounter difficulty and developed scaffolding that will enable them to be successful with those portions of the task?

    • Presentation: Have I thoughtfully planned pedagogically sound ways for students to share their work?

  • Alignment – Have I checked to be sure that the purpose, task, tools, and processes involved in my plans are well-aligned with my language objectives for students?

ClearingTheConfusion.JPG - 6 questions from Alan November re: tech-infused assignments


Evaluation of Web Lessons - Simple form designed to help preservice FL teachers think about multiple layers in their lesson planning

Lesson Evaluation Form - Online lesson evaluation form for web-based materials that is divided into pedagogy, content, and delivery methods.

Star Chart - A Self-Assessment of Technology Integration for Teacher Preparation Programs - Very nicely organized, visually appealing self-assessment rubric that teacher preparation programs can use to assess how well they are preparing tech-savvy teacher-candidates.

Tech PD Rubric Draft-11-14-02 - Rubric developed by MSU

Stages of Adoption of Technology - 6 question quiz - pretty generic, but would make a quick and easy assessment to generate discussion.

Cool Tech Tools


FL Examples

Allysen Clancy - A phenomenally rich collection of examples of how emerging technologies can be used to support language learning in Spanish classes (levels I-V) - individual student pages, interviews with students in Peru, podcasts, news radio shows, live videoconferencing, virtual field trip to Spain, etc. - chericem1 chericem1

Cutting Edge CALL Demos - Demos of different ways one language instructor is experimenting with emerging technologies to support language learning - chericem1 chericem1

Presentation Handouts

Just the Basics

Presented January 23, 2008 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Learning is in the Layers: Language & Literacy in the Web 2.0 World - Presented December 1, 2007, Stanford University, CA.

Literacy Exploration Stations

Presented with JIng Fu on February 5, 2008 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Teens, Toys, Talkin' & Tech: Playing with the Possibilities of a Digital Age - Cherice's collection of resources for helping language teachers to use emerging technologies to support language learning, teaching, and the development of 21st Century literacies - chericem1 chericem1

The Wonderful World of Wikis: Playing with Possibility in a Digital World - Presented with Cindy Kendall in November 2007 at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in San Antonio, TX



Barker, Olivia. (2006, May 29). Technology leaves teens speechless. - Interesting article describing how trends in technology use among teens may be affecting them both academically and socially. - chericem1 chericem1

Burbules, Nicholas C., & Callister Jr., Thomas A. (2000). Watch IT: The risks and promises of information technologies for education. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-9082-6.
An intriguing look at the subtle implications that new technologies have for education, teaching, and learning. The book explores issues of access, credibility, hyperreading, critical evaluation, censorship, surveillance and privacy, commercialization, and community building and discusses how these 21st Century literacies will influence what it means to provide socially just and ethically responsible education to 21st Century learners. The book has profound implications for curriculum and instruction. - chericem1 chericem1 Aug 27, 2008

Edutopia - This magazine (available online and in print) is produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation addresses a host of educational issues. - chericem1 chericem1

Howe, Jeff. (2006, June). 5 rules of the new labor pool. Wired. - A quick list of principles that offer a look at recent trends in labor and industry and provide insight into the new phenomenon of crowdsourcing. - chericem1 chericem1

Howe, Jeff. (2006, June). Look who's crowdsourcing. Wired. - A short column that lists several major apparel, design, entertainment, and financial service firms who are relying on crowdsourcing. - chericem1 chericem1

Howe, Jeff. (2006, June). The rise of crowdsourcing. Wired. - This article discusses how businesses are outsourcing advertising, media creation, problem-solving, and research and development . . . to their customers! - chericem1 chericem1

Johnson, Bobbie. Ignore bloggers at your own peril. The Guardian. - This article discusses the "disproportionate" influence that bloggers are having on business, culture, and society. - chericem1 chericem1

Prensky, Marc. (2001, October). Digital Natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5), pp. 1-6.
This article explains some of the ways that 21st Century learners differ from those of previous generations by drawing on the analogy of immigration and is particularly helpful for working with an audience of foreign language educators - chericem1 chericem1

Sterling, Bruce. (2006, June). Blogging for dollars. Wired. - This interesting article explains how companies are collaborating with bloggers to offer free services that eventually make substantial profits. - chericem1 chericem1

Technology & Learning - Monthly, themed issues address issues of learning with technology - chericem1 chericem1

Wilhelm, Jeff. (2000, March). Literacy by design: Why is all this technology so important anyhow? Voices from the Middle, 7(3), pp. 4-14.
An intriguing article that makes a compelling case for why teachers should consider making space for alternative writing places, spaces, and tools in 21st Century classrooms. He also outlines the benefits of using design-based curricula with students. - chericem1 chericem1

Wired. - An excellent source of ideas and information regarding all things technological. - chericem1 chericem1

Zhao, Yong (Ed.). (2005). Research in technology and second language learning: Developments and directions. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. ISBN 1-59311-191-6. A compilation of research regarding ways that technology is being used to provide input, communicative practice, and feedback in language education. - chericem1 chericem1


All Things Web 2.0 - Well-organized and nicely categorized list of web 2.0 resources (includes ratings) - chericem1 chericem1

Cool Online Tools for Students & Teachers - Free, online web 2.0 tools that can be used for language learning and teaching - chericem1 chericem1

Creating Standards-based Activities Integrating Authentic Materials from the WWW - Useful article by Jean LeLoup & Bob Pontiero that describes ways to use culturally authentic materials that are available online to develop standards-based language learning activities - chericem1 chericem1

Go2Web2.0 Directory - A handy directory of Web 2.0 services - chericem1 chericem1

Internet Activities for Foreign Language Classes - Lewis Johnson's collection of internet activities for Chinese, ESL, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and Tagalog classes, organized by language and level, along with information for writing internet-based lesson plans and activities - chericem1 chericem1

Lesson Plan Template (in Excel) - Designed for an elementary teacher, but could be quickly adapted for secondary purposes

Literacy for the 21st Century Language Learner - This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center provides links to pages that will help you to explore some of the ways that new technologies are changing what it means to be literate in the 21st Century, as well as to resources to help you better develop 21st Century literacies in the language classes you teach - chericem1 chericem1

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

Task Magic - An online dialogue template that can be used to scaffold classroom conversation activities. - charlaguay charlaguay

Technology (Long) - A list of suggestions compiled by Kristin Steen from FLTEACHers for integrating technology into FL classrooms - chericem1 chericem1

Technology Projects - Interesting ways interns have used technology in foreign language classrooms in order to accomplish their instructional goals

Translated Selected Text in Microsoft Word - Open a document in another language in Word, highlight the section of the document you want to translate, click on tools, translate, and the translation will appear in the pop-up window - chericem1 chericem1

Twenty-first Century Technologies: Tools for Transforming Language Teaching & Learning - This NFLRC newsletter outlines six key skills that students will need to thrive in the 21st Century, along with links to a variety of examples, information, and resources that will help you to use emerging technologies to support language learning in your classroom. Be sure you take time to explore the section that begins with Designing . . . .

Twice - An organization with links to multiple opportunities for teachers in Michigan to connect with other teachers via videoconferencing - chericem1 chericem1

Conversion Site This is a site that you can convert url's from youtube or other sites to files that you can save to your computer if you don't have access to the internet or for example youtube. It allows you to save files as urls or the other way. Watch out for copyright issues, but it's a good tool to use if youre in a school where the internet is not always avaliable. - cartierm cartierm

Slideshare - This site allows you to view and download PowerPoints that have been shared by other users. You do not have to be a member to use the site and there are a ton of possibilities for using these in the classroom. - AnthonyFontana AnthonyFontana

SketchUp- A program that is free to download through Google. It allows you to build 3D images and buildings. It would be great to use in talking about cities, towns, building etc. - cartierm cartierm

Technology Projects

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