This page contains links, materials, and resources from Cherice Montgomery's presentation to the SLAT course on Teaching Reading & Writing in Foreign Languages.



Agenda Outline:

Segment 1: Who am I? Who are you? What are the historical foundations of literacy and technology?
  • Introductions
  • Kahoot
  • Writing Spaces

Segment 2: What do we mean by literacy? How are literacy practices influenced by technology? Why are the relationships between literacy and technology so political in nature sometimes?

  • Definitions of Literacy
  • Table Tents
  • TeensNTech Videos (Also located at the bottom of this page)

Segment 3: What is TPACK? How does TPACK change what teachers do in the classroom? Why is it important to focus on students as we think about literacy development?

  • Theoretical Frameworks re: Literacy Pedagogy, Technology
  • Pedagogical Examples

Segment 4: What technological tools are available to support language learning? How might teachers use these tools to foster literacy development? Why is it important to think about where language learning breaks down before we select our tools?

  • Tech Tools for Literacy Development in FLs
  • Closure

Popcorn Activity:

  • Languages
  • Levels
  • Stage of Thesis
  • Future Plans
  • Comfort Level with Technology


  • Students will describe the relationship between literacy and technology.
  • Students will identify trends in the development, use, and pedagogical applications of emerging technologies.
  • Students will experiment with a variety of technologies for facilitating the development of students' literacy skills.

Kahoot Cell Phone Survey Activity:Kahoot.JPG

Guiding Questions

  • 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?

Titan Pad Closure & Evaluation Activity: TitanPadLogo.JPG

(Social Issues & Cultural Contexts)

Writing Spaces Through Time
Help Desk Video Activity (Eng. Subtitles):


10BreakthroughTechnologies2014.JPG - A list compiled by MIT Review (See also this list from the Global Council on Emerging Technologies)

Predictions Activity: How do you think these technologies (or the trends they signal) may influence education in the future?


New Literacies Video Activities: (See video link below)


Literacy Quotes Table Tents Activity: From: Wilhelm, Jeff. (2000, March). Literacy by design: Why is all this technology so important?Voices from the Middle, 7(3), 4-14. Retrieved December 23, 2011, from and Burbules, Nicholas C., & Callister, Thomas A. (2000). Watch IT: The risks & promises of information technologies for education. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Key Concepts

Concept & Example
Technology has the capacity to amplify and extend our natural gifts and talents (and their impact)
Cognitive Flexibility
Technology can shift our perspectives and help us to see things in new ways, which capacitates us to become more innovative
Cognitive Load
Technology can both increase and decrease the ways that learning, memory, and processing tax the brain
Technology can help us engage with complex domains and problems in meaningful ways
Technology can give us access to materials that can contextualize learning

Technology can be used to individualize and personalize learning
Distributed Cognition
Technology can help us access the expertise, knowledge, and skills of a network of individuals. organizations, and materials that may span the entire globe

Technology can be used to provide just-in-time, meaningful feedback on learning
Functional Fixedness
The idea that a tool can serve only one purpose limits our ability to take full advantage of the opportunities for creativity and innovation that technology provides

Technology has given us anytime, anywhere access to nearly anyone in the world, and information (and the cultures and perspectives associated with it) can now spread at the click of a button
Technology is influencing, redefining, shaping, and expanding our understanding of who we are and what is possible

Multiple Representations
Technology can help us provide multiple representations of content in ways that expand understanding
Technology can be used to support learners as they progress through zones of proximal development
Technology can be used to engage students in learning that transforms them as individuals and assists them in transforming the world around them
The ability to read, write, and interact across different cultures, media, and platforms
Visual Cognition
Technology can help us take advantage of the phenomenon of visual cognition to decrease cognitive load, to increase learning, and to improve retention
Technology can help us frame problems, analyze approaches, and visualize solutions
Grab-a-Word Activity:

Key Principles



Analysis Activity: SeEscapaUnMillonDeCucarachasDeUnCriaderoEnChina.JPG




Developed by Cherice Montgomery, Ph.D.

Handouts & Pedagogical Materials


Buzzword Bingo Activity:

Activities for Teaching & Scaffolding Writing in the Target Language

Dual Language Immersion Wiki - Activities, reading strategies, and templates for developing reading and writing skills (focuses primarily on Spanish, but many materials in English)

Media Literacy: Core Concepts & Key Questions (In Spanish)

Reading Activity Templates

Reading Strategies That Benefit All Learners


A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

InanimateAliceLogo.jpg - A digital novel available in English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish

Retail Alphabet Game

Professional Documents


ACTFL 21St Century Skills Meet Technology Infographic


Image source:





Dieu, Barbara, & Stevens, Vance. (2007, June). Pedagogical affordances of syndication, aggregation, and mash-up of content on the web. TESL-EJ, 11(1), 1-15. Retrieved March 1, 2008, from (Provides an overview of tools one might use in an ESL/FL classroom)

Henry, Jeff, & Meadows, Jeff. (2008, Winter). An absolutely riveting online course: Nine principles for excellence in web-based teaching. Canadian Journal of Learning & Technology, 34(1). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from

McBride, Melanie. (2009, July 3). The hidden curriculum of 21st century learning. Retrieved September 14, 2009, from (Key concepts related to curriculum and literacy in a 21st Century world—lots of English/Social Studies applications)

McLoughlin, C., & Krakowski, K. (2001). Technological tools for visual thinking: What does the research tell us? Retrieved April 30, 2005, from

Prensky, Marc. (2001, October). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5). NCB University Press. Retrieved June 27, 2006, from,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

Rheingold, Howard. (2008). Using participatory media and public voice to encourage civic engagement. Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth. Edited by W. Lance Bennett. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 97–118. Retrieved December 13, 2007, from Currently available:

Spiro, Rand J., Feltovich, Paul J., Jacobson, Michael I., & Coulson, Richard L. (1991). Cognitive flexibility, constructivism, and hypertext: Random access instruction for advanced knowledge acquisition in ill-structured domains. Retrieved November 3, 2003, from (This paper is no longer available online.)

Thomas, Sue. (2008). Transliteracy and new media. In R. Adams, S. Gibson, & S. Muller Arisona (Eds.), Transdisciplinary Digital Art. Sound, Vision and the New Screen (pp. 101-109). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. Retrieved May 27, 2008, from

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

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)

Resources by Language


Arabic Asking for Information in a Shop

Arinfographic.JPG - This site seeks to become the Wikipedia of infographics in Arabic (read more here).

Literacy - Arabic - A small collection of infographics on literacy in Arabic (uploaded by Unesco to

MagicTyper.jpg - Type in Arabic using your regular English keyboard


Arts Chula #77 Japanese Major - A humorous video

Erin's Challenge: I Can Speak Japanese! - Video lessons for basic Japanese

InfographicJP.JPG - A dynamic collection of infographics in Japanese

Japanese City/Town/Village Fotobabble - Students narrate a visit to a Japanese city

JapaneseInfographicsMapsChartsPinterest.JPG - A series of infographics (most in English, but some in Japanese) on Pinterest

Japanese Writing

Katakana Quiz

Learn Japanese: Stone Soup

My Interactive Image (Japanese)

JapaneseHousePopUp.gif - A variety of activities for children re: environmental protection

TheLivesOfJapaneseElementarySchoolStudents.gif - A series of compositions written by Japanese elementary students in Japanese and English

Skritter.png - This website scaffolds students through writing characters, including correct stroke order and pronunciation, in Japanese & Chinese

Tagxedo - A tag cloud in Japanese (for colors)

Webquest in Japanese - A webquest in which students make plans for a visit to Japan


AdsOfTheWorldLogo.png - Ads of the world (in print and video), searchable by language

Bookbox.png - Videos that are dubbed and subtitled, searchable by language (including Arabic, Japanese, & Russian)

The Culture Club - Many materials for Arabic, etc.

Culture Connection Wiki - A wiki containing culturally authentic resources for a variety of languages (primarily Spanish)


GrimmsFairyTalesEnglish.JPG - Available in Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, & Spanish

InspirationLane.jpg - A blog containing lots of reading and writing prompts--originally designed for English Language Learners, but uses Google Translate to translate into other languages, including Arabic, Japanese, Russian, & Spanish

InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online

Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on the map to launch the animated folktales in a separate tab. Folktales are subtitled in the language in which they are spoken. Some of them offer choices of English or Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, etc.

Magic Typer - Type in Arabic or Russian using your regular English keyboard

NewseumLogo.jpg - Front pages of newspapers from the current day from around the world; searchable




LearnToReadRussianIn15Minutes.JPG - A series of infographics in English and Russian designed to teach the basics of Russian letters

Розмноження птахів

Russian Alphabet - Click on a letter to hear it pronounced, see it written, and hear sample words

RussiaBeyondTheHeadlines.png - Infographics in English about Russia

Russian Writing - Click on a Russian letter to see how it is written in cursive.

InfographicsInRussian.JPG - Infographics in Russian, but with titles and descriptions in English

SovietEraInfographics.JPG - Infographics in Russian from the Soviet era

ToonIntoReading.png - Online readers, organized by level, in Chinese, English, French, Russian, & Spanish

Writing a Business Letter - Scaffolding for each section of a business letter in Russian, with English translations

Что происходит в Луганске

Tech Tools

Kahoot.JPG - Create cell phone quizzes, polls, and surveys in a game-like format

MagicTyper.jpg (See also for Russian) - Type in the target language

Skritter.png - Practice stroke order in Chinese and Japanese

ThingLink.JPG - Annotate images with audio, links, and video

ThingLink Example 1: Arabic Asking for Information in a Shop

ThingLink Example 2: Japanese Writing

ThingLink Example 3: My Interactive Image (Japanese)

ThingLink Example 4: Pозмноження птахів

ThingLink Example 5:Что происходит в Луганске

MakeMyNewspaperLogo.jpg - Students can create their own newspapers

storybird.jpg - Select an illustration style, then create your own stories

TagxedoLogo.jpg - Create word clouds based on an online article, then have students predict what the reading will be about

TitanPadLogo.JPG - Simultaneous, collaborative writing among class members

TriciderLogo.JPG - Students can use this tool to brainstorm ideas, construct arguments, vote on them, and prepare for debates as homework prior to class (also great for helping graduate students construct arguments for their theses)

TubeChopLogo.gif - Snip videos so they start and stop at precisely the section you wish to show
ViewPureLogo.JPG- Paste a YouTube URL into the box, click the button, and it eliminates the ads and related videos from the screen


Amazing New Future Technology 2014

Derecho a la salud

Help Desk (Eng. Subtitles)

I/O Brush

Let's Get it Started Sims Machinima by April Hoffman

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Nova: Wake Forest Invents Inkjet Organ Printer

Personal Learning Networks (Will Richardson)

Silver Bells & Golden Spurs Machinima

Surface Computing Innovations: Play Together

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