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VSTE Goes Green: Over the years we’ve made an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste that gets accumulated by reducing the scope of the printed program. This year we will provide a printed conference program with only a summary schedule of the sessions available during each breakout session. For the full detailed listing of each session we encourage attendees to make use of our online schedule here which will work on mobile devices and all major platforms.

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Sunday, December 7 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Immersing Foreign Language Instruction in 21st Century Multimodal Technology

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The teaching and learning of foreign languages has always been by necessity a multimodal endeavor. To understand Spanish, for example, a student must not only read critically, memorize, and regurgitate information, but listen to the language and the nuances of accent, connect visuals to the foreign words, and even view media that captures the culture. Yet with the advent of technologies to facilitate multimodal instruction, the proper integration and emphasis of digital tools in foreign language learning has not flourished as it has in other disciplines. The untapped potential of interactive Web software needs to be addressed because it is a disservice to students in a 21st century foreign language classroom to learn as they have for centuries. In this presentation, I will review my successes in incorporating Audioboo to benefit students aurally via podcasting, Lingt Online Foreign Language Classroom to encourage participation via immersive communication, and EdPuzzle to engage students visually via annotated videos of cultural lessons. My classroom relies heavily on digital multimodal tools to flip the classroom and minimize lecture while maximizing active engagement of the material. This presentation will share these applications with fellow teachers. It is a constant struggle for foreign language instructors to meaningfully cover grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing, speaking, and listening on a daily basis. Emerging technologies like Audioboo, Lingt, and EdPuzzle offer foreign language instructors a means to lessen the load and increase in-class student engagement in all five areas. Audioboo is a podcasting Web site, which allows users to record and upload podcasts that are easily embedded into learning management systems like Edmodo. Podcasts in a foreign language classroom can replace limiting homework assignments and reach students aurally. Lingt benefits students through listening activities that require spoken responses, all contained in a listening/speaking online "worksheet." Both Lingt and Audioboo promote the challenging aspects of communicative, multimodal competency and assist teachers in ensuring reinforcement of speaking and listening that continues outside of class. EdPuzzle goes beyond a simple VHS, DVD, or YouTube experience by posing review inquiries for students to increase comprehension. Teachers are able to post videos that provide meaningful exposure to the language, while being able to track viewing statistics and behaviors and monitor student progress. This presentation will offer strategies for integrating these and other tools into language acquisition and foreign language classrooms. Attendees will be asked to participate in brainstorming applications for these tools to help immerse foreign language instruction in 21st century technologies.

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Meredith Gober

Foreign Language Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Academy
Foreign Language TeacherChesapeake Bay Academy

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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