Engage, Inspire, Empower - language learning and technology
I got back to being a language teacher last night, doing a quick talk and then conversation with some of the teachers participating in our Malta Better Learning with Technologies group. Here is the video of the talk, where I was inspired by the instant nature of understanding we gain from the cartoons we've seen over the past week:
- The universal language of image
- The growth of the image thanks to technology - Insta...everything
- The move of technology's dominance in text (blogs and podcasts of 2005) to image (YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat in 2015)
- How do we play the whole game of learning, every day, in the language classroom?
- What S.T.A.R. moments do we create for our students to amplify the meaning of what we're doing?
- Can we inform students later, and start with the why of engagement, inspiration and then empowering through information and the 'how'?
- "Real world" does not mean we have to take every student on a foreign exchange visit. Real world is no longer the long-term relationships we had to build with partner schools in 2005. Real world can be short-term reaching out to someone, just for a lesson, for a moment, to gather an empathy for how others might think.
- Real world can also be imaginative - video games as a stimulus for writing, or TED talks for stimulus in reading and listening (and speaking!).