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Hello to the ISTE Community,
I am a Spanish Teacher investigating tech tools for language teaching. I am interested in what you use in your classroom to enhance student learning of Spanish. I am not interested in using technology for the sake of using it in the classroom, but rather using targeted tech for a specific purpose in learning. I would really like to hear especially about tools beyond Peardeck, Quizlet, and Kahoot, maybe more sophisticated for real-world use.
Some of my favorite and my students' favorites include Nearpod, Gimkit, Blooket, Spaces EDU, Curipod, and CoSpaces EDU for the AR/VR.
Here was a blog I wrote earlier this year about some tools that we have used. It has descriptions, examples, and hyperlinks to the tools. Here is another article with more ideas and methods. My book Chart A New Course with ISTE and another that I wrote for World Language Educators about strategies for in-person and digital instruction. It had some student stories and educator stories shared in it as well with lots of examples. I always enjoy sharing ideas and learning more!
Hope this helps
Thank you so much for the response and the ideas! The blog has links to exactly the kinds of tools I am looking for. More than one person has recommended BookCreator, so I will definitely start there, especially since it has options for audio and visuals. I have tried MOTE and found it limiting in that if you use the free version, at least, it is only a 30-second recording allowable. I very much appreciate your heading me in the direction of new options. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
I'm a former French/Spanish teacher turned tech coach, so your question really hits home! I'm a fan of Quizlet for regular practice and Quizlet Live, but I never paid for a subscription. If kids were using it to study, I could see that in their classwork. Games are always a favorite tool for teaching!
What I've found over the years is that any good tech tool is a good tool for world language. The biggest drawback would be when accents aren't fully integrated. I love using Google Slides, Kami, and we use Schoology heavily. Vocaroo is also an excellent tool for quick recordings and Flip is an awesome way to get students speaking in the target language. You can even have asynchronous discussions on Flip. It really helps the students who are reluctant to speak up in class.
I would love to talk more about the topic if you would like!
Lingokids is an educational tech app that is helping transform the way children gain traditional educational and modern life skills. While most of our content is in English, we have started creating content in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/@LingokidsenEspanol
We will keep creating new Spanish content so stay tuned!
All the best,