Monday, April 20, 2015

Learning Together at MACUL: World Language and Technology can Mix!

Susan Mann, world language teacher at West Middle School, wasn't sure what to expect when she headed off to MACUL.  She expected sessions focusing on ELA and Math and the other "Core" subjects, but what about Spanish?  Would there be anything at the conference for a middle school world language teacher?  YES!  Here is Susan's blog post:
As a World Language teacher, I often feel left out of the conversation when it comes to technology. However, the MACUL conference pleasantly surprised me with all kinds of technology that I can use in the classroom. During the conference, I learned how to incorporate and tweak lesson plans in my Google Classroom, techniques for simplifying and automating rubrics, websites that allow students to record their voice and practice speaking in the target language, and how to use WEVIDEO in my classroom. The presentations were very informative and really inspired me as an educator to incorporate technology daily. 
While the presentations were motivational, I have to say that one of the best reasons for attending this conference is the fellowship that happens between the tech department and faculty. All too often, the technology department seems like a distant entity over at the administration building. Fortunately during the conference, there was time to sit down and discuss these new ideas with them and troubleshoot problems that we are encountering in the classroom. I look forward to a continued partnership with the tech department and continued growth in the use of technology in the World Language Classroom.
We in the tech department look forward to our continued partnership as well.  Susan, your enthusiasm for teaching and learning is contagious! Thanks for sharing!

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