I feel like I’ve just been given a new gift (kind of like the flowers in this picture). I spend most of my day with adult learners of foreign languages. University students are part of my daily routine, and I love to be with them. This past weekend I attended the ACTFL Conference, which brings together about 7,000 language learning professionals. Today’s blog post is a shout out to the language teachers of students in elementary, middle school, and high school. Ya’ll are heroes, cutting-edge-in-the-trenches-grade-A-awesome fireballs! Thanks to you, I learned tons about language teaching this past week end. Thanks to you I now follow Srta. Rodriguez on Pinterest who has over 4,000 pins of Spanish language learning materials. You gotta check her site out: http://www.pinterest.com/srtanrodriguez/
And thanks to Shaun Johnson, I now know how to create those goo.gl shortcut URLs to share my items that are saved on google drive. You gotta check out his blog posts too: http://profesorjohnson.blogspot.com
Others showed me how they are using wevideo, replay, powtoon, memries. They have third graders using garage band, pixie, google sites, Kahoot, a million other programs.
Truly, I was blown away all weekend long by the number of creative, tech savvy, dedicated, and energy-filled teachers of elementary school students, middle school students, and high school students. A word of warning to those of us at universities, we’ve got to step it up because when those students hit university studies, they are going to look at us dinosaurs and wonder why we can’t get with the times.