Following the lead of for-profit online educational institutions, the Florida Universities Board of Governors have taken the first step in moving toward expanded online offerings for students in the Sunshine State.
Taking their cues from schools like Kaiser and ITT tech, while missing the solid guidance offered by not-for-profit colleges and universities. The Board of Governors would do well to consider their next steps carefully so that their students get the best possible result.
A literature review focusing on the use of technology — old and new — in the World Language classroom.
Hess, C. (2012) Using Technology in the Languages Classroom from the 20th to the 21st Century: A Literature Review of Classroom Practices and Fundamental Second Language Learning Theories. Babel. 46. (2-3) . P 4-24
Preus, B. (2012) Authentic Instruction for 21st Century Learning: Higher Order Thinking in an Inclusive School. American Secondary Education. 40.(3) P 59-79.
Sometimes it is good to see things from an obvious perspective. Technology in the classroom and 21st Century Learning are inextricably linked. As we move forward with high tech solutions and applications, we should keep those trusted low tech methods and tools close at hand.
Gordon, D. (2009) Steven Paine: West Virginia’s Superintendent of Schools Argues That Classroom Technology Use Is at the Core of 21st-Century Learning. T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education). 36.(5) P 18-28.
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An article from the New York Times on the changes occurring in education as a result of the twenty-first century educational model.
With the invasion of new technology tools in the classroom, teachers need to apply some new strategies to implement the best of what applies to the course content and still utilize good pedagogy.
Well, we are in luck! Our friends at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), we have a guide to help plan for the future.
Alignment with standards is critical. ACTFL has given us a guide for that as well.