Tecnologia Para Hispanohablantes: Explore Best Spanish-Language Digital Resources

Location: Room 006AB

Explore and create Preregistration and additional fee required.

Registration code: WH116

Fee: $113 (After May 1, $123)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Sunday, June 25, 8:30–11:30 am
Location: Room 006AB

John Lien   Dr. Rita Oates  
Teachers who teach in Spanish — with native speakers or second language learners — will explore ways to increase Spanish language in classrooms through websites, apps, videos and strategies. World language instruction focuses on using authentic materials, including audio and video sources and digital materials for student learning in Spanish.

Fee: $113 (After May 1, $123)
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Microsoft Word or equivalent
web browser
free account with Newsela.com (can do 15 minutes before workshop starts if necessary)
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices for using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: World languages
ISTE Standards: Students : Creative communicator
Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Students : Global collaborator
Additional detail: Global Collaboration strand session
Related exhibitors: Learning.com , Scholastic, Inc. , Schoology , Cricket Media , Newsela , BrainPOP

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

World language instruction now focuses on use of authentic materials, including audio and video sources and online materials as well as student creation and communication activities. The 21st century standards are organized into five areas, which will be the organizational structure of this workshop. Teachers who teach in Spanish language--with native speakers or second language learners—will explore ways to increase real language in Spanish language classrooms through sites, software, videos and strategies. Participants will have time to sample and join key online sites with authentic materials for students who are learning in Spanish. Teachers can explore online Spanish-speaking teacher communities Aula 2.0 and Eduteka and see where these communities can help to expand their knowledge and resources. Content in Spanish from products already licensed in many American school districts will be shared. Spanish content from government groups (NASA en español), multinational content (International Children’s Digital Library, BrainPOP en español) and news media from the U.S.A. and from Spanish-speaking countries (BBC, El Pais, El Nuevo Herald, CNñ, streaming radio) will be illuminated with ideas for using in the K-12 classroom. Other sites with video, audio and other Spanish-language materials will be profiled, along with social collaboration sites like Edmodo, and web 2.0 tools used in other areas, with time for participants to explore and share ideas for use with different target student groups. Funding strategies and management issues are included. Session leaders have been asked to present this workshop at ISTE for several years. (Spanish not required to participate in session) When this workshop is completed, participants will know how to provide diverse examples of spoken Spanish (as called for in the current world language curriculum) with different accents and structures. They will know how to adapt authentic materials to use with Spanish-learners and Spanish-speakers. These materials will include mass media (newspaper, radio, etc.), government materials and both free and paid sites. In world language classes, students have the opportunity to use a wide variety of digital resources in powerful ways for global collaboration and communication, as this workshop will demonstrate.


The presenters have a robust list of effective digital Spanish-language resources that are categorized into the five topics of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities, the same categories as the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (from ACTFL). During the first 90 minutes, each area will have brief demos of a few of the resources and some detail in how to use them in teaching with authentic digital sources. For example, the site International Children’s Digital Library, which contains digital images of children's books from different countries and in many languages, will be demonstrated as an example in Culture, showing searching and several different uses with students, from whole group reading to student creation of new text to accompany the pictures in the library or student recording of their own voices reading the content in Spanish. At the same time, the ISTE standards that are appropriate to this resource will also be shared, showing a “cross walk” between the two sets of standards. As another example, with the website Newsela, a Spanish-language story that can be read at multiple levels of difficulty will be divided among the group, who will each respond to a four-question quiz on the content, and then discuss how to use the free part of this resource with students. Throughout the workshop, there will be some time to "test it for yourself" so that participants can try out various aspects of the site and then share with the larger groups their thoughts on using that particular site in their classroom. Web 2.0 tools that focus on student creation of content, especially those that include recording student voice, will be explored so that participants will be able to see how to help students easily create content in Spanish. Ways to share those products with other students will also be discussed. Global collaboration through electronic pen pals, Skype sessions, and similar activities to encourage connections with native-speaking students will be another strategy that is shared, with suggestions and classroom management strategies.
Throughout the workshop and especially during the final 30 minutes of the workshop, participants who have some experience with particular tools or sites will be encouraged to share their experiences and insights with the whole group.
Note: Spanish proficiency is NOT required to attend this workshop, as we encourage curriculum leaders and tech directors to attend. Some Spanish will be used in the session, but it will all be translated for those who are NOT Spanish-speakers or who are not comfortable in a Spanish-only workshop. The resources shared will be available from an online site for later use and viewing by workshop participants.

Supporting research

• ACTFL (2014). 21st Century Skills Map. Retrieved from: http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/21stCenturySkillsMap/p21_worldlanguagesmap.pdf
• ACTFL. World-Readiness standards for learning languages (W-RSLL). Retrieved from: http://www.actfl.org/publications/all/world-readiness-standards-learning-languages.
• Burns, R. (2013) Assessment and instruction in multilingual classrooms. In Issues in the Assessment of Bilinguals. Pp. 161-184.
• Chun, D., Smith, B. and Kern, R. (2016) Technology in language use, language teaching and language learning. The Modern Language Journal. Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/modl.12302/full
• Georgia Dept. of Education (2014). Spanish Thematic Units. Retrieved from: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/pages/BrowseFrameworks/MLL-Spanish.aspx
• Saine, P. (2012) iPods, iPads, and the SMARTBoard: Transforming literacy instruction and student learning. New England Reading Association Journal 47.2 (2012): 74-79,81.
* also interviews with world language teachers across the USA



John Lien, OCPS

Dr. Rita Oates, Oates Associates

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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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