Technology: Are language teachers leading the way?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As more and more schools invest in mobile technologies, such as iPads, a common question on language fora is "can anyone recommend a good list of apps for language learning?"

My typical response is to suggest a range of generic apps for creating multimedia content (audio, video, animation, ebooks, cartoons and so on) which promote productive skills of speaking and writing, higher-order thinking and that allow pupils to publish the results to a real audience.

Researching good apps and web tools takes time and keeping up to date with the latest innovations in educational technology is not a priority for some. For others, using authentic materials or web tools is an essential part of their practice to make their lessons as relevant and pedagogically purposeful as possible.

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