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March 7, 2013
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  • Flipped instruction can be applied to language learning
    Tom Vander Ark in this blog post writes about how Harvard-Westlake School in California is using technology to enhance its students' experience with learning foreign languages. Students blog about their reading assignments in Latin, and four different language programs use digital storytelling applications to communicate in their second languages. Other strategies, including implementing Google apps and video and voice recording, allow for smoother collaboration and instant feedback. Education Week/Vander Ark on Innovation blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • European official: Language learning is key to economic revival
    Europe could improve its citizens' job prospects if more emphasis were placed on learning foreign languages, language and culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said during a recent conference. "If we want more mobile students and workers, and businesses that can operate on a European and world scale, we need better language competences -- and these must be better targeted to the current and future needs of the labor market," she said. EurActiv.com (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • McWhorter: "Fingered speech" is a miracle of modern language
    Linguist John McWhorter argues in a TED talk that texting acronyms, such as LOL, are not the ruination of language that many teachers and parents believe them to be. He says they have actually come to imply shades of meaning and levels of subtlety distinct from spoken words. "Emergent complexity, this is what we're seeing in this fingered speech," he said. Fast Company online (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Digital language learning
    Personalized digital learning is gaining traction throughout the country. Education Secretary Duncan said recently, "It's no exaggeration to say that technology is the new platform for learning. Technology isn't an option that schools may or may not choose for their kids. Technological competency is a requirement for entry into the global economy -- and the faster we embrace it, the more we maintain and secure our economic leadership in the 21st century." Digital technology can help expand language programs while addressing the learning styles of a tech-savvy student body. The discussion on how technology can enhance education continues online. Visit the Digital Learning Resource Site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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