Tag: technology

No Replacing the Personal Touch

Now that we’re about 25 years into the communication revolution and artificial intelligence has become the focus of the technology sector, predictions abound that faultless automated translation and interpretation systems will soon obviate the need to speak different languages and voice recognition technology will replace the tasks...

What Does Good Blended Learning Look Like?

During the past few years, blended learning has been hailed by schools worldwide as everything from the future of education to the conduit that will finally make true differentiated instruction a reality. And it is not all hype: the best blended-learning programs truly can move away from...

Western Australia Digitizes Indigenous Languages

The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre has launched a series of four immersive apps produced in the Digital Innovation Hub the center has established with the funding. Designed to preserve the Pilbara region’s Indigenous languages, culture, and history, the apps communicate traditional stories and knowledge with a unique Indigenous perspective.

From Language Skills to Teaching Prowess

There are many paths to becoming a teacher of a second or foreign language: for some, it’s the natural progression from studying a language; others start by giving informal individual, private, or group classes or helping friends study their own language. Having lived in a country where demand for your language is...

Indian Languages Outpacing English Online

According to a recent study, the growth of Indian language internet users is growing at 18% per year, so that by 2021 the total will reach 531 million, which will be nearly 75% of India’s total internet users.  This growth has been attributed to the availability of mobile data...

Literacy as a 21st- Century Survival Skill

Brooke Foged and Jenny Hammock share their insights into fighting generational illiteracy with the engaging power of technology In today’s world, reading is an expected skill. Most of what we need to know to get by in life is written down, so for our current students to have future...

Fulfilling the Technological Promise

Language Magazine asks luminaries in the EdTech landscape what to expect and what we can hope for in 2018 I am hoping that school district leaders increasingly focus on making the most of the amazing technology that has emerged to instruct and improve student outcomes. I am also looking to see a positive spillover effect in 2018 from current conversations on...

The Agency of Artificial Intelligence

Peter Foltz, Eric Hilfer, Kevin McClure, and Dmitry Stavisky explain what artificial intelligence (AI) means for the teaching of language and literacy Peter Foltz: Artificial intelligence is doing something that is human-like, doing things that appear human in terms of performance, although more recently, it’s become more associated with some of the modern kinds of machine-learning-type approaches, using large amounts of...

Social Climbing

Yue Meng and Nile Stanley see the educational value in social networking sites If you type “Facebook educational usage” into Google, it will show millions of relevant sites in just .278 seconds. With the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites, such as Twitter and Renren (China), there is an assumption that such sites are useful in classrooms and...

Confucius Launches Chinese Online Test and Programs

The Confucius Institute and XuetangX have launched a platform for students around the world who want to learn Chinese and pass the HSK proficiency tests. The courses are available at www.chinesetest.cn. Beginners can register and access the course HSK Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People. The most attractive part of this course is the fact that it is...