Interaction with students has changed in the 21st century, and even foreign language instruction rebooted with technology is changing how students learn
Spanish teacher Michele Lowers can remember when high school classroom technology was overhead projectors and film strips. But 23 years later, it means books that are read on computer, along with tutoring and games aiding instruction. Students take online exams.
“It’s really changed how teachers interact with students in and out of the classroom,” Lowers said.
According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, foreign language teachers use educational technology more ofthen than teachers of any other subject. While the technology doesn’t make students learn more or faster, it does serve to engage the generation that grew up with it and with the instant gratification that technology reinforces.Lowers often assigns homework that involves playing a computer game or reading articles online.