February 28, 2021
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Prepare for National Foreign Language Month
March is National Foreign Language Month. In this section, we're sharing immersive language resources and assistive tech tools to use with your students during your world language lessons.
TV411 En Espanol
TV411 En Espanol offers lessons covering several math, social studies, and science topics in Spanish. All lessons are offered in video and slide format beginning with an introduction to the activity. Some videos also include comprehension questions.
Text to Speech Reader
Practice world languages as you drag, upload, or paste text files to convert them to audible speech instantly. Choose from many voice and language options and control the playback speed.
Teaching History with Hamilton
Engage your students in cross-curricular learning using this resource that includes lessons and educational materials in Spanish and English about "Hamilton." Listen to the original Broadway cast recording, play games, or read the script.
Microsoft Translator for Education
Translator provides both text and audio translations in many world languages. Students can copy and paste text to translate to more than 70 languages. Use translator to communicate with students in their native language.
Language Learning Lessons
Personalize your world language learning with the tools highlighted in this section. Most of the tools offer you the ability to choose the language, difficulty level, and type of activity. Resources are shared for all grade levels of language learners.
Turn your videos into interactive learning activities to teach world languages (including American Sign Language). Engage learners with the addition of captions, quizzes, and games embedded into videos. View the library or upload your own videos.
Ba Ba Dum
Share these interactives to learn 10+ languages, including Italian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese, and Lithuanian. Choose from various options: match images to a spoken word, fill in the blanks, or multiple choice. Audio options are available for non-readers.
Practice basic survival words and phrases on a variety of topics in over 30 different languages including Afrikaans, Slovak, Arabic, Spanish, Bosnian, Swahili, and Bulgarian. You can choose both your native language and a language to learn.
Choose from Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese, German, Czech, and Russian. Practice and learn basic words and vocabulary with flashcards and matching activities in a drag-and-drop format.
Learn a new language (Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, and 30 other languages) on this site that also allows you to choose the language that you natively speak. Try the game-based interactives and discover a personalized learning experience.
This Week at TeachersFirst
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Twitter Chat: Math Resource Round-Up
Join us this Thursday for our bi-monthly Twitter Chat using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. We will discuss strategies for empowering students in mathematics and share tips for using tech tools to support mathematics learning experiences.
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Register and view winter 2021 sessions
Our live winter OK2Ask virtual workshop series has ended, but all of our sessions are available on-demand. Register and watch at your convenience to learn about topics such as classroom management, station rotation, Nearpod, and more.
Infusing Technology Blog
3 Unique Resources for Spanish Language Learners
This blog post highlights three websites offering Spanish learning materials with a unique approach appealing to beginning learners. Read the tips and strategies shared in this post and the suggestions for including these tools in your lessons.
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