I’m a teacher and I love using technology in the classroom!

Hello! My name is Krista Gates, I am a language teacher and i love using technology in my classroom!!

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I will always encourage my students to embrace new languages, cultures and to travel! To learn a language, involves motivation and devotion from both the teacher and the student! Through different ways of technology, a student can pick up a second, or even a third language easily! By using different devices in the classroom, integrating proper uses of technology in Education and introducing the digital citizenship model, this has and will increase student engagement and student success rates!

I am not at all an expert with technology, but I have become extremely passionate about the positives of what it can do for our students!

Prof de français et espagnol. Profesora de francés y español.

Merci! Gracias!

Skype Education to connect with languages

Skype Education

Use Skype Education to connect with other students and teachers around the world!

Skype is a free and easy way for students and teachers, to open up their classrooms to other classrooms around the world. As a language teacher, I can meet other teachers and students who strive to learn a 2nd or 3rd language!Skype can also be used in other classroom subject areas for educational purposes!

1) Students could practice multiple languages (French, Spanish, and German etc.) with other foreign classmates and teachers. (Explore other classrooms around the world.)

2) Students and teachers could interview people from around the globe. (Politicians, actors, scientists etc.)

3) Visit historical locations from around the world! For example: the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Paos Volcano in Costa Rica 🙂

4) Students could be given homework assignments via twitter if out of city or country.

5) Invite a guest speaker to a classroom in regards to any subject area (Social Studies, Law, Science, and English)

6) Broadcast a meeting, or play for those students, parents and teachers unable to make it! Or to promote a big school event!

7) Collaborate with other teachers from around the world in regards to resources!

Recently I have been trying to make a classroom contact with my cousin in Mexico City! The timing was never right with her class schedule, and our attempts were not working. Recently, I went on Skype Education and found other teacher’s from around the world wanting to collaborate in an innovative and safe educational manner!

I tested the Skype Education program today, and it was awesome! We contacted one of my contacts from a Honduras High school! It was really inspiring to see the students use what they have learned in Spanish with someone from a Latin speaking country!

Although my attempt was short on video, I will attempt Skype education again with a longer guided lesson in place.

I will keep continue to keep you posted on this!

The site is:

http://education.skype.com/about

I also found interesting article about Skype in the classroom! (Have a look!)

http://www.teachhub.com/using-skype-classroom

Sra. Gates