Pew Research is an American Think tank organization. Their website provides a valuable tool for Students wanting to learn more about Hispanic culture in the United States. Pewhispanic provides excellent research material. Students may predict how American influence is changing Spanish culture and Language. Students may also evaluate and explore how they may handle the influx of the Hispanic population differently if they were in charge of the United States. This resource may be used to increase knowledge of such topics as Hispanic demography, economics, and finance, immigration, politics, and social change. The site is found here: http://www.pewhispanic.org/
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FORVO is a wonderful free technology used for pronunciation. There are some significant differences between Spanish speaking countries when it comes to word pronunciation. FORVO has native Spanish speakers from many countries. Their are recordings of native speakers saying many different words in their lexicon. This is a really cool way to have students compare and contrast varying pronunciation differences between different Spanish speaking countries. This is a great tool for a student to analyze contrasting Spanish speaking styles. It may be found here: http://www.forvo.com/
WordWeb is a free online dictionary and thesaurus with thousands of possible words and phrases to be found. The program may be downloaded onto iPods, iPads, or Androids so Students may have access to WordWeb on the go, at home, or in the classroom. To learn more, continue to:
The Advanced Spanish Podcast is hosted by Ben and Marina. The episode that I listened to was Podcast # 94 in the series. In this episode Marina interviews a women who grew up during Francisco Franco’s time as Spain’s Leader. It is interesting to listen to the differences in the Spanish society 40 plus years ago, and how things have changed over time. It was neat to hear the first person perspective of the woman Marina interviewed. There were not many women in Spanish society found in higher education in the the early to mid sixties. Women were quite a rarity on campuses. The podcast is found here:
I have signed up with Bloglines.com and have subscribed to the following blogs: http://meganslewis.wordpress.com/http://alvintrusty.wordpress.com
As an educator RSS technology will make me much more streamlined when creating future blogs with my students. Having everything consolidated to one page helps working with blogs seem a bit less intimidating. Instead of opening and closing many different sites, everything is there on one page. Keeping track of many different blogs is performed in such an efficient manner with RSS technology. I’m excited to save time!
As a learner, having access to all of these blogs, sites, and whichever else I choose depending on my research, will also make me a much more effective student. Being able to access all of these different sites at a consolidated location will help me enhance my technology skills, both as an educator and learner.
The iPad will be an integral part of every future classroom. I anticipate this being a very important tool for all students in the coming years. It is a powerful educational tool; one can adapt and learn many different subjects on a single device. Students could possibly have all textbooks and different learning apps for all classes on their iPad. Many applications exist for any conceivable topic or subject, and if it doesn’t exist, in the future it will. As an educator it is quite important that I expand my knowledge of this tool and how it may help my students now and in the future.
This is a site where Spanish teacher, Jeremy Jordan, can organize and reflect on his thoughts as a teacher. He blogs to understand the evolution of his teaching and the lessons he has learned as an educator.
Mother and teacher, Karen , created her blog to help her teach her kids and also maintain her own language skills. Most recently, she is focusing on building a curriculum for her children at the third and seventh grade level. She blogs to share what she has found to be valuable and to provide resources for adult learners.
Blogger and Spanish middle school teacher from Pennsylvania, Lisa, blogs in order to share “Lessons Learned” in class and technology adventures with her students. In addition, she blogs to track her own professional development (an idea suggested by a colleague). She even mentions teaching a Web 2.0 class, her favorite from her Master’s program.
I feel that in doing a blog I will be able to reach out to my students and colleagues via another avenue. I’m rather excited about the idea of having this platform to both express myself and utilize the web to enhance my work as an educator.