#EP 2 – Virtual Reality, Translation and TechTalk interview with David Shanks

Wow! Well what a response to episode 1! Thank you all so much for your feedback and for spreading the word. We hope you like Episode 2 as much which looks at useful Facebook Groups for language teachers, purposeful virtual and augmented reality activities for bringing language learning to life and a whole host of ideas on integrating translation into the languages classroom.

For our TechTalk interview we speak to David Shanks (@HFLanguages) about different ways he uses research to inform his language lessons including spaced repetition, low stakes testing, creating speaking homeworks and the power of an audience.

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Joe and Noah

[1:10] Radar:  Thanks to @UxlgFu, @VanessaSpallone, @JohnWilsonML, @Fionnualalir, @Beckyjoy @frederiqueCheyn for their feedback about episode 1

[7:28] @CatherineKU72 describing new Facebook Group – Technology for language teaching and learning. Other Facebook groups worth checking out: Secondary MFL Matters, ISMLA, Languages in Primary Schools (LIPS], Global Innovative Language Teachers, Tech for World Languages, Teachers of Spanish Heritage Speakers, CI Liftoff, iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching

[10:30] MFLtwitterati Takeaway: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality ideas from @NicoleNaditz on using Google Expeditions, Google Tour Builder and Figment.

[16:21] @missreedspanish: using iPod Touches and Google Cardboard to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

[19:26] Linguascope

[20:32] MFL Show and Tell: Translations ideas – Untangled translations described by:

[21:23] @MelissaBullock1

[22:59] @MflKat

[24:34] @petitejoueuse

[29:17] @miss_mcinnes – Paper chain translations

[30:41] @Mlleeasby – straw game inspired by @srtamcarthy

[32:44] @ValeLanguages – running dictation inspired by @freakybutton 

[37:10] @OLSPCKLanguages – Juvenes Translatores Competition

[41:10] @PaulKayeEUlangs

[43:37] U.K. Winner Natalia Glazman 

[45:14] @errolmoneil Training Students To Use Google Translate And Online Dictionaries For Class

[46:16] @benoitledevedec French Pop Video Competition 

[48:42] TechTalk interview with David Shanks @HFLanguages

[49:50] Getting a taste of EdTech in action

[51:40] Studying an MA. Pragmatic use of technology

[53:38] Using tech for speaking out of the classroom, speaking of homework

[54:49] Using Quizlet for vocabulary learning, spaced repetition and distance learning

[55:17] Plickers for informal, low stakes testing

[57:36] Bridging the Digital divide

[59:01] Bringing research based practice into the classroom

[1:02:37] Setting up Duolingo competitions

[1:06:47] Exploring eTwinning and digital storytelling with Storybird for promoting writing

[1:11:03] Impact on being a member of the #mfltwitterati

[1:12:58] Coming up in the next episode


https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/18/ep-88-with-errol-oneill (Part 1)

https://weteachlang.com/2019/01/25/ep-89-with-errol-oneill-part-ii (Part 2)

ACTFL 18 presentation plus supplementary materials https://goo.gl/UG4L9t

David Shanks – extended show notes –


SAMR Model – https://www.schoology.com/blog/samr-model-practical-guide-edtech-integration

4 thoughts on “#EP 2 – Virtual Reality, Translation and TechTalk interview with David Shanks

  1. Errol M. O'Neill

    Thank you very much for the mention during the translation segment! If anyone’s interested in finding out more about my research on #GoogleTranslate, including an article of mine that was just published earlier this week, you can visit http://errolmoneill.org or follow me on Twitter @errolmoneill (with two l’s at the end). Love the podcast and looking forward to more!

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  3. silverteacher

    Hello, thank you for a wonderful podcast. Any chance to get a transcription for the twitter handles notably. Thanks a lot.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi silverteacher, thank you so much for your comment. We are delighted that you’re enjoying the podcast. If you go to the bottom of each episode post, you will see there is a link which says Full show notes with clickable timestamps. If you click on this link, you will see that the show notes including all the Twitter user names and extra links can be found there.


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