Putting up Power Point Slides is not enough

Using digital materials in the language learning classroom

Why and how I do it 

Learners in today’s world observe and absorb the world via a range of digital devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, and computers in general, no matter if at home, in public, on holiday, or on their way to school, and they will also continue to do so later on at work. It is at school itself, however, where they do so the least. This is true for the majority of the Austrian, German, and Swiss students in most subjects they study at school. Schools have to prepare students for digital learning environments at university and workplaces, though. To my mind, provision of digital materials is a requirement of current learning environments no matter if at school, university, or in the workplace. This has become an essential part of today’s transfer of knowledge. For modern twenty-first century teachers it should no longer be a question of whether you think that using modern technologies in class is advantageous for students or not (a whole range of advantages can be found, for instance, in Baumann (2013), it is a teacher’s duty to use them not only as it is required to some degree by any modern national curriculum but also because, in my opinion, it would be irresponsible not to prepare learners for their lives in this respect.

Putting up Power Point Slides is not enough

It is insufficient just to put up Power Point slides, send students worksheets

Skype Session with Kakuma Refugee Camp Students

Skyping with Kakmua Refugee Camp Students

Some time ago, I wrote about a memorable day in my blog here. It was about my first Skype experience with Kakuma Refugee Camp students. If you wonder how we prepared that virtual meeting with the students in Kenya, take a look at a few guiding slides I prepared to show you what we did in class and what YOU could do with YOUR students, too!


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OneNote for Speaking

Practise speaking with OneNote?

Outside class, students practice listening and reading by watching movies and reading books (or other things). They practice writing since teachers ask them to write essays, reviews, comments… but what about speaking?

How often do students practice speaking outside class? On average, probably far less than once a month.

So how can we provide opportunities for our students