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An example of a YouTube activity ▶ KSHS Classical Civilization's Aeneid 2011

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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Have students do a skit in the language they're learning. This can include doing a cooking show, dubbing a video in the language, acting out a scene from a textbook or novel, or anything they can think of. Compile them into a playlist and watch in class.

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Students can collaborate on Quizlet

Students can collaborate on Quizlet | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free.
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Either upload yourself or make it an assignment to upload vocabulary flashcards on Quizlet. If you choose to make it a class assignment, tell students to group up and assign them different topics or chapters.

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Project idea: Vine

Project idea: Vine | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.
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Have students group up and start a Vine. They can make a certain number of videos incorporating a vocabulary word from a list given each week. Show your top three favorites in class for each vocabulary list.

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Blog on foreign language issues, like the Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad

Blog on foreign language issues, like the Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Every year, there's always one Super Bowl ad that generates a bit of next-day controversy. And this year's ad appears to be Coca-Cola 's "It's Beautiful" ad.
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Have students write intelligent blog posts about foreign language issues. Either have them pick their own, or send them an article with a current event, like this one from the LA Times. 

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Lang-8: Multi-lingual language learning and language exchange

Lang-8: Multi-lingual language learning and language exchange | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Lang-8 is the best place for learning and practicing foreign languages. Post an entry in the language you are learning, then a native speaker will correct your entries. Currently there are more than 80 languages available on Lang-8.
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Before students submit a large paper in a foreign language, ask them, for extra-credit, to put their paper on Lang-8 to have it edited by native language speakers. Their papers are better and they learn through the process.

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VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud

VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
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An example of getting people to collaborate online using voice clips. This can be used for multiple language teachers to collaborate on classroom resources OR for students to create projects, like a children's book in a foreign language narrated by each member of the group.

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Pinterest as a learning activity

Pinterest as a learning activity | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Welcome to the world's biggest collection of everybody's favorite things. Discover ideas for any project or interest, hand-picked by people like you.
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Students should create a map of a city of the country they are studying using Pinterest. They can then present it to the class. The entire class could also work together to make a Pinterest board of articles about a certain topic on the country - like French politics for a French class.  

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7 Steps to Safer Social Media in the Classroom ...

7 Steps to Safer Social Media in the Classroom ... | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
How to create guidelines for responsible use of social tools....
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Safety can be an issue, especially when you open up social media for your students globally. Here are some ways to make the process safer. 

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Duolingo

Duolingo | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

Free language education tool

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Students can compete with each other to see who can get to the highest level on Duolingo. Have a reward for the student who can get to the best level during the semester. 

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Remind101 | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers

Remind101 | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
A safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
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Send text messages to students with a secret assignment/sentence in the foreign language. See who can interpret it and give those people extra credit!

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Social Media, Education and Themeefy

Social Media, Education and Themeefy | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
I recently attended a workshop on using Social Media for teaching French as a Foreign Language. As a reasonably Internet savvy person, I was already familiar with most of the tools presented, but t...
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Some suggestions for using curating tool Themeefy in a foreign language classroom setting. I've never used Themeefy before, but it's geared towards being incorporated into the classroom.

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MFL - Storybirds

MFL - Storybirds | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

Modern Foreign Language Storybirds for Teachers and Students

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Allows students to create stories in different languages, and places them in one place for easy access. Teachers could write a story and have students translate it, or have students write short stories of their own.

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Learn Foreign Language for Free with Mango

Learn Foreign Language for Free with Mango | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Mango is a new site that lets you take language lessons for free. The site has just launched in beta. The lessons are presented to you with slides. They're interactive, as you c...
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If a student is having issues, a certain amount of time on this could be used as a supplement for in-class learning. It benefits those who like self-teaching, so suss out the student's learning style before assigning.

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Homework activity: Comment on foreign news media

Homework activity: Comment on foreign news media | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

This can include any news outlet from around the world, including broadcast and radio!

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Assign students to comment on a foreign news article and take a screenshot to send to you via email. Extra points if the comment is in the foreign language! 

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5 TEDx Talks to make learning a new language easy

5 TEDx Talks to make learning a new language easy | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Everybody’s done it. You wake up one morning and decide, “I’m going to learn a new language.” But, as daunting as it may seem, learning a new language isn’t the herculean feat it’s cracked up to...
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Could be great to have high school students in a beginning language education class to watch these during their first week. Then at the end of the year, have students make videos like these to show to next year's classes!

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Language Immersion Using Social Media - Language Mastery

Language Immersion Using Social Media - Language Mastery | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
In this guest post, website developer, language tutor, and language enthusiast Teddy Nee shares how you can learn a foreign language better by immersing yourself via social media networks, plus some powerful little features that you might not know about.
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 The benefit of social media is you can immerse yourself without leaving the country! Here are some suggestions on how to get students to immerse themselves in a language.

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In the Classroom: Using Facebook in the Language Classroom as Part of the Net Generation Curriculum

In the Classroom: Using Facebook in the Language Classroom as Part of the Net Generation Curriculum | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

By Joe Terantino and Karen Graf 

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An extremely comprehensive look at using Facebook in the language classroom. It also tackles activities to use at each learning level, and how effective the activities were.

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The use of social networking sites for foreign language learning: An autoethnographic study of Livemocha

The use of social networking sites for foreign language learning: An autoethnographic study of Livemocha | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

Cameron Clark

School of Languages and Linguistics University of Melbourne


Paul Gruba

School of Languages and Linguistics University of Melbourne 

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A study of another language-learning tool I Scooped, LiveMocha. It also has some suggestions on how to study foreign languages through social media.

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Storify - Create stories using social media

Storify - Create stories using social media | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.
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Have students write Tweets in a foreign language, either on a specific topic or to create a collaborative story. When they're done (and all use a specific hashtag), use Storify to bring them all together.

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Yelp as a classroom activity

Yelp as a classroom activity | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Reviews on Restaurants in Paris, France La Cordonnerie, Le Reminet, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Le Potager du Père Thierry, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Verjus, La Ferrandaise, Epicure, Les Cocottes, L'Arpège
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Have students create their dream trip in a city in a country they're studying. They should pick hotels, attractions and places to eat and should defend their choices using reviews from Yelp!. 

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AP SPANISH

By Sarah Loyola 

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A great example of how to use blogging for a higher-level foreign language class. Students comment on a prompt proposed in a post.

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Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles

Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Tagxedo turns words - famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters - into a visually stunning word cloud
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Have students make a word cloud with the words they most feel describe them -- in your foreign language of course! Display them on a bulletin board, or swap them and see if students can translate the word clouds of partners.

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

Wikipedia... students certainly know what THAT is!

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Wikipedia can be used for students to share what they know. For example, students can use the crowdsourced knowledge for their classwork, but could also be assigned to contribute to the conversation. Have them edit a page and see if their new information makes it past the editors.

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4 Quick Ways To Use (Social) Media In Foreign Language Teaching

4 Quick Ways To Use (Social) Media In Foreign Language Teaching | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it

"Sometimes, taking a class to learn a language isn’t quite enough. For people that are moving to a new country and want to learn the native tongue of the land, a class or textbook might leave you in the dark when it comes to slang, idioms or figures of speech."

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A few ways to start thinking about using social media in the classroom. These seem like they don't require much effort, so ideal for the teacher just starting to incorporate social media into the classroom.

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HOW TO: Learn and Practice Languages Using Social Media

HOW TO: Learn and Practice Languages Using Social Media | Teaching foreign languages using social media | Scoop.it
Laura I. Gómez is an online media executive and former college language instructor. You can follow her on latinageek.com and on Twitter@lauraigomez.
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Comprehensive list that teachers can skim through to find tools for their students, compiled on Mashable. A lot of the websites are free.

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