In July, I will be providing an overview to Chinese language teachers on using Google tools in their classroom. I have a list of tools I am going to overview, but I would love to have some real examples too.
If you are a foreign language teacher, how are you using Google tools in your classroom?
Currently, Google is working to include books in their Google Book project from different languages and cultures. For example, http://books.google.fr/ has books in French. This would be a great opportunity for teachers to provide their students some resources in the language they are studying.
Is anyone currently using Google Books in their classroom?
I do have a log in just for my students in Google.
There are still some technophobic parents out there who do not like their students to have their own email or any presence on the web.
I allow students to use this gmail account to sign up for sites we are using when they need to confirm their email. They do this with the +name option so the site does not tell them that the email is already being used.
We also use Google docs with the same log in (the students know how to log in to the account). I have used it for many purposes. There are rubrics posted there, documents with directions for tasks, we have even done group Power Points. Each student created one slide of the Power Point. We used Google Docs for many activies.
I use You Tube in my classes (I believe Google owns it). I teach Spanish. When we learned reflexive verbs, we made flashcards with the vocabulary. I opened a couple of (previewed) You Tube videos that showed morning and night-time routines. They were many videos on the subject. As they watched the video, they put their flashcards in order of what they were seeing: Get out of bed, brush teeth, comb hair, get dressed, etc.