Part of my teaching each week involves organizing and running some after school learning clubs. The clubs have a specific focus, but students are also given the opportunity to work on homework and receive academic help too. Our first club this week at both Harvey Swanson and Oakwood is a Spanish language club. We are using a free service called Duolingo to help us learn Spanish in a fun way.
Duolingo is an interactive website and app that lets the user pick a language to learn in a dynamic way. It has vocabulary recognition with pictures, sentence creation by dragging words, and translation by typing or speaking. It's really neat and they claim 10-20 minutes a day will lead to some serious learning. Students have fun learning at home using an iPad or a personal device at home. As long as they are logged into an account, their progress syncs between devices.
We also do a lot of learning offline as well. Yesterday we wrote Spanish color words with chalk and did some Spanish dances like "Cabeza Hombros Rodillas y Pies" ("Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.") It's really fun and the kids can continue their learning independently using Duolingo well after the club is finished.
Instructional Technology Coach