A Propos - October 2021

Tasty treats for terrific teachers
10-20-2021 

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À Propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

Halloween is just around the corner, so we have packed your digital bag with lots of treats - because teachers need treats too, right? This is a particularly fun and informative edition of À Propos, so dig around, find your favorite tidbit, and savor it:

 

  • VENEZ DÉCOUVRIR National French Week

  • SPEAKING of French...

  • Even SUPERHEROES need storylines

  • LEND us your ears

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

Bon cours,

 

National French Week, 3-9 Novembre 2021

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is gearing up for National French Week, and so can you! Running November 3-9, it is “a celebration of all things French.” Each year, schools and communities from around the United States celebrate French culture and language with food, film festivals, scavenger hunts, games, and other activities. Each day has a major theme, and the AATF has provided loads of ideas to bring French culture into your classroom or your community during National French week - or anytime!

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Ready, Set, Go!

To help celebrate National French Week, the AATF is hosting two contests, so learners of varying skill sets can join in. Outgoing and confident learners will enjoy the National French Week Media Contest, which asks them to connect language and culture in this year’s theme Venez Découvrir Le Monde Francophone. Entries are due December 20, 2021, so your learners have plenty of time to come up with something great! The second contest, the National Francophone Culture Trivia Contest runs the full National French Week, with a live finals round the week of November 15-19, 2021. Questions are in English, and there are levels for Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced. Prizes for both contests are nothing to sneeze at, so get your learners involved and cheer them on!

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Pow! It's Capitaine Acadie

The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, in collaboration with superhero Capitaine Acadie, is launching the Comic Book Creation Contest Aventures dans les Amériques! $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to participants across Canada and throughout the Americas! Prize winners will be chosen from two groups – students (10 to 18 years old) and the general public (18+). Entrants must be a member of La Centre de la francophonie des Ameriques to apply, but becoming a member is free. To find out more, head over to the contest page, and be sure to check out the Capitaine Acadie Facebook page!

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New! Language Lounge Podcast

Wayside has just launched a new podcast series, Language Lounge, for world language educators!

Each week Michelle Olah talks with intentional world language educators to discuss professional development, teaching techniques, and insights into teaching and learning world languages.

In a recent episode of the Language Lounge, Michelle talks with Leslie Grahn about how teachers can reach Generation Z learners by designing real-world, relevant tasks that engage and motivate the students in our classrooms.

Listen to Language Lounge on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.

Also follow Language Lounge on Twitter for the latest episodes, updates, and behind-the-scenes features.

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Proficiency Insider

Securing your online presence
10-14-2021 

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Proficiency Insider

Bold ideas and practical resources for your language classroom

Your email has just been hacked. Just kidding! We know - it is not funny. It could happen, though, and it may have already happened to you. If you are like many of us, you do not pay internet security much attention. It is such a weighty topic, after all. It is easier to use the same five passwords and hope for the best. Right? Well, it turns out, there are a number of small steps we can take that only take a minute or two, and each action brings us closer to the goal of data security.

In this edition of Proficiency Insider, Wayside brings you entertaining videos and brief, concrete steps to help you strengthen your internet presence:

 

  • My1catismyfavoriteperson - passwords that work

  • I’ll email you my SSN - sharing sensitive information

  • Let’s (not) go phishing - and let’s not go phishing together

  • Do your part - #BeCyberSmart

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

Happy teaching!

 

Passwords That Work

How many of us have used a version of a loved one’s name as a password, maybe a couple of numbers, and a period? And when it’s time to update the password, we switch the period to an exclamation point. Most of us use these passwords over and over again, from our email accounts to our banking apps. While it is not inherently a bad thing to reuse passwords, if one gets stolen, you are more likely to have other accounts broken into. So, try these three tricks to strengthen your accounts:

  • Use long, random, memorable passwords for personal and work accounts, like “Waysideis1amazingcompanywithawesomeresources!"
  • Do not use the same password everywhere, and use a password manager to store your account names and passwords.
  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) when available. Wait, what is that? MFA is when someone logs into an application, like a computer, a browser, or an app, and they need a second thing (called a factor) to prove who they are. The factor can be a pin you enter, a link in a text, a phone call, a USB key, a fingerprint, or facial recognition. It is really easy to set up and use, and it makes your accounts much more secure.
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I’ll Email You My SSN

Here is a scenario for you: Your partner is adding you as a beneficiary to their life insurance policy. They asked you to email your social security number. What do you do? If you are like many of us, you probably wonder how to handle it, and then come up with some way to give them the information, not really knowing if it is secure. Hint: It is not secure unless you encrypt the email.

And another scenario: Your computer system wants to update software, but you are busy. If you click on “update,” it may take minutes out of your day. Do you click “update,” close out the pop-up, or schedule the update for a time in the future?

These are two examples of ways we can expose critical information, but there are many more. One of the best (and easiest!) ways we can protect our digital data, aside from being careful about how we send sensitive information, is by performing software updates. They really only take a few minutes and having the most up-to-date security software, web browser, and operating system on your devices is one of the best defenses against online threats. So do not wait – update!

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Let’s (Not) Go Phishing - Together

We hear from our IT folks about a phishing scheme, but what is that, exactly? If you have ever been contacted by the IRS by email and were asked to send them sensitive information or have received an email with a link but do not know the sender, you have been targeted in an effort to steal your information or hold it hostage.

There are a few steps you can take to prevent bad actors from stealing your information in phishing attempts. First, do not click on links from senders you do not know. Second, do not give out sensitive information electronically unless you are positive the receiver has the right to that information, and encrypt those texts or emails. And finally, beating phishing is best done through teamwork. If you are suspicious of an email or text sender, ask around. People may already be aware of a phishing scheme, so ask your friends, your colleagues, and your IT department.

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Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart 

Being cyber smart and maintaining stellar online hygiene is the best way to protect yourself and others from cyber-attacks. No single step is foolproof but done together, they help you take control of your online presence. Following these tips is also easy and free! By taking preventive measures and making a habit of practicing online safety, you can greatly decrease your odds of being hacked. So do your part - #BeCyberSmart!

To learn more ways you can protect your information and that of your workplace, check out StaySafeOnline.org. And to view all of the videos in the series we have explored here, go to the StaySafeOnline YouTube channel.

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Learning Site News - September 2021

Digital tools you can use
09-23-2021 

 

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Learning Site® News

Updates and practical resources to support language learning and teaching

 

The start of the school year is brimming with potential – new learners, new ideas, and new tools promise an interesting, rewarding year. Wayside is excited to partner with you by providing the most relevant tools and resources for your digital classroom needs. Whether you are new to the Learning Site® or are a veteran, you are sure to find some helpful information.

 

Explore this issue of the Learning Site® News, where we bring you a whole catalog of resources:

 

  • Getting Started Guide

  • Rostering

  • Integration Guides

  • Scope and Sequence

  • Webinars

  • Instructional Strategies Toolkit

  • Customer Life Cycle Team

 

In partnership,

 

Getting Started Guide 

The Getting Started Guide is the perfect resource, whether you are using the Learning Site® for the first time or you just need a refresher. It will help you get the most from your Wayside digital products. From learning how to ask for help to learning about each feature, the Getting Started Guide is a must-have reference document.

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Rostering 

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Rostering in the Learning Site® allows districts or schools to securely exchange student, course, and related enrollment data between their student information system (SIS) and the Learning Site®. We roster with Clever and OneRoster, as well as a variety of rostering systems through Kimono. Check out our guides for detailed information. And if you or your school's tech team need support, contact our rostering and integrations team at rostering@waysidepublishing.com or (888) 302-2519. 

 

Integrations 

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The Learning Site® seamlessly integrates with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology, as well as a long list of other learning management systems (LMS) that requiring a single sign-on. If you or your IT team are new to Wayside products, download the guides by clicking on the images below. And if you or your school's tech team need support, contact our rostering and integrations team at rostering@waysidepublishing.com or (888) 302-2519.

 

Scope and Sequence 

To help you gain a view from 1,000 feet, Wayside provides Scope and Sequence documents encapsulating themes, essential questions, cultural information, vocabulary, and goals for each unit. Our EntreCulturas and EntreCultures Scope and Sequences also include AP® and IB® themes, to help you connect the dots from novice to proficient, starting at Level 1. To find out if your program has a scope and sequence, look in the Introduction Section in the teacher edition of your textbook or FlexText®.

 

Learning Site® Lab Webinars 

Learning Site® Lab: Integrations & iOS App is a complimentary webinar series brought to you by Wayside. Learn best practices for digital learning, as Instructional Technologists walk you through how the Learning Site® integrates with Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. Also, discover the features and functions of the Learning Site® and the iOS app. Feel free to register for any that are relevant to you!

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Instructional Strategies Toolkit

Wayside is certain that you will find plenty of content in the textbooks and FlexText® to create effective and interesting lessons for your learners. We are committed to providing you the tools you need to engage your learners, which is why we created the Instructional Strategies Toolkit – a Learning Site® resource full of activities in the three modes of communication. With more than 200 different activities (and counting!), you are sure to find something to inspire your class. You can find the Instructional Strategies Toolkit in the Learning Tools section of Explorer®.

 

 

 

Meet the Customer Life Cycle Team

We would like to introduce our Customer Life Cycle Team who are here to support your needs throughout the school year in collaboration with your assigned Account Manager.

 

The team is as committed to you as you are to your learners, and that means helping you get the world language solutions you deserve.

Do you need assistance with any of the following?

  • Learning Site® Platform
  • Textbook Layout / Pedagogy
  • Teacher or Student Resources
  • Additional Training

Jen and James would love to hear from you if there is absolutely anything you need help with. Please email customersolutions@waysidepublishing.com.

 

 

 

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Ya Sabes - September 2021

Five ideas to start your year right
09-14-2021 

Exploring the complexities of Hispanic culture in the US

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Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for Your Spanish Language Classroom

 

Hello educators,

 

Welcome to another year of Ya Sabes, Wayside’s newsletter for Spanish language teachers.

We have spoken to many of you who are very excited to be back in the classroom full-time with your students again. Sure, there will be challenges, but teachers are energized by students, and being back with them feels, well, right. Wayside is here to support you as you resume your journey by providing relevant and timely resources – because we are rooting for your success.

 

In this issue, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month:

 

  • Incorporate Afro-Latino culture into your classroom

  • Turn Hispanic Heritage Month on its head

  • Teach Spanish literature utilizing Choice Boards

  • Lend us your ears

  • Learn about Learning Site® supports to start your year

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

¡Felicidades!

 

National Teach Spanish Week

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) has extended National Teach Spanish Day to an entire week of activities and opportunities for connection, from September 26 to October 3, 2021. The purpose of National Teach Spanish Week is:

 

  • To promote the teaching of Spanish as a profession
  • To call attention to the current Spanish teacher shortage in the US
  • To emphasize the importance of Spanish as a world language


Join in to share a tip or video, apply for a professional development scholarship, or register for the upcoming webinar, “Incorporating Afro-Latino Culture in Spanish and Portuguese Classrooms,” held on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 PM, EDT.

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A New Way to Teach About Hispanic Heritage Month

New on the Proficiency Talks Blog: From piñatas to the sharing of food, school districts around the country use Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the cultural distinctions that make up the Hispanic-American community in the United States. Diego Ojeda, world language presenter, Spanish teacher, and co-founder of Twitter channel #langchat, shares an interesting perspective on how to teach Hispanic heritage in Wayside’s newest blog post, “We Cannot Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Without Celebrating Immigrants.” Rather than focusing on celebrations and celebrities, Ojeda contends that we should focus on humanizing Hispanic immigrants in the US.

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New Paths to Learning Spanish Literature in the Classroom with Choice Boards

Are you preparing students for success in the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture Course? Are you currently using Wayside's Azulejo? We thought you might be interested in learning about Choice Boards.

 

In her article in The FLTMAG, educator and author Dr. Kathleen M. Scollins describes how she uses Choice Boards. Also known as Learning Menus, Choice Boards consist of “a grid presenting a visually organized set of activities, from which students select one or more to complete. They can be used in a variety of learning contexts, both in and out of class time, from structuring small-group discussion to assigning projects for students to work on independently."

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New! Language Lounge Podcast

Wayside has just launched a new podcast series, Language Lounge, for world language educators!

Each week Michelle Olah talks with intentional world language educators to discuss professional development, teaching techniques, and insights into teaching and learning world languages.

In a recent episode, Michelle chats with 2019 ACTFL teacher of the year, Rebecca Aubrey. Rebecca talks about some of the important ideas that she is thinking about as she redesigns her Spanish curriculum from scratch - including incorporating trauma-informed instruction, being more culturally responsive, and ways to make language learning accessible to ALL learners.

Listen to Language Lounge on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.

Also follow Language Lounge on Twitter for the latest episodes, updates, and behind-the-scenes features.

 
 

Learning Site® Lab Webinars to Start Your Year Right

Learning Site® Lab: Integrations & iOS App is a complimentary webinar series brought to you by Wayside. Learn best practices for digital learning, as Instructional Technologists walk you through how the Learning Site® integrates with Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. Also, discover the features and functions of the Learning Site® and the iOS app. Feel free to register for any that are relevant to you!

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Totidem Verbis - August 2021

Insights From Leaders, Insiders, And Your Peers
08-27-2021 

Starting back and moving forward

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Totidem verbis

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Latin classroom

 

Hello educator,

 

We hope this newsletter finds you rested, refreshed, and ready for the school year ahead! For this edition of Totidem Verbis, we chose helpful and engaging resources to help ease your transition back. Whether you have already started your year or still have a few weeks to go, sit back and enjoy this selection, curated just for you.

In this issue:

 

  • GAINING insights into Latin Imperial power
  • GIVING your students some CRED
  • BEING kind to the most important person in the world - you!
  • EXPLORING Learning Site® enhancements created with you in mind

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

 

Beatus doctrina,

 

Imperial Power in the Latin World Lecture Series

Anthony Smart, lecturer of Ancient & Medieval History at York St. John University, York, England, has organized a lectures series about the complexities of Imperial power in the Latin world. Designed for students who might be new to Classics and Ancient History, the lectures range from Augustus and Nero to soldiers and barbarians. They are bite-sized, too, running from twenty minutes to an hour, perfect for a classroom activity or homework assignment. While the series began in July, all past lectures are on YouTube. Click here for the descriptions and links.

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YCRED is InCREDible!

Youth C.R.E.D is a free, international, one-day virtual event designed for teen world language learners. The focus of YCRED is to help learners:

  • Develop strategies to continue language learning and become credentialed
  • Leverage their language learning for college and job opportunities
  • Link to college language departments as well as others around the world for bilingual conversations

To find out more, mosey on over to the YCRED site. Registration is quick, easy, and free!

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Being Kind to Yourself

5 Tips For Setting Boundaries This School Year

We all know one of the hallmarks of being a good teacher is setting and holding boundaries for our students, in and out of the classroom. But after more than a year of upheaval and uncertainty, perhaps it's time we look at those we set for ourselves. Elena Spathis writes in her newest blog post, “5 Tips For Setting Boundaries This School Year.” The good news is they all involve being kind to yourself!

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Lessons Learned from Hybrid and Remote Teaching

If you were a teacher last year, you know how confusing, exhausting, and all-around challenging of a year it was. In her newest blog post, “Lessons Learned,” teacher and writer Elena Spathis shares her takeaways from the lessons she learned as a teacher over the past year. Her insights (#1 is Let it go!) are perfect for all teachers heading into this next school year, so do yourself a favor and take a look!

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The Learning Site® Spotlight

New Features and Enhancements: Wayside continually strives to enhance our user experience with the Learning Site®. Simplified intuitive enrollment and a new search bar in Explorer® are just two of the new features and enhancements. View our 11.1 Learning Site® Update video to see all of them – you will be thrilled!

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