Learning Site News

February 2021
02-24-2021  All News, Learning Site, Remote Teaching

 

 

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Learning Site® News

Updates and practical resources to support language learning and teaching

 

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Welcome to the Digital Learning Day edition of the Learning Site® News. What is Digital Learning Day? In this issue, we will explain. We will also provide quick and easy guides to get you up to speed on our latest Learning Site® developments.

 

  • Digital Learning Day - How DLD resources can help YOU

  • Quick Tip - Reactions save time and acknowledge participation in the Learning Site® Classroom and Discussion Forum

  • Grade Passback Progress - Schoology and Canvas TCC courses can now access Grade Passback Sync! Learn how!

 

In partnership,

 

Celebrating Digital Learning Day

In the ten years since Digital Learning Day efforts were kicked off by the Alliance for Excellent Education, remote learning and instruction have evolved by leaps, bounds, and pandemics.

 

Digital Learning Day is a campaign that grows the network of instructors passionate about improving the online learning landscape. We are particularly excited to nerd out over:

 

- Tomorrow’s webinar on Future Ready School across the US

- Free resources from diverse subjects, grades, and geographic regions
 

Why are you fired up about Digital Learning?

 

Quick Tip – Reactions in Classroom Forum 

Time-Saver Alert! Recognize student participation quickly and consistently, with reactions in Classroom and Discussion Forum. Click to watch this 90-second demo by Instructional Technologist Terra Cowham!

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Grade Passback Progress

Grade passback sync (the ability to pass grades back from the Learning Site® to your LMS gradebook) is now available to thousands of Learning Site® teachers!

Available now for: Educators using Canvas TCC, and Schoology TCC

Canvas TCC
Guide pdf (grading on pages 6-8)

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Schoology TCC
Guide pdf (grading on pages 9-10)

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Need Help?

Stream demos of Learning Site® tools in virtual or blended contexts or read step-by-step strategies with links to activities and authentic resources in the Learning Site® area of our website.

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You can also contact us anytime. We are here to help, and always have time for your questions and comments. The conversation you start today may inspire a new resource to be created for the Learning Site® community.

 


Ya Sabes - February 2021

Spanish Newsletter
02-17-2021  All News, Teacher Resources, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter

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Plus ways to connect with your peeps

 
 

Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for Your Language Classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

You are constantly looking for just that right resource to reach your students more effectively. And we love helping you find them! In this issue of Ya Sabes, we offer some fresh ideas, a way to connect with your peeps, and a really engaging authentic resource to add to your bag of tricks.

 

  • EXPERIENCE - When protest and dance come together

  • READ - Wear your MINT-colored glasses in class

  • CONNECT - These Facebook groups say many hands make light work

  • TEACH - A tasty activity to get your students thinking

  • SHARE - We are looking for your voice

 

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

¡Felicidades!

 

Get Ready to Kick Up Your Feet

Brought to you by the public media powerhouse KQED, Ancestors: Bomba is Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latino Dance of Resistance explores this joyous, defiant Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance form. Both mesmerizing and powerful, its expression is its own unique language, in which the dancers lead the conversation with the musicians. We have even included the accompanying dance lesson, so break out your drums and ruffled dresses, and join in!

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STEM & World Languages: A Perfect Match!

What is your STEM doing in my language class? Angelika Becker explores the how and why of adding STEM to your world language lessons. She offers unique activity ideas and helpful advice, so put on those MINT-colored glasses, and settle in for this eye-opening blog post.

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It Really is a Social Network

Facebook is not just pictures of people’s cats and political posts. Case in point – two fabulous groups designed to help you get more out of EntreCulturas.

Wayside’s Instructional Development team offers on-point ideas and support for all our teachers in On Your Way(side) to Proficiency. There are lots of entries for EntreCulturas, so take a gander at their expert suggestions. And feel free to add to the dialogue. We are in this together!

Join

Spanish Teachers Using EntreCulturas is all about giving each other a boost. They have set up a Google Drive with activities for all levels of EntreCulturas. It gets better when more teachers add their ideas, so as they say, give a little, take a little! Join the conversation.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

A Sweet Video! Cristin Bleess, one of our talented instructional strategists, shares this activity for teachers in On Your Way(side) to Proficiency: "When introducing the second essential question for EntreCulturas 4, Unidad 4 (p. 186), ¿Cómo podemos aportar al bienestar de las comunidades?, use this great video from RTVCPlay to get students thinking about neighbors helping neighbors! I think it's a perfect little warm-up activity for starting this section. This video can also be used for any unit on food. Students could identify the different items each neighbor adds to the basket and say what they would add!"

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We Are Looking for YOU!

Woot! We love teaming up with Wayside world language educators like YOU! It allows us to connect with you on a deeper level and strengthens our Wayside community. So, if you have a knack for writing for a diverse audience and love sharing advice, tips, reflections, fresh perspectives, and resources, we want to talk to you!

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A Propos - February 2021

French Newsletter
02-10-2021  A Propos - French Newsletter, All News

 

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Plus the perfect 5-minute exercise break

 
 

À propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

The winter doldrums have set in, and the pandemic still is not gone. Life is slower than it was a year ago. What is there to do, then, but get a little meta about selfhood!

 

  • READ - Our blog on Négritude, the 20th-century francophone ideological movement, where self-awareness meets self-expression

  • WATCH - Noires Amériques: Conversations littéraires about diversity, inclusion, and amour propre

  • DO - How about a little self-activity? (Yes, that is really a word, and no, we did not just make it up)

  • TEACH - Well-being, it is more than just the body

  • SHARE - Speaking of self-expression, we are looking for your voice

 

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

Bon cours,

 

Négritude in Francophone Literature and Thought

New on the Blog: What the Harlem Renaissance was to the United States, Négritude was to the greater francophone world. This blog post explores the movement, its founders, and its influence.

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Esteemed Author Conversations

Centre de la Francaphonie des Amériques presents: Black Americas: Literary conversations. This amazing series includes five conversations with five well-respected black francophone authors, hosted by Haitian poet and Companion of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec, Rodney Saint-Éloi. Discussion topics include racism, feminism, gender, soccer, and other influential writers.

Watch
 

The Perfect 5-Minute Exercise Break for Students and Teachers

Staring at a screen all day can be tiring, but moving around a bit is a great mood and energy booster. Check out this article by Michael Linsin at SmartClassroomManagement.com for some great tips on a quick session that will get the blood pumping and the synapses firing.

Exercise
 

Self-Care

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: A great time to try The Perfect 5-Minute Exercise Break (see above) is during a unit on self-care. Check out the healthy mind, healthy body activity in EntreCultures 2, Unité 5, starting on page 252. It asks students to think about and rate their mental and physical health. With subtopics that range from waking and going to bed, to handling stress and eating healthily, maybe it is an activity we should all try!

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We Are Looking for YOU!

Woot! We love teaming up with Wayside world language educators like YOU! It allows us to connect with you on a deeper level and strengthens our Wayside community. So, if you have a knack for blogging and love sharing advice, tips, reflections, fresh perspectives, and resources, we want to talk to you!

Apply Now!