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ERIC Number: EJ995581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Engaging Digital Natives
Preusse-Burr, Beatrix
Learning Languages, v17 n1 p20-22 Fall-Win 2011
Many classrooms have interactive whiteboards and several computers and many schools are equipped with a computer lab and mobile labs. However, there typically are not enough computers for every student in each classroom; mobile labs are often shared between several members of a team and time in the computer labs needs to be scheduled in advance. Engaged plugged-in learning can only take place when digital resources are instantly accessible at the rate every student in the classroom may need them. This question regarding instant accessibility has led Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in Virginia to the bold move to allow personally owned computing/networking devices into all classrooms systemwide. Starting this school year, parents are able to register their child's Wi-Fi enabled devices at the school and students can use them to access FCPS resources for learning in the classroom via the FCPSmobil secure network. Synchronous and asynchronous networking applications are now accessible to all teachers and students via their personally owned devices with all the securities of the closed FCPS environment. How can this help language learning and facilitate the communication in another language? In this article, the author takes a peek into Ms. Bachelet's 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at Lake Anne Elementary School. Students have been studying migration and habitats in their 2nd grade science curriculum. Thanks to the Bridging the Americas project, Ms. Bachelet's class is about to embark on a cross-cultural science journey. The availability of Google Apps and Elluminate within the FCPS secure network will further enhance the collaboration abilities within classrooms and beyond the classroom wall. Cross-cultural collaboration projects such as the "Bridging the Americas Migratory Birds Project," provide students with an authentic audience and context to use their newly acquired Spanish language skills, while learning science content and investigating migration. Whether using synchronous or asynchronous collaboration and networking tools, digital native students are ready to network across classrooms, schools and countries--bringing those tools into the classroom will keep them engaged with the content teachers are tasked to teach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia