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AP® Exams 2017 are now in the history books. This year The College Board introduced new requirements for digital recording and on-line submission of student responses for the speaking portion of AP World Languages exams. These new rules have had many schools scrambling to figure out the best way to administer the tests.
For those schools using SANS’ Virtuoso™ and SANSSpace™ LIVE technology platforms, concerns about the changes were minimal. Why? Because we have been providing controlled AP digital recording solutions to school language departments for AP exams and other oral testing for more than 10 years, and our technology is fully compliant with The College Board procedures.
This week we are celebrating teachers across the country! Our most favorite teachers tend to be “language teachers” – world languages, ASL, and ESL – makes sense since SANS’ technology is about helping language teachers engage students so they can focus on communication and real world language learning.
Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great language teachers at all levels; we see the dedication to expanding students’ horizons and outlook on the world. So from the team at SANS Inc., just a quick “thank you” for the important work you do every day. Have a great week! You deserve it!
GRACIAS! THANK YOU! ARIGATO! MERCI! GRAZIE! DANKE! XIE XIE!
Students at Bernards High School, in the New Jersey’s Somerset Hills School District, are ready and excited to learn in a state-of-the-art media center funded with a community-supported referendum. The center has been designed to accommodate all students, with collaborative and quiet study areas, and a new language lab.
The community was invited to a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of the media center. Guests became “world language students” as Jay Carney, of Chester Technical Services, Inc., provided an overview of how the SANS Virtuoso™ language lab technology facilitates interactive language learning, even partnering them for conversation practice.
– By Linda Markley, SCOLT President
The 2017 Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) will be held in Orlando, FL – March 16-18.
SANS Inc. Support for SCOLT and Language Education
On behalf of SCOLT, I am happy to announce that for the fifth year, SANS Inc. is a sponsor for our Leadership Initiative. We are so grateful for SANS’ continued support of our Leadership Workshop to bring together leaders from the SCOLT region and beyond in order to build a stronger language community.
We really need that more and more as we all need to raise a collective voice that enlightens the world to the power of language education. To accomplish this, we need strong leadership as well as a succession plan to continue moving forward and progressing further into the 21st Century as global citizens and advocates for world languages education. That is why this year’s theme for the Leadership Workshop is ”Strengths Performance”.
Dr. Osa-Melero, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Duquesne University
A NECTFL, SANS Inc. /Mead Fellowship Project
– By Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dr. Osa-Melero is an Assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and a SANS Inc. /Mead Leadership Fellow selected by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Niños y Niñas Bilingües y Biculturales is a program in which my Spanish Conversation and Composition college students deliver lessons on basic vocabulary, geography, and cultural features of Spanish-speaking countries to English-speaking preschool children ages 3 to 5 in the YMCA-Duquesne Child Development Center.
We bring this content to the preschoolers from a comparative and contrastive perspective. We are helping the little ones to compare their culture with the culture of various Spanish-speaking countries with the hope that they find differences, but also many similarities. The underlying goal of this program is to show children that we are not as different to other cultures as we think we are.
November 14, 2016, North Branford, CT – The SANSSpace LIVE (Live Interactive Virtual Environment) platform will be showcased in hands-on demonstrations this week at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Boston. SANSSpace LIVE, from SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions, provides mobility for language teachers to engage students in active language learning in school and at home.
While the number of private and public schools across the country implementing mobile technology programs is rapidly growing, there is often a gap in the available solutions for world languages departments that need to integrate Chromebooks™, iPads® or other mobile devices into their curriculum.
SANSSpace LIVE fills this gap as a web-based instructional technology with tools for interactive language learning that can be used in any classroom or anywhere that students use mobile devices.
SANSSpace LIVE will be shown at the ACTFL Conference in Boston in Booth #1312, November 18-20, 2016.
Will You Be Ready? We are.
The College Board has officially announced that the Spoken Free Response Sections of the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish, as well as the Music Theory, Exams will be going digital for testing in May 2017. This is a major (and necessary) shift that will affect over 220,000 exams taken yearly.
So what does this mean exactly? It’s retirement time for all of those cassette recorders that are taken out of the closet once a year and used for student recordings – all recordings must be done using digital recording technology. Response CDs and tapes will be gone, too, and student recordings will be submitted digitally to the on-line AP Digital Submission Portal. continue reading
June 27th, 2016 marks the thirteenth anniversary of SANS Inc. Wow! Time does fly! We’ve grown, our technology has evolved, and we are moving forward with the SANSSpace™ LIVE (Live Interactive Virtual Environment) platform, providing a solution for language programs at schools that have 1 to 1 and BYOD technology initiatives.
Thank you to all of our educational customers, who inspire us to continue to develop new and innovative instructional technology for language learning. We love getting your input, feedback, and kudos on how our technology is positively impacting your teaching and your students’ learning.
Friday, April 22, 2016, marks the 46th Earth Day. Started in 1970, by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, to raise awareness of environmental pollution and elevate the issues on a national level. Grassroots efforts and blasts via the wire services (no social media-remember?) ignited our nation with teach-ins, rallies and events across the county including NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This effort resulted in the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and significant legislative measures to improve the environment in the U.S.
Fast forward to 1990. Earth Day goes global with over 200 million people in 140 countries participating. According to the Earth Day Network (EDN), today more than 1 billion people around the globe are involved in Earth Day activities.
Is Earth Day part of your curriculum? How do you involve your world language students in Earth Day global issues? Please share your insights, ideas, lessons, and feedback on how your students are engaged in these important issues on Earth Day and beyond… continue reading
There have been a lot of headlines recently about swapping out world language programs for computer programming. While this can be very disconcerting, we are happy to report some positive news on world language programs that are getting the support they need to grow.
In Southington, CT, it appears that school board members and parents are very interested in expanding the world language program into the elementary grades. Last month the Cheshire, CT Board of Education voted in favor of an elementary Spanish program in the upcoming year. This decision came as a result of much hard work which included a feasibility study and task force report. continue reading