Today, more than ever before, technology is ubiquitous to everyday life—and that extends to teaching and learning, too! That’s why it’s so important to have teachers who are focused on integrating technology into their curriculum.
This past week, an enthusiastic group of world language teachers met at the Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL, for an advanced workshop on using Sony Virtuoso™ and Soloist® digital language lab technology to help students develop core language learning skills. Teachers from local Illinois school districts, including New Trier, Maine, Grayslake, Vernon Hills, and Evanston, participated in this professional development workshop, along with post-secondary language instructors from Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. continue reading
Warren Township High School is a comprehensive four-year high school in Illinois with enrollment of approximately 4,500 students. It is the very model of a modern, progressive, technology-driven school district, with facilities equipped with everything from smart classrooms with whiteboards to tablet computers for teachers, engineering programs with CAD software, and facility-wide wireless connectivity. In fact, until recently, Warren HS was equipped with just about every technological advance a school could hope for except for one thing: a digital language learning lab.
Enter the Sony Virtuoso™ and Soloist® digital language learning solution.
Warren’s sizable language program consists of 22 foreign language (FL) teachers offering Spanish, French and German to nearly 2,700 FL students in the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior buildings. After an unsuccessful experience with an analog lab, the school was highly motivated to make the move to digital technology. continue reading