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SANS Inc. is celebrating its “Sweet Sixteen”

June 27, 2019 Learning Link Blog no comments

When we think about “Sweet Sixteen” it usually involves a celebration of coming of age for a teenager’s 16th birthday, or for sports fans, it may suggest the Sweet 16 semi-final round the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.  For SANS, it’s another milestone in working with language educators on technology integration to build language proficiency. Our business over the past sixteen years has been and continues to be focused on ways to increase daily L2 student communication in any language program.
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SANS Inc. is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Looking back and looking forward.

June 27, 2018 Learning Link Blog no comments

When we started.

The year is 2003. Apple’s iTunes Music Store is named TIME’s Coolest Invention of the year; cell phones with built-in digital cameras are quickly gaining momentum with 6 million sold in the U.S. alone. In June of 2003, a new company, SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions is created to provide new language lab software solutions to schools, universities, and government agencies.


Where we are today.

The year is 2018.  More than 35 million people pay for music subscriptions in the U.S., and approximately 237 million people in the U.S. are smartphone users.  At SANS Inc., we are celebrating our 15th anniversary, and world language programs in schools across the U.S. are seeing the benefits of SANSSpace LIVE, our browser-based instructional technology for language teaching anytime, anywhere.

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AP World Languages Exams Are Just Around the Corner

April 12, 2018 Learning Link Blog no comments

What’s Your Game Plan?

AP® exams are less than a month away.  With over 200,000 AP world languages exams being taken, there are thousands of language teachers prepping students to help them do their best. IT staff and AP coordinators are reviewing The College Board testing guidelines to ensure that the exams are administered equitably and responses are submitted to The College Board’s Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal without a hitch.

We too, at SANS Inc., are working closely with our clients, schools that use our technology for language classes throughout the year and to administer AP world languages exams each May. We reach out to AP teachers and proctors to be sure they are familiar with the exam mode functionality in our SANSSpace™ LIVE browser-based instructional technology and our Virtuoso™ language lab software.  We’re on board for the entirety of the AP exam schedule to help in any way we can – and we do look forward to positive reviews post-AP exams.

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Great Turnout at SANSSpace LIVE Webinar – Tech Tools to Build Proficiency

March 27, 2018 Learning Link Blog no comments

SANSSpace LIVE Simple-to-Use Teacher Interface

We had a great turnout for our webinar: Technology Tools to Help Build Proficiency with SANSSpace LIVE.

Attendees included Spanish Teachers, French Teachers, Italian Teachers, Mandarin Teachers, World Language Department Chairs, Curriculum Supervisors and others.

Our focus was to show how the SANSSpace LIVE instructional technology platform is helping language teachers increase student communication in all three modes – interpersonal – interpretive – presentational.
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The Skinny on SANSSpace™ LIVE

January 26, 2018 Learning Link Blog no comments

SSL GuiYou may have been hearing and seeing a lot about SANSSpace LIVE at conferences, on the web, in social media recently. But what is it and how can it help you as a language teacher?

SANSSpace LIVE is a browser-based language teaching & learning platform, with productivity tools to help teachers guide and engage their students in active language learning.
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Introducing a New Pronunciation Activity Tool for Language Learners

November 14, 2017 Learning Link Blog no comments

SANS Inc. is introducing a brand new Pronunciation Activity Tool which is part of the SANSSpace™ interactive language learning platform. We will be showing it this week at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Nashville, TN.

Developed Using the Latest Technology

Our development team is using the latest text-to-speech and voice recognition technology, converting text-based material into spoken audio for pronunciation and speech practice. The tool supports multiple languages so it can be widely used in diverse language programs in schools, colleges, universities, and government agencies.
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Post AP World Languages Exams 2017 – How Did We Do?

May 23, 2017 Learning Link Blog 2 comments

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.
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SANS Inc. SCOLT Leadership Workshop Highlights Individual “Strengths Performance”

March 14, 2017 Learning Link Blog no comments

– 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”.
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SANSSpace™ LIVE Instructional Technology Platform Adds Mobility to Language Teaching

November 14, 2016 Learning Link Blog, Mobility no comments

sansspace-live-mobile-at-actflNovember 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.

Big Changes! AP® World Languages Exams are Going Digital for 2017

October 6, 2016 Learning Link Blog no comments


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