Keeping up with the Digital Revolution in the Language Classroom: 4 Skills meet 21st Century Skills

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Teachers can videotape student presentations and ask students to reflect on their performance, as I do with my teacher preparation classes through an iTunesU podcast. In the classroom, students can be given a disk with the video file to take home and watch or it can be uploaded to a school or teacher website. Students are highly motivated to see and hear themselves on video, so will perform in their foreign language if given a chance to.

YouTube has opened up broadcast possibilities that were impossible several years ago. Now anyone with a means of creating a video (new MacBooks have a built-in Webcam; many digital cameras double as a video camera) can upload a video to YouTube. See a tutorial here:

Teachers also can use the content found on YouTube for authentic materials for listening; such as an ESL class singing a Thanksgiving Song, sing-alongs with a hit Spanish song, Russian Folk Dance, and the Jewish-Arab Peace Song (with English Subtitles) among countless others! Search hint: type in sing-along and a langauge name, or just a language name, like "Kurdish - which brings up a Kurdish comedy) There's tons of ESL material, too, such as 'Essay Writing for ESL/EFL Students.'
A fun YouTube video site is Mr Tejada's page, which has Spanish- speaking finger puppets.

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