Modernizing Modern Language Teaching: Reinventing the Classroom and the Curriculum

September 20th-21st, 2014

Keynote address – Candace Black

The Magic of Technology – A New Reality Facing World Language Educators

Candace R. Black is the International Baccalaureate Coordinator and a National Board Certified Teacher of French at Eastridge High School in Rochester NY. She has worked in a variety of high schools in Western New York for the past 17 years and has taught undergraduate courses in French at SUNY Brockport and a graduate course in French through Empire State College. Candace currently holds the office of 1st Vice President of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers and is a frequent presenter at both regional and state conferences on the topic of technology integration. A fierce advocate of using technology to enhance World Language instruction, Candace is currently piloting an iPad 1:1 computing initiative at her high school.

Abstract: Things that we couldn’t even have conceived of when we were in high school or college are now possible through technology. Access is universal in most schools and among the broadest spectrum ever of our student population through computers, iPhones, and other smart devices. The swift and relentless pace of change in technology is creating both opportunities and challenges in education. This talk will address how the immense power of technology can be used to motivate students, to enhance instructional practice, and to transform the classroom and the very nature of our approach to language learning. Questions that will be addressed include: what does it mean to modernize modern language teaching; why should we reinvent the classroom and our curricula; and how can technology provide the means to practice and transmit our love of languages to our students? Finally, the speaker will elaborate on how World Language instructors are uniquely positioned to take full advantage of this technology due to the prescient establishment of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Standards and their implication for classroom practice.

The address is entitled “The Magic of Technology” and will be able to be downloaded as either a PowerPoint or PDF file:

Breakout session - (Science Center II - Room 134) – “Creating Interactive Game Shows in a Flash!”

Offered in two separate time slots on Sunday, September 21st for your convenience: 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Workshop packet -