I prepared this prezi for a seminar I’m giving on 23/11/2013: Interacción y colaboración en tiempo real: El uso de Google Drive para estimular la comunicación fuera de clase. = Real-time interaction and collaboration: The use of Google Drive to promote communication outside of the classroom.

Conference: “La web 2.0 en la clase de ELE para todos” – “Web 2.0 tools in the Spanish as a Foreign Language class” Organized by: KATHO / KULeuven / Consejería de Educación

Of course all these ideas can be applied to all foreign languages and other subject areas as well! It gives examples on how to incorporate Google Drive tools in your lesson planning:

  • Google Documents, Presentations, Forms, Spreadsheets
  • Kaizena (Voice Comments) : It’s a really cool tool to insert voice comments into your students’ documents. It would be ideal to be able to meet with all students every time they have a project, to discuss their progress, etc. but this can’t always happen. Kaizena is perfect to give individualized feedback and suggestions to your students! You just have to connect this app to your Google Drive.
  • RealtimeBoard : Another great app you can connect to your Drive. It’s a virtual board. Great to collaborate in the creation of visual projects (e.g. virtual trips) by adding video, pictures, comments, stickers, figures, documents, etc. Like with everything in Drive, students can interact through chat and collaborate in real-time.

If you’re using another app in Drive that’s working really well for you, please share!
Thanks for reading!

Here are some forms:

RealtimeBoard for Collaborative virtual trip projects:


Digital portfolios and collaborative presentations:

I have some great ongoing e-portfolios from my students, using presentations as well, but I’m not posting those since they have personal pictures and information of the students. I do plan to show some samples at the seminar. Google Presentations is a great tool to have your students create personal digital portfolios for the whole year, where they can keep adding content as they learn. Like with all GoogleDrive tools, you can easily insert comments and give feedback. At the end of the year, they have a valuable resource to always look back to. If you agree with other teachers, they can continue expanding on their portfolios throughout their language learning experience at the school!

Students can also create ongoing collaborative presentations of a specific theme. Same concept, at the end of the year they have a valuable collection of what they have learned. Portfolios are fantastic to archive not only content knowledge related entries but reflections on language, cultural issues and students’ own learning process.

Here are some collaborative presentations from Pilar Munday:

2 thoughts on “Google Drive for foreign language learning

  1. Some fantastic ideas for language learning Carolina. I work with many language teachers and find that they are always wanting to find new edges to the way that language is learned. The language teachers at my school are going to love these.

  2. Thx for your comment Steve. Google Drive has given me lots of possibilities as a teacher, specially to promote communication & collaboration outside of class, student-student & teacher-student. And there are always new apps for education that we can just add to our google drive and use. Once your colleagues begin experimenting with google drive, they’ll love it I’m sure!

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