Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Mornings at Starbucks and Google Translate

Two years ago I discovered teachers from Lupin Hill Elementary and LCMS meet Friday mornings 7:00 a.m. at the Starbucks on Las Virgenes Rd. I try to attend these gatherings each week.

This morning a third grade teacher was explaining how she is using Google Translate with a new student who speaks almost no English. The student is from China and speaks Cantonese. The teacher is able to speak in English and Google translates her speech to Cantonese writing. Rapid learning is taking place for both the student and teacher. Cheers to our teachers who are embracing technology tools to do what ever it takes to foster a learning environment.

Each week I learn about great things happening at these school sites. I often bring ideas and concerns back to our EdTech team from our teachers working with students. We are off to a great start of the new year.


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