I hope you are all having a great week! Shout Out to Kim Parsloe this week, who got me thinking about all sorts of tools to assist students with language translation. Imagine coming to our school, from another country, and not understanding any English – what a challenge for both student and teacher! Technology, luckily, can help! Check out some tips and tricks below (I also updated my Holiday Tech Doc found at the end of the post):
Translating Tech Tools
Google Translate has both a website and extension that make it easy to copy and paste language into a platform and have it translated into a variety of languages.
If you have a website you like to use, that is able to be translated, Google Website Translator is a great tool. Simply paste the URL into the translator and it will turn the site into the language chosen (if possible). Unfortunately, not all sites can be translated.
Learn a new language
DuoLingo is a program that will help students learn a new language! It’s cute and fun and may assist your English speaking students communication with new friends!
Translating Docs into other Languages
Another reason to work in Docs! Any Google Doc can be translated into a variety of languages. Take a look at the GIF below. Simply go to Tools and choose Translate Document. It will not be a perfect translation, but it should help!
The extension Select and Speak will translate any text into another language and read it aloud. Take a look at the video below. Like Docs, this translation will not be perfect, but it will assist in understanding. Not all languages are available, but there are over 30 to choose from.
To make sure we get the latest HOLIDAY activities ….
My favorite Blogger – Eric Curts – put out the 12 days of Techmas (click here)…Guess what is Day #1….PEAR DECK and the new add-on for Slides. This is AMAZING. I’m sure the rest of his days will be great too, check out his holiday tech by clicking each day available on the image I linked above.
You can also click here for my Google Doc of Holiday Tech that spans PreK-12. I’ve added a few items to it this week, like Magnetic Poetry!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Erin Fisher 🐟 🐟 🐟