Evaluating ed-tech tools

Evaluating ed-tech tools

Here at COERLL we value the use of technology in the language classroom. As open educators, we believe that educational materials and tools should be open. By "open", we mean: easy to access, customizable, affordable for teachers and students, and created for the greater good of a community of … [Continue reading...]

Engage and Explore

Engage and Explore

Photo credit: flickr user UrbanPromise  From the editor: We asked master Spanish teacher and teacher trainer Rose Potter to create some activities that use COERLL's resources to engage students and satisfy state and national standards for language learning. She created these five simple but … [Continue reading...]

Become part of a language teaching community!

Become part of a language teaching community!

This Open Education Week (March 27-31, 2017), we're highlighting the importance of participating in a community. Working with other language teachers can help you grow professionally and give you new ideas for reaching your students.  Read below for some vibrant communities you can be a part of. And … [Continue reading...]

Read the license!

Read the license!

Photo credit: flickr user Eden, Janine and Jim  From the editor: COERLL advocates for the use of Creative Commons (CC) licenses over copyright wherever possible. But in either case, it is essential that users always look for the CC or the © on the work they use and distribute, and understand what … [Continue reading...]

Searching for open authentic resources online

Searching for open authentic resources online

Image credit: COERLL Authentic resources are essential for language teaching and when they are open – by carrying a Creative Commons or other open license, as opposed to a copyright – they present even more opportunities. On a practical level, if anything you do with copyrighted material ever … [Continue reading...]

Student authored textbooks… in the language classroom?

Student authored textbooks… in the language classroom?

As more language teachers discuss ditching the textbook, the open education community is discussing another way to address outdated, incomplete, and impersonal books: student authored textbooks. When a teacher asks their students to write their own textbook, the teacher is a guide for actively … [Continue reading...]