Project: Closing the Technology Gap in World Language Teaching


Hello everyone,

Let me explain to you how I'd use and "squeeze" Blackboard Collaborate for a whole year! :-)

I have been selected by PSMLA (Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association) and NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) as a Sans Inc./Mead Fellow, leading an online professional development project about providing FREE training to World Language teachers on creative, immersive, authentic, and FUN ways to incorporate web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Teachers will be rewarded with Act48hs (similar to CEU) and other tech goodies for their active and successful participation in the project.

I am embedding the Prezi/Video I created about the project to give everyone a general idea of what this is all about. But, basically, the project has three parts: webinars in August, lesson plans and student products in the fall, forum discussions in the winter. The plan is (was) to use Elluminate/Wimba (now Blackboard Collaborate) for the webinars in August and, due to the small budget available, I am (was) going to subscribe to it for only one month (August) and use other sites (free) for the rest of the project.

As you can imagine, winning the 50-seat virtual environment for a whole year will add another dimension (not described) in the project. Teachers could use Blackboard to, indeed, "collaborate" with each other when learning about web 2.0 and designing their lesson plans. Some discussions towards the end could also be done LIVE, enhancing the learning/collaborative experience.

I am inviting the teachers participating in this online PD workshop, and others involved in it, to support this post...and add their own ideas to enhance the project! We would be THRILLED to use Blackboard Collaborate for the Sans Inc./Mead project. Also, I am scheduled to present about it at the Fall PSMLA conference in State College and at the Spring NECTFL conference in Baltimore. Teachers unable to attend these conferences could stll come, through Blackboard Collaborate, and help me present this
project...TOGETHER! :-)



This project is an ambitious initiative to transform language teaching and learning by infusing emerging technologies into the curriculum. It is a unique opportunity to reach other world language teachers and help them enhance their competencies and expertise with 21st century technologies in the classroom.

It'd be so awesome for this project to be one of the winners! The timing couldn’t be better! Fingers crossed!

And thank you very much for considering this idea,


Silvina M Orsatti

NECTFL Sans Inc./Mead Leadership Fellow

Spanish/Instructional Technology

Professional Development

"Digital Literacy is less about the tools and more about the thinking"

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Comment by Patrice Moak on March 15, 2012 at 6:12pm

This sounds like a great opportunity, in our global education world language is a very valuable class, online learning can work with all classes. I look forward to future post about your webinars.

Patrice Moak

Comment by Silvina Orsatti on August 15, 2011 at 10:22pm
I amvery grateful to BBC for selecting my project as one of the winners of a free 50-seat virtual classroom for one year! Yeah!
Comment by Silvina Orsatti on July 30, 2011 at 8:30pm

Thank you, ladies, for your support! Fingers crossed! :-)

Comment by Linda Twedt on July 25, 2011 at 12:07pm
I am also very happy to be a part of Silvina's MEAD digital media project, too. I'm hoping she'll garner enough votes to win, as the scope and sequence of this project have been quite thoughtfully developed.
Comment by Toni Johnson on July 21, 2011 at 2:28pm
As a participant of Silvina's MEAD project, I am looking forward  to the webinars she is preparing for us. I think it would be very beneficial if our sharing throughout the school  year could also be done using this program.  Explanations of activities/lessons are much easier to discuss than to write up in an email.  Silvina has worked very hard on her project and I hope she is able to benefit as the winner of this contest.

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