I have not personally incorporated the following website to its fullest extent, I have only tested it a few times. However, I have seen it being used in other foreign language classes I have observed and would like to implement it in the near future.
- The website is Edmodo.com - https://www.edmodo.com/
It is a social network website, akin to Facebook, specifically built for teaching and learning. You can post assignments, quizzes, polls, or hold group discussions using a bevy of media. Once the teacher signs up, he or she is given a code to share with students. The students then sign up on their own accord and "join" the class on Edmodo, where they will see all posted assignments. Privacy information is never shared and the teacher has the option to either have closed groups or open up the groups with other classes for inter-classroom discussions.
- I have seen Edmodo being used as homework assignments as part of any lesson. The class I observed, for example, was doing a lesson on identifying classroom objects. The teacher posted a picture of a regular classroom and asked students to comment on or describe the picture, in the target language. Students then posted comments about the picture and some even replied to each other in the target language. The teacher did explain her expectations about posting discussions only in Spanish while on Edmodo. Other times the teacher posted an essential question to prepare students for the lesson the following day. I have not seen it used for voice recording, though.
- Students wrote in the target language related to media posted on the website. Social networks tend to be anxiety free, so students were more willing to share answers there more comfortably than in a classroom. Although the teacher cannot monitor the students' use of online dictionaries or translators while on Edmodo, she is familiar with her audience enough to know who is and isn't using translators like Google Translate. Either way, the more lax online environment does help promote more participation in the target language.