Back to school news you can use

The School Year Begins Again – Welcome Back! SANS has a new language lab paired activity feature to tell you about, a tech tip for you to resource authentic videos, stress relief ideas for busy educators, and more.

You Asked for It – More Flexible Student Paired Language Lab Activities

Paired conversation practice is widely used in Virtuoso™ language labs. SANS has received customer feedback (from your peers) requesting that paired students be able to record a speaking activity, then listen to their recordings, review their work, and then re-record their conversation while still paired. We’ve listened, and are happy to report that this capability in now availablein the latest version of the Virtuoso software. Want to know more about this? Does your software version support this functionality?Contact CTS today!

Sandy’s Real-World Ed Tech Tip

Looking for “Back to School” authentic content videos in the target language? Sandy Hayward suggests Google advanced video search, Try using a language and country other than English to compare. For example, for novice students you may want to search – School supplies in Mexico (Spanish) and Germany (German). Keep students focused on skill acquisition with NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Benchmarks . If you uncover any great resources please share with us!

Fall World Languages and ESL Conferences

Professional conferences at the local, state, and national levels are abounding across the country through November, culminating with the ACTFL Conference in San Diego. These offer great opportunities for language educators to learn, collaborate with peers, and find new products to enhance their language programs. SANS and our resellers support language education teaching organizations with exhibits and sponsorships at many events. If you are attending, please stop by to see what’s new with our technology or just to say a quick hello!

Stressed Out? Simple Ways to Weather the Storm

In a recent Gallup Report, The State of American Schools, 46% of K-12 teachers reported being stressed on a daily basis. So how do you manage all of the personal and professional responsibilities that life throws your way every day? Vicki Davis, The Cool Cat Teacher, has 10 simple tips on ways to manage teaching stress and “sail your ship through the storm”.

To learn more from your fellow educators, follow this link to register for a great resource in the SANS Member Community.  Ask questions and help others with their needs too!