Gabriela Jimenez, MS World Languages Department Head & Spanish Teacher at the International School of Bangkok.
Today’s generation of students embrace digital tools as an integral part of their lives. As teachers, we can incorporate these tools into our teaching in meaningful ways. Research indicates that students who are given the opportunity to have control over their learning activities, may increase in achievement, performance, motivation and positive attitudes towards learning; as a result, these students are more likely to take initiative and be more efficient in decision-making in their learning (Kopcha & Sullivan, 2007). Therefore; integrating digital tools for language learning is necessary. These tools can be part of our daily instruction; or the gateway to opportunities outside the classroom for students to collaborate and connect with native speakers as they learn about the target language and culture.