Freehand Thinking in French with Tablets

One student's vocabulary practice, with sketched visual notes
One student’s vocabulary practice, with sketched visual notes

Students learning a foreign language try to process information through a variety of formats: oral/aural, written, and visual. Picture-based flashcards are a staple of language instruction because of the link between imaging and recall and the benefit these play in helping students memorize vocabulary. Max Likin has taken this process a step further using the tablets in his French courses. First, he asked students to write the words in longhand (with appropriate accent, of course). Then, he asked them to draw pictures of the words directly in the notes. As students at U Prep use tablet technology be able to take advantage of handwriting and drawing as well as keyboard typing, teachers have the opportunity to capture more styles of student learning and thinking.

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