Sanako is a Finnish Educational Tech company helping schools and language teachers to improve language teaching efficiency and results.
As the summer holidays come to a close, education institutions will be using the remaining weeks to plan and prepare for their students’ return. Yet, without a vaccine in sight, the threat of Covid-19 to public health remains real and there’s widespread uncertainty about what the new school year will look like for educators and students of all ages.
Many schools have already announced that they will start the academic year online or at least in a hybrid model. Whatever happens, Sanako Connect is here to support educators with a complete online language teaching solution.
The return to school certainly offers a unique opportunity for educators to reshape and remodel their future teaching practice. After all, the last few months of closures have seen many institutions moving from compliance to radical innovation, and there should be no rush to simply ‘get back to normal.’
Certainly educators’ use of technology has been transformed as a result of this extraordinary experiment. The start of the new school year therefore gives educators the chance to put well-planned online learning experiences in place and to invest in high-quality, flexible digital learning solutions. Such resources can support educators whatever combination of face-to-face and remote teaching they deliver.
For language teachers, the last few months have undoubtedly been difficult. Many educators have struggled without access to physical language labs and the use of generic video-conferencing tools has also been problematic - they do not provide specific tools to support language learning and teaching. As a result, many schools have turned to Sanako Connect to support their response to the new distance/hybrid teaching reality.
“Classes can now be either synchronous - we can talk to all the students in real-time using a microphone or on a global chat, or to individual students via a microphone or a direct message - or asynchronous allowing students to practise at their own pace and submit their work for a teacher to check.”, says Dr. Marta Nowacka, Assistant Professor in the College of Humanities, The University of Rzeszów.
Sanako Connect now offers a complete online language lab solution for synchronous and asynchronous language teaching. It gives educators:
- Unique recording features that are tailored for language teaching and learning
Students can easily complete speaking and pronunciation exercises on Connect. They just record themselves talking or insert their answers onto the master track of a video or audio file.
- Flexibility to create and assign exercises in the same platform
Teachers can save time and effort by creating a huge range of exercises for students including imitation, video or gap-fill templates.
- A single view to easily manage student pairs and groups
Educators can use Connect to divide students into pairs or groups for conversation practice. Each group can discuss simultaneously without distracting each other. Teachers can listen in and/or talk with different groups.