Digital Latin Classroom
Online Tools used in Lowcountry Latin's "Digital Latin Class"
The Cambridge Latin Course, with its 45 year history of development and revision, has established itself as the leading beginner's course for learning Latin. It is designed for middle to high school students and has the most robust online presence of any Latin textbook series on the market. The Cambridge Latin Course provides an enjoyable, carefully paced and a natural language progression introduction to the Latin language, complemented by the background information on Roman culture and civilization. The material progresses from simple stories written specially for the Course, through adaptations of Roman authors, to original texts. In addition to the physical textbook, this series uses Cambridge's "Elevate" online platform. Cambridge Elevate is accessible on computers and tablets of all kinds and delivers digital content to engage students, assist their comprehension, develop their understanding and accelerate their learning. You can click here to see a sample chapter of the Cambridge Latin series, and click here for some of Cambridge's digital tools.
For younger students, Cambridge's "Minimus" series is a great way to gently begin the exploration of Latin vocabulary and grammar, as well as Roman culture and history. Using fun stories about a Roman family living in Britannia (and the little mouse, Minimus, who lives in their home), along with a healthy dose of archaeological and historical information, students learn to read simple Latin sentences. There are also sections in each chapter that teach English vocabulary based on Latin roots and stories from Roman and Greek mythology that conclude each lessons. The story-based approach helps keep children’s attention and makes for an excellent, low key introduction for students up to age 12.
Quia (pronounced key-ah) is short for "Quintessential Instructional Archive". Quia Web pioneered the "create-your-own" concept, giving educators the freedom to go beyond publisher-provided materials and create their own interactive, online experiences for their students. Quia provides a wide variety of tools, including:
- a unique login for each student who joins a teacher's page
- 16 types of online game-like templates geared toward creating individualized and interactive practice and review activities, along with time tracking feedback to keep aware of how long a student spends on these activities.
- a complete online testing system with automatic grading, immediate feedback, and detailed reporting
- a constantly updating student web page used to collect share Quia activities, tests, and feedback in one location
You can click here to see an example of what a Lowcountry Latin Quia page (activities, tests, etc) would look like. There is no price per student - it is free for students to use the teacher created Quia pages and activities.
G Suite for Education (formerly known as "Google Apps for Education") is a free service for accredited schools and certified trainers, comprised of digital tools from Google designed for productivity, communication, and collaboration through cloud-based technology. G Suite for Education is helping to advance collaborative teaching in ways barely thought possible just a few years ago. If you are not familiar with Google's outstanding range of free products for education, I will be happy to show you how great a tool they can be to teachers, students, and parents! You can click here to learn more about G Suite and Google's apps and click here to see a sample Latin lesson I designed using Google Slides.
If you send me an email at email@example.com, I will give you access to a sample "Google Classroom" Latin class (which showcases the use of these Google Apps and other resources students would use in an actual "Lowcountry Latin" class). Google Classroom is only accessible to those with a Gmail or G Suite account - if your email does not come from a Gmail account, then I can set up a temporary account for you using a "@charlestonlatin.com" address so you can access my Google Classroom sample page.
Why Study Latin
The Latin Advantage (including SAT numbers of Latin students)
Latin in the Schools Today