How iTranslate is used in over 50 schools worldwide and why teachers, parents and students benefit

It’s no secret that consumer tech is taking over the classroom. Devices like the iPad are heavily marketed toward students, schoolteachers and administrators, because they are perfectly optimised for school use. When used in the right ways, apps and software hold the potential to aid, inspire and educate in fresh and exciting ways.

Keep reading to find out how iTranslate enriches classes and helps teachers to engage with students and their parents alike!

Clearing up prejudices

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According to a Pew Research Center study in early 2019, more than 35% of students admit to have used their smartphones or other devices as an aid for their homework or exams. Online translation tools are especially popular among those who have difficulties writing essays in foreign languages. However, instead of worrying that translation tools might hurt the language development of students, it’s definitely time to clear up prejudices and show how to put apps like iTranslate to good use in and outside the classroom!

iTranslate brings teachers, students and parents together

Before we head over to the various possibilities on how students can improve their languages skills with iTranslate, it’s important to focus on the improvement of communication between teachers, students and parents. ESL (English Second Language) students, or students whose families just immigrated to the country, often have difficulties communicating in class. With the use of translation apps, teachers are able to properly explain class assignments directly with the students in their native language and students can ask questions without feeling left out. Instead of spending fifteen minutes trying to explain the present perfect in English, a one-minute explanation with the help of iTranslate does the trick! Worksheets and parts of school books can be easily translated which enables foreign students to keep up with the classwork. Translation improves their work ethic and confidence while also enhancing their ability to communicate with classmates when language isn’t a barrier anymore.

Parents and guardians also benefit from apps like iTranslate and iTranslate Converse when it comes to parent-teacher conferences and other school events. Parental engagement has been proven to influence a student’s long-term success and it’s even more true with ESL students who cab face greater hurdles. However, when parents have language limitations, they can struggle to engage. With iTranslate, schools encourage parents involvement in their children’s academic life and include them in school events. 

The simple design of iTranslate enables natural conversations in over 100 languages, and automatically detects the correct language between two selected languages for a fast and accurate translation.

Using iTranslate for teaching purposes

“We have several iPads that have been setup as dedicated translation devices in a single app mode. (They are locked into just being able to run iTranslate). They are used in the classrooms to allow our ESL students to scan portions of their text books so they can read it in their native language to keep up with the classwork. Additionally the teachers use it to explain class assignments directly with the students.”

Teacher who uses iTranslate in her classroom

iTranslate is currently being used in over 50 schools worldwide and growing rapidly because we offer more than 100 languages and provides a diverse set of features that can be perfectly integrated in any classroom. 

Voice Output

With the help of Voice Output, students can improve the pronunciation or certain words or phrases. They’re able to choose from Female and Male voices and also adjust the speed. 

Lens

Non-native students can instantly translate worksheets, books and pretty much any other text around them, by simply using a device’s camera. Just point, snap, and iTranslate will do the rest!

Favourites

If students stumble upon a difficult word or phrase they can easily add it to their Favourites, so that no new vocabulary is lost.

Transliterations

When learning Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language that does not use Latin characters it can be quite difficult to decipher the pronunciation. The Transliterations feature however makes it possible to read those non-latin characters. For example, „你好“ turns into „Nǐ hǎo“.

Conjugations

This feature is especially useful for students who struggle with languages that are based on complex grammar, like French or German. Looking up verb conjugations in different tenses has never been easier!

Offline Translation

No wifi? No problem. Just download the language packs you need and use iTranslate as usual.

Website Translation

As the name suggests, this feature translates entire Websites instantly with our built in translation Browser or with the iTranslate Safari Extension into over 40 languages.

All-New AR Mode

Compared to the iTranslate Lens feature, which instantly translates menus, cards, signs, or anything else you encounter with your phone’s camera, the new AR mode is much more interactive. iTranslate’s AR Translation Mode uses the technology of Apple’s ARKit framework, which integrates the iOS device camera and motion features to produce augmented reality experiences in apps and games. The Scene Geometry of the ARKit creates a topological map or 3D representation of the space around you in real- time with labels/tags identifying practically any object.
Meaning, rather than just taking a picture, you’re able to move around while interacting with objects, since the AR feature recognizes the depth of the surrounding space.

If you have any questions, email education@iTranslate.com and we’ll be happy to work with you!