Spanish I (8 students): ipad pilot 2013-2014. In the beginning of the year, I regretted having the ipads because they were simply not needed, except to take notes, take photos, record our voices in short dialogues, communicate over email and occasionally visit our vhl supersite ( a really useful site that accompanies our text) and class google site. Useful, I suppose, but I was not ready to tap into some of the more collaborative apps and neither were they. However, we have really used some tools well. Most notably, Notability. Here are some snapshots of their latest work done:
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Cine (10 students) - A 21st Century Film Elective: Our curriculum was live on Google Sites:
El cine español
Student Final Project on Voicethread
Spanish 8: (15 Students) These students did Explain Everything Projects throughout the year and wonderful iMovie commercials for their 8th Grade Final Project:
Class web page (for outside practice and review)
Las botas de Bean
This year, my 28th teaching with technology (even if it was a little clunky), my goals are not so different. I hope to continue to learn and collaborate with my students and to connect with others beyond our classroom. The one brand new addition is Schoology. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first because it looked way too much like Facebook. I, have, however, dived in full force and I am using it in all of my classes as the class site (still linking out to my already designed class google sites/ textbooks for supplementary material). I am currently in the love affair stage with this platform especially because I can now communicate with my MS students daily (they do not have school email, yet!). I have made the following observations so far:
1. Posting homework keeps me more organized and the students and parents love that they can check an assignment from home, especially when they are absent from school.
2. I can be very, very specific about an assignment, including all of the steps and links to support their studies. So much so, that I was able to have a virtual oral, aural and written connection with the students in my elective before we even met for the first class - ¡qué fenomenal! Below is an example of a quiz homework. Instead of just saying, "study for a quiz on blah, blah, blah," I can actually lists the steps with direct (previously researched) links! Pretty amazing!
4. Students can turn in work through Google Docs. I can correct, edit and return.
5. Be careful to have very specific guidelines about how you want students to use the UPDATE section. Remind them that this is NOT a social network. My students can suggest links, comment (in Spanish only!) and pose questions related to our subject.
That's it for now. I would love to hear how it is working for others!
Many thanks to Page for providing a classroom set of iPads, too - I'm looking forward to using them spontaneously and frequently to enhance our lessons. I'll post again once we get up and rolling.
¡Gracias por leer y hasta pronto!