Functional tools for the Languages classroom

Functional tools for the Languages classroom

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When learning and practicing Language learning in the languages classroom setting, there are many useful tools that you can integrate in the classroom to enhance language learning.

One tool that I have become fond of is Pinterest.

By using Pinterest my students can use images and create story boards, to demonstrate their learning from a novel story, and even do projects via what they learned.  In my Spanish class, the students learned new vocabulary learned “the home” vocabulary  and created Pins to show their dream house and what it would look like, all at the same time practicing their language acquisition and demonstrating the new Spanish vocabulary that they learned.

I have also used Pinterst after having read French Immersion novels with my students. The students created Pins on the visuals of what the novel looked like and showing what they learned from the novel and at the same explaining why they chose these visuals.

Glogster

Glogster has replaced the bristle board in my French Immersion and Spanish classroom. A lot of work in the language area classrooms,  are project based learning, to demonstrate what they have learned but by making it their own. In my Spanish class, there is a family unit and famous musician unit where student will use the new vocabulary that was learned including pictures. Glogster is awesome because it’s a digital poster, you can integrate sound and visual in these projects. Very cool and easy to use!

Movie Maker, You Tube and I movie

A lot of my students are very techy and have showed me different tools that I can use in the language classroom. My students taught me Movie Maker via the Microsoft program as well as how you can download your own movie and projects to You Tube. I became quite fond of the program I movie via I pad or I phone (cost is $6.00) because it is a easy and useful learning tool to use in he classroom.

Animoto

I purchased a teacher account because you can do a lot with Animoto in the classroom with project based learning in the language classroom. Students can add working and images and make their own projects to demonstrate their learning and at the same time create digital stories for projects. I have used this tool for school assemblies to show the community what the students have Thom have been doing. Very cool tool!

Duo Lingo

This is such a fantastic app because student can download it onto their own devices for free and at the same time practice their language learning. It helps with the students, speaking, listening and reading and motivates the students to stay on track. I have hooked up the Duo Lingo program to my projector while using my tablet and it’s a great warm up tool to get my students started while learning the new language.

Busuu

Another app that I have used in the French Immersion and Spanish classroom is the older app called: Busuu. With this app, students can practice their French and Spanish while using their reading writing, listening and reading skills. It’s an interactive tool with quick quizzes for the students to practice.

Voki

Students can create their very own character Avatar and make their own descriptions while practicing the language.

As a languages teacher, I am always looking for tools to integrate and motivate my students when they are learning a language. As discussed in a previous blog entry, as long as I use these learning tools in engaging and meaningful ways (not just as a tool to throw in), they can be useful for other language classrooms.

Thanks!

Krista

Mystery Skype call # 1

Today was the day that my students and I made a Mystery Skype call!

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Our first call was a classroom from the USA Mr. Miller and his students from  Marshall IN. Matt is a great teacher who is also integrating technology within his language learning classrooms. His classroom was a lively bunch who was learning the Spanish language as a second language as well.

My students were excited and were ready to take on their roles. We had a couple of technology glitches but overall the call went very well. The sound from the other classroom was not clear but when we re started the sound came clear. My students who were in charge of technology problems, took on the issues ASAP.

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My students who took pictures of the call took pictures of the whole call documenting everything.

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My students who were in charge of mapping and keeping track of the mystery Skype location were very involved and worked closely with the Skype note takers and runners. Together they worked together to piece together the clues & location of the connected classroom.

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During the Skype mystery call, the students were getting to know each other by the open ended questions. It was amazing to see both classrooms working together in the Spanish language, trying to figure out where they were calling from. You could tell that my students were quite proud of their language acquisition. They were making comments about how it was awesome that they understood their new classroom friends as well as how fluent they both were with each other.

It was neat to see how the Skype Mystery call goes smoothly when all has roles for the students have been pre-planned in regards to the interview & mapping, questions and answers and taking pictures of the Skype call.

The mystery Skype call was solved from the USA first. Once we figured out their location, the students began to get to know each other via questions while using the Spanish language.

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After the call, Post Activities included: a discussion / debrief about the Skype classroom call. Together we evaluated what worked and what didn’t work during the call.  The students who took the pictures had sent the photos to me and the note takers had handed in their notes from the call.

Each student wrote out a reflection about the Skype call and what they learned from it. Next year, my goal will be to make a classroom Blog for my Spanish classroom. The Blog would be a reflection blog on what each student has learned with technology n a language learning classroom

Overall it was a very positive experience for my students and we are looking forward to another call before final exams start.

Gracias!

Feliz Navidad digital guitar project

Major Digital project: Learning the guitar via online learning!

My targeted skill was very complex for me! It was something that I have always wanted to learn, but never had the chance or TIME to do so. I had always wanted to learn to play this instrument but I had been afraid to do so, for the reason that I am musically challenged. Did I mention that I have never played an instrument before?!!!

After hours and hours of learning via the internet, and hours and hours of practicing, as well as receiving face to face supplements to help me on my guitar journey, I present to you bellow, my final product.

Here is what I sounded like in September 2014 (Before):

Here are my guitar recitals for you to demonstrate my learning (After):

In summary of my Digital Learning project, I believe that you can theoretically learn to play the guitar via online learning.  You can actually LEARN anything that you are truly passionate about via the internet.

Looking back on this Major Digital project, I have had a lot of fun in my guitar learning journey. I know that I am not the perfect guitar player, but I am supper proud of myself. And now that I have the motivation, I will continue on with my online learning with the guitar in the future. I will for sure try new songs to play and will keep practicing!

Krista Brockhill Gates

Skype Classroom

Skype Classroom

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Skype Classroom has also been embraced by educators who are using it in the classroom in some innovative ways.

Teachers use Skype to open their students to a world beyond the classroom walls. They use it to bring experts, authors, and guest instructors into the classroom, those who would never otherwise be able to visit the school.

Students can take virtual field trips, if you will, via Skype as they’re connected to places through video chat. A Skype communication session can involve foreign language learning or a cultural exchange. It can connect classrooms across the city, province, country or around the world.

Teachers can sign up for the Skype in the Classroom by connecting their existing Skype accounts. Then, they can build out their profile with their interests, specialties, grade level, and location. Teachers can look through the directory and find others who can help with questions, resources, tips, and classroom visits.

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Meet others who are passionate about language

Use Skype Education to connect with other students and teachers around the world! Skype can also be used in other classroom subject areas for educational purposes!

1) Students can practice multiple languages (French, Spanish, and German etc.) with other foreign classmates and teachers. (Explore other classrooms around the world.)

2) Students and teachers can interview people from around the globe. (Politicians, actors, scientists etc.)

3) Visit historical locations from around the world! For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Paos Volcano in Costa Rica.

4) Students could be given homework assignments via Skype if out of city or country.

5) Invite a guest speaker to a classroom in regards to any subject area (Social Studies, Law, Science, and English)

6) Collaborate with other teachers from around the world in regards to resources!

7) Collaborate with Poetry.  Connected classrooms  can create poetic pieces together and share them via video conferencing.

8) Hold a class debate. Skype can be used for hosting formal and informal debates to help students with their critical thinking and research skills.

9) Use for parent/teacher conference. Teachers can hold meetings with parents and students via the video chat.

10) Provide tutoring or extra help for students  who are ill,away or who require extra help.

11) Science Experiments:  Invite another classroom or an expert to speak to your class about a scientific experiment.

12) Math: Math equations sharing with other classrooms.

Information is adapted from: http://edudemic.com/2012/11/online-colleges-50-creative-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/

 

 

I’m a teacher and I love using technology in the classroom!

Hello! My name is Krista Gates, I am a language teacher and i love using technology in my classroom!!

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I will always encourage my students to embrace new languages, cultures and to travel! To learn a language, involves motivation and devotion from both the teacher and the student! Through different ways of technology, a student can pick up a second, or even a third language easily! By using different devices in the classroom, integrating proper uses of technology in Education and introducing the digital citizenship model, this has and will increase student engagement and student success rates!

I am not at all an expert with technology, but I have become extremely passionate about the positives of what it can do for our students!

Prof de français et espagnol. Profesora de francés y español.

Merci! Gracias!

Skype Education to connect with languages

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Use Skype Education to connect with other students and teachers around the world!

Skype is a free and easy way for students and teachers, to open up their classrooms to other classrooms around the world. As a language teacher, I can meet other teachers and students who strive to learn a 2nd or 3rd language!Skype can also be used in other classroom subject areas for educational purposes!

1) Students could practice multiple languages (French, Spanish, and German etc.) with other foreign classmates and teachers. (Explore other classrooms around the world.)

2) Students and teachers could interview people from around the globe. (Politicians, actors, scientists etc.)

3) Visit historical locations from around the world! For example: the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Paos Volcano in Costa Rica 🙂

4) Students could be given homework assignments via twitter if out of city or country.

5) Invite a guest speaker to a classroom in regards to any subject area (Social Studies, Law, Science, and English)

6) Broadcast a meeting, or play for those students, parents and teachers unable to make it! Or to promote a big school event!

7) Collaborate with other teachers from around the world in regards to resources!

Recently I have been trying to make a classroom contact with my cousin in Mexico City! The timing was never right with her class schedule, and our attempts were not working. Recently, I went on Skype Education and found other teacher’s from around the world wanting to collaborate in an innovative and safe educational manner!

I tested the Skype Education program today, and it was awesome! We contacted one of my contacts from a Honduras High school! It was really inspiring to see the students use what they have learned in Spanish with someone from a Latin speaking country!

Although my attempt was short on video, I will attempt Skype education again with a longer guided lesson in place.

I will keep continue to keep you posted on this!

The site is:

http://education.skype.com/about

I also found interesting article about Skype in the classroom! (Have a look!)

http://www.teachhub.com/using-skype-classroom

Sra. Gates