Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Adding some culture to Kahoot!

Kahoot is a great game-based classroom response system and students absolutely love it!!


How I use it in my Spanish classes:  I use Kahoot to practice reading in the target language and learn new vocabulary.  I usually write each question/description/definition of a word along with the answers/choices all in Spanish.  Each student enters the game individually or in small groups entering a game specific code @ Kahoot.it.  It is an engaging activity for students completly done in the target language!

To add some culture:  There is an experimental feature in Kahoot that allows you to add a video to automatically play while waiting for students to join the game (See screenshot below!).  To take advantage of this 1-2 minutes of downtime on my most recent Kahoot created game, I included a video tour of Barrio Gótico in Barcelona, Spain. It was a great way to expose students to one of the more famous neighborhoods of Spain, since we are currently studying how neighborhoods differ and how where you live affects daily choices/routines, and further maximize learning in the classroom!  


Friday, March 21, 2014

Google Glass! Wow!


Just saw a demo on Google Glass!  Seriously amazing cutting edge technology!  Will record what you see, take a picture with a wink, speak to make calls, answer your questions, translate, and so much more!  It is just in the trial phase now, but has huge potential for the classroom!  Check it out here!




Google Mini Summit @ UWGB 2014

I am really looking forward to the Google Mini Summit being held at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today! I am anxious to attend my sessions and also present.  The hashtag for today's summit is #gbgs and the hashtag for my presentation will be #byt2014, if you would like to follow along with the discussion/backchanneling.


Take a look at my presentation here for more info. here!

Friday, January 24, 2014

PCSD Inservice - Screencasting

For the January district inservice, a variety of technology related sessions will be offered to district staff and also led by district staff.  This is always a well-liked day of professional development due to the option of choice involved.  Staff in our district can choose from a variety of topics and zone in on what they are most interested in learning.

I will be presenting on Screencasting today.  Staff in my session will learn how to create instructinal videos via Screencast-O-Matic and SMART.  See below to access my presentation.


 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Model Classroom Professional Development day!!

Our model classroom professional development day was held at the Innovation Room at NWTC in Green Bay, WI.   This room at the tech college was designed to promote collaboration and was outfitted with a variety of technology resources to enhance learning. 


Here is an outline of our day...

1.  Shared what we are excited about...

2. Reflection of how we have changed as educators in the last 3 years.  (Each teacher took a section of the whiteboards and made a list of the different ways.  We then walked around and looked at each other's areas of growth.)  This was a great reflection activity!



3.  Lunch and tour of NWTC campus:  Very neat learning spaces, especially in the cafeteria.  Projectors and pull down screens all over for groups to learn together and collaborate while in a relaxed atmosphere.  

4.  Watched short thought provoking videos on education.  Discussion/brainstorming followed each one.
Links to videos:
Play, Passion, Pupose : Tony Wagner
How to Answer the Yeah, Buts... - Will Richardson

5. Teach me something I don't know:  Sharing of new tools/apps/strategies we're excited about..

6. Exploration of new tool/personalized professional development

My challenge(s) after today.... Need to expand the classroom walls further.  Want to create experiences for students with people from other cultures/other Spanish speakers. Need to brainstorm a list of resources.

Ideas:

  • Classroom Twitter Account? / Linked to class blog 
  • Skype w/1st grade class in district - career/hero/etc. focus....
  • w/Chromebooks/ speaking videos via webcam>upload to drive>share in class folder

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Google Docs + Forms = Interactive Cultural Reading

To learn more about cultural differences that exist in vacation planning, students read an article that I placed into a  Google Doc.  At the bottom of the Doc, I placed a link to a Google Form I created that assessed their reading comprehension.  The thing I really liked is that the combination provided a richer reading experience for students and made it more interactive.  In addition, with the new Google Forms features, I was able to include a map image that was needed for reference for one of the questions.  Students were much more focused on this activity than with traditional reading activities that I have done in the past.  Also, many commented on how they liked it much better!  Check out the video below to see the activity taking place!

Take a look at the activity! > Unit 1.2 Cultural Reading w/linked Google Form


Monday, September 9, 2013

Custom Google Search - Intro. to our first unit

In Spanish 3 I am currently re-doing the curriculum and basing all of the major units around an essential question/understanding.  For unit 1 it is "How do people enjoy the outdoors in other parts of the world?".  To introduce students to this and have them learn about some of the popular outdoor activities in other countries, I created a customized Google search using various Spanish websites.  I then had students search and put together a list as a class of the different countries and popular outdoor activities there.  The activity when really well and what I liked is that they were exploring the sites, coming up with their own information, and sharing it with the class versus me just telling them about it.  Take a look at the video below to see how it went!