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Academic Diversity Institute Presentation

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Karina Prudencio

on 14 August 2013

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Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Teaching a Foreign Language Using Technology
Foreign Language in the Elementary School
Goal 1.2
Students will learn to communicate in at least two languages

Six languages
Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic
47 schools with a FLES program
Two 30 minute sessions per week
100% instruction in the target language
FLES instruction is integrated with core subjects
Focus on productive skills (Speaking and Writing)

Get creative using both: Google voice and the blog
How to promote language proficiency using technology on BB?
My goal: Promoting the use of foreign language outside the classroom
Reading and Writing
Speaking and Listening
Voice board
Once they felt comfortable using the blog regularly they started to write about their feelings, emotions, and experiences in school…positive interaction .
One entry got 1,000 comments!!!(they came up with that challenge)

Is blogging appealing for 11 and 12-year-old
students? Yes, it is, because it combines the
technological piece and the social piece
into one. Blogging satisfies the social need
of interacting and connecting to others,
communicating their thoughts and making
comments to other student’s postings.
Moreover, for many shy and introverted
personalities, it is the “safe way” to get
their words out.
In terms of content, a creative teacher
can easily make the blog tool become the
most useful instrument in many ways.

I ask them to create lists
of favorite things, books, hobbies, etc..
You provide with the sample and they will write their new version
in the foreign language.

I post simple questions
in the foreign language related to what
is been taught in class, for example in 5th grade when teaching
about volcanoes I will ask questions such as:
What is the highest volcano in the world?
What is the difference between lava and magma?
Students will write their answers as comments using simple and connected sentences.

Samples of how I use the blog
Writing Rubric
The convenience of having the blog is that it provides you with a
variety of writing samples that can be used to evaluated how much Spanish has been retained, the level of discourse, and the language control used when writing.
Teachers are expected to collect 5 to 8 samples (speaking, writing, and culture) per student per quarter. Therefore, I definitely consider the blog a time-saving and very useful tool for assessment.

How to use the blog as an assessment tool

Ask help from the SBTS in your school.
You either create a blog inside each grade level and the blog is shown on a different “tab”, or
you create one (or many) inside your own BB site.

How do I set up a blog site?

A learning blog is an interactive virtual site where a group of students
can write "entries" in the form of questions, thoughts, as well as posting pictures and responding to each other entries with comments.

How can I use it as a Foreign Language Teacher?

Art teacher asking about Colombia's architecture.
They respond to entries by other teachers
asking cultural-related or content -related
questions in the foreign language.
Get other teachers involved!
5th G Classroom teacher asking students to write 3 animal characteristics for mammals .
I use lots of pictures taken in class to get their attention!!!
Students write comments about the pictures with simple sentences or praising words in the foreign language.
Most importantly...students will come up with their own entries!
Writing riddles and asking for the answer
Asking interpersonal questions about their lives such as likes and dislikes, favorite subject, etc.
Questions about school events that are coming up
Posting pictures about their favorite sport, artists, food, etc.
Posting pictures from their vacation trips.
This oral assignment had to do with a 6th G. lesson on Housing. Students were asked to describe their house using prompts practiced in class as a sample.
Easy access to voice recordings from your PC or phone. Speaking samples at hand and very useful for assessments
This oral assignment had to do with a lesson on personal descriptions, and giving reasons of likes and dislikes. It was an "end of the unit" activity that tied many things together such as personality traits, nacionalities, hobbies, food.
They were given a sample in class that they had to change and adapt to their own lives to do the phone call.
The student is not a native speaker
The student is not a native speaker
They have to listen and respond to my recordings
Advanced students will record their own entries with questions.
They record their response to the question using simple and connected sentences learned in class.
They record their response to the question using simple and connected sentences learned in class.
Voice e-mail & google apps
I sent voice-emails to students (5 oral questions) and students send their answers back to me using voice e-mail as well. Voice e-mail is sent via Google Apps e-mail account from BB site.
I came up with a weekly challenge for 6th grade.
It is posted at a certain time every Tuesday on the blog.
They are to get to the blog and read the question posted there. Then do a little research and compose their answer in Spanish.
The first student calling it in correctly will win a cultural-related prize.
My name is Karina Prudencio.
I teach Spanish for the FLES program at Little Run ES, grades K through 6th .
I try to use innovative tools and resources in my teaching . Some have to do with the use of technology , such as video, voice recordings, blogs, voice e-mails, smartboard games, etc.
I love interacting with students and creating positive relationships with them. I believe that we as educators need to get to their hearts in order to get to their minds, and show them that we care .
Give your students your google voice number.
Give them a question, prompt, riddle, chant, etc., and asked them to call you and say the answer over the phone in the target language. Allow them to call you more than once, in order to improve pronunciation and just practice their speaking skills until they get it right...
Set up your account so that every phone call goes straight to your google voice mail for you to review later.

Call me and talk in Spanish!
Call me and talk in Spanish!
Speaking Rubric
It provides you with many speaking samples that can be used to evaluated how much Spanish has been retained, comprehensibility, and fluency.

How to use Google-Voice, Voice Board, and Voice E-mail as an assessment tool

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