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Map Mashup of Querétaro, México
This map will be used for students in a High School Spanish classroom and will be suitable for Spanish I - V students.
I chose to create a mock digital story that provides an example of something my students might construct as part of a lesson or unit in a course I teach. For example, with the VoiceThread above, as you watch it you will see that I have researched a city in Mexico, commented on each photo, and others have commented on the photos as well. This is an example of a project that I would give my students to do as part of their final portfolio and a good portion of the grade would be commenting on other videos. It is important because students would be able to utilize the Spanish language, complete research about the culture, products, government and politics of a foreign country that speaks Spanish, and also write in the Spanish language. They would then need to read other video comments as well as read the information in order to find good information to complete the project. This would be an all around exciting and excellent project for my students to complete. We could then post them online for their parents to view their work and see their progress in the Spanish language.
Quinceañeras in Mexico
Before this week's lab in CEP 416, if a student had approached me to help her look for images online about a project we were doing in class, in this case Quinceañeras in Mexico, I would have directed her to a few different websites that I have used in the past. For example, I have used Google Images, Yahoo Images, MSN Images, or just search the internet using the keyword 'images' to see what came up. This is what I have used in the past to search for images as well as where I have used to get images from. In regards to how to cite the images, the thought would have honestly not crossed my mind. I would not have mentioned to the student to cite their image at all. If she would have been adamant about citing, I would have said to list the website where she found it on. I am sorry to say that I have never cited an image source until I realized in this lab that it was actually considered stealing to use someone's image without their permission.
La Casa Lesson Plan
Focus: Spanish Level II Focus (Typical Grade 10)
Since I'm leaving on June 15, 2008 to teach English as a Foreign Language in the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, for two months, I thought it might be useful to find out the history of the islands and useful information cultural information that I could use to integrate myself into their culture and use in my teaching while I'm there. Searching on Google, I first entered: "Galapagos Islands" OR "Islas Galapagos" (as they are called in Spanish) so I could get a full listing of both English and Spanish websites available to me because I am able to read both languages fluently.
Using RSS Feeds, students have the opportunity to track changes in the political reign of a country throughout the marking period, semester and year, in this, news on Cuba*. This will lead to a better understanding of the country, discussions on comparisons and contrasts between countries in Latin America and Spain, as well as using the RSS Feeds to create a final project.
There are many, many ways that blogging can be effective in a Spanish classroom! I plan to use a few of these ideas when it comes to my own classroom and I hope that you can benefit from them, as well!
Newly Ancient Blogging
I have been reading up on some of the blogs that other folks have been writing around the world, and I discovered one that is very interesting! A young boy, a 15 year old, writes on technology he finds interesting and how it could be applied to the classroom. He is so intellectual and his writing is very, very mature for his age! I find it supremely genuine that he is interested in bettering the public school system with technology. His blog, Newly Ancient, is clean-cut, easy to navigate, and he also includes a lot of personal information about his life, which is typical for a young man of his age. He also raised money for a cause he believed in and I find that very admirable.
Over winter break, I was able to visit Key West with mi novio (¿Cómo se dice en inglés?) , who's from Tampa, FL, where we celebrated New Year's on Duval Street. On the way down to the centro of Key West, we met a man on the bus from Mérida, México, located in the Yucatán Península, and he told us all about his life and how he came to live in Key West.
Hi! I'm a Spanish teacher. I have a strong passion to teach in an urban setting.
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