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.
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!
Hi! I'm a Spanish teacher. I have a strong passion to teach in an urban setting.
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