- The classic Who am I? Novice Level assignment
- Music, cultural or historical presentations
- Syllabus, exam or assignment make-over
- Why learn another language?–Advocacy campaign
- Book talks or novel reviews (themes, new vocab, characters, culture, etc.)
- Passion Project-students pick something of interest
- DP Themes: Health, Leisure, Technology, Global Issues, and Cultural Diversity
- Visual of the class story
My students and I have had the best luck with both
I’ve heard great things about Visual.ly but have’t been able to figure out (user error, I’m sure) how to personally create my own.
Infographics are not meant to be printed. Maybe that’s not accurate but a reality in my school with no color printer and the drive to reduce paper consumption. And, they look just awesome on the screen. My student, Luisa, asked proudly if she could put hers on her blog so others could see it. That’s a good sign.
I’m looking forward to experimenting with adding a QR Code that links to questions, audio, video, etc. This will provide the opportunity for interpersonal communication (WL Standard 1.1) with additional authentic listening.
Here is a site with lots of infographics for Spanish. Pinterest has some fabulous examples as well.
Lastly, encourage your students to use infographics and visual data in their other classes. Although it may appear that everyone is doing it (I’m talking to my COETAIL colleagues); they are not.
Good luck. I’d love to see some fun examples in your WL classrooms hitting all the modes of communication.
I used these ten images to inspire my students during an in-class writing assignment this morning. Students wrote original stories using new vocabulary and cultural elements from Guatemala.
We have been reading the novel Esperanza and just finished viewing the classic El Norte movie. The novel is fantastic but has limited images and the Oscar-winning film, produced in 1985, certainly did not do justice in showing the amazing color, fabric and scenery of Guatemala.
Although we have interacted with images of Guatemala like the famous Chichicastenango market during this unit, I thought a visual writing prompt might inspire students to be more creative in writing their stories.
Most students found the images helpful in some way.
Here is their feedback (translated back to English).
The images on the screen…
Helped me think.
Helped me add details to my story.
Gave me inspiration.
Gave me a specific setting for my story.
Gave me some ideas as to where to begin.
Reminded me of specific events in Guatemala.
Helped create an image in my head.
Maybe not at the Modification or Redefinition stage of the SAMR Model of technology integration but the feedback above is compelling enough for me to keep adding images in new and unique ways to help my student acquire Spanish, feel more successful, stay engaged with content and become more passionate about different cultures.
These were Ben’s exact words when I had the class shift their eyes toward the screen as we began class yesterday.
Embarrassingly I had been using an old mini white board to write my class agenda/objective for the day. My pens are half dried-up, the board is stained with permanent scratches and my handwriting is atrocious. As much as I try to pump my students up with awesome content (like a Pirate), I was killing them with my lame text-based introduction of the material.
This is the UPGRADE.
Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app
Course 3 has motivated me to look for new and intriguing uses of images and design in my lessons. Ben’s reaction to a simple upgrade* in how I shared the agenda inspired me to have the next three days of lesson plans ready to go. That’s a miracle in itself. I’m usually looking for a marker just before kids are coming into class to write-out the agenda. Besides a more effective design, the addition of culture (Guatemala in this case) and the personalization with actual pictures of my students, I’ll have a digital record of each day to review at any point. I’m using Keynote (it’s faster/easier for me) to create and share with my students but I can easily move these agendas to SlideShare or Haikudeck (like I did for this post) for online storage, sharing or viewing. What super simple ways are you adding the power of images to your classes?
*mejor versión, nivel superior o actualización
Inspired by the The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and the 100 Happy Days challenge I just saw posted on Facebook, my students and I are going to use the power of images to document what makes us happy over the month of April. In Spanish, claro.
This assignment should be personal, relevant and fabulous practice for communicating about self while hitting WL Standard 1.3 in the process. We’ll also learn about the importance of using creative commons images and giving attribution.
Design is tough for me but I have no doubt my students will create some amazing projects with a little guidance and a few Zen design principles. I’m looking forward to sharing their creations with their parents, their pen pals and all of you.