Student Support and communication - Planbook, homework notifications, grading, Remind101, saving notes
Interactive media at home and in the classroom - plickers, Senor Wooly
Bringing the Spanish-speaking world and real-life applications into the classroom.
Student research and exploration
Technology is a critical aspect of the 21st century classroom as we educate students for the future. As such, I integrate a variety of resources into my lessons to create a digital classroom. Examples include:
Class Website, Networking, and Cloud Sharing These provide 24/7 access to useful resources, class updates, and even each fellow classmates! Blogs such as this one allow users to post information frequently. On my class website, students have access to interactive study materials as well as lesson plans to check what they may have missed or need to review. This year, my students completed a class research project by posting information they found to a blog where their classmates could view and comment each others' posts. They will also be completing a major cultural project and submitting materials and work to me through cloud sharing so I can provide instant feedback and review their progress. I use Edmodo.com to remind students about upcoming work and activities as well as complete assignments and host discussions. Students may also keep a Spanish blog recording activities such as reading logs, personal vocabulary dictionaries, and even daily journal entries written in Spanish.
Digital Media and Presentation During class, I frequently utilize online videos and songs for engaging activities and make them available for students to view outside of class time as well. For example, senorwooly.com has a wealth of fun and interesting songs that students love and don't realize they're learning Spanish while they sing! We also use interesting media to launch discussions in Spanish about what we viewed. I'm in the process of adding QR codes to my reading materials so students can scan and listen to audio as they read along in Spanish. In addition, I maintain YouTube channels to keep track of videos with related themes and have a playlist of music I can use as background music in class. Finally, I use interaf
Digital Presentation I use a variety of digital presentation creators, such as Prezi, Storybird, and PowerPoint, to present my material in an effective and engaging manner. By keeping things simple and organized, yet novel and interesting, I generate interest for my presentations and am able to communicate information and ideas clearly. This also makes it possible for students to review the presentations and/or quizzes at home for practice.
Personal Electronics Tablets, smart phones, and iPods are valuable resources that our students bring with them into the classroom. Occasionally, I give students permission to use their electronics to achieve learning goals. Students can even interact with presentations and create materials using these electronics, such as responding in real-time to assessment questions and viewing the immediate results, posting information to share with the class, and creating their own resources with technology like QR codes. However, I also teach them responsibility and accountability for their actions as I hold them to high standards and expectations that include how they use these wonderful devices!
These are only a few examples of how I have integrated media into the classroom. However, the possibilities are endless with newer technological devices and programs invented daily. As an educator, it is my responsibility to stay up-to-date about technology and its integration in the classroom.