Archive | April, 2012

Cinco de Mayo links

29 Apr

Here are the links I have for Cinco do Mayo.

www.only2clicks.com/pages/srahildinger 

Please let me know if you have some great ones too!

What activities do you do?  We will be learning about the holiday Wednesday, decorating Thursday and fiesta on Friday.

Penny

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Chez Renée: Puppet Shows & the iPad

29 Apr

Chez Renée: Puppet Shows & the iPad.

Excerpt:
This was truly a success!  Using Audio Memos instead of having students read their lines while performing accomplished the following:
  1. Improved pronunciation  Students were able to focus better on their pronunciation while recording themselves on their iPads than they would have if they’d been trying to read their lines from paper while also working their puppets.  Many of them listened to the recording and then re-recorded in order to fix mistakes they’d heard.
  2. Everyone was able to hear better because the conversation was projected throughout the classroom over the speakers.
  3. Shy students felt less intimidated about speaking French because they only had to worry about working their puppets in front of the class when all eyes were focused on them.

El Mundo de Birch – NECTFL Workshop 2012

29 Apr

El Mundo de Birch – NECTFL Workshop 2012.

Updated spanish music database 846 songs searchable by artist/title/grammar/vocab/country.

Can’t wait to check this out over the summer!

Teaching Materials for French Language Teachers

29 Apr

Teaching Materials for French Language Teachers.

Great French Flashcards!

Spanish Food Unit: Some online finds

22 Apr

Here are some resources from the Internet that can be used with a unit on Food.

Spanish Campbell’s Labels for Education Flyer

Nourish Interactive:   Las hojas imprimibles de educación nutritiva son actividades divertidas que estimulan el aprendizaje y la discusión sobre las opciones alimenticias saludables y la nutrición. Los niños aprenderán de la pirámide alimenticia para niños, el comer saludable, el vocabulario de nutrición, los grupos alimenticios, las combinaciones saludables de alimentos, y más.

Spanish Language Restaurant Menus:  Nice compilation by Harry G. Tuttle.
El Desayuno en Arte:  by the fabulous Zach Jones
Amigo Foods:  Great pictures!
That is my short list of links.
Some of the activities we do:
Speaking:
Discuss food you eat with your family, with your friends, at school, at other events.
Writing:
On a paper plate, draw and label your favorite meal.  Draw what a favorite meal for someone your age in Mexico/Spain would be.
Redesign the cover of a cereal box, can of corn, or whatever to be in Spanish.
Of course we do skits and projects, usually a Photo Peach since that lends itself well to pictures.  We did do Glogsters this time.
I had less time than I thought to blog today…  Please share what you do in your class and what online resources you have, I know you do some great things!  
Penny

Voice Thread in World Language

18 Apr

        A new site that I am just beginning to use is Voice Thread.  It is a site that we have begun using to collaborate with a classroom in Maryland.  I see immediately that it can be used for speaking practice and assessment purposes.  Our students have uploaded pictures of themselves and recorded themselves speaking just by clicking on the “Comment” button under their picture.  Once their Voice Thread is finished, other students can listen to it and make comments back.  The comments can be made with a microphone or students can just type in a response.  There are even options for phoning in a response, uploading a prerecorded comment, or using a web cam to make a response.  I am excited to find out what other uses Voice Thread has.  

      There are World Language teachers using Voice Thread for speaking practice in the form of dubbing.  The teacher uploads a short video on the current unit, students use Audacity or another recording program to record themselves making a conversation to go with the clip.  When finished, they upload it as a comment.  It works best if the video has no words.  You can do a search on You Tube.  The Vancouver Film School channel has lots of them!  I hope to give this a try before the end of the school year.

     Let me know if you have a cool use for Voice Thread!

Penny

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | Online Universities

17 Apr

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | Online Universities.

 

Great infographic!

Taking a Pulse | Lesson Plans for CI/TPRS Classrooms

13 Apr

Taking a Pulse | Lesson Plans for CI/TPRS Classrooms.

Simple way to check for understanding after a lesson.

Visual and Audio Vocab with Pinterest | Classroom Techknowledgey

12 Apr

Visual and Audio Vocab with Pinterest | Classroom Techknowledgey.

 

Using Pinterest to make presenting vocabulary more efficient and engaging.

Talking Cards | elmundodebirch

12 Apr

Talking Cards | elmundodebirch.

Very cool activity to get students talking while reviewing vocabulary!

 

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