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Plickers: Technology without student phones

3 Apr

I learned about Plickers at the MACUL conference.  In a nutshell, students hold up their answer to a multiple choice question projected on the screen.  It is great for formative assessment.  It is similar to using those clickers.  Read on to find out how easy and useful it is.

First you print out a class set of “Answer cards”.  Each card has a unique number on it.  Assign a number to each student.  You can use the same number for multiple classes.  The program knows by time of day which student it is.

Project multiple choice questions that you create on the Flickers website.  Students turn their card with the correct answer on the top.

You use a phone or tablet to scan the papers, it takes very little time.

The students will see how many of them voted for each answer.  You will reveal the correct answer.

Later you can check out each individual student’s responses.

Give it a try, it is a very simple and effective way to check student progress.

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31 Tools to Flip Your Classroom

22 May

31 Tools to Flip Your Classroom.

Re-blogging from Cool Cat Teacher as a resource for myself 🙂

I like to see my blog as a resource….

Penny

Reading Unit Day 3

16 May

For day 3 we did more pre-reading activities.

First, I projected a page from a Clifford book.  It was a page from a book that none of them had selected.  In their class notebooks, they wrote what they thought the page read in English.

They shared their thoughts, then we talked about what strategies they used to decide what the page said.  As they were announced, a student listed them on the board, they did a great job!

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Next, I gave each pair of students a QR Code that linked to the Linoit page for their book.  If you remember, they were in the computer lab last Thursday.  I had a Linoit canvas set up for each book and the students typed predictions in Spanish for each book.  Today when they received the QR Codes and read the predictions about the book they chose to read, they copied the predictions into their notebook and said whether they agree or disagree (in Spanish).

The final activity was to fill out this worksheet:  Verbos de Clifford.  They had to list the verbs they found in the book, decide what the infinitive is, the English translation, and what tense the verb is.   This worked well since they are just learning the preterite and most of the books are present and preterite tense.

Just before the end of the hour they completed exit slips .  I love this style of exit slip.  I have borrowed it from another blog, I think the Creative Language Blog but I cannot remember….  If it is yours, please let me know and I will change the credit!

A good day!

Gracias,   Penny

Reading Unit Day 2

9 May

Today we were scheduled in the computer lab. 

The students had three tasks today related to their Clifford books.

One:  They used Linoit it share their predictions for each book.  Here is a link to the sticky note page for the book Clifford Visita el Hospital.

Their second task was to read a couple of the Clifford books in Spanish at this page as a sort of practice reading for their own Clifford book.

Thirdly:  In their notebooks they wrote a list of strategies they used to figure out what the pages were saying in Spanish.  

Tomorrow we will share those strategies.  We will also begin reading the books.  In the past I have had them first read silently to themselves without asking what words mean or looking them up.  Then take turns reading aloud with a partner and looking up only words that seemed extremely important to the meaning of the sentences.  Any thoughts?

Gracias, Penny

 

Jing

6 May

Jing is a great program that I have been using for a very long time.

It was a life saver when I was teaching elementary and creating my own worksheets, flashcards, etc.

It is used to create screenshots and screen recordings.  You use the crosshairs to outline what you want to capture on the screen, which is an improvement over the Print Screen key on your keyboard that captures everything.

Once capturing what you wish to save on your screen, mark up your screenshot with a text box, arrow, highlight or picture caption.

You can choose to save the image/video or simply copy it for quick use.

Some of our Special Education teachers are using Jing to record them teaching new material.  The program records the Power Point and their voice for students who need to review later or students who are absent.  You are limited to a 5 minute recording for the free version of Jing.

Try it out!  Gracias, 

Penny

Watchknowlearn.org

2 May

WatchKnowLearn has linked over 27, 000 educational videos that are reviewed, described, cataloged and rated.  

You do not have to register for an account, just show up and start searching.

If you do create an account, you can save videos you like to your Favorites.  You can also add videos to the site.  

Currently there are 1333 World Language videos, 409 of them are Spanish videos.  Once you click on Spanish there are subcategories or you can do a search.

I haven’t played much with the site yet, but it looks like  a great place to “store” all of your videos from all over the web.

Penny

 

 

Bump App

12 Apr

One of my students shared the Bump App with me today.

He had not completed some questions about a movie they watched when there was a substitute.  Those questions were ones that I had written on the board.  When I write things on the board such as questions, notes or anything that I may need later, I take a picture of it with the iPod.  Then I email it to myself so I can have it on my classroom computer to upload to Skyward (grading program).

I told him that I had the picture of the questions on my iPod.  He asked me if I had Bump.  After giving him a pretty strange look, he explained.

Bump is an App that allows you to share pictures, files and such very easily.  I don’y have to email or message them out if the person is there with me.

Both parties open the Bump App on their phone or iPod.  Select what you want to share and bump your phones together.  It’s amazing!  It is going to be so easy to share whiteboard pictures with absent students now!

It is also easier to get my photos on my computer.  Just go to https://bu.mp/ open the App on your iPod or phone and bump your phone on the space bar!  I am so excited!  Notes from the board to my computer in a matter of seconds!  No email to check….  You can also send files from your computer to your phone or iPod.  I am seriously stunned!

Loving this App!

Penny

Pinterest – Who are you following?

12 Feb

Hi everyone,

I am hooked on Pinterest!  I don’t even look at it unless I have more than a half hour uninterrupted (how often does that happen??).  I think it is a great place to curate (the buzz word for sites you collect other sites on) because images are so much easier to remember.  A list of links doesn’t jog the memory as well.  The simplicity doesn’t hurt either.  Make sure you have the “Pin it” button, it is so very useful.

I am following some great people.  You can see who they are by clicking on “Following” on my page.  If you are following some great World Language teachers, I would love to know who they are.  I also have an interest in pinners who pin about History and using technology in the classroom.

I haven’t checked it out much but there is a similar site to Pinterest called EdShelf.  It looks promising too.  

Here are some other links that may be helpful to you relating to Pinterest:

How to save a copy of your Pinterest boards as a pdf

Larry Ferlazzo’s Pinterest compilation

16 Ways Educators can use Pinterest infographic

37 ways teachers should use Pinterest

Your Guide to Pinterest free eBook download

Are you using Pinterest with your students?  Please share how!

¡Gracias!  Penny

Grading technology assignments

31 Jan

Hi everyone,

I am presenting at SVSU on Monday for a group of World Language teachers.  
Part of the presentation is about using online resources.   I always have questions about grading technology assignments or projects.  It can be a lot more time consuming that grading paper tests and worksheets.  I have a short list of ideas for them below.  Please let me know if there is anything I should add.

**Grade technology as it is presented. Have your rubric and class list ready.

** Use dropbox.com so all projects go to the same place.

**When using sites like Photo Peach, Google Docs, Glogster, Issuu, etc; have a login that is the same for all students. Then all of the work is in the same spot.

** Always grade with your rubric beside you.

The website I have created for them is here. It is not nearly finished yet.  I always seem to find things to add.

I appreciate any suggestions!  Also, if you have a WL blog not included on my list, let me know.  I will be glad to share it!

¡Gracias!  Penny

Audacity: Playback audio at a slower speed

21 Jan

¡Hola!

Recently someone anonymously sent me an assistive technology calendar (if you are reading this, thank you very much).

Friday’s helpful hint was changing the playback speed on audio files.

It could be very helpful for students to hear audio played back slower at times.

This tip goes along with Audacity, which is a free download.  Here are the steps to slowing down the playback speed:

  • File/Open the .mp3 or other audio file.
  • From the effects menu, select “Change tempo”
  • To reduce the tempo by 20%, type “-20.0” in the “Percent Change” box & click OK
  • The length of the playback will be increased by 20%
  • File/Export the audio file

The only credit listed in the calendar is to Jim E in Ohio…..  I wish I could credit him better….

Enjoy!  Penny

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