For the past two days I’ve been at Nebraska Educational Technology Association’s (NETA) 2013 conference. I’ve seen some great stuff to try! Here’s a quick list of what I found.
I am most excited about this site. If you’re familiar with Socrative or Nearpod, it’s as if the two got together and created Infuse. It’s very much like Socrative in that you can create quizzes or ask questions on the fly. It’s like Nearpod in that it offers the ever popular drawing feature. Infuse offers the following types of questions: T/F, MC, Sort/Order, Likert Scale, Drawing and free text. Another cool feature which I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse is that it will translate questions automatically between English-Spanish-German-French-Chinese-Russian and I’m not sure what else. I’ve only done a few test questions but the translation seems to be accurate. You can set up classes so you know exactly who answered what. It looks very promising as a classroom tool.
I haven’t played with this one yet but basically it lets you make step by step instructions. It reminded me a lot of SlideShare based on it’s looks. You can import all kinds of media and easily pull from YouTube, Google search, any website, etc. Might be good for helping students understand processes, review info or introduce new concepts. Looked pretty easy to use.
I love me some Google forms but hate making them. I don’t find the creation process to be very user friendly. Welcome to wufoo. Besides being fun to say, it’s super easy to drop and drag a form into creation. I haven’t experimented much with this but am excited about exploring it.
Is a site with tons of flyer templates. Could be handy for posters for school events or clubs.
If you got here via Twitter you know how important it is to be able to shorten URLs. Well, what if you could give someone a list of shortened URLs to look at? Now you can. You can enter multiple URLs into fur.ly and it will create one short link that takes the clickers to the first URL you shortened and gives them a yellow scroll bar at the top to go through all the sites you entered, via one URL.
There were a lot of cool apps that I was introduced to as well. As I try them out, I’ll post if they are good tools. I hope the sites above help in some way!
Until Next Time,
I strongly dislike trying to teach direct object pronouns (DOPS) and indirect object pronouns (IOPS). I know there are some that will argue that we don’t even need to “teach” them, just let natural learning take over and students will figure it out. I agree that after awhile you (people in general) will sort it out and figure out what that “le” or “lo” means. I still like to take some time to present them and introduce them to students so when they see them they don’t get stumped by them.
For IOPS, specifically le, I did a short activity involving gossip. I set this activity up by telling students that I thought I could trust them but I was obviously wrong. I said that I told one of them something in confidence and that person turned around and told someone else and just like always the information spread one person at a time until everyone knew. I introduced this with a lot of drama and the students actually thought I was upset with them and that this had really happened. It was fun to see them looking around at everyone since they all thought they were the one person that didn’t know what was going on! They soon caught on that it wasn’t true but rather a set up. I gave each student a slip of paper that said “Yo le dije a ___________”. The students had to go around and ask “¿A quién le dijiste?” then give their answer. After students had talked to everyone in class they reconstructed the chain of who told who my “secret”.
The kids had a great time and got so much repetition with “le” and “dije” and “dijiste” (an unknown verb at the beginning of this activity). It went really well and the students had a blast and used Spanish the whole time. As an added benefit, I had a fun making the kids sweat for a minute or two! 🙂
Until Next Time,
This week I did an oral vocabulary quiz with my Spanish 3 students about movies. I used the website Lingt Language to administer the quiz. It consisted of 7 questions in Spanish that I recorded ahead of time. The students click on a speech bubble and hear the question. They can listen as many times as they want. Then they click the other speech bubble and it records their answer that they say. They can delete their answers and re-record if they make a mistake. At the bottom they click submit and enter their name. This then gives me their name and all their recorded answers on my homepage.
I was looking for something to use my class iPod touches with for this assessment but didn’t come up with anything on time so I went with Lingt because I’d used it in the past for other types of assessments. The downfall is that it requires Flash so can’t be used with iPods or iPads. It was SO QUICK to make and easy to listen and grade the assessments.
If you want to see what my assessment was like, click here then click on Spanish 3 and Vamos al cine. Feel free to test stuff out. Just don’t submit your answers. 🙂
Lingt Language is free but limits how many assignments you can upload to classes I think. That’s changed a bit since the last time I used it so I need to read up on how it works again. If you’ve got questions as to how to make this assessment, let me know and I’ll try to upload a how-to video. It’s pretty intuitive once you mess around a bit.
Until Next Time,