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Language B Final Exam Review

When I brainstormed with the Language B department (Arabic & French) about how they could meaningfully integrate technology (SAMR prof development), they were eager to talk about the (quickly approaching) end of the year. Reviewing with students can be frustrating for both students and teachers. They wanted a way to put the responsibility of the review on their students while also engaging them. Although we came up with several ideas, they were most intrigued by Popplet (some of them had already seen it) and two of our French teachers (MYP & DP) gave it a try.

The teachers signed up for free Popplet accounts. For homework, the students signed up for accounts. Amel, the DP French teacher, created a popplet for each unit. She then created popples for grammar, vocabulary, and sub-topics. Once the structure was set, she invited students to the popplet. It was the students’ responsibility to fill in the popplet with grammer concepts, vocabulary words and sub-topics.
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The middle school MYP teacher also used Popplet in a similar way with her students.

It was fun to hear the oohs and aahs from the students when I added a popple from the desktop and it showed up on their screens. The teachers liked that their students could collaborate and that each popple automatically included the creator’s name. Although only the creator can edit a popple, the teachers liked the comment function to help guide students. The ease of adding students to popplets was beneficial for the teachers. The ability to share links to popplets (on their class Edmodo pages) and create images was incredibly useful. The biggest negative? We’re an iPad school – the fully functional free website is flash-based and the app (with ability to collaborate) costs money. Also, you can only create a limited number of popplets (easily solved by saving the image when done and deleting the popplet).

Although this isn’t a “redefined” use of technology, the ability to simultaneously collaborate on a brainstorm with students gives it more oomph than “substitution.” It was a little taster for our teachers and hopefully they’ll be able to build on their experiences next year.

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F3 Project Proposals

Yesterday my French 3’s final project proposals were due…

After they submitted their proposal, I had individual meetings to discuss their project. Together, we tweeked their ideas so that they didn’t require too  much new vocabulary (I don’t want them to be reliant on a dictionary). We also made sure that they would be able to talk about the past and future. As we met, I edited the spreadsheet to reflect what we discussed. After class, I took screen shots of their final proposals and emailed them to each student.

They have the rest of this week, plus the week that we come back from break, to work on the projects. It is completely up to them if they work on the projects during break…but if they use class time wisely, they shouldn’t have to do too much at home. We shall see what happens!


French 3 Final Project

A couple weeks ago I wrote about getting input from my French 3 class for their final assessment. On Friday, I used their input to design a project for them. We will be started the project on Friday and will be working on it until the end of the semester (January 9). They will also have to interpret two different articles after winter break – we will discuss one and they will write about the other. Here is the presentation I gave them (and had them help me perfect). Most of them seemed pretty excited and even thanked me. We’ll see how it all goes!

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Getting Student Input for Final Assessment

My block classes have finals in less than two weeks! Where has the semester gone?! Although we will still have one week of class after Christmas break, we are giving finals before break (I, personally, think this is amazing!).

This year I have really tried to go away from the paper/pencil assessments with my French 2 and 3 classes. Although it has been extremely hard for me not to be guided by a textbook, I think (HOPE!) my students understand better that communication and comprehension is key in learning a language.  I have LOTS of things that I need to change for next semester (like be way more organized) but it has been a good learning experience for all.

Today I gave my French 3 students a survey to get their input on the final “exam.” Thanks to my awesome husband for the idea! We talked about how they hadn’t taken many traditional tests/quizzes this year so I didn’t think it would be fair to give them one for the final exam. I asked them to be specific about how they wanted to show me what they’d learned. I wanted details and how they thought they should be graded.

I got a lot of really great feedback (loved the idea from one student about a multi-genre project). Now just taking/finding the time to make an amazing final project…