This school year the world language teacher and I have the responsibility of intergrating technology with the foreign language study. The elementary school children must study the spanish speaking countries and create a technology culminating project all based on NJ State Standards. Do you have any ideas, projects and applicable sites?
Using Skype for Educators would be great way to connect students from different countries or regions to give them students an opportunity to speak to each other in the target language and use technology. skypeforeducators.com
My idea stems from the Discovery Atlas Interactive. I would share a hyperlink, but unfortunately, this is subscription based, but regardless, your students could put together their own interactive atlas on the Spanish speaking countries you are studying. For example, you could have them gather multimedia from different topics, including: Culture, Government, History and the Natural World. For the natural world, you could use National Geographic’s Map Maker. Then for the other topics, they could compile research from Thinkfinity.org and National Geographic Kids under Countries. You could even have them find recipes from countries, famous people and lyrics to songs. Then they could compile all these resources on a webpage or even inside this Community for other classmates to view.
One project that a teacher in my school did was to use Microsoft's free program photostory. She would have the students gather various pictures that related to the unit they were studying and have them create and narrate a slideshow that gave both the spanish and english translations of the pictures. The kids enjoyed it because they could add music and simple animations to the project.
You could create a passport photo shop in your class, assign a student to be photographer, take "passport photos" and have the passport team create passports that will be laminated for each student. Then have students shoot pictures or videos of themselves and - green screen it or place their pictures in front of tourist attractions (lots of stuff on our very own Thinkfinity site. You can also have students create a mini travel news report about the country (you can get all of this from Thinkfinity National Geographic), areas visited, culture, food, music, etc. You can take everything and make it into a virtual poster, powerpoint, comic strip, movie, etc. with music and sounds added for effect. This sounds like a lot of fun. I hope this helps. ~Aba
Hello my name is Alejandro Gallo and I am an English teacher who is interested in contacting a Spanish teacher to do a mini-project that consist on the interaction with another class to stablish intercultural communication in order to realize if it enhances my students´ motivation. That is part of a research project that i am doing at the moment.
What I have in mind is to make students create a photo-story in our group on facebook, they have to upload 15 photos and add the dialogues in the comments bar. If you are interested in working with us, you can propose the same project to your students and then we could get in touch throgh facebook to share our work and stablish an international collaborative class.Thanks.