Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tool 9

Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?

In my opinion, it is obvious that the technology should support the French curriculum and objective for each lesson. There are so many wonderful technology tools available that help me teach my lessons. When I look back to 2-3 years ago, it is amazing to see how much more there is available online to help me help my students in their pursuit of mastering another language.

Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

It will enable students to think about what material they are covering and trying to master. It is important to convey to students to take 100% responsibility with the end object to have life long learners who are self-motivated and require minimum supervision where the teacher is the facilitator and guides them along the way offering support and explanation whenever needed.

Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

One website that is not listed here and that I have started using lately is (I will create a separate post with embedded code for one of the chapters we are working on). Students can create their own study stacks for vocabulary, conjugations, etc. and this is available to everyone in the class. Each study stack automatically comes with a variety of subtools to master the vocabulary, such as flashcards, study lists, fill in the blank, crossword puzzles, quizzes, hangman, etc. and it makes it more fun to learn.

Another site that allows students to explore the language on their own is Francais Interactif which I have use in my classroom in the past.

List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

There are only two apps listed: Learn French with 7 jours sur la planete and TV5 Monde. Both apps are for higher level French in my opinion.

What about other ways to use the iPod Touch/iPad? Share another way you can see your students using the device as a station.

Other way to use the iPod Touch/iPad would be to download French to English or English to French dictionaries such as Wordreference or Google translate. A lot of students already use this in class on their phones.

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