Winter 2016 Edition

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Each day, Hylton educators engage their students in innovative ways.

The goal of the Teacher Technology Spotlight is to highlight some of those educators. Enjoy!

Using Comic Life in French I

What is it?

  • Comic Life is a premium comic book builder that allows you to add multiple pages, and choose from a variety of templates, speech bubbles, fonts and layouts. Students can use the app to create authentic content including: character analyses; historical timelines; story recreation; creative writing; etc.


Featured Classroom:

  • In Ms. Issa’s French I class, students used the Comic Life app on the iPad to complete the following challenge: You have just been assigned an exchange student from France. You will be visiting each other this spring. Find out information about them and their city.
  • Click here to view a student sample.

Podcasting in AP Italian

What is it?

  • According to Will Richardson, podcasting in a nutshell is “the creation and distribution of amateur ratio.” It’s another way for students to articulate their learning while practicing fluency and oral communication skills.


Featured Classroom:

  • In Ms. Deferre’s AP Italian class, students creativity shined through as they used Audacity to record radio advertisements that compared/contrasted a product in the United States and Italy. Students had the opportunity to explore the Discovery Education media library and download and import sound effects to enhance their final products. This task also helped reinforce the presentational speaking skills students will be using for the cultural comparison task on their AP exam in May.
  • Click here, here and here to download and listen to a student sample.

Video mash-ups in English

What is it?

  • The Sock Puppets app allows students to create virtual puppet shows.


Featured Classroom:
  • To reinforce fiction-related vocabulary, students in Mrs. Sampedro's English class wrote a dialogue between two or more characters in which a conflict was resolved. Students selected settings and sock puppet characters and performed their dialogue using the Sock Puppet app on the iPad. After the videos were produced, they were imported into Windows Movie Maker, and students practiced their writing skills and knowledge of punctuation by adding subtitles to their videos.

  • Click here to view a student sample.

Creating Interactive Books in Korean I

What is it?

  • The Book Creator app allows students to create interactive eBooks that create text, images and personal narration.


Featured Classroom:

  • In Ms. Choi’s Korean I class, students used Book Creator to introduce themselves in Korean. They began the first page by stating their name their school. They also included their nationality, family members and what they liked to do. After typing the content in Korean, students read it aloud and recorded what they had written in Korean.