End-of-Year Sharing Event 2016
How did I leverage technology to support a personalized learning environment?
Collaboration and Connection
With Padlets, students defined what it means to create a successful language classroom, made predictions about each other's lives, shared with each other what they learned about job requirements and interview do/don'ts, posted advice/opinions from different people's perspectives as if they were on a blog. Set up in a doc where you have a series of links to click on and prompts to respond to, students could comment on Padlets at their own pace with their own ideas and opinions.
With Google Docs (and Google Classroom) and all of their linking powers, students were able to work in groups at different stations to accomplish different tasks or comment on/edit each other's work. Individually, they were able to provide input in the creation of vocabulary lists and to select their own links from a playlist of games, videos and other resources to ensure that they got the practice THEY thought they needed. They were held accountable for most work through the use of screenshots or checking the revision history.
Using ScreenCastify (in some cases with Google Slides too), students were able to present authentic information either about themselves or a specific topic in a format that was both show AND tell but without the fear of presenting in front of the class. Some examples of the use of this app were to create tutorials to teach others how to use a piece of technology and to make videos about their families.
Similiarly, Smore and Slides were used to present information to others. In Spanish 2, they also used Slides to create review tutorials for each other at the beginning of the year!
With these games, students have been more engaged (they always want to win). Quizlet Live is my particular favorite here since it gets kids to communicate about vocabulary, checking to see who has what and what the word means... and even *GASP* sharing answers with others for a positive cause. You do have to own a Quizlet list to have them play, but you can always make a copy of one you find! They ASK to play it, and I always do 2 rounds with the same teams so they can rematch against the team who won. It's nice too because Quizlet Live shuffles them so the same kids don't always work together. They also get to learn animal names in Spanish (the team names are assigned to them). Win-win!
Student quote (M.Alger): "I honestly feel like I learned more in 5 minutes playing Quizlet Live than with many other activities this year. I really liked playing/competing with my friends."
I have used EdPuzzle for note-taking as well as formative listening practice, while Blendspace I typically use just for notes or possibly a playlist of activities to try out. Usually Google Docs is my go-to for playlists because that way the kids can see a description of the link without having to dig.
Professional Learning Experiences
How did I use my 7+ hours to investigate the topic of personalized learning (through tech)?
Rhode Island Foreign Language Association Fall Conference 2016
The collective handout from this session is here: https://goo.gl/LF7bgD
School-sponsored Tech Seminars (aka Tech Tuesdays)
For those of you who haven't visited it and want to embark on click trip, here's the ITC Tech Tuesday Page: https://goo.gl/BSyMGC
If you need any help on any of these apps, don't be afraid to ask!
Professional Development Articles/Readings
For those of you who might say "TLDR", to save you some time, here is the best thing I found by far - a Padlet with embedded Padlets about a variety of tech tools AND their uses. ---> https://padlet.com/edtechpad/megapadlet <--- Be sure to scroll down since there are MANY more tools below what you can initially see. The best thing is that you can even add your own ideas here! Sharing is caring :-).