Archive | November, 2011

Digital Story

22 Nov

My windows movie after about 8 hours or so is finally finished! It’s my first attempt and I know the graphics could be adjusted slightly still but I’m proud of it still!

It’s for my 8th grade Spanish 1 class. It reveals a little about the first chapter of the book they are going to read. I can use it before I begin the lesson to preview new vocabulary and the images will give them an idea of what the chapter is about. It can also be used as a review before a test.

Digital stories?

16 Nov

All of the following found from: Spanish with Ms. Rodriguez, Marlboro Public Schools:

1. Spanish online stories I wanted to bookmark!!!! spanish online textbooks with songs…right there!!!

Whoa! Awesome resources!



Learning Log-Flickr Slide Shows-AR verbs

16 Nov

In Spanish 1, we start to learn our basic AR, ER, and IR present tense verbs. In the past, lists were presented with about 25-35 terms on a page and visuals might have been included to help students guess the meaning of the verb. Now,  we use pictures, say the verb over and over again and use different forms of the verb until the students start to associate the image with the verb. Using this slideshow, I can present AR verbs to my students in their most basic form and also use it to teach them how to conjugate their verbs. This is a presentation that we can revisit and do more with several times. The students love it when I have a personal story behind a picture or when I can tell them about the other people in the pictures with me.

My students :

Communicate their likes/dislikes using basic sentences.

Ask and answer questions about topics,

such as family, school events, and celebrations in person or via letters/e-mail/multimedia.



Learning Log-Flickr Galleries

15 Nov

My gallery: Mexico

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in these assignments, that I don’t ever want to come back to the reality of completing and turning them in. Thanks again Professor Gaudino 😉 Flickr can truly make you feel as if you know a place. You can see so many sides and angles of one small space that it can come to life for you. There are so many aspects, so many variations, and so many things to think up. If used in the classroom, a student is given choice in what they want to focus on. They are given freedom which draws them into their work, which sets the tone for a great project, which leads to learning and then the sharing of that knowledge.
My gallery on Mexico will be used in my current class (starting tomorrow I hope!) My students are working on a Spanish Speaking Countries Project where each student is assigned a country to research and they are given many topics to cover but they have choice in doing so. I have a slight advantage in that I’ve been to Mexico and am slightly more familiar with the cities, but I will be able to show them the types of images I am looking for, how to show a variety of people and places so we more completely understand country’s full story.
Images can stir a person. I’m stirred 🙂

Text widget1!??!?

7 Nov

Frustration=knowing what to do but not being able to do it. Grrrr! So I found out I’m supposed to put the HTML code in the text widget that supposedly is on my page somewhere but I can’t add it to the sidebar nor can I find anything that says add text widget post or anything like it. Under widgets, it just has add/delete options!!! Grrr!!!

So Today, 6 days later, I went back to my options under widgets, only to find that the screen looked different. I was able to drag the text bag now whereas before, it wouldn’t let me do anything. Maybe last time the page was not working properly. I don’t know but the important thing is that my creative commons showed up on my page now YAY!!!

Learning Log 3

7 Nov

Google Reader

This site, I guess that’s what I should call it, is a great way to keep up with what is important to you. Whatever I want to see more of or more frequently anyhow, I follow and get updates when new things are added. The only way this could be better is if I also got a text message that says, update to google reader has been made, check now to see what you can learn from your classmates. Again this goes back to managing my time better and if I did a little each day like I tell my students to, my life would be a lot easier. So why don’t I take my own advice? Is there a blog about this? Maybe I should follow it and then I’ll get an answer to help me!

Learning Log 2

7 Nov

Now I know that I need to better label my learning logs.

In these first 2 weeks of module 1, a lot has happened in my life, and this has been very eye opening to me. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I need to improve on in my classroom and as a student myself. There is so much out there and no I can’t go through it all but I have to start somehwere. The educator blogs were so eye opening. Their passion and enthusiasm for their work and exciting their students is simply amazing and it is exciting when we take the step to make the click and see what awaits us on the next page. It can be scary realizing and accepting that there is a better way to do things. I was bombarded and overwhelmed with information at times and also did not allow myself enough time to carefully go through some of the blogs and reflect on which one thing I could start doing now. I need to pick one thing. What is something I can do now? Use a game I saw? Give an assignment to make a video? Maybe its just to ask my students what it is that they would be excited about doing. Then I could get a feel for what they are enthusiastic about and would buy into. That is something I can do now.

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