Our students are benefiting from the generous TeacherPreneur grant! The iPad Minis arrived and were loaded with tracking software and several apps. Micki Daniels, Technology Specialist for Knox County, provided a PLC training for HVA’s World Language teachers, and students are now using them.
One class is using the iPads to research famous Latinos and create a presentation. Students record their presentation and share it for peer editing. Post feedback, they re-record the presentation and place it in their digital portfolio, which is maintained on Canvas.
Another class is using the iPads to address the challenges of education in Spanish speaking countries. Through research, the students gain understanding of the disparities in many Spanish-speaking countries. They are designing a campaign to illustrate how the private sector in Latin American schools can enrich student learning and will demonstrate how investing in children means investing in future productive adult citizens. They will produce a commercial, interview, or radio spot and send their message to contacts abroad. The goal is a school-created product that can be applied in the real world to make a difference.
In French I, the devices are saving so much class time, as students can upload speaking interviews all at once. Before, the teacher had to listen to individual students or groups in the hallway while the other students did a writing activity in the classroom. AP students are thrilled to practice their interpersonal and presentational speaking with the iPads, and HVA’s AP Coordinator is considering use of the iPads during exams. Practicing with the software prior to the exam will remove the fear of the unknown for students – and perhaps will make taking exams more fun!