Final Project Course 5

What Happened?

For the final project, my students and I redesign the fifths grade Unit Places I Like to Visit. When I was planning this unit, I prioritized the main principles of New Pedagogy:

  • Learning partnership between a teacher and students – we discuss the format and platform of the final assessment and discuss I Can Do statements.
  • Learning engagements are based on real-life problem-solving and connected to students’ interests – all learning engagements were based on authentic resources and final assessment – to create a guide of Moscow that would be interested for kids. Choose the places that you like, find cool information that attracts kids’ attention.
  • Digital tools and resources are integrated into the learning process – we have an integrated lesson when the IT teacher took us through the Book Creator platform and answered all the questions.
  • Evaluating students’ progress together – we have the Common Rubrics for Presentational Skills. The students knew the rubrics, and before the assessment, we have discussed the expectations of each criterion.

How? – KEY LEARNING ENGAGEMENTS

  1. The provocation was a question – How many continents in the world? The answer is it depends on what school you attend. Students record their answers on Flipgrid and listen to each other questions and record the comments.
  2. We watched the authentic video and created Kahoot games to check each other knowledge.
  3. Discuss the questions and answers that students used in Kahoot Games, make some notes for future games.
  4. Read and watch short authentic pieces about Moscow and discuss them.
  5. IT integration lesson to discuss Book Creator.

What Impact Did it Have on Your Practice? 

I recognized the importance of students’ voices and interests.

The use of technology increases the students’ motivation and pushes their autonomy.

My role as a teacher is changing, and I am becoming a guide or facilitator of learning.

Students’ Learning

Students learned the new information about their famous places in Moscow in a target language. They were able to write a recommendation of different places in the city and give reasons why others might find them interesting. They present information digitally. 

https://read.bookcreator.com/8dPLC0Y8ZdfIgJBhPwydN5ss0P23/aestfZZxRLOO2J0199axXA

Next Step

Next step –  we will discuss how to be a responsible Internet user and the basic rules of Internet Etiquette.

 

WHAT ARE THE MAIN TECH-BASED TOOLS FOR LEARNING LANGUAGES

Learning a language is a challenge.

Learning a foreign language is a double challenge.

Learning a foreign language online is WHAT?

 

When we started online teaching, it was incredibly difficult. On the way, I discovered different online platforms and tools. However, we do not want to choose a new app only because it is new and fancy. It has to be a tool that helps our students learn a foreign language and develop 21st-century skills, and it should not be too complicated to use.

AstroReality, (2019, October 29). Famous quotes about technology in education.

“Technology encourages learners to build castles in the air. After all, imagination is at the heart of innovation.”

When I saw this photo and read the following quotation about technology in education, I realized what is crucial for me – encourage my students to use their creativity and imagination.

Unfortunately, there are not so many for learning Russian as a foreign language, and my students are too young to have an account.

Our school paid a Linguascope account, but this platform has only a beginning level for Russian. When we wrote a request about other levels as French and Spanish have, we have got the following answer:

Thank you for your email. No, unfortunately, at the moment there is no plan to develop Russian resources beyond the beginner level. There is simply not enough demand to justify it.

 Best regards,

 Mr Stéphane Derône

www.linguascope.com • www.educandy.com • www.learningscope.com

Follow us: www.facebook.com/linguascope • www.twitter.com/linguascope

Oh, well, I have to create online resources by myself for six grades (KG-grade 5). Thank my colleagues, we found a way to work collaboratively.

Music and videos are the most powerful tools for learning a language. So, I started to create Google Slides for each song and story.

I wanted to try to use Quizlet. I think it is a good platform to practice vocabulary and grammar based on a tried-and-true memorization tool: the flashcard. Great platform, but I can not use it because of the age of my students.

I tried FluentU, the same story! I can demonstrate it on my Smartboard, and we can do it as a group. But I can not subscribe to this app, and my students are too young. It does not work as well; my students are not in my class and play on-screen all together. It takes too much time, and it is boring.

I have chosen two platforms that I use on a regular basis – Kahoot (to assess key vocabulary, grammar structures in context, and knowledge of a unit) and Flipgrid (for interpersonal communication and presentational speaking).

Lately, I found a new website for learning languages – Duolingo. I am planning to test by myself, check the privacy policy and implement it in my classroom. It looks interesting and offers different levels.

My students enjoy incorporating technology into their language learning routines, and they always ask if we are going to play online games. When there is a choice – paper and pencil or Google Slides for presentational writing, the majority choose Slides.

Plans for future

After my COETAIL journey, I have started to think about creating a platform for learning Russian as a foreign language for elementary school students. I have a lot of ideas and resources. The challenge is to find the professionals who will help to create the platform.

My Community

I was thinking about what my Community Blog should look like.

First, I decided to find a definition of the word community. 

COMMUNITY –  a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community). 

So, my small community is a group of WL teachers who teach Russian, Spanish, and French. My big community is WL teachers around the world. My interactions mostly happened in my small community.

I am a World language Coordinator, so I have the responsibility to educate my colleagues. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w83S-0m8Mz4

All exciting ideas that I learned during my COETAIL journey, I shared with my colleagues. For example, I ran a PD workshop, “Digital Safety and Student Privacy,” for my interested colleagues. I believe that it is essential to train teachers to examine online resources, protect students’ data privacy, and check the safety of online educational resources. It is essential because we (teachers and students) have started to use more and more apps and online programs. 

 

When I was working with Google Slides, I learned how to Create Engaging Presentations with Slides, I created one lesson, shared it with my colleagues, and now we are working collaboratively. So, how it works:

  • We meet and discuss possible learning engagements.
  • I create a Google slide and put it in the folder “Collaboration”.
  • We assign the tasks and deadlines. 
  • We go back to our classroom and develop learning engagements.

(Examples of learning engagements)

There is another duty that I have as a WL teacher in my small community. This duty is curriculum writing. We have a consultant, Greg Duncan, who runs workshops and leads our thinking. We did concept maps and started to write I can Do statements for units. I am implementing my knowledge of New Pedagogies in this work.

(Slide  from Greg Duncan’s presentation)

Despite the difficulties of this year, a lot of learning and work is happening in my community.