ProPic assignment

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Interview- Sofia - Middle School

Interview 3 Sofia Middle School 1.How do you use mobile technologies for language learning and for teaching? I use: Listening activities that students use at home. TEDtalks Quizlet: I find everything I need from Quizlet, where people share and it saves me a lot of time. I search for the glossary and I find exercises, spelling and creating games for practice. I give the students a code and they can go in live. They get devided into teams at random and they don’t know with whom they compete. It’s a fun way to learn. Homework: I let the students make filmsand present in groups or individually. In French they work with words of objects in their rooms. For example they walk around the room, they describe what they see without reading notes. Other examples are Breakfast, and more. Shy students can make the film and share it with the teacher only. Powerpoint presentations are used and created by students and the teacher. Audacity Garageband to record themselves C

Interview - Natasha

Interview Natasha 1. How do you use mobile technologies for language learning and for teaching?  I use the App Duolingo for language learning in English, I use my mobile computer to show films and plan my lessons, my students use their laptops to answer questions and get feedback from me. I also use them to communicate with other teachers and register the students absence on an app called Skola24.  2. What tools do you use? Apps, mobile phones, mobile computers, projectors.  3. Why digital technologies? It can be a fun way to learn, students love them much more than simple books. I can easily correct a lot of homework without using paper. It's better for the environment to have everything digitally. It's a more practical way to store files instead of tens of real folders.  4. How has the use of digital tools improved or not, teaching and learning? It has improved it by building a bridge between the students interests and their homework. It has helped to

Barcelona Day 2 Improving e-portfolios

The presentation included the definition of multi modality which was not a necessary component in my learning. My interest lies in learning how to use different applications. The task on using created some frustration as the pictures I was supposed to download came up turned over and there was no way to switch them into landscape or right side up. It took 17 out of 20 minutes to do that which led to not having enough time to complete the task. I wish that we had spent more time on the task so the teacher would have time to give me the necessary support. I am not sure if I know how to use the app. We started a new task where we were expected to create a teaching activity using different “free” apps. During the time we checked several apps and they were not free. Thank led to frustration as we could not start the activity. I expressed that” Today, I am going home with nothing”. I want value from the study week and I want it to be worth giving up a week off my course to particip

A Catalan language survivor kit by Jaume Batlle Rodriguez

We have experienced a lesson from a student’s point of view. The way the teacher was interacting with us was captivating and did not give us time to let the stress take over. We felt “under pressure”, some were worried about the pronunciation, someone was overwhelmed. It all happened in a rather relaxed atmosphere. The teacher was energetic, fun, used humour, body- language, tonality, expression and delivered a content in a multimodal way. The lesson started with speaking Catalan, continued with speaking and reading on the PowerPoint, further into conversations amongst the participants and finished off with a Kahoolawe competitive activity. During the whole lesson students were engaged and we wanted to learn the language of the country we are visiting.  I think teaching of a second language should take place in the target language and teachers should be willing to take risks and try new things. The challenges could be knowing the students levels and differentiating the instruction t

Teaching a second language- Reflection on pictures

The pictures activity showed us how our experiences and cultural backgrounds affect our interpretation of what we see. It is important to build a second language on the solid grounds of a first language. The environment where the second language develops influences the learning. A learning community includes students, parents and teachers. Languages connect people, create understanding and eliminate differences between peoples. Learning a new language opens your mind and allows you to see the world in different colours and shapes.  What made the activity into a great experience was the fact that we were all second language speakers and we shared experiences and perspectives from different angles and cultural background. The interaction was exciting and the conversations were rich in content. It was interesting to see what people saw on my picture. This was also a great ice-breaking activity.

Reflection Barcelona Day 1

  This is my one picture is 1000 words. My picture shows a bowl of white smooth rocks from a beach in Greece. Two days ago, we got a surprise. Suddenly it was hailing. I connected this picture with learning a second language. The rocks are representing the native language as they are the foundation to build on any other language. New vocabulary falls in like hail from the sky. Some av it lands into the bowl and is easily registered by the brain. Some av it falls outside and needs connections in order to be absorbed. Language learning depends on the social- cultural environment ( Vygotski), and the  relationship between the learner and the subject that needs to be communicated. Learning a new language demands patience, curiosity, passion, motivation and a need for expressing thoughts and emotions. New words need to be available and represent familiar concepts first, before they can be applied to different situations.  Some will melt down and give meaning and content. Others will eva