Yay – success!

I managed to follow my plan to have Year 9 French write and create their own animations using Domo. See one here.

Despite some initial hiccups in actually getting the site unblocked (during the lesson) by the IT crowd, they worked quickly to produce the animations. I continue to be amazed at how these guys can be shown minimal instructions on using the tool and then have it up and running within minutes. This was a really engaging task that encouraged collaboration and creativity. It was also based on traditional methods in learning the vocab and structures and then applying them in written French. I am adding each of the animations to a wiki I’ve set up so that each student can view and comment on the work done by their peers.

Now, what’s next for this week? Year 8 are learning all about daily routines and reflexive verbs – they are going to create a ToonDoo. More to come on that…

This week

This week I am planning on developing my use of Audioboo and she my recordings with my Year 9 French class. I really love the sound quality of the recordings and the fact that it’s so easy to record and share each Boo.

I am a bit late off the mark, it’s true, but I have started making interactive powerpoints for Year 9 too. This means they are working independently on all four skills and it’s based directly on the coursebook we are using (Clic!). They are great at bringing in their own earphones too. So, do we need a class set of good-quality headphones?

And lastly (and again) with Year 9 (I do teach other years but these guys seem to be getting all the techie stuff this week) I am asking them to write a dialogue using the language from the current unit – directions. Pretty mundane, or so it seems? To make it a lot more interesting, they are going to put the conversations they write into an animation, created using Domo.

I hope to reflect on how it all went at the end of the week. This blog really needs to start happening!