When teaching dual immersion on the English side, it is a fast-paced environment since we switch teachers half-way through the day. My students work hard to learn vocabulary, grammar, reading, mathematics, Social Studies, along with supporting Science taught in Spanish. So that my classroom does not drill and kill, we use a variety of methods to change it up.
Enhancing the classroom with technology creates another level of engagement with students.
Some things that make a difference are good computers, online programs that match core teaching, and teaching skills like keyboarding, movie making, digital editing, coding, and digital citizenship. My classroom isn't just learning for today, but to give them the skills they can take with them into their future.
Students come to school to learn. They practice their spelling, reading, writing, math, and more. I'm asking for a video camera to be used with writing. First, students will write a step by step sequence paper of their choice in the topic of science. Next, they will use the video camera to create their own movie using their own writing as an outline. After creating a movie, students will watch and edit their writing into a final piece. What they created on paper turns into something visual. Since editing is a hard skill to learn, this will bring technology and writing together. This brings learning to another level.
When we want to be effective, there are tools that can raise the bar for our students.
I love how students work and feel about what they create in school. This forms a jumping off point to future learning.
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