What would you if you did not have twitter? Browsing through this afternoon, I just spotted a tweet from @amndasalt so i stopped and read (as her tweets are also good!). I was even more interested when I saw Dobble (see picture right) being mentioned.
Dobble is a game which we have been playing at home but which can easily be brought into the classroom. Anyhow, another teacher spotted it and asked if it could be used in Irish class.
Dobble is a set of cards (55 of them) (I am sure it would also make a great class for maths teachers on probability of seeing an object) with different symbols. Each card is different. So far I have been using it to extend vocabulary. Here are a few ideas:
Idea 1: Use it as a I'm finished activity, what's next? Deal a few cards and ask the students to find how to say the name of 5 objects in the target language.
Idea 2: In pair, students deal the cards and play snap. But instead of saying snap, they say the name of the object in the target language.
Idea 3: In pair or 3s, students compare their cards and with the symbols they have in common (at least 2 symbols) they must make us a sentence or a story (depending on time or level)
Idea 4: in pairs or 3s, one student picks a card and others must ask questions (good for working on question making) to discover the symbols. They can only be yes/no questions or they must not be yes/no.
Idea 5: To do some dictionary work and work on gender of word, have a competition the card with most masculine words, or feminine words or beginning with certain letters....
So today it got better as Amanda found a site which allows you to make your own cards! Amanda has made some for working on prepositions. Click here to have a look. To make your own, click here. And what is even better is sharing! So you have access to ready made ones here. But Amanda suggested, let's swap the ones we make! So next time you go and make a set, don't forget to tag @amandasalt, @sandrinepk and @MissAmor2015 on Twitter and share!!! We will too!
My colleague Tina and I presented at the #ict4mfl conference organised by languages initiative. You will find our notes here. Don't hesitate to contact us via the contact button for feedback or questions.
Notes from my presentation yesterday at #ict4mfl. Just click here to access them. Don't hesitate to email to tell me how you got on or if you have any questions!
Je viens d'ajouter une feuille pour réviser les verbes à la première personne (je) plusieurs temps. Cliquez ici.
Je viens de rajouter une idée de projet pour fêter la francophonie. Je vais le faire avec mes quatrièmes (2ème de français). Cliquez ici pour y accéder.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to give a workshop to French teachers in Dublin on using apps and internet sites for working oral and aural in class and outside class.
There is a definitive appetite to know about what can be done with devices. I know there are a lot of septic people out there and they do not believe that technology can help and I respect your way of doing things.
For me, the laughing of iPads in our school, as made me reflect about the way I teach and how it evolved.
I remember first stating teaching and getting excited when i got to book the ONE overhead project in the school. I would spend hours making my little acetates. Then, powerpoint came along with if you were lucky a computer in the classroom. I was probably guilty of the death by powerpoint for certain lesson but as the years went along, I got to master it more and got it to work for the learning. The latest change, was the introduction of iPads. Like previously, I spent hours looking for the app which would solve all the problems my students had; spelling; pronunciation, understanding... well, I went crashing! No one has invited this app yet! So it was back to the drawing board and looking for existing apps and looking how they could help my learners. This is where I am at now. I have some core apps which I use a on weekly basis and the reasons is not they are fun, they are a treat but just they help my learners with their language skills. I am still looking to see if there is thing I am missing. i am an eternal learner.
I was asked last night do they use iPads in each lesson? I thought first no. But then they look up new words in their online dictionary, they take notes in the notability app, they practise oral with their recording app, they get the worksheets from the Edmodo app, so yes they do use it but at times it will be for a short time and other times for longer times.
To those of you, still not convinced that's OK and you should not feel guilty and be on the defensive side. If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place!
To those interested in learning more, there are lots of places to check out. Here are a few:
Jürgen Wagner - webinars - Juergen organises online webinar on ICT and modern languages. Even if you can't join in live (I would recommend it as you can ask questions), if you register you can get the notes sent to you. Register here. Get the list of webinars here.
Ravie de présenter samedi prochain à l'Alliance française de Dublin sur les sites Internet et les applis pour la compétence orale et la compréhension auditive. Ma présentation sera très axée sur la pratique. Si vous êtes inscrit(e) - il ne reste plus qu'une place - apportez votre téléphone, tablette ou ordi portable pour essayer. Les applis que je vais utiliser fonctionnent sur iPad et iPhone Certaines fonctionnent aussi sur Androïd).
Si vous voulez la place qu'il reste, cliquez ici.
Je viens de mettre à jour la page sur l'école. J'ai notamment rajouté des clips de Youtube et une activité faite sur Educanon pour faire en indépendant. Cliquez ici pour aller directement sur la page.
Je viens de mettre à jour la page culture francophone avec une activité sur le carnaval. Cliquez ici.
Je viens de faire quelques ajouts à la page nourriture. Cliquez ici.