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Spanish and Technology

Found in: foreign languages; pairing and grouping; technology tools; vocabulary

I started offering a new one-semester elective to 8th graders this year. It combines Spanish with technology and uses four themes for project-based units: school stuff, sports, clothes and food. Students spend about two weeks in large group and small group activities learning basic vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures for the unit. Then they spend about a week in groups of two or three constructing a conversation, taking pictures to fit the conversation, and planning their storytelling. Then they get three to five days in the computer lab using digital storytelling software or other presentation software creating their presentations. Most of my students really enjoy this combination. It isn't as hard as the Spanish class that is given for high school credit, but they are held accountable for their learning of Spanish through the presentation, their notebooks and a quiz.

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