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Foreign Languages, Food & Podcasting

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

In effort to keep the tradition of foreign languages in Language Academy, my morning mixed group of 6th-8th graders  created a Food Podcast of their favorite foods. The project required them to find an audio translator on the Internet of their foreign language of choice. Some students used Babylon and others used Forvo for language translation. Then they created slides on PowerPoint of their favorite foods. Using GarageBand, they put together the slides and created a podcast translating the food into their foreign language. It was a multitasking lesson that required students to use various software to produce a foreign language project. Students choose languages ranging from Tagalog, to Swahili, to Arabic.

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Choose Your Own Adventure 2.0

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Do you remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series when you were in school? It was one of my favorite genre of books to read because you were given choices in the book to follow. It was as interactive as you could get with text back in the day. With the availability of interactive technologies today, I was wondering how we could bring back these beloved novels with our digital youth. And then came the idea of using interactive slides to create a choose your own adventure story. Using any slideshow software such as PowerPoint or Keynote, students can create their very own interactive novel using buttons that link your story to a new slide. Students can create multiple paths for alternate endings and scenarios in the novel. This idea has rejuvenated my creative brain cells. What if I create a CYOA2.0 website where students post their interactive stories? I said it first here folks…but knowing my luck somebody created this already before this date.

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