CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR EUROPEAN LANGUAGES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL Curriculum K-12 Directorate 4 August 2008
Technology: Why? • The learning of languages is enriched through access to a variety of multimedia resources… (Board of Studies K-10 Languages syllabuses) • In K-6, the syllabus mandates that students develop skills in: • using text, sound and images to design presentations • using word-processing skills to produce texts • using software packages. • Additionally, in the 100 hours course, students develop skills in: • collecting and interpreting electronic information • demonstrating knowledge of ethics in regard to the use of technology to communicate technology.
Technology: Why? • Helps to attract and retain students’ attention • Allows for repetition and review • Taps into students’ worlds (QT: ‘Connectedness’ – 89% of students use a computer at home; 82% use internet for education, 51% for playing games, ABS 2006) • In addition, IWBs: • provide large, attractive text and images • support collaborative learning • allow flexibility, e.g. moving from lower-order to higher-order thinking.
RESEARCH SHOWS… • Australian students value the opportunity to use ICTs in their classrooms as they enjoy the collaboration with other students. • Students cited little opportunity is being provided for them to “really use” technologies to explore, think and learn. • Students highlighted a predominance of teacher-centred approaches involving knowledge transmission rather than student-centred inquiry tasks. • Teachers’ lack of knowledge is seen as a hindrance. (Neal, 2005)
Technology: How? • Microsoft Office, e.g. Word, PowerPoint, etc. • CD-ROMs, including: • those accompanying textbooks • Super!/Chouette!/Ottimo! (available free to DET teachers or to purchase from Curriculum Corporation for non-DET teachers) • Quirky Comics (also available on T@Le) • The Language Market etc.
Technology: How? • Language-specific websites, e.g. Languages Online (keep an eye on your language-specific bulletins) • Online activities, e.g. Hot Potatoes • WebQuests/internet research • Photo Story/Movie Maker • IWBs
LANGUAGE WEBSITES: DO YOU KNOW ABOUT…? • Languages Online (Australia) • Languages Online (UK) • Photo Albums from The Learning Federation (TLF) • School life (1) • School life (2) • Daily life (1) • Daily life (2) • Celebrations (1) • Celebrations (2)
For DET schools: T@Le • Beginn mit Deutsch (Stage 4 course) • Gift-giving (Stage 5) • Recycling (Stage 5) • Schon gehört? / À l’écoute! / Ascolta! Ascolta! (Stage 6 Beginners) • Ins Gespräch kommen / A toi la parole/ Facciamo due chiacchiere!(Stage 6 Beginners) • Quirky Comics • Super!/Chouette!/Ottimo! Resources on T@Le are only accessible to DET teachers. Many of these resources can be purchased on CD-ROM from Curriculum Corporation, email firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD TO KNOW… • Do your own search for language-specific activities: Type “interactive whiteboard activities” plus your language into Google and see what you can find! • To type foreign characters, use your key board, e.g. • circumflex – Ctrl + 6/^ key TOGETHER, then release and type c • cedilla – Ctrl + , TOGETHER, then release and type c • acute - Ctrl + ‘ (next to ENTER) TOGETHER, then release and type letter • grave - Ctrl + ` (top left) TOGETHER, then release and type letter • umlaut - Ctrl + Shift + colon (next to L) TOGETHER, then release and type letter • ß – Ctrl + Shift + 7/& key TOGETHER, then release and type letter The above will not work in many applications, so an alternative is to use the ALT codes. View at: tlt.psu.edu/suggestions/international/bylanguage/index.html
ALT codes, examples for GERMAN: • Ä – ALT + 0196 • ä – ALT + 0228 • Ö – ALT + 0214 • ö – ALT + 0246 • Ü – ALT + 0220 • ü – ALT + 0252 • ß – ALT + 0223 • € – ALT + 0128
Aims for today: • Learning to use Photo Story. • Learning to use Movie Maker. • Developing an understanding about ActivStudio. • For more information: email@example.com