So this past week my second year German students had an assessment project to explain the two-way prepositions using video and also with a whiteboard app (Doceri.) They needed to film scenes showing the two-ways (using sentences as to what is happening), import them into iMovie (on iPad), re-record the audio as necessary, create a whiteboard explanation showing the differences and uses of the two ways, put that into iMovie and then push that out to the camera roll and put it up on Google Drive.
In and of itself this is not a big project. The students had four days. In hindsight five may have been helpful since Friday was a shortened schedule due to a rally. BUT, the students completed the project. What I've discovered with a lot of these projects is that I need more time having the students do tutorials on use of the apps so that they are familiar and comfortable with the process and can produce excellent work.
My upper-level German classes have been finishing up reading Dürrenmatt's Besuch der Alten Dame. They've been enjoying it, but they are hoping for a good ending, but know that it's just not going to happen. We've got 13 pages left to read in the third act and I look forward to their thoughts on human nature and how we sometimes justify our (horrible) behavior to save ourselves or our situation. This makes me wish I started student blogging sooner.
My first-year students just wrapped up the first section of the next chapter learning all the vocabulary we'll be using in this next chapter. They use Doceri as a note taking tool and push the PDF file into their Assignments folder on Google Drive (using gclassfolders.) This gives both student and teacher access to the notes and helps show me that they've been paying attention to the vocabulary we've been going over.
The least successful assignment we had this week was the middle-school German students using Tellagami to explain a simple grammar concept in 30 seconds. They had more fun building the Gami than they did doing the assignment. I think more time with it and super tight directions will be necessary when using an app like this.
Well the week is over. Next week will have a whirlwind of activity since after Break the weeks will zip by. The AP German test is approaching and my AP student (yes just one this year) still has a way to go in getting comfortable with his oral responses. We will see what happens. He did after all score an 80% (Silver) on the National German Exam.