So I am rather late at publishing this post. The end of term was really busy for me and then I found myself in the holiday mood so quickly that the thought of even opening my laptop made me shiver. Yup, even I shiver about technology sometimes. It’s important to know your limits I say.
Lesson: Around the world speech
CAPS: Talks about personal experiences: tells news, describes weather news, other topical events etc.
Time: 1 week of speeches (5 per day) and 3 x 1 hour iPad lessons
Would I do it again? Yes
So let’s break it down
- Each girl draws a country out of hat
- Does research at home
- Brings to school to create own poster
- Prepares speech at home and delivers at school
But then what? Cool, we stick up the posters, the parents receive the rubric and somewhere nestled between “Reads with fluency” and “Shows phonological awareness” the mark for this speech sits and is never to be thought of again.
But wait, isn’t this one of life’s greatest skills to have in any working field? Shouldn’t we be reflecting a little more than “talk a little slower” or “lovely eye contact”. In a test it’s easy, look at your working out or reasoning and there will be the clue on how to improve. I find the best (and also the most cringe worthy) way of reflecting is seeing where I went wrong. So how can we see where we went wrong? Video of course.
THE GREEN SCREEN
I made my green screen which you can read about here in my stock room and after each day of speeches we quickly videoed each speech with the background of their choice using the Do Ink green screen app.
I also wanted to see what each girl really understood from the project. The whole reason we have moved from this being an at home project to an in school project, was to try teach how to put a GOOD poster project together ON THEIR OWN. It is a lot of fun for parents to relive the fun of putting together their very best project but it takes away from the learning.
Well then I needed to see what they remembered after researching, putting together a poster and delivering a speech by making their very own “Guide to____” iBook using Book Creator. Most of the girls knew iBook but because it is SOOOOO easy to use I did a quick recap which took about 20mins.
- cover page
- contents page
- what is important information
- which pictures to use
- how to import a video
And then I let them have free reign. I was so impressed at a) how quiet they were doing this b) the care in choosing pictures c) the use of their posters to remind them about information and of course d) the creativity in these books.
Best of all, after sharing them with each other they were emailed to the parents where they could see first hand how the speech went, how they interpreted the information and just how phenomenal they have become over the year on the iPads.
Have a watch here:
So I can truly say that with all the obstacles of teaching in the foundation phase (shorter days, no permanent iPad slots, no chance of doing this kind of work at home, limited reading skills, limited computer skills, limited attention span) it can be done! Woohoo!
It’s a mind game.
May 2016 be the year of over coming all those challenges.