Name of the Creating a story in Spanishactivity: - The main purpose of this activity is for students to be able to create a story in Spanish using properly two of its past tenses: Pretérito Simple and Imperfecto de Indicativo. Among the main objectives for students in this activity are: - Be able to talk about specific actions in the past. - Be able to talk about routines and habits in the past.Purpose and - Keep a diary in Spanish about the most importantobjectives: events in a specific time. - Be able to create a story in the past using their knowledge about the different Spanish tenses studied so far. - Work collaboratively with other fellows in order to solve a specific task. - Use web 2.0 tools to answer specific tasks and to keep in touch with their tutor and with the rest of the group.Context: - Students are part of a Spanish course at Key Stage 4 level (GSCE) in a secondary school. The activity represents a final project which students must undertake in order to pass the course. The school promotes and encourages online learning as a new attempt to engage and motivate students to study modern languages and help them to practice their skills even out of the class. Language courses in this school are not very popular and there is a disinterest about studying modern languages (attendance have fallen and exam results have not been very good). The school is considering changing their methodology to blended learning as a possible solution to this problem and to adapt to a new funding situation. This Spanish course is the first of its kind and it will combine face-to-face tutorials
(twice a month) and online learning using web 2.0 tools and online assessment. Teacher will also use online resources to deliver some course content. The school offers a laboratory room with computers and internet which students can use if they do not have that facility at home. - The main two technologies used for this activity will be a web 2.0 tool called Edmodo (which works like Facebook but in a more academic, secure and private environment) and Storybird (a tool to create storiesTechnologies online collaboratively). Edmodo is a useful tool forused: educators and learners within a classroom as they can access materials, marks, notices and homework or assignments easily and effectively. It can be used from any mobile device. - Tutors will use a resource for screencasts and screenshots called Jing.Participants: - Between 20 and 30 GCSE students whose ages range from 14 to 16.Duration: - 10 hours (divided in different activities or tasks along 30 weeks of the whole course).Description - This activity is divided into different stages inof the order to achieve its main objective:activity: - Stage 0: tutor opens an account in www.edmodo.com and prepares everything for his/her group. - Stage 1 (30 min.): tutor delivers Activity 1 to students via Edmodo: students must join their class in Edmodo, explore the website and send a message to tutor (via Edmodo). - Stage 2 (30 min.): tutor prepares a video using http://www.techsmith.com/jing/ explaining the
use of the Pretérito Simple. Students receive link with video via Edmodo (Activity 2). Tutor gives support through Edmodo or in a face-to-face class where they will study that tense in detail.- Stage 3 (about 2 hours in total, 5 min. per message): tutor delivers Activity 3(formative). Students start a ‘diary’ in Spanish using the Pretérito tense. They must send to their tutor (via Edmodo) at least one weekly message about something they did during that week related to the course or to the Spanish language. Tutor gives support through Edmodo or in a face-to-face class.- Stage 4 (30 min.): tutor prepares a video with http://www.techsmith.com/jing/ about the use of the Imperfecto (a Spanish past tense). Students receive link with video as an attachment via Edmodo (Activity 4). Tutor gives support through Edmodo or in a face-to-face class where they will study that tense in detail.- Stage 5 (1 hour): (Activity 5, formative) students write a small text about their childhood (habits, rutines) using the ‘Imperfecto’ and post it to the group forum in Edmodo. Tutor gives support via Edmodo or in a face-to-face class (once a week).- Stage 6 (30 min.): tutor prepares a video with http://www.techsmith.com/jing/ about the use of both the Imperfecto and the Pretérito in a story or an anecdote. Students receive link with video as an attachment via Edmodo (Activity 6). Tutor gives support through Edmodo or in a face-to-face class.- Stage 7 (1 hour): students visit (Activity 7) www.storybird.com and explore the website. They must take the tour and learn about how Storybird works. Tutor gives support through Edmodo or in a face-to-face class.- Stage 8 (3 hours): summative final project (first draft). In groups, students must create a story
(collaboratively) with Storybird, in the past, using both the Imperfecto and the Pretérito. They will receive an attachment via Edmodo with specific instructions and examples. Tutor gives support through Edmodo or in a face-to-face class.- Stage 9 (1 hour): students send final project (corrected version) to tutor via Edmodo. Tutor marks projects and posts them on Edmodo. Students can see all stories and vote (poll) to decide for the best one.- Tutor marks other formative activities as well and sends feedback to students.