ISTE Ignite - Fran Siracusa - Talk It Up!


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ISTE Ignite - Fran Siracusa - Talk It Up!

  1. 1. 1.• Turn down for what?”, Turn up!, Swag (money), LOL,“Great selfie-- Mupload that ish to Facebook!”, I can’t even!, KK, Cray Cray, Hashtag WHATEVER, Me importa un pimiento, Que chulo, Me lo pasé pipa, Que Guay, … • Kids CONNECTING!
  2. 2. 2 • I'm Fran Siracusa, and I believe in kids connecting by TALKING IT UP. • What do kids want to do in the classroom? (Pause) What do kids love? (Pause) They love TALKING with each other. Even better, they love talking with kids far away in another country!
  3. 3. 3• Who remembers taking a couple years of World Language classes in high school, yet still can’t TALK their way out of el baño? Or sadly, your most treasured memory of Spanish class was when the teacher was absent and you didn’t have to REPEAT phrases in boring drills. Is this what we want for our kids?
  4. 4. 4• Imagine TODAY, where instead, students are so tech-savvy and education-entertained... We teachers ought to, should be REQUIRED to, empower our students with personalized creative learning experiences that MAKE them want to learn and CONNECT!
  5. 5. 5• For example, how do we encourage them to WANT to learn in a language classroom? WANT to connect globally? I think back, & textbooks, worksheets and drills are NOT the way to do it, unless some of you out there miss your 9th grade rote memorization?!?!
  6. 6. 6• How can I the Spanish teacher get them to want to talk, and later, TO WORK with other students, digitally and across the globe? First, you have to find the OTHER students! My favorite place to search is “Mystery Skype: Skype in the Classroom.” Why ... Because teachers on Skype Education want to be found and WANT their students to talk!
  7. 7. 7 • Or, one can go to 1. The Global Education Conference, or 2. iEARN ... Or a personal favorite of mine: 3. Flat Connections or 4. The Global Classroom Project. Use these FORUMS to find useful teacher contacts, connect with those teachers, try out a Mystery Skype, and then find out if those teacher contacts are as dedicated to “edutainment” as you are.
  8. 8. 8• You can also contact a rep at the Ministry of Education in (your desired) country, and ask for a list of technologically-advanced or creative-minded schools. Write those schools, contact those teachers. Next, after you establish a relationship with a teacher by email or Skype, offer up an idea for a Global Project, and then GO!
  9. 9. 9 • Next, in the planning part, find the CREATIVITY tools that the students will use. Is it an iPad with apps? Is it a PC with web 2.0 tools? Is it simply just Skype? You decide which is best for you and your class. But to catch the students HOOK, LINE, and SINKER, remember, choose useful tools and apps, make it project- based, and definitely MAKE IT FUN.
  10. 10. 10 • Reminder: What is so important for you as the teacher: FOCUS on the content, NOT the technology! As Russo wrote in a recent Edutopia article, "Focus on the skills and knowledge you hope students will gain, not the technology itself or even the "global-ness" of the activity" (Edutopia, Russo, 2007, 2012).
  11. 11. 11 • Give the students a TASK or a project. Structure the project and give them guidelines. But then, let them go to do what best works for them. Let them tell you their ideas. Then, don’t just let them have a conversation online—they need a task and a focus! A PRODUCT should always be a part of the experience, whether the project is a report, video or song.
  12. 12. 12 • Pedagogically, provide students a meaningful, skill- developing experience. • PLAN STRATEGICALLY, because time flies in a class period. Much of the work will be done on “their own time.” They will want to Skype every day during class time but you need to plan it so as a class, they just meet together a couple times (during your classroom time).
  13. 13. 13 • Now my personal story: • This year in my Middle School Spanish classes in preparation for our Int’l Trip to Spain, I aimed to foster teamwork and collaboration. I created an off-shoot project tied into this year’s Global Happiness Project. Next, after sending out a letter and speaking to a rep from the Ministry of Education of Spain, I was put into contact with a couple schools and found Inés and Diego from Colegio Decroly in Madrid, who were willing to work with me.
  14. 14. 14 • 14 Our FL & Spain classes separately investigated “the topics” and then had to collaboratively and digitally write/ sing/produce their own “reaction” with regards to their 2 separate hometowns in 1 project. • Our favorite apps we used were: Google Earth (to find each other) at the same time we used Skype (to talk live with each other) and Edmodo (to talk/write asynchronously). Next, the students chose 2 songs in which to co-write “parodies” and used Google Docs and Skype (simultaneously again to work). I even used Nearpod in conjunction with Skype with both groups simultaneously in an exploratory exercise at the beginning.
  15. 15. 15• 15. Next, we MET in person (one time) in Spain for three hours. The kids examined their written parodies, tweaked and wrote a little more. They took pictures and video- recorded pieces of the song, both singing and acting silly. Our students brought their iPads to share and with which to work.
  16. 16. 16• In Spain ...Ratio: two iPads to four kids. • Separately, our kids used GarageBand to record the song pieces; Keynote and Haiku Deck to create the images and slides; and finally iMovie to put it all together. The possibilities are endless…
  17. 17. 17 • 17. Again, what were the students’ favorite Creativity and Productivity apps? (Pause) iMovie, GarageBand and Google Docs…favorite Communication apps? Skype, Edmodo, and Nearpod. • ISTE Standards for Students that were met? Communication & Collaboration
  18. 18. 18 • Were there Challenges? Yes! We had to cross the hurdles of: • time-zone differences, technology barriers, reliable internet, innovative teachers to work with, having to establish several student Skype accounts to allow for pairs working together across the globe, travel expense of visiting LIVE, …
  19. 19. 19• In the end, students developed their communication skills in native and target languages, created multi-cultural understanding and experienced a taste of future workforce preparedness. But most importantly, they CONNECTED emotionally with real people, made new friends, and did what all kids love to do: they TALKED!
  20. 20. 20• The best part was that they each have a digital memento that they could keep forever to remember the experience in THE VIDEO. Now that’s worth TALKING about! • Read more at ourglobalprojects.blo