I am going to show you how to create two activities for students that have worked in my French classroom because they are:multi-modal – writing, speaking and viewing/listening, comprehensionPersonalised - Collaborative – students can work together or alone with little or more input from the teacherInteractive – highly engaging and interesting. Amazing things can be achieved with student-created content or simply self-paced learningFree – all of this can be done for free
Google earth – intro to the app
Show a student’s finished tour – explain how it was used within the unit of workWhat better way to explore the country of the target language than to be there virtually!
Take time to reflect on how this could be used in your own classroom
Reference Leanne Smith for the originalidea
What other things could be search for authentic listening/viewing material?
Explain that you need a Google account to access Google Drive
Google apps for the languages classroom
Google Apps for the
Google Earth Tours
Tours are a guided experience where you fly from one
location to another, view terrain and content and look
around as you wish. You can create tours that record your
exact navigation in the 3D window and even add audio.
You can then share these tours with other Google Earth
Use the search box to find the starting
point you want.
Zoom in or out and change the aspect
until your are happy with how it looks.
Click on the yellow pin to add
a placemark and name it.
Continue the above steps until you
have the amount of places you
want for the tour.
Double click on your first place to go
back to the start.
Click on the record
Start recording the tour, double click on each
new place in the left-hand “Places” box to
zoom to the next place.
Save the tour and right-click to email it for
Google Video + Forms = Authentic
Use Google forms to make a comprehension quiz about
an authentic video in the target language.
Students access everything online which means it can be
done anywhere there is internet access.
Results are easily viewed in a spreadsheet generated by
the Google form.
Search using Google video – you will find
Watch the video and
write questions – multiple
choice, short answer,
Optional – Find the embed code to paste
into a wiki or blog.
Enter in the questions you wrote for your
Choose to share your form with a link (to
email) or the embed code for blogs and wikis
Sharing with Students
The simplest way to share
is to give students the link
to the video and to the
form, the idea is that they
watch the video and
answer the questions at
their own pace.
Optionally, embedding both
the video and the Google form
into a wiki or blog make the
activity more streamlined and
easy to share. But this does
require a deeper knowledge of
how blogs and wikis work.
Here is an example of one I did
with a class earlier.
Please contact me or speak to
me during the conference and
I would be happy to walk you
through the ideas presented
I hope the handouts provide
you with something to take
home and investigate.
St Paul’s Grammar School