I'm experimenting with making stories using digital storytelling apps. Below are a few of the videos that my students and I have made in the last two weeks.
The stories are ones that students help to create by contributing ideas for names, places, events, reasons why people do certain things, etc.
After we create a story in class, I ask for a volunteer to sketch the story on the iPad. The two stories below were sketched using the Educreations app. After the students finish the sketches, I record the story and add it to my "lessons" on Educreations. My goal is to speak clearly and slowly enough that beginner students understand the story.
I'm definitely still in the beginning stages of this endeavor and welcome any suggestions you have.
El problema con Edgardo el elefante
Focus Words: no puede encontrar, no está, busca
Spanish 1 - Day 22
Josh no trabaja mucho
Focus words: no trabaja, la jefa, es perezoso
El Señor Mono Tiene Hambre
10.26.12 - Spanish 2
Focus Word: no cabe; trata de poner; tiene una solución,
Even though my goal was to focus on the words above, the class-created story didn't end up with many repetitions of those words. However, it was a success for my students because they learned some structures and vocabulary that I had assumed they had learned in the previous level, but found out during the storytelling time that they didn't know. Sometimes I choose the words to focus on, and through interaction with the students, it becomes clear which words THEY need me to focus on.
Austin busca un regalo
1.14.13 - Spanish 1
Focus Words: está cerrada, está abierta, cuesta, cuestan, está desilusionado, está desilusionada