This week I'm happy to share an article that I wrote for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) on the benefits of using robots and drones in the foreign language classes. To access the Learning Languages journal go to
nnell.org/learning-languages-journal/ . Not a member of NNELL yet? Then, this is a good opportunity to join a fantastic organization. Otherwise, check out the resources posted on my website at www.erickacollado.com/robots--drones.html .
This week I would like to share the books that I received for my Spanish classroom library recently. They are either written in Spanish, in English with some Spanish words or fully in English. In the past, I have been strict about only getting books in Spanish. However, I now recognize the value of having books that students at the novice level can read independently and enjoy while learning cultural practices and perspectives.
¡A leer se ha dicho!
As promised, here is the most recent Proyecto L.E.E. character. Her name is Julia de Burgos, a Puerto Rican teacher, and poet. For a sample of the lesson activities, go to www.erickacollado.com/julia-de-burgos.html
On this video, I share how a set of interpretive reading tasks before an interpretive viewing and listening task, helped increase student engagement and comprehension of a culturally authentic video series. For a sample of activities go to my page Todos Somos Héroes .
What does Frida Kahlo, La Catrina, Mafalda and a poor old lady have in common? They have all helped in promoting reading and literacy in my Spanish classroom. Watch the video to find out how.
Feliz Día de las Brujas,
Research shows that emotions affect learning. On this post, I share how a simple routine like taking attendance and giving students the freedom to create with the target language, serves as an emotional check-in.
Se me cuidan,
PS. The Fright Night sound effects are courtesy of my teenage neighbors. ;-)
Today I talk about building community in the foreign languages classroom. Go to www.erickacollado.com/community-building.html for more information.
On this video, I test the Parrot Mambo Minidrone to deliver a message from point A to point B. The activity is part of a thematic unit on drones I am currently working on. My goal was to see the best way to use the mini-drone to deliver a message for a role-play exercise. After several trials, I concluded that it is best to fly the drone from a determined spot (point A) and have it land on the destination (point B) first. Next, the message in the form of a sign on a craft stick can be released opening the grabber using the drone controller. The person receiving the message should then remove it from the floor and place it away from the mini-drone. Finally, the drone pilot can close the grabber, have the drone take off, turn towards the original point and fly it back. This process was the safest way I found to deliver the message. But like the saying goes “It takes two…” and probably a group of three to four students to engage in this type of activity.
Contextualizing grammar is often easier said than done. On this short video, I attempt to define contextualization using augmented reality.