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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Upper School Tech Byte #5- Kahoot and Padlet

At this morning's Upper School faculty meeting, Spanish teacher Caroline shared the tech tool Kahoot (whose tag ling is "Make Learning Awesome!") by simulating a game being played in the Spanish classroom along with the help of 10 volunteer teachers who acted as the students in her "classroom."  Teachers go to get kahoot to create an account and set up a game, while students go to kahoot it and enter the teacher's code during class to play the game.  This tool can be used as a form of formative assessment to gauge student understanding in a creative and fun way.  The volunteer teachers certainly had a blast this morning, as did many of the audience members!  If you have a minute, take a look at Edudemic's "Ultimate Guide to Gamifying your Classroom."  Richard Byrne, author of the Free Tech 4 Teachers blog, listed kahoot last December as one of "15 Good Tools for Quickly Gathering Feedback from Students."  Also included in those 15 was Padlet...

At the end of the faculty meeting this morning, attendees were asked to fill out an "exit ticket" by sharing one piece of constructive feedback regarding Tuesday's professional development day using the website padlet.  For more information on how to use padlet, check out this blog article by Richard Byrne on Free Tech 4 Teachers.  You can also check out "5 Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom" by Education World.  Lastly, if you decide to use it in your classroom, view this step-by step guide on "How to use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching" by Vicki Davis of

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Upper School Spanish telenovelas

Students in Maggie’s Spanish II Honors class were recently tasked with writing, acting, and filming a telenovela. Their goal was to utilize the subjunctive along with vocabulary related to hospitals, body parts, and diseases. In general, students used either the World Languages iPads or their own devices to film the movie then edited the movies with iMovie, and will upload them to the class’ Haiku page. Students seemed to really enjoy the creative aspect of the project and were able to show off their newly acquired vocabulary. The image below is a picture of one group of freshmen acting out their scene in the Drama Room.

-Katrina Fuller