Jamie Edwards, the Spanish Teacher at Hinsdale, engages her 8th through 12th grade students in their own learning by utilizing a Voicethread account, a Voicethread App and ipads for each student. Her project-based Learning approach allows each student to research and present their own project about a Spanish-speaking country. Mrs. Edwards also puts her lessons, and other visual materials, on Voicethread...recording her voice as well as using the “ipevo” camera for capturing her instruction. She also uploads images and Powerpoint slides. This enables differentiation of instruction and help for individual students as they list their concerns and questions on their “Pasaporte” exit slip at the end of the day. The teacher can find the resource she needs at a moment’s notice and review any information the student was unsure of.
Some comments I heard from students were:
“the ipad turns on quickly so there no waste of instruction time.”
“This research has expanded my Spanish vocabulary and showed me places I have never seen before.”
“This is more hands-on and a better study tactic.”