- Engagement: The students are using the technology to focus on their learning task by connecting with the students in Germany to get authentic answers to their questions and discuss language. (6/6 Score)
- Enhancement: This project would be difficult to do without technology. The technology enhances the students opportunities to learn from students in Germany in a synchronous way, that could only be done via technology tools. (4/6 Score)
- Extension: The technology allows students to connect their learning of German language and culture to the real world of life and culture in German. (6/6 Score)
- Total Score= 16/18, Exceptional connection between the learning goals and technology used in the project. See here for more information on scoring results.
The German students from L’Anse Creuse High School – North in Macomb, MI, along with teacher James Ekdahl used Twitter and the European educational network of #edchatde to meet and network with Jan Hambsch, English teacher and multimedia consultant from Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg Germany. These American students participated in a live video chat with the students from the Josef Durler Schule in Rastatt, Germany to discuss language, culture, and societal questions. The project culminated in a video project where students sent videos about their daily life to each other. Teachers James Ekdahl and Jan Hambsch were also able to meet up in person the summer afterwards when the students from Michigan were visiting Heidelberg, Germany. The use of Twitter and educational professional networking resulted in a project that offered authentic educational connections in a real-world context that engaged students in a powerful way. This project meets the Triple E Framework in the following ways:
Katie Titler, a Spanish teacher in Pulaski Wisconsin found that by using the screen recording app, she was able to enhance her students oral language skills. In her blog post, she shares that, "The great thing about this activity is that it allowed students to really focus on their speaking abilities and reflect with greater precision." Enhancement through technology tools is when technology can create a value-added to the learning goals. In this example, the students are able to participate in conversations in the target language in order to meet the learning goals, record their conversations, hear them, revise and do the conversation again. This would be much more difficult without the technology tools. In addition, the students are co-engaging with the technology tool by doing the activity in pairs. A nice example of co-use and engagement too!
Liz Kolb is a clinical associate professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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