Our high school Spanish 2 students spent some time this week working on three of their core skills – writing, speaking, and listening. This activity was enhanced through the use of Puppet Pals 2, an iPad app. In the classroom, students wrote conversational scripts with their partners. On the iPad, they brought their script to life through animation and their own speaking. As a follow up activity, students watched another group’s cartoon and translated their scene back into English.
While this activity could have been done without the technology, through partners reading their scripts in front of the class while listeners translated at their desks, the use of Puppet Pals 2 added in a layer of learning. The teacher and I actually had to extend the activity for two days longer than planned because students were so critical of their final presentations. The iPad gave students the ability to listen to their own voice and critique it. Students recorded, re-recorded, and re-recorded again until they were happy with their accents, pronunciation, speed and rhythm. In the end, the class was excited to share their work with one another, the school principal, and larger audiences like all of you, as well!
Check out this video – “We Need Zapatos” – as an example of their final projects.