Del curso “Talking to people” en el que participé, saqué la idea de aprovechar el viaje cultural a Dublín para que los alumnos ampliasen in situ sus conocimientos sobre cultura irlandesa.
A diario, a través del grupo de WhatsApp creado para el viaje, publicaba cuatro o cinco preguntas en inglés, relacionadas con las visitas o actividades del día. Divididos en grupo, los alumnos contestaban y al final del viaje, entregamos un pequeño premio al grupo con las mejores respuestas.
Fue una manera lúdica de aprovechar el viaje para que los alumnos profundizaran sus conocimientos en cultura irlandesa, practicaran inglés y fuesen más autónomos.
There are many mobile applications that can be used in the classroom to motivate students and test their learning: Memrise, Kahoot!... But in the courses of the younger students (12-13 years old) we have a problem with the smartphones: they aren’t allowed in the classroom, and some students do not even have it.
There is an app very similar to Kahoot! that allows you to do tests in the classroom without this problem, since it works through BIDI codes assigned to each student. Then you can project a test on the board, the students choose between the 3 or 4 available options and show their BIDI code oriented according to the chosen answer; through the mobile phone the teacher captures the students' answers and these are immediately projected on the board.
As I saw in a lesson of Spanish language in Geel, the students got interested in activities in groups. So, my students of the first level of ESO worked in pairs and groups in order to prepare a speech for their partners. They could choose one of these subjects: a week diet at school, a short theatre performance and declamations of poems. They looked for information, they learnt new vocabulary and they used diffrent resources (videos, photographs, books...).
The results have been so positive for their work in groups, their relationship and their way of acquiring new knowledge!