Final Project: Blogs as motivating tools for language learning
DESCRIPTION: Students create blogs on their projects to learn and expand their knowledge of Chinese.
2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress
4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
Chinese Language Learners can develop their language proficiency and cultural understanding via authentic communication tasks using both Blog and Web 2.0 technologies
What the blog should be: ownership of their learning? And how can it become a showcase of their learning?
Goal: Students will design an authentic project to create enthusiasm about learning Chinese in an authentic context.
Role: Students are bloggers and writers who communicate their project to others.
Audience: Multiple audiences including parents, teachers, peers.
Situation: Students will create and design different themes in order to present them to audiences.
Product: The blogs as visualizations of different themes.
Six Facets of Understanding:
Explain: Students will use their target language vocabulary to present their project and engage in dialogues with their audiences.
Interpret: Different resources and materials.
Apply: They are learning language structures during the entire project
Have perspective: Students will have a better understanding of how blogging will affect their learning through communication with others.
Empathize: Growing appreciation for using fantasy in designing good blogs and motivating them to expand their vocabulary
Have self-knowledge: Expansion of their IT knowledge by using different software and blogs.
Reflection: When I set up WordPress for my students to create a blog, then I received a notice that the school has to maintain WordPress. So the students had to move all their blogs to Google sites. Later we realized that on Googlesite of TAS, you cannot move blogs to anywhere. If a blog is a transportable gift, why can we not use it at TAS?
Therefore, I created another blog to be transportable and permanent.