One of the inservice sessions I attended yesterday had to do with iPads in the classroom.
I am curious to see how many of my students will be bringing iPads to class next year. (Our district will allow each student to bring their own device, so I know I will have a variety of tablets
and laptops.) I am still surprised by the lack of Apps that specifically target my classroom. Don’t get me wrong there are many good Apps out there like Wordreference and Voicethread that can be used in the class, but few that take advantage of the visual and audio capabilities of the iPad AND
have specific content in intermediate Spanish for a high school student.
One that has potential is Brain Pop. This app presents a 4-5 minute movie on a specific topic like Frida Kahlo or water pollution in Spanish with lots of animation. The script runs at the bottom
of the movie so the learner can hear and see the words. The vocabulary is not watered down, but there are a lot of cognates. It may be a challenge for many of my Spanish 3 kids, but I would love to test it out & see how much of the information they can get using previous knowledge, context
clues and the animation. After seeing the video, the student can re-watch or take a 10 question quiz.
What content-rich apps have you used with your students?