April 28, 2013

Spanish Students Use Cell Phones with Teacher’s Blessing

From http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/21/3985871/students-using-cellphones-with.html

Students using cellphones – with their teacher’s blessing
By Reid Creager
April 21, 2013

Paty Prieto recalls with a chuckle how it must have looked to adults walking by: Students who were supposed to be sitting in her Spanish IV honors class were walking around outside, talking on their cellphones.

All part of the lesson plan; the students were talking to Prieto, in Spanish, as the Charlotte Country Day School teacher employed a new way to make learning more interesting for students while saving her important planning time.

Using Google Voice – a free product that allows users to deliver multiple phone lines to a single voicemail box – Prieto set up a phone number for each of her four classes.

During class, she gives students a spontaneous prompt that requires them to reply for two to three minutes in Spanish on subjects ranging from what they did over the weekend to what they think about international events. The exercise can focus on sentence construction, verbs or any particular language element.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/21/3985871/students-using-cellphones-with.html#storylink=cpy

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