I created this post to share about how I use IPA's in additional to blended learning components in the class. I received several emails about how to use IPA's after post to a forum. I decided to tackle the question here.
Click here for the updated featured resource-
Click on rubric here
Click on editable Word version (there may be some features moved around). Please adapt to meet your students' needs.
Please email me if you have suggestions on how my resources provided can be improved. It was the first year I did that particular project.
In this post, I provide strategies, ideas and resources for the following questions:
What are examples of IPA's in your class?
How do you integrating technology with the IPAs?
How to implement IPA's with limited resources?
IPA Technology Integration
My novice level students completed an IPA before the end of the school year in where they had to integrate technology in all aspects. The project was a precursor to the novel Agentes Secretos, my Mira Canon. Prior to the project based research, they did this mini unit on Spain (see image below and click on caption for demo). This included a KWL activity, Internet-based scavenger hunt to become familiar with the country, and a short reading with comprehension questions. This at least provided them with basic knowledge on Spain. For the featured project, students had to research a region of Spain, conduct research and give a presentation on that region. However, the project had a twist; they had to sell it to the class to get a contract for their travel agency. The tension was building up!
There was a spot for only 3 contract per class. At the end of the projects the students voted. The project, rubric and all activities that led up to the IPA are posted right above. A huge factor in the success of this project was making sure that technology was integrated throughout. Since their were going to present using presentational technology, I made sure that students had time interfacing with the technology. Prior to the project, students did preliminary research on Spain with this activity (activity will be posted soon, stay tuned!) The activity includes:
Mini unit on Spain
It features a scavenger hunt activity, reading text on Spain, differentiated questions (I had about three different levels in class, hence the reason why I created this activity), mini research questions to get to know Spain.
Another useful tool in helping to designing this project, was the book The Keys to Assessing Language Performance by Paul Sandrock. I picked this up at the 2015 ACTFL conference. On page 13 of the book it details the seven steps for designing performance assessment tasks. I used these as a rubric to make sure I had a good concept of this, although my background in IB and personal project helped a ton as well. Here are the 7 steps in case you want to use these in designing similar projects. I would highly recommended purchasing the book. It is a great resources:
1. Create a rich and engaging thematic focus
2. Identify what students need to do to demonstrate their learning 3. Evaluate tasks against the targeted level of proficiency4. Sort performance tasks as formative or summative 5. Fine-tune and integrate the summative performance tasks 6. Incorporate other standards to enrich the unit of instructions and performance tasks
7. Pilot with students and use the results to adjust the assessment tasks.
These guideposts aided in going back to adjust, something that I am still doing.
Communication and Feedback
Additionally, I met with each group to review how they were progressing, make recommendations and make sure they were using the technology in appropriate ways (no translation).
Here is an example of two of the projects. Upon reviewing the projects I remembered that they have to have limited text on their slides so that most of the time would be spent presenting and interacting.
They also had to create a name for their travel agency and find suitable logo. This was probably the best project I have seen a novice-level class perform. One group anxious to get the points had actually balloons filled with glitter. When the students burst the balloons the glitter and their business cards came out. I was thoroughly impressed.
|The only text they could have was their itinerary. They|
also got extra points for using military time.
|This was the logo for their business. The goal was to win|
a tourist contract.
Technology integration during the creation process
I gave them tons of scaffolding in terms of what I was looking and how to go about conducting the research in basic Spanish.
- For homework they had to research certain aspects of their regions. Click here for the resource featured. Check back for updates!
- During class they had to work without the use of translation aids to distill their research down to Spanish (this was fun yet painful at times).
It was a long an arduous process, but the results really made it worth it. They used Googleslides to compile information, share with each other and with me. Now, we have a language lab at our school so this made it very easy for this project. I have a few projects that really stood out that will go on the site as well.
Students presented their persuasive pitches, passed out business cards that they had created (we did lots of creative brainstorming) and presented without using text aids. They also were grilled by their classmates and had to extemporaneously speak throughout the presentation. The flight was smooth because we had the technology to streamline the process; but what if you do not have access to a language lab or iPad charts. This was my situation at my former school.
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Click here for student sample 2
As a post-comprehension activity, they had to read this debate on Bull-Fighting (Novice-mid). They completed the Bullfighting packet as sub plans while I was in Argentina on a school trip, but none the less it was engaging and they have to present the views afterward.
Listening Activity about school in Spain and bullfighting
Short Stories for Spanish Class (Pre, during and Post activities included)