Saturday, October 19, 2013

Suggestions To Ham to Improve His School Life - Apptivity

App - SocketPuppet
Learning Goal: Engage students into problem-solving situation, in which they are supposed to use the target language from the lesson to help solve “Ham’s problems”. By the end of this class, students will be able to use have to + verb to talk about obligations.

Stage 1: contextualizing
  • Show students a PPT slide which contains pictures of Ham, a teenage boy. (PPT slide attached) Tell them Ham has a problem that you’ll tell them about soon.
  • Give them some time to think about the pictures while you forward the illustrations on the slides.
  • Ask them to talk to a partner and say what happened in the story. Give them some time and elicit possible answers.
  • After eliciting, tell the “real story” (an adaptation of a story in the book The Art of Changing the Brain). Since he was young, Ham has liked to watch educational programs on TV. His parents, both of them teachers, valued learning. However, he struggled in class and his grades were poor. He was very inactive in class. His grades got worse and worse until he finally dropped out of school. Now, he is a mechanic in SIA.  He has realized he needs and wants something better for his life.

Story from The Art of Changing the Brain
James E. Zull

  • Tell students they need to help Ham go back to school. To do so, they have to come up with sentences using have to and don’t have to, and solutions on how to improve Ham’s school life and attitude towards school.
  • Teacher writes on the board 3 or 4 examples provided by students to be used as a model.

Stage 2: hands-on
  • Teacher tells students they will record a dialogue in Socket Puppet app. Show them a sample.
  • Deliver instructions and check understanding. Project socket Puppet and go over  features in  the app. Hand iPads out.
  • Have students open the iPads and start working. (Teacher monitors)
  • Students watch some of the videos and select the best or most common suggestions.
  • Connecting:
    Students email their work to their parents and to the teacher to let them know they’re able to solve problems from everyday life. The final digital production is often very funny because the app reproduces voices at a different tone, so students and parents might have lots of fun watching the videos. They will surely know that at Thomas we have fun studying!

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