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Creative Videos for Basic Grammar and Speaking Concepts (Turkey)

At a glance

  • Localtion: Rize, Turkey
  • School: Tevfik Ileri Anatolian High School
  • Teacher: Adil TUGYAN
  • Age of students: 15-18
  • The subject: English German Drama ICT
  • Aims/Objectives: Tell a Story

Lesson objectives 

Children develop video to help enhance understanding of action verbs, pronouns, nouns, proper nouns, and adjectives and some other parts of speech to develop oral fluency using creative story –like plots. Bloom’s Taxonomy: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation

A "walk-through" of the lesson

Before teacher allows for students to group up and collaborate, he/she should show students copy of rubric, so they know what is expected from project.

The students will spend today brainstorming ideas with their group members on how to introduce/review grammar topic for classmates.

Second Week/Explore

Mini-lesson: How to Use Flip Video?

Students will learn the important parts of the flip video. I will use the promethean board and document camera to help zoom in and out to see the buttons on flip video. 

The students will then spend rest of time getting a chance to use flip videos for short little clips to help become comfortable with flip videos. 

Third and Fourth Weeks/Reflect

Students will spend these days discussing and creating their videos. Each group will have the chance to use different flip videos to create best picture of video. The teacher will conference with each group at least two more times to make sure they are on task, working together, and collaborating ideas. The teacher makes sure that the group is identifying grammar topic, giving examples, showing the examples using concrete items, and leaving the classmates to use new knowledge to apply to work. Map , Students use mindmiester to organize their ideas and the parts of speech they are to use in their videos to get a clear plan of the activities and features will be presented through the videos.

Fifth and Sixth Weeks/Make

Students with teacher’s help will edit their videos. This gives the children a chance to look at what they have and to decide on what to keep for video to teach classmates about grammar topic.

Seventh and eighth Weeks/ Ask and Reflect

Students will present their videos to classmates first and then the 9th grade students to get their feedback so as to make changes where necessary.They get the students back and take notes and and make slight changes on their products. Finally the videos will be presented to other English teachers to observe their relevance. 

9th Week /Show

After taking students and teachers’ feedback ,the teams create their final videos to be presented to parents school staff and prople from the directorate of National Education at a school event organized at the school conference center

iTEC technologies and other tools used

  • Wikispace,  Dropbox, Popplet, Pearltrees,  Vimeo, TeamUp, Mind mapping ,flip videos, picture books, sentence strips, laptops, toys, promethean board, document camera, headsets, batteries, rubrics,TeamUp iTEC Widget store and Composer

Teacher feedback

The groups  carried out all the tasks in every stages very successfully and achived desired results and outcomes.The only serious challenge we confronted was the lack of the equipment existed at our school and to overcome this challenge I arranged a flexible timetable for the groups to work on their design prototypes comfortably.The time alloted for the activities was not enough for groups practices so I had to arrange some extra hours on pre-defined days to enable groups to complete their tasks in time.Thanks to those arrangements the groups were able to work efficiently on their prototypes.

Students feedback

The students have been able to learn;

  • to create teaching videos  in accordance to the needs of a specific community.
  • to use their school curriculum in different disciplines.
  • to address large audiance out of class and gain confidence for their future practices.
  • to work in groups and share ideas.
  • to use technology efficiently and securely as well as productively
  • to convey their ideas and messages using ICT and 2.0 web tools

Key innovations identified

The foremost innovation is that the students created their own learning materials by themselves using both mobile and computer technologies as weel as IWBs.Creativity of the students enhanced and their integration of traditional learning with computerized 21st century learning ( Blended Learning ) as well as briging three learning activities together in one story was a perfect example of innovation.

Success factors

The learning story was very clear and students were well informed before the work process.Design brief was held in an easy way so ato make students understand what they were going through.The technologies to have been used during the work process were introduced clearly and students were given time to excel in them.The groups were created taking students learning habits and abilities into consideration so the groups worked harmoniusly and shared tasks by themselves under my guidence.Flexible working hours enabled students to work effectively and the studets were asked not to go beyond the topic but think creatively and freely.A fair and pre arranged and rewarding assesment plan was one of the factors that turned our work into a success.

Successful outcomes

Teachers can easily observe how creative students can be if they are given the opportunity and right stuff. Creativity, working as a team in harmony, using technology rationally, developing sense of responsibility, learning from each other without patronizing each other, learning the process of a learning activity, making thir own decisions within their groups and having their own atonomy, assessing and reflecting each other works fairly and properly were the successful outcomes of this activity for my students.

Tips and advice to other teachers

A careful planning, taking students interests into account, flexible working hours,choosing suitable technology for their students age groups, guidence and positive feedback, letting students work on their own way and finaly a careful observation would be my tips to teachers. We should keep in mind that Change start with teachers

Links

  • All our work process for this learning story can be seen on my ITEC cycle 4 blog .The link : http://itec-cycle4-turkey.wikispaces.com/4.Faz+%C3%96%C4%9Frenci+%C3%87al%C4%B1%C5%9Fma+Videolar%C4%B1