Quality Feedback

I am still a traditional classroom teacher so my feedback is usually on paper on a rubric chart. I create rubric charts from http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php which are free and they can be customized to your specifications. In my Spanish class, we do a lot of presentations of cultures around the world. A project that I usually do is that I assign each student a country with a set of questions of things to research. The research then needs to be presented in a power point or prezi and then they need to present that to the class. 

For presentations: I provide feedback on presentation of the subject, the presentation material, grammar and appearance. 

Rubric for El Pais presentation

 

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Aggregating Lesson Material

In my classroom the following would work best: 

  1. Live Binder- http://www.livebinders.com/shelf/my- I can easily organize my classes in each live binder that is available to the students via a code, they can leave comments and to the work and turn it in. Live Binders organizes everything neatly. 
  2. Edmodo- https://www.edmodo.com/home#/- post assignments that students can easily access, do them and then turn them in through edmodo. Also I can post other things about my class. 

Learning Object Authoring Tools

Free Sources:

  1. Prezi- https://prezi.com/- the basic is free, if more features are desired, then there is a cost. 
  2. National Geographic- http://www.nationalgeographic.com/- the articles are free to access and everything in their website. 
  3. Voki- http://www.voki.com/- the basic one is free and it’s used to create voice voki for vocabulary presentations or messages and many more uses. If more features are needed then there are subscriptions levels that can be purchased. 
  4. Don Quijote- http://www.donquijote.org/- basic website to learn spanish. 

Paid Resources: 

  1. Fluencia- https://app.fluencia.com/#- you receive a certain amount of free lessons but then have to pay for the full app. 
  2. Ed Helper- http://www.edhelper.com/- they have basic memberships and everything memberships. 
  3. Discovery Education- http://www.discoveryeducation.com/- there are free resources but for everything else there is a fee. 
  4. Study Island- http://www.studyisland.com/- a study tool, according to state, there are different prices. 

Locating Resources

As a foreign language educator I often have to look for innovative ideas to be able to teach the different teaching styles in the classroom, here are a few that I find helpful for certain topics and units in the classroom: 

 

 

DrLemon Website

Stem Change verbs

Subjunctive

Fair Use and the TEACH Act

The understanding of Fair Use is important for educators because it may allow educators to use certain material without obtaining permission from the owner of that copyrighted material however it needs to be within reason and needs to meet certain criteria when used. Fair Use is not an exception but rather a defense in case a court appearance is necessary. Usage within reason should be limited to teaching, learning and researching purposes rather than monetary self gain or entertainment. This does not protect you but it may assist you in your defense. 

The Teach Act allows the educators to use copyrighted material in distance learning  and its primary purpose is to facilitate the performance and display of copyrighted material. However there are some requirements to fall under the Teach Act such as the institution must be accredited, be part of mediated instructional activities, limited to a specific number of students enrolled in a course, use in live sessions, no transmission of materials, use of only limited and reasonable portions, the institution must have established the copyright rules, and the institution must ensure the compliance of these policies.

Educators still need to be aware of what they are using, how it’s been used and when it’s been used.