About lacimetta

English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.

2M Talking paintings

As in our textbook Performer2, the Unit 8 dealt with forms of art, tattoos & painting, I decided to modify the assignment “Choose a famous painting or photograph that your really love or hate & discuss it with a classmate” by adding to the oral and written task also a digital one.

Working in groups and assigning to the rest of the students a reading task that was meant to keep the class in silence – instead, as you can hear, there was an inevitable hubbub in the background … my classes are definitely not silent places 🙂 – we recorded their descriptions using the app Fotobabble and my iPad. ( here’s my vocal tutorial) Of course, having 29 students I couldn’t record everybody and students should do it by themselves; nevertheless, since they’re now under a lot of pressure with daily tests in other subjects, I decided not to claim the extra effort of a further website sign up and opted for recording just a few. Mind: not the linguistically “stronger & best ones” – no need to show off!! what for? we appreciate diversity and we learn by making mistakes –  but chosen at random using a Random Picker.  We had fun! The only flaw is the short time (one minute) allowed to the “free version” which implied simplifying their descriptions and sometimes led to an abrupt ending. There’s plenty of time to improve! Plus, next time we’ll be using a different app.

The first is a photo by Mc Curry Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984, whose stunning exhibition we could see in Pordenone.

The lovers by Magritte

Starry Night by van Gogh

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Guernica by Pablo Picasso

Lunch atop a skyscraper by Charles Ebbets

3M: Play the part of Romeo & Juliet

After following the Mooc by the BBC on Shakespeare I decided to assign my students the same task I had been assigned during the online course. After watching this video  I created a Padlet and the students had to record their voices and choose some lines from the play Romeo & Juliet.

“Have you ever wanted to play the part of Juliet? Take this opportunity to record one of Juliet’s speeches above by following the advice below. Go to http://www.vocaroo.com. You’ll need to have a microphone on your computer and allow vocaroo to use it.  When you are ready, press Record. Record a short sample of your speaking. Please don’t record for more than a minute. When you have finished your recording, you will get a link. If you want to, you can share the link in the Padlet and let other users listen to your speaking”.

Some students also bothered adding a photo which shows some commitment. Some others had difficulties following the “instructions” – reading carefully is a competence that must be definitely improved! – and some others did not respect the deadline – again something to better!. All in all, since it’s their first experience, I’m pretty satisfied with it 😉