Our goal this year is to learn to open the lines of communication to promote understanding and tolerance in a multi-cultural world. In an increasingly diverse society, global citizenship is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity to compete in the international community. Perhaps the most important aspect of global citizenship is to recognize that we all have a responsibility, to each other and to ourselves, to create a better world, to promote understanding among all peoples, and to break down the barriers that separate people of different backgrounds and beliefs. In a world rife with negative political sound bites and messages of hate and division, communication is the key to progress and peace.
Students in Spanish I created FlipGrid video shorts using the target language to introduce themselves and to tell a little background information about their lives. Students also created talking photos in Notability to talk about themselves.
Spanish IV Honors is writing and practicing authentic phone messages. Each student received a different fun fictional scenario and must “leave me a message”, explaining their situation.
Spanish II Honors is hard at work using TouchCast to create green screen “talking postcard” videos. Students are creating fictional scenarios in which they are waiting for their friends abroad and must give detailed directions through the city to their “hotels”.
The Latin American Experience classes have already ventured out on some site visits to reach out to the Latino community to get a first hand account of the challenges and triumphs of immigrating to the Unites States. Students utilize the Recap app to check in with me via-video and to give me real-time status updates while they are on the road.