Technology in Class

I believe that in order to meet the needs of our students, who are digital learners, we need to implement the use of technology on a regular basis in our lessons.  I think that learning the new means of communication that students use will not only raise the probability of engaging them in our lessons, but will also make our own teaching more intriguing and challenging.

Technology requires, by definition, a continuous adjustment to the new forms of learning.  Textbooks with smartboard software and dynamic activities have slowly replaced the old type of grammar-oriented courses and have revealed themselves way more effective and student-centered.  I assign technology-based homework and projects on a regular basis, and often ask students to be creative and use the software they are comfortable with.  They often surprise me with the latest technological tools and often teach me new apps and software that I then use to create new lessons.

I use Google docs on a daily basis and communicate with my students through group mails, individual emails and shared documents and presentations.  I post most of my activities on the Schoology platform and calendar.  Before Schoology, the communication took place through the website , where I posted some of the lessons and several other class information.  Students are encouraged to create their own website for my class; some of their sites are listed in the site on the above link.

Students’ technological products in my classes have improved dramatically during the years. I am attaching some examples from the past years, just to give an idea of the technological skills they displayed while learning Italian in my classes.  Many students created websites for their course (see ), but their creativity is displayed in a lot of different technological forms (posters, power-point presentations, videos, cliparts, logos, postcards, advertisements and more).  Also, I am including a couple of posters and worksheets that I myself designed to support some of the activities in class.

Recently, I have used Kahoot! and Flipgrid on a regular basis in my classes; students love them If you are not familiar with these great learning tools, I am including some suggestions on how to use them. I am also including a copy of the list of Kahoot! games I designed (you may check them by looking for MsP_2006 on the platform). And, I am including a presentation on how to use Flipgrid and a list of some assignments that I created, just to give you some ideas of activities you could create.

Finally, if you are interested in the 20-60-20 type of lesson (opening, work session, closing), I am including a presentation with some examples that you could use (including technological activities), an example of lesson plan and a short video that shows some of the typical activities used in the lesson.

01 Technology02 Professional Growth03 Weekly Plan04 Reflection Sheet05 Weebly06 Writing Rubric



Vorrei consigliare l’uso di Kahoot! nelle attività di classe per i livelli novice e intermediate; in particolare, vorrei mettere a disposizione i quiz che ho personalizzato proprio per la piattaforma. Per chi non conoscesse Kahoot! si tratta di uno strumento didattico divertente per rafforzare gli argomenti studiati in classe. L’insegnante può usare quiz messi a disposizione da altri docenti oppure creare delle schede originali basate sulle unità didattiche insegnate. Quando un Kahoot! viene lanciato sullo schermo, gli studenti –che avranno un laptop o un altro dispositivo- possono accedere al quiz con il PIN indicato dal gioco scelto. Una volta inserito il PIN, gli studenti sceglieranno un nickname ed entreranno nella stanza virtuale dove poi potranno rispondere alle domande.
Se già conoscete Kahoot!, spero che le mie schede possano esservi utili.  Quando accedete a, cercate MissP_2006, e troverete i quiz a scelte multiple che ho già caricato (sulla famiglia, i possessivi, i riflessivi, ecc). Man mano che andrò avanti con i programmi, caricherò nuovi quiz, quindi se visitate la mia pagina Kahoot! periodicamente, potrete trovare ulteriori giochi. Buon divertimento!

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Flipgrid USspeaksItalian (instructions)
Flipgrid example of activities level II
Flipgrid example of activities level III
Flipgrid example of activities level IV
Flipgrid example of activities AP

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Lesson plan
Example of a 20 60 20 lesson - Video (youtube)

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