Vista Higher Learning Fall Seminar-Oct. 19, 2013-Chicago

Vista Higher Learning Seminar

Toni Theisen

Loveland High School
Loveland, Colorado
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Essential Questions

  1. How has learning changed?

  2. How has teaching changed?

Take action to be an active participant:

Videos from today

Video-Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud- Hole in the Wall video
  1. Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud:Hole Wall Whole Video
  2. Sugata Mitra:Build a School in the Cloud-Hole in the WallExcerpts
Video:Are we prepared for the Jobs of the future?
  1. Are we prepared for the jobs of the future?

Infographic for language learner video

  1. Language Learner video

Handouts and PowerPoints from today

Section 1: Activating Communication:Focusing Lenses

How can we use focusing lenses to guide our thinking when designing instruction?

Essential documents and links

Essential question
1. ACTFL Position Statement: Building our advocacy
How do we CONTRIBUTE to the overall growth of our learners?
ACTFL Position Statement:
ACTFL Position Statement -Final - Languages as Core - May 2013.pdf

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ACTFL 21st century skills map
What are 21st century skills deined through the eyes of a world languages context?
  1. ACTFL 21st century skills map Wikispace
  2. More ways to see the ACTFL 21st century skills map
  3. ACTFL 21st Century Skills maps on Pinterest
ACTFL performance descriptors
How do I explain performance levels to my students?
ACTFL Crosswalk aligning document with the Common Core
What are the connection between the wl standards and common core?
Rigor and Relevance Framework
How can we make instruction more rigorous and relevant?
  1. Rigor and relevance framework

TESConnect-UK-free lesson bank and resources-
need to register
How can I found some other resources for class?

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Resources from Pinterest Boards
How can I found some other authentic resources for class?
  1. French board 1
  2. French Board 2
  3. French Board 3
  4. French Board 4
  5. German board 1
  6. German Board 2
  7. Spanish Board 1
  8. Spanish Board 2
  9. Spanish Board 3
  10. Elementary Spanish Board 1
  11. Dual Language Spanish Boards
  12. Chinese Boards
  13. Japanese Boards
  14. Latin Boards
  15. Teaching World Languages Board
  16. Technology for Teachers Board

Section 2: Activating Communication: Make it more "mathy".

Math Sites and documents

African animal graphing activity
Great Wall of China math activity
Pre-Columbian Pyramid
African daily routines math activity
Marie-Rose-busy-day 2daily routine.pdf
Mental math-count to 100-jump around
German math Stories
Eiffel Tower and geometry
Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

Section 3: Activating Communication: Designing Learning and Integrating Technology

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Thanks to Davis School District, Utah

SAMR model
The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology.


Padagogy Wheel

More Padagogy wheel

Padagogy wheel poster download:


Building the Culture of an Empowered Mindset Towards Technology Innovation Chart

What is web3.0-education.jpg

UbD Unit template
  1. WL 5 C's UbD Unit Template Oct.2012 Theisen use.doc
Common Core and WL standards-alignment
  1. Common core standards aligned with WL Standards
Technology links
  1. Theisen's world languages tech site
  2. New stuff
  3. Technology to enhance communication
Theisen's World Languages Tech Wiki:Lots of links and examples
  1. Theisen WL Tech Wiki
Terrill-Theisen UbD Hunger Unit:
From the café unit to the hunger unit in Level 1
  1. Terrill-Theisen Hunger Unit Wikispace
  1. Our TSD UbD units: There are many Spanish, some French and a few German units due to amount of teachers we have.
  2. UbD in action:Look at the UbD units, learner targets and learner target bubbles in our school district. (Take what you need)
  3. UbD unit template
  4. Learner bubble template
  1. Spanish, French, German units
  2. Thompson School District Curriculum Wikispace
  3. WL 5C's UbD Unit Template Theisen2012 use.doc
  4. Learner target bubbles template.docx
My class wikispaces
  1. LHS French Devoirs
  2. LHS French classes
TSD World Languages District wikispace
  1. TSD WL Curriculum Wikispace
AP French information
IB language B information

Theisen's grading system


Technology to activate communication and transform learning

I. Resources for locating images and photos
1. Tag Galaxy
Search for photos from Flickr
2. Fotopedia
Collaborative photo encyclopedia
3. Compfight
Sort images for creative commons
4. Goggle Art Project
3D art tours of many museums
5. Google maps in many languages
Google maps in a variety of languages
6. MorgueFile
Lots of free photos
World's photo album-search creative commons
8. 5 card Flickr story -learn about -play
Designed to foster visual thinking, you get 5 random pictures from Flickr and then you create a story.
9. Pinterest
a pinboard-style photo sharing website

II. Using images and information to make stories, comics, books, magazines and speaking activities

1. Wordle
word clouds
2. Tagxedo
word clouds in shapes
3. Bubblr
Comic strips using Flickr photos
4. Piclits
Creative writing using images
5. Five Card Flickr Story
Lets you create a story from 5 random FLICKR pix
6. PECHA Flickr
20 random flickr photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds.
7. Issuu
Make a magazine or newsletter
8. Storybird
Collaborative Storytelling

III. Resources for using and creating videos
1. Video writing prompts
Site with writing prompts and popular videos
2. Video creating tools
Series of video creating tools grouped
3. Aminoto video
“music videos”
4. Dvolver video maker
cartoon videos
5. Tubechop
Cut a section of a Youtube video
6. Go Animate Edu
Comic and animated movie

IV. Technology to record voice or use computer generated voice
1. Vocaroo
Simple podcast
2. Voxopop
Talk discussion board
4. Google Voice
Students call and answer ?
5. AudioBoo
Record and upload audio
V. Technology to enhance speaking and writing Presentational communication
1. Glogster
Digital Poster
2. Fotobabble
“Trading cards
3. FaceinHole
Put your face in pix
4. Blabberize
Make picture talk
5. Make Beliefs Comix
Make comic strips
6. Padlet (Wallwisher)
Digital post it notes

VI. Other great tools to impact learning
1. DropBox
Cloud filesharing
2. Slideshare
Share and find ppt
3. Scribd
Share docs and pdf’s
4. Quizlet
Create and use flashcards
5. Textivate-
Change a text into a game
6. Remind101
Safe way to text students and parents
7. Socrative-reponse system for quizzes
Response system for quizzes
8. Layar
Augmented reality-layer urls, etc. on pix
9. QR code generator
ke qr codes-use “static” for free
10. Duolingo
language learning gamified
(app, too)
11. TES
amazing amount of resources and activities for many languages

VII. Apps
1. Neoreader-one of many qr code readers
2. Layar-Augmented Reality
3. Apps for Language learning (thanks to Melinda Larson)