Using Google maps in the classroom

Our current unit of study is finding our way around places in town, and giving directions so that students can ask and find their way to the supermarket, park, swimming pool, etc. Using our individual iPads, we tapped into the power of Google maps, found our current location and then each student chose a destination that they wanted to get to. Watch the video below to see one student giving directions from the American School to our local supermarket, Carrefour.

Students have been very enthused to see this real-life application of what they’re learning, and at their request, our next week’s activities involve us travelling to Paris on Google Maps and finding our way from the Champs Elysées to the Tour Eiffel, or from the Louvre to Notre Dame. The potential of technology is absolutely amazing and I love seeing how excited and passionate the students get when learning is authentic and meaningful to them!

Power of Pairs

Using pair work and group work when teaching languages is so great because it gives students far more opportunity to speak. In our language classes at ACST, we encourage our students to exchange opinions, practice new vocabulary and listen to their peers trying out their newly acquired language skills. Carefully planned activities and purposeful pairing means that children who are more able can model language for others and those who are less competent feel confident to experiment with language and will feel more at ease taking corrections from a peer rather than in front a whole class.

The photos below show Grade 3 students learning to tell the time, practicing with their partners using a teaching clock to say what time it is in French.

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