Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Student Audio Recordings in World Languages

World languages has started utilizing the audio feature in eBackpack to record and submit oral assessments. Scott Gardner, WHS World Languages Department Chair and German teacher, notes that the process saves class time and affords more instructional time with students as teachers do not need to devote an entire class period to interviewing individual students.

He went on to say that the technology improves the accuracy of the assessment,

"I find it easier to assess the student's speaking because I am listening with headphones, and can rewind." - Scott Gardner

The feature not only benefits the teachers, but the students as well. The recording process simulates AP exam testing procedures and prepares students to feel more comfortable with the process of recording themselves. The procedure also meets the needs of different learners as the live interviews oftentimes prove stressful for some students.

While students and teachers are still troubleshooting minor technical difficulties form time to time, the students enjoy the digital recording process. 

Though the electronic approach does afford multiple benefits, it is important to note that live interviews will not disappear all together as it is still important that the student be able to carry on a conversation in a live setting.

The instructions for recording in eBackpack are posted on the WHS WIFI Tutorials page.

Stay tuned for info about future updates to this project. As we progress through this year, we will also continue to reflect upon the changes to classroom, pedagogy, and instruction throughout our 1:1 iPad implementation.

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