Clothing:using the flip camera to record speaking activityUploaded by Emily Hillier, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)
This video clip took place in the context of a lesson on revising the vocabulary for different items of clothing in Welsh. The first part of the clip shows the teacher recording a pair of learners using key phrases learnt during the lesson. The activity required one learner to guess the image of clothing that was displayed on the other learner's card. The phrases 'wyt ti'n gwisgo ...'? (Are you wearing...?), 'ydw dw i'n gwisgo ... ' (Yes I am wearing ... ) and 'nag ydw dw i ddim yn gwsigo ... ' (No I am not wearing ...) were used. In the second part of the clip the teacher uploaded the video onto the IWB to play back to the whole class for their speaking skills to be peer assessed.
Target language: Welsh
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: English
Age range: 5+
Language level: A1 - beginner
Educational context: Primary Education
IWB Features: Record and play back, Video
Teaching methods: Whole class questioning, Pairwork
Language area: Listening/Viewing, Speaking
IWB board used: Promethean
I recorded it on the flip camera and then we were able to self-assess during the plenary how they needed to improve and what was good about their work. I can tell them how well they are doing and if aspects need improving but actually hearing it for themselves is important. They were very good at saying that wasn't quite right, that's not how Miss says it and so on and so it just enables them to find a way forward with their work.
If you were just having a conversation for example and it wasn't recorded, you can't go back and have a look at what you've done, you've got to do it again, whereas with that little clip because it is interactive and it is recorded, they can do as much work and listen to it as much as they want. They could even as a next step put it into writing and write up the conversation of themselves. I think it engages them, especially because it is them, it's meaningful to them. You could also use it for modelling for the future with other children.
I recorded the children on this occasion but normally they would do it. Then we connected it to the computer and we put it up on the IWB so we could see it on the big screen.
I think because there are so many tools and so many aspects to the smartboard, especially the smartboard software, it engages them. Somebody that couldn't write can come up and use the IWB irrelevant of what they can and can't do. They have access to learning through using the IWB.
It does help because when you're watching yourself back you learn more because you can see I shouldn't have done that or I need to learn this and it helps you learn more from your mistakes.
I enjoyed it because it was funny when I was saying the words and everyone could see.
The IWB helps us to learn Welsh because you remember more. Because it's saved on the computer you can learn how you can do it even better.
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