Nearly 600 educators from locations across the globe have registered for the 4th Annual ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Many are active members of our community, some are just joining us for the first time. We are pleased to have received quite a few kickoff activities from participants. Now it’s time for our 1st ThingLink Teacher Challenge Activity, Vocabulary Across All Languages.
The Pedagogy: Why Vocabulary Across All Languages?
There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that investing in teaching vocabulary will be beneficial to our students.
Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with new vocabulary. Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them increase their vocabulary.
ThingLink 360/VR provides teachers and students with the opportunity to explore a castle, dive deep into the ocean, or visit a museum and become totally engaged in the experience. Focusing on vocabulary as you design, create and share these lessons will help students achieve success!
Using a 360 Image to Teach Vocabulary
Opportunities to build vocabulary through a 360/VR image are all around us so this first activity should support your summer lifestyle. You can build a ThingLink 360 about your hobby, your interests, current events, your travels, your adventures or your curriculum. The choice is up to you. Remember, it can be difficult to add tags to an image if you are only trying to label what’s in the image. Imagine the possibilities when you create tags to add things to an image that are not already there!
Jodie Johnston, ThingLink Certified Educator, and Bootcamp Facilitator has created this fantastic example to inspire.
Create a ThingLink 360/VR to Build Vocabulary Across All Languages
Focus on Audio
This activity is well-suited for a deep dive into learning all the ways to enhance a 360 image with audio. ThingLink supports the use of uploaded audio files which opens the door for recording introductions and building vocabulary through narrated tours in relevant locations.
Follow the steps on this task card to create a vocabulary activity for the Teacher Challenge. Explore resources on the tags to learn more. You will find a Google Doc with text- based directions at the top.
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad