Reflection 2

  • What do you think about the project after the students' comments in task 1?

  • Teacher's impressions task 1

    Mythology matters

    As the voting progressed, it was very funny to see that mythological characters, like Hercules and Spartaco are so interesting for students. I think they are enjoying the project and would like to play a game, which will happen soon;)
    Not surprising: as digital natives, they mainly use the Internet to gather information.
    They also comment that they are learning about their own country and others. The activity is also enriching because it has allowed them to compare different visions of heroes on media, books, offcial history...
    As a whole, I think we are in the right direction. Probably task 2 will increase their motivation since it deals with closer heroes.
    Carmen (EOI A Coruña)

    Contradictory heroes

    The students worked hard on task 1. I noticed they higlighted the heroes that used violence to solve the problems: the mythological heroes Hercules and Spartaco and the medieval one Vlad the Impaler. The students pointed out very well the strentghs and the weaknesses. They learnt from each other, they discovered national past heroes and found out interesting information that represent a nation. Internet was an important resource for their findings and they also used great tools for their work.
    Alina Bulgariu Technological High School "Lazar Edeleanu" Navodari, Romania

    Our students as Heroes

    I am very pleased with the students' involvement in the project. They selected the information and referenced the sources being this the first time some of them did this in a foreign language. I share the same reflection as my colleagues, students are proud to talk about local heroes and share this with other schools. They comment that they are learning new expressions as they see language used in authentic contexts. Above all, they are producing these tasks with a clear objective and they are satisfied with the final result. (Natalia, EOI A Coruña)

    Historic heroes

    I think my students worked really hard to create something different and original. They were really enthusiastic while searching for information and filming their teachers and schoolmates. As Turkish citizens, we are proud of Atatürk. My students want to appreciate him by choosing him to present in the project. They prepared the questions to ask, interviewed people and filmed them. they read aloud his biography and recorded it. The work they did was really challenging for them, but they liked it. They said that at the same time they had the chance to improve their English and digital skills. We had a museum at our school and a big library. They took lots of photos in the museum. Mostly they used the internet to search for information. Moreover, they are happy to learn about other nations and to work with them together. Burçin YÜCESAN Bursa Boy's High School

    The power of gamification

    Towards the end of the task students got really excited about playing the Kahoot. They thoroughly revised the information in our team's products:the Canva presentation and the Google sites to eventually join the game in such a competitive style, it took me by surprise.
    To be honest, the did need a big push at the start of the task and half way through. However, gathering from the feedback they have provided, they are now focused and ready to acknowledge the contribution of past heroes to our cultural background.
    Susy Pérez (EOI A Coruña)

    Learning how to collaborate

    After I explained the task to my students, I let them decide who the hero of their choice would be. They discussed some characters and it was very interesting to see how they tried to persuade each other to reasearch this or that hero! Then they voted using an online tool (Google Modules) and worked in small groups, each of those taking care of a part of the final product, according to their skills. The final product was then revised together. The research was mainly made online as at the time of the task, there was still some retrictions in most public places here. It took a bit of time to involve all the students and get them work done purposefully, but gradually the students are learning to organize their tasks and work and find ways to collaborate.