In this course, I worked on activities to be used in my Arabic classes (projects 1, 2 and 3), and projects to be applied at the Language Resource Center (project #4). The most rewarding aspect of this course was project #4 which became a reality when St. Lawrence University received a grant to renovate the Language Labs.
Project 1: Creating a WebQuest. In this project, my WebQuest was about Teaching Arabic Culture through Facebook. Click here for more detail.
Project 2: Creating an audio using Audacity. In this project, I recorded the poem “To My Mom” and accompanied it with music. I also prepared a lesson plan for this project.
Project 3: Creating an Assistive Technology plan. Each group of students prepared a simulated scenario of a special circumstance that will require a school, business or organization to address accommodations for a specific person. Adherence to ADA and state regulations were also included. The components used to show competence were a research paper, interactive presentation and a video. For this project, I decided to write on dyslexia and show how assistive technology can be used for implementation in the classroom. I chose Dragon Naturally Speaking as my software and Livescribe pen as my hardware for this project.
I started my paper by defining “dyslexia” and then explained the rationale, aims and student identification, communication with stakeholders, and problems and challenges. For Dragon Narurally Speaking and Lifescribe pen I added reviews, advantages, disadvantages, system requirements, implementation, evaluation, and price. I ended my paper by identifying some grant opportunities that can be used to buy these assistive technologies.
Project 4: Creating a technology plan for a classroom, grade level or individual school. The focus was to prepare a comprehensive plan to be presented to a board of education to either enhance or replace existing infrastructure. My project was about renovating the Language Lab at St. Lawrence University.