Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Sounds of Service

Sample Service Learning Projects - A neat story with interesting implications re: “virally marketing” important ideas to students, re: empowering students in compelling ways, and re: what it really means to be fully literate in today’s society.

Colburn, Carole. (2006, May 23). Project SHARC, SHED, & HOUSE. Carole's Corner: Carole's Lessons. Retrieved March 12, 2006. - The Eighth-grade Lessons column of this page contains project description sheets, grading rubrics, and support materials for three different interdisciplinary, service-based learning projects that were designed to give students opportunities to use their technology skills to address social issues affecting their community. Click here for more information and pictures of Project House. These ideas could easily be adapted for foreign language classes.

Stanard, Alexa. (2006, May 22). Computer project in Howell connects students and seniors. The Detroit News. Retrieved June 3, 2003. This news article describes a service-learning project designed to help high school students learn more about the issues facing senior citizens while equipping senior citizens to make use of basic technologies like e-mail, Internet research, and Microsoft Word. This project could easily be adapted to language classes.

Sample Public Service Announcements - Click on the links to view a variety of ads. Be sure to preview these before using them with students.

Teacher Tools

Audacity - Free, open source audio recording and editing software - This is a sample of how you might draft an assignment sheet for students

Low-tech Alternative: Have students record this on a standard tape recorder.

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