Spanish 3 and 4 Students


Bienvenidos a los estudiantes de Español Tres y Cuatro
                                       
Below you will find links to the library catalog, the best databases for these projects, and some presentation tools.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll find your assignments for Sra. Moffat Spain and Mexico, and Sra. Cabiles for Mexico. 


As always, please ask Mrs. PH if you have any questions.  Buena suerte.

Here is the Library Catalog for you to see which books we have in the library about Mexico and Spain.
                                                

LIBRARY DATABASES AND SEARCH ENGINES
First, check out the library databases. Username: jfkchs and Password: lancers for ALL databases.  
You can use any of them here, but these are the three best databases for your needs:
  1. Culture Grams Is an amazing source for information on the history, culture, and traditions of different places around the world.  Click, choose "world edition," and then search for your state, country, or province.  I would use this source first and then try the others.
  2. History Study Center Log in and then type your search term.  You can narrow down your search by looking first in maps & reference, historical documents, journals, etc.  
  3. SIRS Discoverer This is another amazing source -- you can log in and enter your search term in the general search box at the top of the page, or you can click on "Country Facts and Maps."  

 You can use Google, but why would you when the library pays for you to have better sources like the one below?
 
InstaGrokis the coolest educational search engine I've ever seen.  The information is curated and presents in a mind map format.  After  you click on InstaGrok, go to "Log in." Select "student" from the drop down menu and create your username and password.  Under class code write "LibraryResearch" and now you can save your searches, pin sources, take notes, and create your bibliography.  

Citing Your Sources: In some cases the database you use will give you the option to cite your source.  If it does, choose that and copy/paste it into your bibliography.  If it doesn't, here are two great options (better than Easy Bib).

 The OWL at Purdue University for the best, and most up-to-date information on MLA format.

Citation Machine is also a good site to use for MLA format bibliographies

PRESENTATION TOOLS
Well now you've researched and written and compiled and you know A TON of information about your Mexican state or your Spanish province.  Now you need to create a presentation with visuals that will be appealing to the students and your teacher.  Powerpoint is old and boring.  Prezi is better, but there are also some fabulous presentation tools you can use to spice up that project.  And let's face it, everyone wants to see a cool and well-done presentation, right?  My faves are Animoto, Blabberize, Plotagon, and Piktochart -- but you know your learning curve and what your teacher wants.

So here are some great options for you:

 
   
Creativity 
and Presentation Tools

 
Animoto Easy and quick way to make engaging videos.  Choose from a variety of templates, insert your own text, photos, and music or choose from pre-selected ones on the website.  Free accounts allow students to create 30 second videos.  Teachers can sign up for free educator accounts that allow for a limited number of student accounts to create longer videos. 
Thinglink  Free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. 
Blabberize  Animate your photos so that they speak or preloaded images.
 Picture a Story The art of storytelling – create and record your story 
 Plotagon  Create an animated movie from just writing a written script. Write your story, choose characters, setting, and music –press play and your movie is done 
 Timeline Using a Google spreadsheet, create visually appealing, interactive timelines.  Embed videos, photos, text, and more.  
 
Piktochart is an awesome tool to create free, full color, totally customizable infographics.  Why have a boring list of statistics when you can make an infographic?!   


    






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Jennifer Haas,
Apr 25, 2017, 7:52 AM
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