Admit it. You have hundreds, if not thousands, of photos that you’ve collected from your travels to the target culture. And how many of them have your students seen? Here’s an easy way to share them passively with students, some of whom may have their own travel bug piqued.
- Create a folder on your computer and insert your favorite photos. These may include your own travel photos or photos you’ve found on the internet of your favorite places or bucket list places. Or you may want to screenshot your favorite travel photos re-posted from our SpanishWorld1 instagram.
- Go to your screen saver options in your computers settings. Choose the folder you just made as the folder for your screen saver. You can choose to show several pictures at once in a tile-like setting or show one at a time.
- If you own a Mac, you can enable “Hot Corners” and you can easily let the screen saver start playing whenever you move your mouse to the corner of the screen.
I like to use this option when:
A) students are entering the classroom
B) students are working independently
And you don’t have to do anything! Some kids may not even notice, but other kids will start watching the images and even asking questions about them.
Another option is to use cultural facts. This Cultura Diaria from Sra. Cruz
contains a powerpoint of over 150 cultural facts. Save the powerpoint as images and put those image files as your screen saver. As kids are working or as they come into the room they will be enlightened by great information about the Spanish speaking world.
So how do you incorporate your travel photos into class? We’d love to hear your ideas!
This is a good entry! I’d like to add that I’m doing a similar compilation right now using screenshot features – which many teachers don’t know about.
I’m putting together a Powerpoint of articles and headlines from “Lead With Languages” to show my classes everyday that demonstrate how the relevance of speaking another language is becoming more and more important in our culture. I’ll probably come out and share it on the Twitter and Facebook-sphere soon so that others can use it also!