I don’t know who was more excited today in class, the students or their teacher! I have been hearing a lot about this “wiffiti” idea to text in class so I finally decided to give it a try! Whoa! It has so much potential for the language classroom.
Here’s the website… http://wiffiti.com/?l
(*The website says they are changing things soon, so the new version will probably be even better!)
Basically, you create a “screen” and wiffiti posts the number to message and a code for students to include in their text message. When a text is sent with that code attached it gives the sender a funny screen name and posts the text for all to see on the screen. The messages float around the screen and it randomly zooms in on a text so it is easier to see and read.
I got permission from my principal and just crossed my fingers that there would be no tech difficulties, that students would be appropriate, and that it would engage students while helping them learn. It went great! My students loved it! They were in groups and I gave each group a set of seven open ended questions that have to do with our family/where I live unit. I told them to answer 5, and kids actually asked me… “Can we do MORE than five…please?!?” Ha! I had to pinch myself.
As we moved on to other activities in class, I left the screen up and told them they could send more messages as long as they were still using the language. They were looking words up and having so much fun. In fact, I think my next phrase of the week will be “Mira” because kids were saying it all day (in English) today!
In fact, today had me thinking. Maybe we could create a screen with a really unique tag in the language and connect all of our Spanish classes one day and let them see and hear from other students around the country. Even just watching the screen would be a good reading activity for students. What do you think? Would anyone else want to join our classes and comment on a certain idea/topic?