This exercise is linked to the article: Underfed yet successful.
Opener: What comes to mind when you think of technology in Slovakia? Try to brainstorm at least three technological advances Slovakia (or Central Europe) is known for.
• Have students write down their responses in their notebook, and illicit feedback from a few to start discussion.
Listening and writing: Watch the YouTube video, “Technology improves motivation of children in Slovak schools,”. Instruct students to write down notes about what the video talks about (main points), and tell them that they will have to answer questions about specifics from the video afterward.
Questions: Have them answer the following questions on a piece of paper to turn in. You can either write them on the board or create worksheets with the questions.
• What kind of dialogue did the students learn in the beginning of the video and then later practice in a real situation?
• What type of technology does the video focus on, that helps students learn?
• What advantages to the project does the headmistress mention? (Students should name two.)
• What is the computer project called? (1-1 computer project) Describe what it means.
• What type of school does the Microsoft Slovakia representative want to take the project to next?
Speaking: Discuss the answers to the questions, calling on different students for each question. Then ask them to discuss in pairs: If each student in your school had a laptop, do you think it would help you to learn better? Why or why not? What other technological advances do you think would give you a better educational experience?
Reading: Read the Spectator College article and discuss it, making sure to go over any words students are unsure of. Do they agree that Slovakia needs to invest more in technology research? Why or why not?
This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator with the support of Sugarbooks, a distributor of foreign language books. The author works at the Evanjelické lýceum in Bratislava as an English-language instructor.
17. Mar 2013 at 0:00 | Katie Perkowski