"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth is one of the best known and loved poems in the English literature. Since I was first introduced to the Romantics poets as back as 1991, I have always wanted to show and share this poem with my students.
My dream has come true this school year. I´m glad I have taken so long to teach this wonderful poem because "teaching" poetry is quite a difficult task and I did not want to do it in the way my teachers had done with me.
I wanted to do it in a playful manner, discovering the poem little by little with no previous approach to the written version but to its sounds and musicality. And that is what technology allows you to do now. I used Augmented reality to put together images and sounds to let poetry bloom and show its best. You can see the didactic sequence HERE.
I fell in love with Augmented Reality as soon as I got to know about it and, since then, I haven´t stopped thinking about the various possibilities I can use it in my classes. The first activity I created was a set of Halloween cards which students used to complete a crossword. This school year students started their English classes catching pokémons all around school and continued in October with a video tutorial on how to carve a pumpkin to make a Jack O´lantern.
I did not want to end the year without using it to send my season´s greetings to my colleagues, friends and students. Living in a bilingual area means you have to use both languages (Spanish and Catalan) to do so. As a teacher of English I wanted to create a card in English too. In addition, and as you may have already seen from the link above, this school year I participate in a collaborative project "Palabras Azules". So, all in all...