How do I use the iPad for this activity?
- Video: we often record our conversation and review it to ensure that everyone has stayed on topic and used appropriate eye contact/whole body listening.
- More Buffet! (itunes link): After a successful round of conversation, we use More Buffet! The students need to pick as a group what country they would like to choose from (great opportunity for vocabulary development with country and food names). Then we take turns picking or making items. Of course they can NOT just pick an item by tapping it! I have them either describe the item they want and the peer taps it...or one peer uses nonverbal communication to indicate what they want (Peer 1 points to items, Peer 2 shakes their head yes/no). We put all of our items on one plate (yeah, I know that could be icky), but we compare/contrast the items. We also recall who ordered what and why they like that food. Here are some screen shots of plates that my groups built. This is another way to practice...after you create the plate, take a screen shot to save them...nice for comparing/contrasting or writing a describing paragraph later! Have the student construct sentences with their target, for example: conjunctions. They must tell sentences using but/because/so/etc. "I ordered a beef taco, but the shell broke!" "I ordered a triple cheeseburger because I am very hungry!"
This activity is a great example of how the iPad is just part of the equation and even when we use the iPad, there are always several other 'hidden' goals that the students often do not realize I am targeting!!!!