Subject Area: Languages
Course: Grade 12 French
Topic: French Culture Presentation
Task: Taking notes on grammar lessons
Technology Tool: Evernote
Currently students in French class take notes only on paper, usually leading to messy and inconsistent work. They also have to refer to these notes later when studying for tests. With so many topics such as passe compose, l’imparfait, le conditionel passe, etc, it can be really hard to find the specific topic in your notes that you are looking to enhance your knowledge of. Also, more information is often added to topics throughout the year, therefore making all the information on one topic spread out throughout your binder.
Suggested Use of Technology Tool
Students could take notes using Evernote. Using Evernote will allow them to add tags to each note and star important notes. Using the search option, the tags menu, or the starred menu students can quickly access whichever topic they are looking to enhance their knowledge of before a test or exam.
Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?
Using Evernote for French note-taking would save students a LOT of time when looking for specific information. For example, something you may have written in a small corner of your paper would be easily accessible with Evernote through the search tool. It would also give you all indexes of that topic, letting you see all the information you collected on the topic throughout the semester (grammar topics are often revisited and added to).
With this time saving, students could take advantage of this and implement a learning strategy while which effective needs you to be very organized, such as interleaving. This would in turn improve their results.
Students could also opt to use this time saving for sleep which they greatly lack.