In Spanish class, junior students are encouraged to do all of their work in Spanish, interact with it in all four modes (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and take risks to use it constantly. We are not only learning the language, but learning through it and expressing ourselves with it.
In a mini-project for Unit 3, the junior students made infographics to relay information to a larger audience about themes within our unit. Infographics are a way of communicating in a world with ever more stimulants. The goal was to make something both informative and aesthetically pleasing. One of the benefits of a project like this is that it allows for deeper exploration into a specific facet of the overarching theme that we may not be able to delve into during class, but allows student
s to cater the learning to their interests and questions. Their infographics are displayed in the classroom for all to see and are being used as talking points for jumping into essential questions throughout the unit.
One of the IB approaches to learning, those qualities that make students successful in any situation, is thinking skills. For IB, this means: “the ability to creatively and critically analyze, apply, evaluate, synthesize, conceptualize, contextualize, reason, and solve problems.” In the creation of infographics students have to utilize these tools to make a final product that is relevant, concise, and informative.
In the Diploma Programme, both year one and two students created infographics in class to explore issues they were most interested in; you can see examples of them here. In year one, junior year, we are focused on media. As you can see, this infographic shows the impact of social media on our society and social movements. This starts chipping away at one of our essential questions: ¿La tecnología nos deshumaniza? ¿O nos hace más humanos?- Does technology dehumanize us or make us more human?.
The students have brought in personal experience, prior knowledge, passion, and their inquisitive nature to power our learning and create products we can use to propel the conversation in the classroom and beyond.