Lesson 3.2: How to use PlayPosit to encourage critical thinking in a foreign language

Questions to consider:
How can PlayPosit be used to assess all students' literacy abilities?

Return to: Literacy in the 21st Century Foreign Language Classroom, Unit 3: Using PlayPosit to Analyze Texts, Images, and Video


Your assignment

After you read through these suggested uses of PlayPosit for foreign language learning, please watch the entire video bulb that I made (Spanish) to simulate what your students will see when they are completing these assignments. If your language of instruction is not Spanish, you can take a look at the premade video bulbs in your language or a video bulb in a related subject. You will be sharing your initial thoughts about video bulbs and PlayPosit in general by answering the questions at the bottom of this page here and reading what other foreign language teachers think as well.

PlayPosit in the Classroom

Materials you will need:

  • Teacher computer
  • Projector or SMARTBoard

Instead of having each student individually give you answers to the questions embedded in a video bulb, ask the class to give you an answer as a whole. You can use this time to explain why answers are right and wrong while reviewing information with everyone during class time. If students missed the answer because they didn't hear it, this also allows you to gauge where everyone's listening abilities are as you rewind a section of the video bulb. Other options include having students answer the questions on worksheets (printable from PlayPosit) to use as a graded assignment.

PlayPosit in PBL and WebQuests

Please keep in mind that PlayPosit requires the use of either a laptop or a mobile device- there is an app for PlayPosit in the App Store for iPhones, titled "PlayPosit (fka EduCanon) for Students."

PlayPosit is an excellent resource to use for students who are interested in specific fields- for PBL, students can browse video bulbs made by other users to learn more in depth about a topic.

A quick search of premade bulbs shows that there aren't many foreign language video bulbs to select from. Having students collaborate and create their own video bulbs is a good way to give them a choice in what they hand in as a grade.

PlayPosit in the Flipped Classroom

Posting PlayPosit video bulbs for homework allows students to watch the bulbs at their own pace and make any necessary personal edification (such as rewinding parts of a video) without pressure to immediately give answers (like if they were in class). If you assign a video bulb to a class for homework, you can track who has completed the assignment and the score they received on the questions.

Depending on the type of questions that you add to a PlayPosit, you can either provide immediate feedback or read extended (open) response questions. Styling your questions to be more open ended encourages a deeper discussion of what was watched in the video bulb during class time.

Reflection Questions