PYP French – some teaching ideas

I would like to share some of the ideas that are popping in my mind about my French PYP classes:

Exploring the phonology of the language by…:

  • keeping a journal of awarenesses (in mother tongue and/or English)
  • creating a concert of vowels (and perhaps make a song with my lovely looping machine)
  • making a skit about sounds combat
  • using scratch to create a programme to practice sounds
  • using scratch and makey-makey to create interactive work of art that speak
  • practicing yoga in French
  • creating breakout edu games
  • engaging in scavenger hunts


Other ideas might be…

  • mindfulness in French
  • conversations with Dash and Dot
  • Makerspace integrations
  • sentence constructions with fridge magnets
  • record a podcast
  • breakout edu
  • cooking
  • stop motion animation
  • Mystery Skype in French
  • Choose a picture and explain why you chose it
  • Virtual field trip (Versailles)
  • Greenscreen
  • Invisible writing tasks
  • Penpals
  • Passion projects (linked to the exhibition)
  • Create a collective illustrated book for children in French

As we personalize learning, students create their own goals and review them regularly to track their progress. We should have a spreadsheet to keep track of them and celebrate achievements.

Using peer assessments and self-assessments, we can promote autonomy and inter dependence. We need to know for ourselves that we know or don’t know a concept, how to correct ourselves or when to ask for support and how to develop inner criteria of self-correctness.

Some of the resources might include…

5Dplanner, 360 degree + Thinglink, Minecraftedu, EdPuzzle (create) and share your recipe online, Voki, Tour Builder, Edpuzzle, duolingo, rosetta stone, story board, Twitter, searching, planning a trip, creating a blog post, makey-makey, sketchnote, aurasma, QR code, infographic…

Some of the ways we can celebrate learning and reflecting…

Every time the students come in the class, they go across the “magic boundary” (ligne magique). They start with a calm activity (breath in and out, yoga or mindfulness in French), they express their intention to work (from the list in the classroom: this list is populated with the students and updated when the need arises).

Trick on presenting with Google on air

How to present like a pro?

I would like to share a short description on how I decided to organize my Google Edu on Air presentation after asking Eric Curts for a few tips.

My situation is the following:

I am the presenter. I have slides and speaker’s notes. A friend of mine is moderating by joining my hangout.

This is what I plan to do:

I will have my slides and speaker’s notes running on my laptop. Ideally, I should have two monitors attached to one device in order to have my slides on one screen and my speaker’s notes on the other BUT the trick is that no one will see my screen cause I will only use my camera. Hehehe!

On the other hand, my friend will share the screen (and be muted so we can hear me) and she shares her screen and runs the presentation for me. Since she will be in the same room than me on that day, I could have a sign for her to move from one slide to the other. In Andy Craig’s coaching class, he was asking the person to go to the next slide orally, which is also fine.

Now, to have people only see me (and not my screen), I should click on the down arrow on my thumbnail and choose “present to everyone”(more about this function). Then I can switch back and forth between my face and the slides.

Hope this can help others


Paper electronics resources

Jie Qi (Chibitronics) had share many resources with participants to her ISTE18 session. I thought that might be useful to share it back (I know she is ok with that!):



Video tutorials:

Full Circuit Sticker Sketchbook download:

Simple card template:



Love to Code:

Text editor:

Makecode block editor:





Conductive patch tutorial:

Soldering on paper tutorial:

USB cable hack tutorial:



Jie’s PhD defense presentation:

ISTE & SEPT (June 2016):

ISTE 2017:



Electronic Pop-up Book:

Self-folding paper:

Dandelion Painting:

Heart blush card:

Circuit Stickers intro:

Sample Sketchbook:



General useful electronic components:

General guide on textiles and crafts blended with electronics:


Bulk coin cell batteries:

Conductive fabric:

Conductive double-sided adhesive:

Soldering iron:

Lead-free solder:

General conductive materials:

Velostat for making pressure sensors:



21st Century Notebooking Google Group:

Nexmap Hack Your Notebook:

Exploratorium Paper Circuits:

Instructables Chibitronics tutorials:

Bling the Book: Circuits on Paper:

Paper Circuits Code resources:

Sparkfun Paper Electronics page:



PhD dissertation:

Paper Electronics: Circuits on Paper for Learning and Self-Expression

By Jie Qi


Paper Electronics with Circuit Stickers

By Jie Qi, Jennifer Dick and David Cole


Sketching in Circuits: Designing and Building Electronics on Paper

By Jie Qi and Leah Buechley


Electronic Popables: Exploring Paper-Based Computing through an Interactive Pop-up Book

By Jie Qi and Leah Buechley


Felted Paper Circuits Using Joomchi

By Nicholas A. Knouf



Art of Tinkering

by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrarch


Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll Paperback

by Kathy Ceceri


Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn

By Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves


Makeology: Makerspaces as Learning Environments (Volume 1)

Edited by Kylie Peppler, Erica Halverson, Yasmin B. Kafai



Makeology: Makers as Learners (Volume 2)

Edited by Kylie Peppler, Erica Rosenfeld Halverson, Yasmin B. Kafai


Invent to Learn

By Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager


Invent to Learn: Guide to Fun

By Josh Burker and Sylvia Martinez