So the plan is to get students to create a free app that EMT's can use to communicate with patients who speak only Spanish. When I mentioned the aim of the next unit and my student's request (which, truth be told, I kind of squeezed out of her), I got questions like "why us?" and "why don't you do it?"
My answer? Besides the fact that they chose the driving question "How do you respond to a medical emergency if the people around you speak only Spanish?" I said that all of them put together could come up with something better than what I could do alone.
I will need to do better sticking with the Need-to-Know checks along the way--while eschewing overkill. I'm going to be extra careful to anticipate some categories of Need-to-Know. I think I will approach it more as a web map exercise this time, maybe starting something like this:
|Make a map like this at bubbl.us|
Of course AppsBar is in English, but I have concocted a little list of 31 steps in Spanish to interject some interpretation. Of course there is always my favorite First Aid manual for interpretation too. I shall have to meditate muchly on how best to incorporate interpersonal in this unit as well, not to mention how to fit three major grammar concepts into 6 weeks along with the necessary vocabulary!
But if I can pull all this off, maybe get a handful of actual EMT's to evaluate the apps when it's said and done, I think the class will have a greater sense of accomplishment--of purpose--when THIS unit is done!