In mid-December right before the holiday break, the fourth grade classes had a Skype session with fourth graders at Hoboken’s Stevens Cooperative School during class with Lower School Spanish teacher Ericka Collado. This was the first of many upcoming Skype collaborations with the Stevens Cooperative fourth grade Spanish class led by Flor Berman, who is also a graduate of New Jersey City University (NJCU) along with “Misi Collado,“ as she is affectionately known. “It was a successful and positive experience for everyone,” she says.
For nearly half an hour, the students were able to exchange information in Spanish. “Our fourth graders introduced themselves individually and modeled the game ‘Naranja Dulce’ while singing the song,” explained Misi Collado, who added that “Mrs. Berman’s class talked about their favorite places in Hoboken and sang a song for us.
“The students liked the experience and would like to have more opportunities to interact with Mrs. Berman’s students,” she added.
According to Misi Collado, Mrs. Berman has facilitated workshops in language teaching and learning, both in state and national conferences. Misi Collado is also no stranger to presentations; prior to joining D-E last school year, she taught Spanish for 13 years and attended foreign language conferences and symposiums. In fact, she is scheduled to present at two conferences with fellow colleagues from NJCU next summer: ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in Philadelphia in June and IFTE (The International Federation for the Teaching of English) in New York in July. Says Misi Collado of the “Teaching Language, Literacy and Literature with Remix” workshop: “The session will include the use of augmented reality which is something that I’m currently working on with fourth graders.”