Guest blogger Helen Vassiliou is an ESL teacher at Adena Elementary in West Chester, Ohio. Using the Design Thinking Framework, the students came up with a problem statement they wanted to address: Assimilating into American schools can be difficult for newcomers and their families. After brainstorming ways they could address this problem, students decided to create a 'Welcome Guide for New Families' using Google Slides to teach parents and their children about all the wonderful things happening in our school.
It was not until the students created the guide, that they realized many of the new parents could not read English or were not literate at all. The students decided to create a video for the parents who needed visual support in getting to know our school. They learned how to….