Thursday, May 5, 2016

ICT Final Task:

Hello everyone!

I am finishing my ICT subject in my master and I have created a video to show you everything I have done in this last semester. It has been hard at the beginning of the term to manage with so many online tools and creating a blog because everything was new for me. However, as time went on, I started to feel confident and I have improved my skills related to ICT.

In this video I have gathered all my experiences and outcomes. I have tried to show an accurate picture of my experience and try to explain all I have done and what I have learnt.

Here is the video:

As you have seen, in order to carry out this video, I have created first a presentation in Genially. Then, I have used Screencast-O-Matic to record the screen of my laptop. Screencast-O-Matic is an easy tool to use. It is really intuitive; there is not so much to do than click the rec button and record whatever you want. Also, you can use it to record with your web cam and both. If there is something to complain about this online tool, it would be that the free version lets you just record only fifteen minutes. Apart from that, it is a really useful tool.

Also, you can watch my presentation itself:

This is not the last post in this blog but this is the last challenge I am going to comment about my ICT subject. I have to thank my teacher, María Jesús (@mjgsm) because she has been answering all my questions no matter when. She has been patient with me even when I asked her evident and easy questions. Thank you for pushing me to use different new ICT tools and making me get involved in this ICT world.   

To all of you have been following me, thank you so much too. It has been an incredible experience.    

Thanks a lot!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Assessment and rubrics

Hi everybody, 

One of the most difficult things for a teacher is to assess his/her students. It is not easy to decide when a task is fairly complete. For this reason, it is essential to create a rubric in order to clarify how to assess everything we ask to our students to do and also to make this process easy for them and for us as teachers. 

Here is the rubric I have created to assess any kind of eproject:

I have been looking on the net for different tools to create this rubric and finally I decided to pick Quickrubric. I have chosen this webtool because it is easy to use and let you create a rubric even if you decide not to sign up. Obviously, if you want to save your rubric you need to have an account. 

The webtool is free and it is easy to use. First of all, you decide the maximum and minimum score to evaluate the eproject. To make the score balanced you have to take into account how many topics are you going to evaluate and how many levels of grading are you going to set. In my rubric, I have decided to set eight topic and three different levels of grading.

The levels of grading are: Beginning (1 point), Emerging (2 points) and Proficient (3 points). As a result, the maximum score a student could achieve would be 24 and a minimum of eight points. I have decided not to set 0 as the lowest mark because it could be demotivating for the students. 
Edit your rubric with this webtool is really easy. You can add or delete rows and columns easily as well as change their positions. 

Finally, this web tool let you copy the rubric and save it in your account, print it and share it. However, there is no option to generate and embed code to share it. You are just able to share it copying the URL of the rubric.

In spite of this last fact, I truly believe that Quickrubric is a perfect tool in order to create a template to assess your students work or your own work. Now you can create your own rubric!

World Book Day and Aurasma app

Hello everyone!

This new post is related to a challenge linked with World Book Day. In order to celebrate April 23th, I have created a poster with Piktochart describing how I am as a reader. I have created a collage with the main novels, poetry and theater master pieces I enjoyed the most. As you could see, there are writers from a wide range of historical periods.

Here is the collage:

When I started to create my collage, I firstly picked Canva to do it. It was a tool really easy to use but I found that there were no so many different accessories to decorate the collage. For this reason, I changed my mind and selected Piktochart. It is an online tool as easy to use as Canva but it gives you a wider range of free templates and accessories. Moreover, Piktochart lets you create not only posters but presentations, infographics and reports. It is an extraordinary tool and its free accessories are particularly useful. For instance, you can use shapes and lines, icons, photos and photo frames. Photo frames let you paste an image and entitle it in a visual and eye-caching way.

On top of that, obviously, you are able to upload any kind of image or photograph. There is just a 2-MB-size limit in order to upload images but it is enough.

Once I finished my collage, I downloaded Aurasma to my phone. This application is HD Autonomy’s augmented reality platform. Aurasma lets you hide within an image, that you have previously selected, a video or presentation. In order to discover the video you just have to download the Aurasma’s app to your mobile device and use it to scan the image. Once you start to scan the image the app reproduces the video attached automatically.

Aurasma is an easy tool to use. You just have to prepare and image and a video or presentation to attach. The steps to follow in order to create your own aurasma is easy but in case you need help, here you can watch a tutorial created by some of my masters’ colleagues (@Nepeuspu, @Alvaro_Gope, @Marta_Gayarre, @22paau and @Maradominguezgo):

In this case, I have hidden a video where you could see me explaining what type of books I usually read, which books I would recommend you to read and finally what features define me as a reader. I haven’t spoken about my favorite book because I don’t have any. I love reading but I can’t choose any book, all of them have something that makes them special. For this reason, I have recommended three books I consider are essential or that I have enjoyed the most.

I hope you will enjoy my Aurasma. Download the app, follow me on Aurasma (rpeinadog) and scan the collage above.                  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pixton Slideshow

Hello Everybody!

Today I bring you my last experience working in the History team. We have created a slideshow in order to teach our students how to create a comic with a specific tool called Pixton. As you can observe, one of the first post of this blog was related to this tool, so we have chosen it based on an educated knowledge. 

Thinking of explaining our students in a brief, clear and easy way how to use Pixton, we have picked Google Slides to do it. Pixton is an easy tool to use but it has many different options and could be hard to start working with it for students in early primary. As a result, we have created a slide show with all the main different steps to create properly a comic. 

We have chosen Google Slide to create or slideshow because it is an easy tool really similar to Power Point, that we all manage perfectly; and also because it lets us work together only which means each one on its home. So that, we save time and work coordinated as a perfect team. 

The structure of the slideshow follows the correct order of the different steps to use Pixton. It starts showing how to sign up and create a new account and finishes showing how to complete a comic. To make it more visually, we have done screenshots of the different steps and emphasize it with red arrows and squares. The unique problem we have struggled with has been precisely emphasizing those buttons or elements essential to use Piston. Google Slides does not allow you to create a red line square; you can just create a filled square. So, you must create each read line independently and it is difficult to make them perfectly straight. 

In spite of this fact, Google Slides is a great tool in order to teamwork online and create any sort of presentation. In the same way, Pixton is and incredible tool for students to create any story and also represent a specific historical period. 

Here you can check our slideshow: 

We also have to thank to AporTICs to accept publish our slideshow and reward us with this badge:

Storyboard and Video Challenge

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to talk about a new part the History eproject I am developing in a team work. We have created a video to show our students how to create a comic where they would explain a historical period with specific historical characters. 

In order to create the video explaining how to create a comic, we first draw a storyboard with Storyboard That. As we are a group of six people, we divided us into two groups to get ready both challenges. One group carried out the storyboard and the other got ready all the customs, tools, and items needed to do the video. 

Regarding to the story board, we have used Storyboard That. It is an online tool easy to use that allows you to create a storyboard that looks like a comic. First of all, we draw in a paper the different scenes we wanted to represent and also the dialogs between the different characters. After that, we started to transfer those ideas on the paper to the computer screen through the online tool. 

Storyboard That offers a big amount of free resources for you to develop your ideas and create stories related to any topic you wish. On it, we found sketches of places, characters and different types of accessories you can use to decorate your scenes.  It lets you develop a clear and colorful storyboard.

As our story includes those different periods of History, we needed to use very diverse landscapes and characters in order to represent them. During the process we found loads of options to create our comic, even finding inspiring ideas within the tool to carry it out. Although we thought it would be difficult to find all the tools we required, it was easier than we expected. 

Also, creating and decorating the sketches and the characters was easy to do, as well as sequencing the images, writing the bubbles and organizing the story. We just had to drag with the mouse what we wanted to use and release it wherever we liked.

Although all this is available, there was one thing that wasn’t. The only problem we found was that to use more than six boxes implied paying, and this limited our work too much. We had to cut back the story in order to make it shorter and use only those six boxes, so we couldn’t include many details we’d liked to. It would have been really nice to be able to do it just as we had prepared it. 

Apart from that, a little detail that was an obstacle too, was the fact that the characters have only two positions (standing and sitting), and sometimes we couldn’t represent the scene exactly as we’d thought. 

Nevertheless, it has been a good idea to use this tool and we are satisfied with the results. We will use it again in the future for other projects, that’s for sure.

Here is our storyboard:

Obviously, create the storyboard is the compulsory first step to create later on the video. It is an easy step to achieve if you have clear what you want to create. For us, it has been easy because before doing it, we debated as a team what we wanted to do and also because our eproject topic addressed clearly our goal. 

Crate the video has been the hardest part of this challenge but it has been also the most enjoyable one. We wanted to explain our students how to create a comic showing the steps performing a video in different historical locations. We decided to play different roles in the Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Native American tribes, and the medieval age. We all get ready creating a cardboard crown, buying a plastic sword, bringing Egyptian customs or bringing some blankets to wear them as a cape or a toga. Moreover, a colleague loan us a green fabric to use it as a Chroma. 

We recorded the video during class time. We took one blackboard to set the Chroma and we performed in the corridor. It was really fun and we end up recording the video satisfied. However, we had been suffering a lot of problems when editing. 

At the very beginning, we tried Sony Vegas but it doesn't work in Laura’s computer, so we decided to download a free trial version of Adobe Premier cc, which is a professional video editor and this means difficult to use. We have to saw many tutorials until we find out how to use it and how to apply a Chroma effect. Then, we discovered that the light in the videos recorded was not uniform so neither the green color on the Chroma key. This can give you a lot of problems when you are editing because you need the green color to be uniform and with now shadows.  In that point we thought that we would have to record the videos again with a better light and being more careful. Of course, this has occurred because we are not experts and it was the first time we used a Chroma and also the video editor. 

Then, we tried to find a solution in order to not record again and I find a color effect which eliminates all the green color in the video and maintains red and blue. This worked because it eliminated all the green background, but it also eliminated the green in our faces. Nevertheless we decided to leave it like that because it was not a big problem. So if you are going to use a Chroma in your videos, take into account these aspects. 

Then, with the video finished, we used iMovie to add music and some effects easily. 

However, despite it was difficult to edit the video, we had a great time recording it and it was a really good group experience. 

You can watch the video here:

Develop this challenge has shown me that team work could work perfectly if there is coordination and all the group members have the same goal and are passionate about what they are doing. It has been an incredible experience and I am thankful to my peers and my teacher for it.    

We also have to thank to ESL Project to accept publish our sotoryboard and reward us with this badge:   


Hi everyone!

In this post I am going to talk about one of the best experiences I have had with ICT. In relation with the last post, the same group of people carried out an online chat with other groups of my master’s ICT class. The goal of this chat was to talk about CLIL, ICT related to CLIL, our eprojects and also, all our doubts and concerns about CLIL at class.

My team’s eproject is connected to History, and we ask for help in order to develop cross-curricular activities in secondary education. Moreover, we talk about emotional education and our eproject itself. In order to develop this activity, we assigned different roles to each one: Salvador López (@salvador1987lop) and Xue Mei Yan (@nievesyan317) were our community managers spreading all over the net the event and main assertions. Meanwhile, Ana Fuerte (@Anafuertecano) and Gabriela (@Gabrielamqz) worked as content curators selecting tweets, pictures of the most relevant moments. Finally, Laura González (@LauraGonGar5) played the role of moderator of the chat and I (@rpeinadog) was the speaker of the group.

There were eight speakers on behalf of five different groups. Each group had its own eproject: on behalf of Neighborhood’s eproject Neus Fiol (@nepeuspu) and Álvaro Gómez (@Alvaro_Gope), the Earth adventures’ eproject was explained by Celia González (@celiagon92), animals’ eproject whose speaker was Guillermo Lagarejos (@GLHmaster), on behalf of traveling around Europe’s eproject spoke Imma Caballero (@teacher_inma) and Lola Berral (@lolaberralraya), and finally, body’s eproject was explained by Patricia Madrueño (@patimasie).

It took us two hours and a half of previous practice with the hangouts application. We practice and organize a little bit the debate. We share our ideas first and help each other how to carry out the chocotalk. 

Here is our Chocotalk:

The online chat carried out was a Chocotalk because it was a challenge related to charlasconchocolate’s blog. This blog is an online place where primary and secondary teachers debate in different ways about education. In this sense, we have to thank charlasconchocolate their kindness and to let us participate in their project. 

Here is the link to the charlasconchocolate blog:

And here is also the reward they have given to us:

All in all, it has been an incredible experience. Share with my colleagues a debate about education and also be part of a coordinated team where each one had a role has been also delightful. I have to acknowledge that speak life online was scary at the beginning but it has been worth it. I am surprised how I managed to speak in English taking into account I was really nervous. I would repeat this experience again and I recommend it to anyone.

Here you can observe my colleagues work as content curator: 


Hello everyone!

In this new post I am going to talk about the last project I have created. It is an InfoEduGraphic. However, this time I haven’t carried out this challenge alone. I have worked in a team of six people with different roles in order to organize and accomplish the goal assigned. I have been working with: Salvador López (@salvador1987lop) and Xue Mei Yan (@nievesyan317) who played the role of environment, Laura González (@LauraGonGar5) who worked as the coordinator, Ana Fuerte (@Anafuertecano) and Gabriela Márquez (@Gabrielamqz) worked as secretaries, and finally I (@rpeinadog) played the role of speaker. 

For a start, we debate about which kind of InfoEduGraphic we wanted to create for our students. As we all are developing eprojects related to history, we conclude the best option would be create an InfoEdugraphic where students could observe the different steps to create a timeline. We picked this topic because we all thought that a timeline is one of the most useful tools in order to study and learn History. 

After looking on the net for a suitable tool in order to carry out our InfoEduGraphic, we finally decided that Piktochart was the most appropriate one. It is free and easy to use. Nevertheless, Piktochart had a specific problem; there were no many different free accessories to create a meaningful and eye-catching InfoEduGraphic. As a result, we surfed the net looking for licensed images that could let us do it. 

Thinking on our primary students we decided to create an InfoEduGraphic based on the Super Mario’s videogame, and set every step of the timeline creating process as one of the different challenges that Super Mario has to overcome in the videogame. It has taken so much time to find all these drawings free to use but it has been worth it. 

Here is our InfoEduGraphic:

Our InfoEduGraphic has participated in a collaborative project called: “Proyecto colaborativo infoEDUgrafías”. Here, you can check our InfoEduGraphic published on their blog:

We have to thank “Proyecto colaborativo infoEDUgrafías” the opportunity of publishing our work on their blog and reward us with this badged. Thank you so much!

Friday, March 18, 2016

CLIL eproject prototype

Hello Everybody!

In this new post I want to show you the eproject I have started to develop for my master’s in primary education. It is a History project address to 6th graders and it is focus on the Spanish Second Republic.

I have chosen this topic because it is very controversial and as a historian I think it is essential for our students to star learning about this part of the Spanish History. 

Students will study this period, its main characters, social classes, economics, arts and literature investigating one of the most important characters of this period: Manuel Azaña, one of the presidents of the Spanish Republic.

Based on the evaluation shown in the last post, I have created the following eproject draft that you can check out here: 

Moreover I have created a prototype of my project as a Powtoon video. It is a short video where I have summarized the different aspects of my project. I have created this artifact with Powtoon because it is a free online tool easy to use and dynamic. Powtoon let you use many different free templates and characters, add images, music and videos. It is a really useful tool to create videos. The worst thing is that you have no so many options in order to use texts in the slides and problems when you try to add a video on the slides. 

In spite of these facts, Powtoon is a great online tool to create your own videos free as you can observe in my protoype. I hope it will encourage you to want follow my future posts. 
Here is my video:

Evaluating a CLIL eproject

Hello Everyone!

In oder to create my own eproject or e-book about History I have firstly evaluated one already done. This is one of my master’s tasks and to accomplish the goal of creating a meaningful eproject, I have evaluated one made by Estafanía blanco Hernández for the same master a few years ago. It is called: Discovering New Plannets. You can check it here: 

Regarding to quality content, the eproject created by Estefanía Blanco Hernández has a specific key knowledge related to learn about planets. She encourages their students to develop a critical thinking and collaboration but there is no problem solving in her standards. 

On top of that, the project is based on a meaningful problem to solve: how to create our own planet. The students need to know about which are the main characteristics of a planet and think about them to choose some for their own and new planet. 

In order to create their own planet, the author shows us that students must develop an active practice over time. It is a process that involves students to generate questions and find answers as well as find resources to achieve these answers. 

Generally speaking, this eproject has coherent contents which align with the topic but one chapter is not developed. The author has forgotten show students and other readers an example of students' last project: create their own planet. It is not specify or even describe. In spite of that fact, the contents are clearly structured.

Taking into account multimedia resources, the eproject has plenty of different multimedia resources that make it attractive. These multimedia elements are clearly part of the content and they are also adequately attributed and licensed. There are videos, comics, presentations, posters and audios that make a real impact on students' learning and connect with their interests as well as their identities. The author uses Aurasma, Pixton, Canva, Powtoon, and Soundcloud. Moreover, the eproject is based on students’ reflections and it shows them how to learn and research. They will have to overcome a video challenge, face an audio challenge creating riddles or create a collaborative presentation, poster and a video presentation about their project. The students will upload to the class blog their creations and they will receive an extraordinary feedback.
Everything they create will be public and licensed.
In relation to accessibility, this eproject is not adapted for people with special needs or disabilities neither show inclusive practices. This is one of the most important lacks of this project.
Finally, regarding to innovation and originality, everything used in this eproject has been created by the author. As a result, she gives an original approach to the topic developing the activities in an imaginative an engaging way. Also, students make their own choices and work by themselves but guided by the teacher.
To sum up, this eproject is a clear example of how to encourage develops students’ ICT skills and knowledge.

Also, you can check out my presentation created using Genially here:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

My experience with Symbaloo

Hello again!

Regarding to the last post where I talked you all about Pinterest, today I am going to talk about another useful online platform to share and organized online materials. It is called Symbaloo.  I have started to use Symbaloo Edu which is address to teachers and students. 

This platform is similar to Pinterest but it is organized in a Webmix instead of a board. You are able to share your Webmix, where you stick all of your searches, to everyone. You can create your Webmix with tools, images, webpages, videos, etc. that you could find on the net. But also, you can create your Webmix looking in Symbaloo amongst those Webmixes the people share. For instance, here is my Webmix:

My Webmix has been created to gather different tools or materials useful for CLIL. As you can see, my Webmix is organized around three out of the four corners. One is dedicated to four different webpages where you can find multiple examples of experiments or activities to develop in class related to different topics. Another one is address to gather didactic You Tube videos. Finally, the third one gathers different tools as Pixton or time glider. These tools are useful to create our own digital materials.   

These are some of the resources I have attached to my Webmix: Educational webpage. 
Here is an incredible webpage. This is an incredible resource to look for different experiments. It is the best place to look for Natural Science resources. Laid out in twelve different topics: Astronomy and Space Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; Culture and Society; Data; Earth Science; Engineering and Technology; Environment Science; Mathematics; Nature of Science; Perception; and Physics. You can find plenty of different experiments, with pictures and complete explanations. It is the perfect webpage to search and develop experiments. 

-Center for Teaching. Webpage.
 This is another webpage for teachers. In this case, it is an online place where you could find answers to everything you need: how to handle with the first day of class, how to design the course, how to grade your students work, etc. On top of that, all these sections are based on CLIL methodology. For instance, there is a whole section named Bloom’s Taxonomy. In conclusion, it is an essential webpage for starters in the teaching field.

- 15 Ideas of Using Digital Cameras in Science. Webpage.
In this webpage you could find fifteen different ways to use a digital camera in your class. It is really interesting because it shows you how easy are to carry on visual activities and created by your students. These kinds of activities are perfect to develop CLIL methodology because encourage your students’ communicative skills and learn content working in groups through a second language. 

-Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Egyptian Art. You tube video.
This is another didactic You Tube video. This video shows how Mesopotamian and Egyptian art was and their main features. One of the best advantages of this video is that it is a visual and enjoyable resource. The speaker tries to make art understandable, easy and fun for young students. Moreover, it is a video from Nancy Ross You Tube Channel where you could find more videos like this related to different Art styles.

-The Europe Thing. You Tube video.
The last You Tube video I have pinned. It is also a didactic and animated video. It is a video created by the European Commission that shows students the main features of the European Union. It is short and well structured. Like the other two You Tube videos, you could visit the European Commission You Tube Channel where you could find more interesting videos to use in class in order to speak about the European Union.

I strongly encourage you to use symbaloo Edu to improve and organize better your class materials.  

My experience with Pinterest

Hello everyone!

This new post is address to tell you all about my experience with Pinterest. Most of you probably already know this online tool. It is an online free platform where you can organize everything you find all over the net. If you have been thinking about how to organize everything you find online, this is a great tool to do it. It is easy to use and if you install the “Pin It button”, you won’t spend any time on saving what you find.

Curate online resources are not an easy task. There are thousands of webpages, images, videos, etc. uploaded on the net. However, spend enough time looking for excellent resources are worth it at the end. For this reason, to make this task easier, Pinterest was created.

Pinterest let you organized your online searches in online boards. There you stick your “pins” that is how the application named each search. You can “pin” images, webpages, videos, music, and everything you can find on the net. However, you can also find resources within Pinterest. People share their pins and boards and Pinterest offers you select different topics you are interested in. This option let the platform show you instantaneously pins related to the topics. 

On top of that, Pinterest allows you to share your boards and pins, follow other friends or people in Pinterest and develop collaborative works sharing a board like I did in my master’s class. 

Here is the link to the board:

It is an incredible tool easy to use. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Creative Commons License

Hello everyone!

I have just made a little change in the blog. I have licensed it with a Creative Commons Licence. As you can see on the footage, this license allows everyone to use and share everything I post.

There are just two limits:

The first limit is all materials posted can be share or use alike, which means you are not allow to modify it.

I have decided to add this limit because everything I have posted, they are materials created on my own. This blog is addressed to share and develop our CLIL knowledge. For this reason and purpose, I do not think it is necessary to modify them.

Moreover, there is another basic limitation: everything shared in this blog cannot be used with any commercial purpose. It is evidence that education is not a business and our goal is learn and help others to learn. We could accomplish this aim by teaching but also sharing, reflecting and debating. That is the meaning of this blog title.

Regarding license our publications, it is really important to make our students aware about the value of using a license as Creative Common License offers. Licenses establish an implicit arrangement between the viewer and the author of the materials. This commitment makes the use of materials easier.

To be respectful with others creation is an essential principle. Everyone wants their creations to be valued. This is another goal of licensing our creations.

In addition, we should make our students understand not every material on the net is free to use. Students usually take any picture or diagram from the net and use them on their essays or presentations without any consideration to the laws attached to them. They must be aware about this matter and one of the best ways is to make them license their creations.