Monday, February 22, 2016

My PLE and PNL for CLIL

Hello again!

Last year I did a master in Secondary Education at The Autonomous University of Madrid. This master was focus on teaching History, Arts and Geography in secondary education but it had an important lack in its curriculum: strategies and methodologies to teach these subjects. For this reason, I decided to start a new master, based on a specific methodology: CLIL. 

When I started the master in bilingual primary education, I had not heard about CLIL at all. Only a friend of mine told me about this methodology and approaches to teaching content though a second language. It has been in this master, I am currently doing, where I have started to learn about CLIL. I am quite very interested in learning more about CLIL so that I am studying to take the TKT exam of Cambridge and try to keep update using twitter and reading different scientific essays of authors like Marsh or Do Coyle amongst others.

In order to show the different ways I know and use to learn more about CLIL I have create a PLE and PLN diagram. After I had clearly defined which were the different tools and ways to find and share knowledge, I looked for a digital resource to build my diagram. There are on the net many different tools that allow you design a diagram for free but, thinking about Google usually offers easy ways to work, I decided to choose Coggle.

Coggle is a really easy tool to create colorful diagrams. You have just to think about different topics you want to make a relation between and start to create different color branches, linking them and also introducing different images to make your diagram more understandable. On top of that, on his free version Coggle offers eight different colors for the branches which it is enough. However, it seems to be worth trying pay for the complete version that gives you a total twenty colors that would enrich this tool quite a bit. In addition, Coggle is easy to interact with. You can handle with all the different options using the mouse in an instinctive way. 

Turning now to my diagram, as you can see I have a quite big PLE in comparison with my PLN. I have started to develop my PLE when I start my degree. In the university I started to find different digital platforms in order to search for essays, books and different scientific publications. Those platforms are Dialnet and Rebiun and I have used them to find essays related to CLIL.  Also, to look for information I usually use Wikipedia, if I want to check for specific and easy pieces of information like dates, names and facts. Furthermore I use google, Moodle and twitter. Especially I use Moodle in the master. 

Basically, in order to communicate I use phone apps like WhatsApp, LINE or social networks like Facebook and skype. I would like to point out that skype it’s a quite useful tool to work in groups if you combine it with Google Docs, for example.  

Apart from Google Docs, I use to create my writing works tools like Microsoft Office, Pixton and Paint. Microsoft Office is the one I use most. 

To organize all these documents, I use two basic tools: Dropbox and Google Drive. I use both of them not only to organize my documents but share with friends and colleagues all the information I found and it’s interesting for us, mainly regarding with teaching. To organize other kind of information like films, documentaries or TV series, I use trak.tv.

Finally, my PLE is complete with two different means of surf the net: Google Chrome and Firefox.
As you can observe in my diagram, I have a small PLN that I expect to expand with the training in ICT I am receiving in the master of Bilingual Primary Education. In fact, before starting this master I have just used Facebook and slightly YouTube. Now, I have created my own twitter account. 

Here is my coggle mindmap:

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