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.