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!