30 June 2015

Is Minecraft your planet?

Would you like to create your own planet and use Minecraft for that purpose in your CLIL Primary lessons?
Then, check MineCraft Planet, the e-publication that Marta Gómez that has designed along her Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

If you are a 9 or 10-year old kid and would like to investigate on planets in English, you are bound to find engaging learning missions that you are bound to enjoy, such as video and audio challenges, Minecraft games, collaborative presentations and so forth.

But of course, and as the e-publication infographic advertises, you are not alone. You are guided by the curated tools that Marta Gómez has gathered for you in the list below:

And, if you are a Science CLIL Primary teacher, you have your section too at this e-publication, outlined in a CLIL template as well as a mindmap, so that you can have a quick look about what goals can be achieved by surfing Marta's digital artifacts, what skills and competencies can be accomplished and what learning outcomes are to be produced.

Stay tuned for news about this project based learning oriented CLIL e-publication and find it all about how Marta has also become a connected teacher while turning her ideas into a real digital resource for CLIL learners.

29 June 2015

Little Geniuses of The Renaissance

Silvia Plana is kindly sharing her brand new e-publication for CLIL Primary learners: Little Geniuses of The Renaissance.

The site is intended to be used in Arts and Crafts lessons with 11-year olds and it has taken Silvia three months to turn the skeleton and mindmap of her first draft into a real digital publication. She has risen up to the challenge while completing her Master's Degree Mondule on The Use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

The best way to find out what this artistic e-publication has to offer both CLIL teachers and students is to take a glimpse at the infographic below, which Silvia designed as her personal contribution to the collaborative @infoEDUgrafias educational project.

The adventure through the lives of child geniuses starts with Leonardo, portrayed as a kid in neat storyboard, which later in the e-publication becomes a video challenge.

Once the main character of the e-publication is introduced, Silvia leaves it to the learners to investigate and autonomously learn more about Da Vinci, thanks to an animated clip:

MichaelAngelo is also a character in this CLIL resource, introduced as a friend of Da Vinci's and as means to challenge learners to become sculptors for a day.

You are all invited to surf this CLIL e-publication and let Silvia know what you think, after listening to her own reflections after having had completed her learning journey:

25 June 2015

Let's make learning fun

Here you are the e-publication Jimena Acevedo has recently released for Primary CLIL learners after having completed her Master's Degree Module on  The Use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid: Let's make learning fun!

The overview of this digital resource is clarifyingly mindmapped, so you can check to view the goals, key competencies, scaffolding and much more the author has envisaged from the very beginning.

The author has first thought of visual elements and principles, and in order to be able to think about that and put it into practice in her own e-publication, she has previously searched for inspiration in other ebooks, which she has evaluated:

After this prior step, and after curating and gathering some CLIL resources, tools and apps, to be included in her outcome, Jimena has dived into the difficult adventure of creating learning missions for her learners and any other kids interested in learning about landscapes and living things in English. She has eventually come up with audio and video challenges, storyboards and some other artifacts that you are all invited to surf now.

Finally, and after three months of solid work with ICT and web resources, Jimena has disseminated her work on a worldwide live session at WizIQ, co-presenting for Moodle MOOC 6, and has reflected about her own learning journey when creating her first e-publication ever.

24 June 2015

Landscapes around the world

Cristina Fradejas is a CLIL Primary Education teacher who has just finished her Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

All along the aforesaid module, she has been working on crafting a CLIL e-publication for Primary CLIL learners, which she is sharing now with all of us: Landscapes around the world. This open educational resource is aimed at ten-year-old students to learn Science through projects. Its main objective is to allow students to master information related to landscapes and their main characteristics, and in order for them to be able to accomplish that, Cristina has created a whole area for students to go on learning missions with which they work various skills and compentencies.

Check the e-publication infographic and/or its mindmap for an overview:

Some of the most engaging proposals in this e-publication are her challenge storyboard to foster students' competence on investigation and autonomous learning,

her video clip posing a problem for learners to help solve,

her cooperative slideshow with her peer Aser Santos,

or her playlist to encourage speaking skills.

Cristina is aware of the importance of being a connected teacher so that to spread connections among her students too, and that is the reason why she has contributed to collaborative projects, events and educational initiatives which have allowed her to be aware of innovative trends, establish relationships with other educators worldwide and open her teaching to a community of professional lifelong peers.

23 June 2015

The 7 Continents


A very engaging title for a CLIL e-publication for young Primary Education learners to learn and investigate about Geography in English. This is how Rubén M. Ferrero has named the student-centered digital open resource he has designed along the Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education he has just completed at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Meet Rubén by viewing his 321 Introduction and then have a look at the e-publication skeleton and infographic for a better understanding of his goals and aims at designing it and how to apply it in bilingual lessons.

Once inside, I invite you to explore the challenges Rubén is proposing the learners to rise up to, led by the main character of the e-publication, that is, Alan Walker, whom you can meet thanks to a storyboard, and later brainstorm with him about the knowledge gained through autonomous investigation.

But, better than reading about it all, why not listening to the author himself and his self-reflection on the e-publication? There you go!

22 June 2015

Elizabeth of Austria

The mysterious augmented image above is actually the cover of the e-publication Lourdes de los Mares has designed for CLIL Primary Bilingual learners along the Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education she has just completed at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Unveil what the cover is hiding with your Aurasma app; follow LourdesRosaDelmares and, as the author suggests, delve into the story of an intriguing puzzling historical lady as Elizabeth of Austria was at her time.

As any connected innovative teacher nowadays, before jumping into designing and developing an open educational resource, Lourdes analysed what she needed, the aims and goals of her artifact, investigated, searched for information, filtered and curated what best matched her ideas, and in order to gather all the resources, tips and inspiration, she created a nice list of digital resources for the digital classroom, which she would later incorporate to her epublication.
Her 'Elizabeth of Austria - The shadow of loneliness' is full of resources and learning mission for 12-year-old learners, who are challenged with video and audio challenges, collaborative presentations and connected adventures so that they understand the life of this sad-looking Queen. Besides, the author herself has gone on a hands-on approach and created a student-centered e-publication with lots of examples and guidelines produced by Lourdes herself, such as Voki Avatars, Powtoon animated clips and so forth, which work as scaffolding from a CLIL viewpoint. Just check the Students section in the e-publication and surf around.

Teachers are not forgotten in this e-publication, of course, and Lourdes has a whole area focused on various inspiring collaborative projects and online events worldwide, where she has participated herself and has found inspiration, too, so she is sharing them now in case any other teacher might also find them useful.

You are all invited to know Elizabeth of Austria better now, and from a somewhat different viewpoint to the usual historical one, as well as to meet Lourdes and view how she has understood her journey across this project based learning adventure.