5 May 2015

Chef of Volume


Chef of volume is the e-publication that Marta Plaza, a pre-service teacher taking part at the Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources in CLIL Primary Education at University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, has designed for bilingual third graders.

She has been working on it since February 2015, and now it is time to spread the word about her open educational resource that aims at Primary Bilingual learners to acquire various key competences, such as Maths, Digital competence, Communication skills and some others which can well be acquired by accomplishing the wide range of missions and challenges that she is proposing.



If you check her e-publication as a learner you will be able to create presentations on geometric shapes, online write recipes of creative imaginative sandwiches, or create brief animated video clips on daily food. Besides, you will also be able to take part in audio and video challenges as well as viewing other kids who have already done so, such as Holly and Phoebe, who Marta has augmented thanks to Aurasma:


If you are a CLIL teacher, checking Marta's site will surely inspire you for designing your own learning missions and you will also be able to track Marta's evolution along her journey through ICT and CLIL from scratch, as she is providing the very beginning of her e-publication through the design of its skeleton and mindmap, evaluating visual principles from other epublications, towards the participation in collaborative projects worldwide so as to become a connected educator, such as #twima2, @infoEdugrafias or Spring Blog FestivalMoodle MOOC 6 and Student Blogging Challenge.



Do not miss this promising young Primary teacher's e-publication and stay tuned for upcoming challenges and missions. Now meet Marta and visit her site.

Feedback will be appreciated!




Congratulations, Marta Plaza, for your awesome educational resource!


29 April 2015

Countries from the British Empire

Today we publish a new work from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). The students 1ºESO C have done an amazing project called "The perfect Brit" 

Inmaculada López, the English teacher tell us:

During the 2nd term 1º ESO C students were reading “Around the world in 80 days” as part of the project “The perfect Brit” they have been working on in collaboration with 1º Bachillerato C students. I thought it would be a great idea to learn a bit of British history while having fun following Phileas Fogg’s adventures around the world, so we set out on our own after having a look at what Victorian life was like and what the term Victorian referred to.
After reading, students were asked to choose one of the countries Phileas Fogg visits and create a digital leaflet with information about it using smore. They had to include information about important cities, the main language, food and drink, popular music, sports or any other thing they thought it might be interesting. Besides, they were asked to present their work orally to the rest of the class and their presentations were recorded.
You can check out the task step by step plus their leaflets by clicking on the photo:
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Also, I suggest that you watch these fantastic oral presentations. As always, they did a great job.
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
ORAL PRESENTATIONS

WELL DONE GUYS!!!

27 April 2015

Terrorism nowadays

Today we publish a new work from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). The students 3ºESO B and C have done an amazing activity about the Terrorism nowdays. 

Inmaculada López, the English teacher tell us:


After nearly 3 months working on The Troubles in Ireland with 3º ESO I thought the best way to draw things to a close would probably be to make the students think about recent examples of terrorism and what the best ways to fight it might be.
Most of them start their work explaining why Ireland is an example of progress to then move on to mention examples of terrorism nowadays such us Charlie Hebdo, the Bardo National Museum attack, Malala’s story and her will to change things no matter the cost, among others.
Finally, they write about possible solutions to fight terrorism mentioning that both sides have to make an effort because…

WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

Click on the photo to see their work:
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22 April 2015

The Troubles in Ireland

Today we publish a new work from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). The students 3ºESO B and C have done an amazing activity about the Troubles in Ireland. 

Inmaculada López, the English teacher tell us:


From 1968 to 1998 the situation in Northern Ireland was very complicated and not many people dared to visit Belfast, a not very safe place for 30 years. Luckily for everybody, Irish people managed to overcome their differences and are working together towards a brighter future.
As this year we are working on progress in our project “Moving forward with 3º ESO” , I decided that we would devote the second term to study how Ireland could be used as an example of progress in societies.
We started off having a look at some of the graffiti on the wall of shame in Belfast and discussing them in class:
The wall of shame
The wall of shame
One of your first questions was:
“Inma, who was to blame for this conflict?”
No answer from me, I wanted you to find your own answer after working on the topic…so we went on and on and watched “The Boxer” and listened to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2 and you wrote your impressions of both of them here:
The Boxer
The Boxer
Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday
3º C came up with these fantastic timelines and oral presentations. Click on the photo to have a look at the presentations:
The Troubles
The Troubles

Oral presentations:


3ºB, on the other hand, created this collaborative wall where they have explained why Ireland is an example of progress. Click on the photo if you fancy finding out more:
The Irish Troubles
The Irish Troubles
After all this hard work you found the answer to your question:
“There were no baddies. There were only victims, lots of victims.”
And drew your own conclusions:
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15 April 2015

Animals: Descriptions and questions

From CPR Barranco de Poqueira in Capileira (Granada), we share a great work that pupils in 5th level made while they were studying the wild animals.

-First, they chose animals to find information
-Then, they completed a simple sheet with the results
-Later, they wrote sentences using simple present and some action verbs: run, jump, fly, eat, swim...

Finally, they added the animals descriptions and the photos in this virtual wall created with Padlet:
 http://es.padlet.com/inglescapileira/enk9lov2hhtr




In groups, they were thinking questions about animals and designed two questionnaires with Google Drive. You can try them:



9 April 2015

Saint Patrick's Day

Today, we share Saint Patrick's Day celebration from IES Jaime Gil de Biedma in Nava de la Asunción (Segovia). 

Thanks to Inmaculada Cuéllar, the English teacher and Sara García Pardo that tells us in this post. 

Last Tuesday, we celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day during the break time. It is a festivity that takes place on 17th March in Ireland to commemorate the death of Saint Patrick, but each year it is celebrated in more cities around the world.

It took place in the “Salon de Actos” which was decorated with shamrocks, balloons and main symbols of the country as the harp, the Celtic cross and the Claddagh, the pot of gold that appears at the end of the rainbow and the Irish flag.
Moreover, the students of 1st and 2nd course of ESO could send drinks and food. Teachers and students could buy drinks as orange juice, kiwi juice, milk and tea which represent the Irish culture and their colours; and food as biscuits with the colours of Irish flag (green, orange and white), green and orange cupcakes, Guinness cake, Sponge with snakes, chocolate coins and bars.
The students collaborated doing a presentation of the story of Saint Patrick’s Day and of a legend called “the farmer and the leprechaun”. They also gave shamrocks as presents to wish good luck, and we have the opportunity of enjoying with the company of an authentic leprechaun.
It was short but complete break time.


By Sara García Pardo.

19 March 2015

Spring Blog Festival 2015


Write down 21 March 2015 on your agendas. The Spring Blog Festival is back!

During 13 hours non stop, the same amount of speakers from all over the world will be going live to showcase their experiences on a wide range of topics, which cover from transformational blogging and reflective blogging to connectivity, history, evolution, teaching tools, multi-media, thinking & creativity, families, schools, and content curation.



Please join us live from 11 am GMT to 23 pm GMT at the Festival Conference Area and spread the word at Twitter using our event hashtag #springblogfestival.