Thursday, May 5, 2016

Final Mission


As you may guess by the title of this post this journey has come to an end, and I have to admit I feel a little bit happy about it, because this has been crazy!!

For this final mission I had to create a presentation showing some of the tasks that we have done and talking about what each topic has given us. For this presentation I have used Capzels. This tool gives you the chance to create a timeline with the pictures you like and you can add audio too. It is really easy to use, and I think that for a subject like history can be really engaging for students.

Here is my Capzels presentation:

As you have seen in the presentation, my favorite tool is Aurasma. I have never had the chance of working with this tool, in fact in this class was the first time that I heard of it.

At the beginning it was hard to figure out how it worked, but once I got it, it was amazing!! It is a really usefull tool for students and also for teachers, because you can use it to teach any topic in a really fun way.

This final task helped me realize the importance of ICTs in the class and through this journey I have learnt a lot and it helped me to improve my ICT skills what, nowadays, it's really important because our students know a lot about it and we should be able to keep up to date with them; for that I want to thank my teacher Mª Jesús.

So this is all friends, thank you for sharing this crazy journey with me!

Marina :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Create a rubricto assess e-projects


Here I am again all by myself, teamwork is over :( but that doesn't mean we are done with new ICT challenges.

Today I am going to talk to you about my newest challenge: Creating a rubric to assess e-projects.

For this assigment I had to create a rubric to evaluate my CLIL e-project, to create it I have decided to use a tool called Quick rubric. I've never heard of this tool, but after using it I 've seen how easy it is.
It is an online tool to create anykind of rubric you want, you just have to create an account and start working! It's really simple, the template is already there, you just have to fill the boxes with the information you want, you can add as many columns and rows as you like.

Also you can give your rubric a title and a brief description to clarify what your rubric is about. With Quick rubric you can also adapt your score rating to your own criteria. When you are finished, you just have to save it and the web tool will send you and email, to the email adress you provided when making the accunt, with an URL to share your rubric.

The thing that I really liked about this toll is that whenever you want to change your rubric, you can do it easily just click on edit rubric and make all the changes that you want.

Here you can see my rubric:

Finally I just want to add, that while doing this assignment I have realized how important rubrics are when you are evaluating someone's work. For me, as a current student and future teacher, rubrics help students understand why they have got the grade they did. I wish that when I was a student, more teachers have used rubrics when assessing some of my work, it would have saved me a lot of trouble!

Thanks for reading, I will be back with more challenges!

Marina :)

World book day

Hello bloggers!!

As you know last April 23 we celebrated the World Book day, and this meant that I had to face a new challenge.

This new challenge was about our favourite book and what type of readers we are. But it wasn't that easy, to tell you about that we had to use the app called Aurasma.
Maybe you remember one of my last posts where I talked about this app, because my team and I used to for our E-project. If you don't remember here is the presentation qe did to explain how you can use it:

But before creating my aura, I've created a poster about my favourite book. For that I used a tool called Canva. I've never used this tool before, but y friend Raquel told me about it. Canva is a very usefull tool to create posters, it is really easy to use and you can upload your own images to create the poster, the main disadvantage that I've found is that there are a lot of features that are not free to use.

After doing the poster, I used Movie Maker to make the video for my aura. Movie Maker is a great tool to create your own videos, you can use your own pictures, and record your voice too; it is very intuitive and easy to use. This is my video in case you are not able to use Aurasma:

When I finished my poster and my video, I was ready to create my aura! in order to see it you just have to download the app on your phone and follow my channel: mgoizum.

My classmates have also share their Auras in Pinterest, follow the board "A wall of books" if you want to see them!

I hope you like it!!

Marina :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Video challenge


Here is our last challenge as a team!

This time, MariaLauraSaraTeresaGuillermo and me had to create a video challenge for our students.

If you can remember these past post have been all related to the topic of ANIMALS, we have created an infographic, a collaborative slideshow, and now we had to create a video challenge.

First we had to plan our video, and to do that we have used Storyboard That, a tool that helps you create a comic. In this comic there is a brief explanation of the different scenes of our video challenge, it is a really easy tool to use and very fun too, for students, and teachers! here is our Storyboard:

Here is the link for you too:

After that we had to create our video, and in order to do that we used Sony Vegas Pro, a great tool that gave us the opportunity to create, design, modify any video to make it more attractive. You can customize any feature and detail related to the video. The main disadvantage could be that it is not a free online tool, but the results are just fantastic, but our partner Guillermo had an account so we didn't had problems using it.
Here you can see our great video challenge:

Furthermore, we published this entry on the ESL Times blog, so we inmidiately became reporters and received an award!

Thanks for reading!

Creating a collaborative slideshow that supports learners

Hello again bloggers!!

Here we are again with a new challenge: Creating a collaborative slideshow that supports our learners.

As you know, we are working in teams, so my peers SaraTeresa, LauraMariaGuillermo and me. decided to create a slideshow about How to use Aurasma with Google Slides. We agree on using this toll because it is very similar to Power point, so it was easy and quick to use.

With this tool you can create slideshows easily, adding pictures, videos or animations to make them more engaging.
The aim of this presentation was to help our learners to understand how to use the app Aurasma, we added video tutorials, as well as step by step instructions to make it easier to understand.

I am really happy to tell you that our slideshow is going to be part of a collaborative project called Aportics, and for our collaboration the gave us and award too! :)

Create an Infoedugraphic

Hello blogger friends!

Today I am going to tell you about a new challenge: creating an InfoEduGraphic.

To design this new digital artifact we had to work in groups. Working in groups gave us the chance of sharing ideas, see different points of view and we can also learn from each other.

The groups were created according to the topic we have chosen to do our CLIL e-Project, so I was allocated with five of my classmates whose topic was also ANIMALS. Here are the blogs and Twitter accounts of my peers:

Teresa Martin
Guillermo Lagarejos
Sara Rodríguez
María Collado
Laura Pérez

Once we got together, it was time to think about creating an Infographic. At first, we did not know what that was, so we had to figure it out; we found out that Infographics are visual representations of information (knowledge, contents…). They have a blog where we had to send it once we finished it, so they could publish it too.

We decided to crate an Infographic about the five groups of vertebrate animals, where children will learn the characteristics of each group and also they will learn to use Aurasma, an app that gives you the chance to work with augmented reality something really engaging for them.
When design our Infographic we used Piktochart, a great tool that allows us to create engaging Infographics to present projects, activities, and other kind of visual presentations. With this amazing tool we could customize our Infographic as we liked, and also we had the chance to upload our own images or videos. This helped us a lot, because as I have said at the beginning, our students will be using Aurasma in our Infographic and we could upload our images for our students to see what was hidden behing the pictures we uploaded.
Here you can see our Infographic:
We also had the chance to participate in a nationwide collaborative project thanks to InfoEduGraphics. As I've said at the begining we had to send our infographic to infoEDUgrafías so they could publish it in their blog, and for that they gave us an award for our participation!! 

Thanks for reading

Marina :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Our live Chocotalk!


I am really excited to talk to you about a live event that my peers carried out last Thursday.
As I told you in my last post I had to do an E-project, and I decided to do it about animals, after doing the project, I got together with some classmates that had chosen the same topic as me.

Now we had to work in teams and do several tasks, one if them was to do a live chocotalk. We assigned different roles for the members of the team, Guillermo is our speaker, Teresa and Sara are our community managers, and Laura, María and I are the content curators. Our role consisted on keeping record of how the Chocotalk was going.

Here you can see the work our community managers did during the live event. To show you their work I used a tool called Storify, it is an online tool really easy to use where you can "make the web tell a story".

And now I am going to tell you about the main ideas treated in our live event.

-          Date: 7th of April 2016.
-          Time: 19:00h Spanish time.
-          Moderator: Laura Gonzalez
-          Topics: 1. Advantages and disadvantages of CLIL.
              2. Social and emotional benefits of CLIL.
              3. ICT in the classroom.
              4. E-projects.
-          19:00h Chocotalk starts: Each speaker presents himself and his team members.
1.       Topic 1: Advantages and disadvantages of CLIL.
·         Main advantage: Crosscurricular link gives better results in students learning process.
·         Neus: Children work grammar in a more practical way.
·         Rubén: CLIL is difficult to carry out in High schools because there is one teacher per subject.
·         Celia & Guillermo: If everyone works together CLIL can be carried out in High schools too.
·         Álvaro: ICTs helps with communication and collaborative work, what can help implement CLIL in high schools.
·         Patricia & Rubén: Agree that ICTs is the best way to work with CLIL in High schools.
·         Guillermo: Talks about CLIL drawbacks; some experts say that working in a different language may damage the level of the children’s mother tongue.
·         Inma: there might be difficulties at the beginning when children are learning, but with the teacher’s support, children will be fine.
2.       Topic 2: Social and emotional benefits of CLIL.
·         Krashen’s theory.
·         Take into account children’s needs, interests, age, attitude, and motivation.
·         Not only children should be motivated when learning, also teachers should be motivated when teaching.
·         We are living in a digital society what means that technology is catching our students’ attention and we need to use that in our advantage in the class.
·         According to Krashen’s theory children must be exposed to 0 anxiety; Guillermo thinks that it’s good that children feel a little anxiety when performing in the class.
·         Emotions are really important in children’s development that is why they should be involved through all the activities children do.
3.       Topic 3: ICT in the classroom.
·         Álvaro: ICTs are important for children and also for teachers. The important thing it is the activity itself, and the final result, not the tool our students are going to use.
·         Neus: Tools are also important. As teachers we need to know what our students can use to do what we ask them to do. We need to select the best tool to meet our children’s needs.
·         Celia: As teacher we need to adapt the methodology we use to our students, for example using videogames to teach them some contents might have benefits in the class.
·         Patricia: ICTs also help teachers when selecting materials. Teachers don’t always have time to select the best materials for their students, but with ICTs teachers can communicate with other teachers making this selection easier for them.
·         Inma: answers to a twitter question. ICTs are not time consuming as people think; it is the opposite, children can work at their own path and the teacher has time to work with slow learners.
4.       E-projects.
·         Each team presented its project.
·         All of the projects are based on CLIL and all work with ICTs.
·         Inma encourages teachers to implement CLIL in their classrooms.
·         Guillermo promotes his blog.

Here is my award for collaborating in this live Chocotalk:

And finally here is the link to the chocotalk if you want to watch it!!