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!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My CLIL E-project

After evaluating someone's eproject, now it was my turn, I had to make my own eproject!! 
My first choice was to do an eproject about the plants, but I couldn't go through with it because I didn't really like my final result, so I changed it and I did one about THE ANIMALS! Here is the link where you can see my prototype:
In this document is where I explain my project, the learning outcomes, the vocasbulary children will need to learn, and also the tasks they will do. 
It is intended for 3rd Grade, and all the activities are related with ICT. Children will use some online tools to carry out the activities they are asked to do in the project. It was hard for me to decide what tools could I use with the students, because they are quite young, but explaining to them how the toll works and showing them examples of what they need to do they will get it quite fast.
When I finished my prototype, I had to make a video, or animation clip in this case, where I had to show my project and try to engage other teachers on doing it with me.
The tool I decided to use to create my animation clip is called Powtoon. It is my first time using it, so at the beginnign it was quite hard to understand how it worked. But at the end I was able to figure out how to create and awesome and engaging clip!! With this toll it is not just about making a video, you can add music, your voice, pictures, or gifts; it is really fun and engaging!!
Here is the link where you can see my clip:
Hope you like it!
Marina :)

E-design evaluation

Hello again!
I know it's been a while since my last post, but this new challenge hasn't been easy for me, let me explain it to you.

For this new challenge  I had to choose an Eproject and evaluate it according to an especific rubris, there were so many projects where I could choose from, but finally I decided to choose one about Arts and Crafts, which is:
I chose it because I really like the content and how it works it with the students. The content and the tasks in this blog are related with the topic and also very well suited for children. It is well organized and clear for them, and the multimedia used in it is really visual and engaging for the students.

However, there are somethings that form my point of view need a little improvement, such as the size of the letter used, that is a little small for the students; the Lack of visual support in some of the tasks explained to the students, and also one of the activities is explained througha mindmap that is hard to follow and the students will not be able to understand what they need to do.

For you to see my evaluation in a more clear way, I have made a presentation with prezi, it is the first time I use this tool and I really liked it, it is easy to use and really engaging and visual.

Here you can see my presentation: 

Hope you like it!!!

Marina :)