Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Music 4 CLIL

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Ready to start adding Music for CLIL lessons, events, or simply enjoying while having a cuppa and a doughnout?

This is Music 4 CLIL, the brand new Spotify collaborative playlist for you to add any CLIL hit.





Looking forward to listening to good CLIL music!
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

EVO Sessions 2016

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Since 2001, the Electronic Village Online, a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section, has been offering free online professional development sessions to language teachers world-wide. 

It is now time to announce the Call for Participation for the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2016. A project of TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS), the EVO has been offering free, open online professional development sessions and workshops to teachers of English around the globe since 2001.

This year, they are pleased to offer 14 fabulous five-week sessions on a variety of topics, including flipped learning, teaching pronunciation, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, using Minecraft to teach English, using technology for CLIL, understanding copyright, and more.  For a complete listing and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com.
 
Please note that registration for the sessions will take place from January 3 to January 10, 2016. The sessions begin on January 10 and continue until February 14. To register for a session, follow the instructions on that session's page.
 
As always, EVO sessions are free (you usually need only a computer with Internet access and a desire to learn) and open to all, whether or not you are a TESOL member. They carry no academic credit, and participants may choose the level of involvement that works for them.

Visit the Call for Participation wiki  at http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708567/FrontPage and mark your calendars for EVO registration, January 3 - 10.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with EVO sessions!!!



Follow #evosessions and start the connection!!!


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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Find Edspeakers from all over the world!

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Edspeakers is an international community of professionals whose main aim is education innovation.

Fostered by Shelly S. Terrell, our mission is to make our passion for education available to all those education institutions in search of professional profiles that match their needs.

Virtually and face to face, we are all ready to share our knowledge, ideas and good practices within our field of expertise through keynotes, workshops, courses, consultancy and so forth.



Edspeakers meet at a user-friendly platform that has a database of international educator profiles for any organization to search through keywords. Just by using the Search page and entering keywords, the organizations will find profiles that match what they are looking for in order to help their own target audience.


You are welcome to visit and find your speaker!



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Monday, 30 November 2015

30 Goals Challenge For Educators 2016

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2016 is coming soon and so is a new edition of the famous collaborative educational initiative hosted by Shelly Sánchez Terrell: 30 Goals Challenge For Educators.

The adventure is back! 




Cycle 7 of the project, Make it Meaningful!, is now announced and looking for teachers willing to collaborate and be part of the challenge themselves.

Are you ready to be inspired and inspire, too?

If you are, start by filling in the 2016 form and propose a goal for teachers worldwide to accomplish. 

Create a short video 1 to 4 minutes. It will be posted at 30Goals.com and TeacherRebootCamp.com and shared on the project social networks. 

The goal should be something we can achieve in an hour or less and general for all teachers to accomplish. no matter the content area. 

See these examples: http://bit.ly/30goalsheartmind & http://bit.ly/30goalsschoolintro


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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Ways Parents Are More Powerful Than Superheroes

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Ways Parents Are More Powerful Than Superheroes Infographic
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

INTRODUCING TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED TEACHING

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Interested in learning what Technology Enhanced Teaching (TET) competence is, how much you have of it, and how to develop more? 

Then this course is for you! Join this introductory course by the European Schoolnet Academy, and then be invited to join the follow-up MOOC in which you will have the chance to collaboratively help define a new self-assessment tool developing for teachers!


This free course will introduce the concept of Technology Enhanced Teaching (TET) competence. The course will last 5 weeks and mainly targets teachers, but is also of relevance to head teachers and policy makers working in this area. 

Organised around 4 thematic modules, this course (which is the first in the MENTEP MOOC series on improving TET) will look at how TET competence is currently defined in national and international frameworks, and how certain countries are using online assessment tools to monitor this. 

It will also explore how teachers’ TET competence can be meaningfully assessed with a particular focus on the role of online self and peer-assessment. At the heart of the course will be examples of teachers’ experiences of using their TET competence to effectively teach their students. 




  • Where to enrolhttp://bit.ly/mentepcourse1 
  • Start date: 28 September 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Work required: 3 hours per week
  • Certification: Digital Badges for each completed module and a Digital Certificate if the full course is completed
  • Target audience: The course is open to anyone interested in the topic. However, the course is specifically targeted at teachers, but it is also of relevance to head teachers and policy makers working in the area. 

Social channels

The official course hashtag on Twitter is: #MENTEPcourse


The Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/techenhancedteaching






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Monday, 24 August 2015

Interested in #twima3 collaborative project?

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Many of you must have for sure heard of the twima project by now, or you might even have taken part either in twima1 or twima2, or both.

You might even have read some references in this very blog, learned about my students' connections with the project and the project outcomes to be downloaded from iTunes:

The World is My Audience

The World is My Audience 2



Well, now it is time for twima3! A nice way to face the upcoming school year in a collaborative way, with the chance to meet classes all over the world and get or keep in touch with the project awesome host, @theipodteacher.

#twima3 is in the beginning stages of getting started and I wanted to spread the word and encourage every teacher interested in collaborative writing lessons in English and/or designing an engaging digital publication, to show your interest and be part of this third stage of twima. You won't regret it and neither will your students. The Twima Project is the perfect chance to e-connect and foster digital and writing skills among your students while thoroughly enjoying cooperation.

After having been part of it in its first two stages, I must confess this collaborative project has been one of the most rewarding international projects I have taken part in. The requirements are so clear to follow and the host is so easy going that you feel everything fits in perfectly in your lessons from the very first minute planning starts. The outcomes are stunning and the added value of them being available at iTunes for free is an asset for all contributors to feel proud of their effort. I do recommend it for all levels and ages.

Click the link below for more information. This is only an interest form.  More detailed information will be coming in the next few months.


Do not hesitate to get directly in touch with @theipodteacher for as many details as you need. He will be more than willing to help you.
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Friday, 24 July 2015

The connected painters

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I am very pleased to share with you all today the CLIL e-publication María Llopis has designed for Sixth Grade learners, along her Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources at URJC in Madrid from February to May 2015.

Focusing on teaching Arts and Crafts in English, Maria has come up with an engaging blog for both teachers and learners, whose skeleton can be viewed in various formats: as a Google doc, as a mindmap or as an infographic, three different ways to take a glimpse of the learning goals, contents and evaluation criteria of everything this e-publication is offering.

But before actually going on hands on work, María had to go through the prior tasks of evaluating other e-publications according to visual and elearning principles as well as curating resources, tools and tips for her own proposals and it was not until she had overcome this investigation process that she did actually start with the design and creation steps.






Once ready for presenting teachers and learners with her proposals, María also connected with other peer teachers across the world so as to contribute with her own ideas and to become aware of how collaboration is added value to one's own teaching. Thus, she contributed to the Spring Blog Festival, Twima 2 and The Student Blogging Challenge, all of which have been inspiring for this young talented teacher to see digital CLIL learning from different approaches.

So now I do recommend you to go, check all the artifacts María has created for Primary Bilingual Arts and Crafts learners and see how Picasso, Velázquez or both painters together may be faced in a fun innovative way.



And if you would like to learn more about how the author has actually lived her own learning process, view her own self-reflection after this never-ending epublication was actually published.


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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The beautiful world of animals

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Check the CLIL e-publication aimed at Second Grade Primary Bilingual Students to learn about animals from a PBL approach.

The Beautiful World of Animals has been designed by Álvaro Martín as part of his Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources at URJC in Madrid from February to May 2015.

The e-publication comprises two sections: one aimed at teachers who might be interested in using the proposals in class, and another one aimed at students who would like to craft the proposals themselves.

Its starting point includes a skeleton, a mindmap and an infographic that provide an overview of what the epublication focuses on.



The process of coming up with the whole e-publication is explained by the author himself via a VoiceThread self-reflection.



Students are challenged with audio and video activities which foster communication skills as well as collaborative proposals that support their learning.





Besides, the e-publication has a cross-posting corner where Álvaro has gathered all the Master's Degree e-publications by his peers, a well curated section full of valuable resources for Primary CLIL teaching and learning.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The ancient eBook of the storytellers' secrets

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Dive into the amazing e-publication that Marta López has designed for 12-year-old CLIL learners and discover intriguing proposals to improve language, communication and digital skills.

The ancient eBook of the storytellers' secrets is the digital outcome of Marta's solid work and progress along three months, at heMaster's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources at URJC in Madrid from February to May 2015. As she herself describes, it has been an incredible learning journey which she is generously sharing now with any learner and teacher who might be willing to try it out.



You won't be disappointed if you decide to travel into storytelling with Marta's proposals of learning secrets, but get ready to be surprised, starting with the augmented e-publication cover above that is hiding a mystery, only to be unveiled by those with a mobile device and that follow the instructions Marta is clearing providing visitors with.

But before rising up to the challenge of working digital storytelling and CLIL with the secrets the epublication has for you, I do recommend you to check its mindmap, for a clear overview of what it is offering Primary teachers and learners:


Or if you are more into infographics, Marta has also turned the overview of her e-publication into one, so that her target audience can go into one format or the other, depending on their needs. Besides, she is offering tips on using infographics in teaching sessions and reflecting on her own contribution to a collaborative project, InfoEduGrafías, founded by a group of Spanish teachers who focus on the use of these means with and by students.



If you have read up to this very line, I am sure you are not bound to expect to find individual work as the core of this blogging portfolio, but quite the other way round. As you may have guessed by now, Marta regards storytelling as a collaborative experience and has crafted various artifacts that are evidence of cooperative learning and teaching approaches. Check her collaborative video challenge, for instance, and become aware of how Arts, ICT, CLIL and Digital Literacy can be brought together through cross-curricular approaches contributed by multi-teacher viewpoints.



In order to craft any learning mission, propose any inspiring activity or come up with digital artifacts, every teacher needs to know and have various online tools at hand, so as to be able to choose which one to use at each moment, that is, to gather the tools to craft the proposals.
And, how can one do that? Easy, becoming a curator! And that is what Marta's prior work has consisted of, whose result she is sharing in a magic webmix, curated thanks to Symbaloo.

If you want to know all about this promising artifact, visit the eBook and do not miss the chance to discover the secrets Marta is making available for Primary Bilingual Learners.

You will also get to know how she has accomplished the challenge to build her first e-publication and enjoy her imagination and CLIL views. Stay tuned!


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