Wednesday, 4 May 2016

This is not goodbye, but see you later

Hello everybody!

As you may have guessed by the title of this post, the moment has come to tell you about my last ICT challenge in the Masters. Time flies right? I can't believe we have reached the end of this course and that we are about to reach the end of the Masters. It is a bit sad if we take a look back. Along these 8 months we have made good friends, we have had great and not so great times and, most importantly, we have learnt so much about bilingual teaching. However, we start now a new stage in which we will get to do what we truly love, teach, and thanks to the knowledge we have acquired in this Masters, I bet we will all make great teachers! 

As regards to this subject, I have learnt a lot from all of the challenges that we have had to accomplish throughout it, and I will definitely put into practice many of the tools that I have learnt about in my future as a teacher. 

Do you remember all of them? If not, don't worry because that is exactly what our last challenge was about. In it, we had to make a multimedia presentation in which we described and reflected about all of these challenges and about our learning process along this subject. 

I decided to start by writing a script of what I wanted to say, after which I chose the online tool that I thought was going to be more suitable for it. In this way, I picked of all the tools that our teacher had provided us with. What I liked the most about this tool is that it offers many possibilities for recording multimedia presentations. Users can either make their presentation with a tool they are more familiar with or feel more comfortable with, like PowerPoint or Goggle Docs, and then upload it to this web so that it transforms it into a video presentation; or they can simply record their video online. Also, if you go for the first option, this tool gives you the possibility to record your voice so that the public can hear what you have to say about every slide. Doesn't it sound great?

However, as most tools, also have some drawbacks. First of all, if you happen to have made a mistake while recording the audio of a slide and you want to have it corrected, you must delete the whole fragment and record it again. This can be very inconvenient as you can imagine, since your speech for that slide might be large. Secondly, and as is normal within online tools, only users with a premium account can have access to unlimited recordings. Unlike users with a free account, who can only make 3 recordings a month. 

In short, is amazing if you are looking for an easy-to-handle tool to make a multimedia presentation. Plus, the final outcome is great, as you can see below in my presentation about these three months as an ICT learner.

Thank you for reading once again and don't forget that this is not a goodbye, but see you later. I will keep you posted on other challenges that I encounter in my journey as a teacher. 

I hope you liked my presentation and do not hesitate to leave me a comment or to ask me any questions you may have about

See you later!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Evaluating our e-projects

Hello everybody!

Here I am again to tell you all about our new ICT challenge. This time, we had to create a rubric to evaluate the final outcome of our groups' e-projects. 

As teachers, we all know that evaluating is one of the most difficult tasks that we have to carry out and, for that reason, I thought this challenge was going to be quite complicated to accomplish. Plus, we are still no experts in evaluating and I wanted to be as fair as I could with the work that my classmates and myself had done. 

However, once I started making my rubric I found out that it was not that difficult at all! You see, throughout these three months that we have been learning about ICTs in the bilingual clasroom, our teacher has provided us with a lot of rubrics in which we could see the criteria that she was going to use to evaluate us. So, once I started doing my own, I suddenly realised that the ideas of what to evaluate were easily coming to my mind.  

But wait, do you know what a rubric is? It is a way of assessing and giving students feedback on their work and in which they can clearly see the criteria that you are going to be using and how each aspect is going to be evaluated. 

To make my rubric, I used QuickRubric.
I don't know if you have any experience with this tool but if you don't I totally recommend that you give it a try. It is very complete and easy to handle, since once you are logged in, it inmediately presents you with a clear template which you just have to fill in according to the evaluation criteria that you are going to be using. All you have to do, is to customize this template by adjusting the number of columns and rows, as well as the score rating for each column, so that it meets your needs. 

I know it may sound a bit confusing, but don't worry because I am now going to tell you, setp by step, how to use and make the most of this wonderful tool. 

First of all, you need to create an account. To that end, you just need to click on "log in" at the upper-right corner of the webpage, and then on "I'm a new user". Unless you already have an account, in which case you will have to click on "I have an account"

Once you are logged in, click on "create my rubric". Afer doing so, this tool will inmediately present you with a rubric template for you to fill in. 

3. Now, it is time for you to customize this template according to the evaluation criteria that you are going to be using. For that you will see how, at the bottom of the page, you are given the options to add columns and rows. You are also given the chance to delete rows. All you have to do is to click on the red cross that you can see in each row.

4. Adjust the score rating at the upper-right corner of your rubric as you deem necessary. Choose the highest score that your students are going to be able to get from their work, as well as the lowest, and this tool will automatically calculate the corresponding score for each column. This way, your students will be able to relate each feature of the final outcome of their work with the corresponding punctuation.   

5. Fill in the template with the details of the way in which you are going to be assessing your students work and once you finish, click on "save rubric", at the bottom of the page. 

Pretty easy, right? However, here is where we can see QuickRubric's weak point. Once you have saved your work you are just given the option to download your rubric or to share it online by copying the web link with which it provides you. It doesn't give you the option to get an embedded code. 

However, my classmate Laura gave us the perfect solution for this. By downloading our rubric and then uploading it to Drive we could finally get the embedded code to share our work with others. I took her advice and here you can see the final result of my rubric. 

Also, here you are the link to my rubric in case you prefer to have a look at it online: 
I hope you like it and find it useful. Feel free to use it if you believe it is going to be of help for you and don't forget to leave me a comment! I'll be pleased to hear your opinions. 

Thank you for reading,

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Reading is dreaming with open eyes

Hello there everyone!

As I guess all of you know, yesterday was the World Book and Copyright Day. So, as a tribute to such a wonderful event, for our new ICT challenge we had to tell the world, in a very special way, the kind of readers that we are. 

To that end, we were asked to create a collage that would summarize ourselves as readers, and a video in which we talked about the features that defined us as readers and the kinds of books that we liked the most. Do you want to know how I made mine? Just keep reading to know all about it and to see the final results.  

First of all, I decided to use Piktochart for the creation of my collage. The main reason why I chose this tool was because my experiences with it in the past challenges have been quite positive and I absolutely loved the results. They were so eye-catching! 

So here you are my new creation with this amazing tool. As you can see from it, I am a suspense lover and, consequently, mystery books are my favourite! 

For the making of my video, on the other hand, I used several tools. First of all, I recorded my voice here, in a webpage created to that end. Then, I used the famous tool "Audacity"  to join, as a single audio track, the audio with my voice and the one with the music I had selected for my video. 

Lastly, I used "MovieMaker" to put all of it together and make my video. I must admit that I wasn't going to use this tool initially. At first, I tried to make my video with an online tool called Kizoa, as I had seen some of my classmates recommending it in their blogs. However, after having spent many hours trying to figure out how it worked, I finally decided to use MovieMaker, which in my opinion is really easy to use and gives just as great results, as you can see in my video here: 

Once we had our collage and our video ready, we had to upload them to "Aurasma" in order to join them together and turn them into a "trigger image", or what is the same, a "real world" image. It sounds quite complicated, doesn't it? Don't worry! you will understand everything with this wonderful tutorial that some of my classmates did about this tool. This tutorial helped me a lot throughout this "World Book Day" challenge, and I bet it will help you to understand everything about it too. You can also find it in my classmate Álvaro's blog.


As you were able to see in this tutorial, Aurasma is an augmented reality platform which allows users to create "real world images". Just by downloading its app to your phone and by scanning these trigger images with your camera, you will be able to enjoy watching videos in a whole different way! 

In my opinion, this is a great tool to use in the classroom as our students will definitely love it. However, I must admit that I had some problems with it at the beginning. First of all, I could not download its app to my phone because it required me to have iOS 8 installed, which is no longer available for my phone, an Iphone 4. Besides, I also found some problems when uploading my video, as its extension was not compatible with this tool, which meant that I had to change my video's extension from .wmv to .mp4 so that it could finally be uploaded.

Nevertheless, and despite all the trouble, I love the final result. Do you want to see it? Just download the Aurasma app to your mobile phone and scan the trigger image that you can see below. Isn't it great?

Another important aspect about this challenge that I need to tell you about is that our teacher, Mª Jesús, created a new board on pinterest (remember we already had this one for sharing resources on CLIL) for my classmates and I to share our final outcomes on this World Book Day challenge. Do you want to know what my peers have to say about their favourite books? Just click here and I'm sure you will find out about wonderful new stories to read.  

Thank you for reading,

Tuesday, 19 April 2016


Hello again!

As the saying goes: all good things come to an end, and so has our group challenges for ICT. 

I love working as part of a group and, I must say, I had a great experience working with my peers throughout these team challenges. We have laughed so much and, most importantly, we have learnt a lot from each other. I am definitely going to miss being part of team geography! 

For our last challenge, we had to create a tutorial that would support our students in their performance of our project. Keeping this in mind, we decided that the best choice was for us to do it about PIKTOCHART, since our students would have to use this tool to make an inphographic about an European country, as you could see in our storyboard and video

Having agreed on this, we started our search for the most appropriate tool to fit the idea that we had in mind of how we wanted our tutorial to look like, and that's when we came accross "Screencast-O-Matic". This is an online tool that allows users to record their computer's screen and their voice at the same time, all of which with a high quality of image and sound. It also allows its users to share their final product in Youtube or to download it if they prefer to do so.

If you are considering using Screencast-O-Matic , you must know that you need to create an account first. To do so, you have two possibilities: to sign up for the free version or for the paid one. In our case, we chose the free one, which came out to be quite complete. This version allows you to record up to 15 minute videos, and it also gives you the chance to use your webcam so that the public can see you along with your computer's screen. However, we did find an aspect that needs to be improved with regards to this tool: it crashes quite often and, as a consequence, there were many ocassions in which it took too much time to save the changes we had made. How stressful that was!

Once we had finished recording our tutorial, we decided to edit it by using Imovie, as we did in our video challenge. The main reason why we agreed on using this app, was because we had a really positive experience with it during that challenge, so we decided to use it again and add music and special effects to our tutorial through it. 

Do you want to see the final outcome of our last challenge? Just click on play in the following video and you will do so while learning everything about using Piktochart too! 


Also, and as we did with the rest of our group challenges, we presented our tutorial to be part of a nationwide collaborative project: AporTICs. So once we had our tutorial ready, we submitted it to their blog and are currently waiting to have it published.

Another important fact to highlight is that we chose a common license for our tutorial. We decided to do so because, throughout our ICT classes, we have learnt how important and beneficial it is for teachers to share resources and ideas. In this case, we chose this license Licencia de Creative Commons by which we allow others to share our work but not to modify it nor benefit economically from it.

And that is all, I would like to thank my group once again for the great work and wonderful ideas. It has been a pleasure working with you guys! GO GEOGRAPHY TEAM!

Monday, 18 April 2016


Hello everybody!

Are you ready to hear all about my new ICT challenge as part of the group made by AnaVictorInmaLolaNatalia and myself? Then sit back and enjoy because I bet you will love it! 

For this challenge, we had to share our knowledge on CLIL,together with the rest of our classmates, in a live event that took place on the 7th of April: a Choco-talk. Have you ever heard of these kinds of events? In case you haven't, just click here and I'm sure you will find all the information you need to become an expert on them. 

To take part in this talk, the first thing we had to do was to assign the roles that each of the members in our groups were going to carry out. In the case of my group, Victor and I were going to be in charge of disseminating information about our talk in the social networks (twitter, facebook...)before, during and after it. Inma and Lola, on the other hand, were in charge of joining in and talking on behalf of the whole team, and finally, Ana and Natalia were chosen as "the curators", whose main mission was to summarize all the information given and any other interesting facts happening at the talk.

As you can imagine, at first we felt nervious and kind of insecure about this talk since, as students, we still have a long way to go in what concerns CLIL methodology, and also because our talk was going to be available in Youtube and Google+, which meant that it could be watched by many people. However, once it started, all that insecurity vanished and our speakers sounded like real experts in CLIL! 

As for me, I must say that I really enjoyed my role as a disseminator, even though it was a bit stressfull at times as it was quite difficult to tweet and keep up with what was going on in our Choco-talk at the same time. Nevertheless, I managed to do it, and within the blink of an eye, our talk was over! Do you want to know what I had to say about it? Just click on the image on the right and you will be redirected to my twitter account. 

Also, if you want more information about what happened within our Choco-talk, take a look below and read the summary made by the curators in our group. There you will also find the recording of our talk in case you want to watch it. Fantastic job girls!

I hope you enjoyed learning about our Choco-talk and, once again, thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Hello there!  

Here I am again to talk to you about the new ICT challenge that my group: AnaVictorInmaLola, Natalia and I, have recently taken.

This time, we had to accomplish two interrelated tasks: creating a storyboard that served us as the blueprints for a video about our CLIL e-project, and making that video. To that end, we firstly had to think about a goal that we would like to achieve with our project and, as I told you in my last post, after weighing up several possibilities, we finally agreed on the following: 

To learn about the physical and political features and some of the most distinguishing representations of the European countries

So, now that we had our goal, we were ready to start! 

First of all, we had to think of a tool to make our storyboard with. After having had a looked at different ones, we decided to take our teacher's advice and use "Storyboard That". This is a great online tool if you want to create a story for your students or just present any kind of information to them in the form of a comic strip. It is very easy to use and it offers many possibilities for creating an eye-catching story. Some of the positive aspects that we found about "StoryboardThat" are: 

  • You can choose the number of vignettes that you would like your story to have, as well as their background. 
  • You can also choose between a wide range of characters and even change their appearance (you can make them look happy, sad.... you can change the color in their clothes...etc). 
  • You can add text to your vignettes in the form of speech bubbles and in many other shapes. 
However, we found some other aspects about this tool that, from our point of view, would need to be improved. For instance, we did not like the fact that the work you do is not automatically saved. This means that you have to be saving it all the time yourself, and even though the webpage frequently reminds you to do so, it would be fantastic if this could be done automatically. Another important fact is that, unless you have a premium account, you are not allowed to do many things, such as including pictures, something that would come in very handy to customize your story as you like.  

All in all, we can say from our experience that StoryboardThat is a great tool to use in the classroom. We can use it to communicate anything to our students in a more visual way that will definitely help them understand, especially when communicating in English. For example, we could use it to help our youngest students to get used and remember the class and school's routines, or we could use it with students with special needs, such as autistic children, who constantly need plenty of visual support for learning. 

Now that we had our storyboard ready, it was time to make the video about it. That meant that we had to record ourselves performing the scenes in our storyboard. I must confess, at the beginning I was embarrased just to think about it, but in the end it all turned out to be quite fun! We had a great time and a good laugh. 

We decided to choose Imovie for the edition of our video. None of us knew how this app worked until that moment, but after figuring it out, we were glad we had chosen it. Among the many positive aspects that we can draw from it, I believe it is important to highlight the following:

  • It is a very intuitive tool, which means that if you have never used it before, you will quickly learn how to do it. 
  • It allows you to choose the music you want to add to your video and its volume, which you can change along the scenes as you please.
  • It also allows you to add pictures and videos to it, so you can customize it as you like.
The only negative aspect about this app, if any, would be that the choice of the sizes of the font to use is a bit limited. 

Once we had our storyboard and video ready, we decided to take part in another nationwide educational collaborative project: The ESL times. Let's hope they like our work! 

Would you like to see the final outcomes of our group  work for this two-in-one challenge too?

Here is our storyboard, which you will also find here

Made with Storyboard That

Also, as you can see in our storyboard, we created an Inphographic about Norway as an example of what our students would have to do for this project. I include it here so you can see it better, but you can also click here to have a look at it on the web. 
And finally, here is our video. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did recording it. It was lots of fun! And if you want to watch it in Youtube, just click here

That's all for today! I hope you liked the work we did for this challenge and once again, thank you for reading!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016


Hello there! 

It's been a short Easter holidays, I hope you made the most of it and had lots of fun and rest. But now, let's get back to work!

As you may have guessed by the wonderful quote by Henry Ford in the picture, our new ICT challenge has in fact been a group challenge. Group work gives us the perfect opportunity to have great results since, in a group, we don't just count with our ideas and potential but also with the ideas and potentials of the rest of our colleagues. "Two heads think better than one" right? So imagine what we can do with six!

In this case, we were placed in a group according to the topics we had chosen in the previous challenge four our CLIL e-project drafts. Do you remember mine? Well, given the fact that my topic had to do with Geography, I was placed in a group with my classmates AnaVictorInmaLola and Natalia, who had chosen similar topics. 

For the upcoming group challenges, we were asked to think about a common CLIL e-project that combined a piece of all of our individual ones. Not an easy task! After weighing up several possibilities, we finally reached an agreement: our new e-project would have as its main goal, the teaching of Europe's most important political, physical and cultural features. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that we had already set our goal, we still had an important decision to make: how could we make a motivating project out of this? You see, we thought that as primary school teachers, it is essential that we motivate our students and engage them in the learning process, and what works better at doing that than games? So we decided to name our e-project after the"Olympic Games" and, on the pretext of looking for the perfect country to host the next Olympic Games,  we would have our students search for all that information about a given European country. Isn't that a great idea?

Having this in mind, we took over our first group challenge. In it, we had to create what is known as an "Infographic" about our new project. Now, I know what you are thinking: "what is an Infographic?". Well, it is basically a means through which we communicate something graphically. Still don't get it? Don't worry, you will see it clearer once you see the final outcome of my group's Infographic at the end of this post. 

However, before doing so, you must know that the first thing we did was to choose the tool that matched the best the idea that we had in mind of how we wanted our Infographic to look like. Finally, we agreed on ,a web tool that allows users to create attractive, eye-catching presentations as it gives them the opportunity to choose between a wide range of templates, graphics, pictures and even font styles. I must say I had never heard of this online tool before. The main reason why we finally decided to pick it was because some of the members in my team had seen some presentations made with this tool before and liked the results. Now, after having been working with it for the development of our Infographic I must say I couldn't agree more with them! Piktochart is great! 

We even sent our Infographic to the InfoEdugraphics nationwide collaborative blog  to take part in its nationwide project, and were given an award for having participated in it, as you can see in the "awards" section of my blog. 

So, do you want to see the final result of our InphoEdugraphic? Just click here or have a look below. I hope you like it! 
Thanks for reading

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Getting ready for our final CLIL e-project

Hello everybody! 

First of all, I would like to wish all of you a very happy Easter holidays. I hope you have a great time and get lots of rest too!

This week I had to take a new challenge for my ICT class at the Masters. Guess what it was about! We had to make a prototype of what our final CLIL e-project for this subject was going to be like. In addition, we had to make a video to introduce and explain our project to the public. As you can see, it was not an easy task this time!

After some days thinking about it, I finally chose "the countries of Europe" as the topic for my project . The main reason why I decided on this topic was because my students in the Masters' traineeship are learning about Europe right now, and I'm seeing how geography can be such an abstract and boring subject for them. This made me think of possible ways to make geography more appealing and significant to them and here you are the results! I hope you like them!

I used Powtoon to make my project's video clip because I think it is an awesome tool to make attractive presentations, something that I believe is essential for catching people's attention. Moreover, it counts with a great variety of unique resources (characters, backgrounds, types of texts....etc) that surely fits everybody's idea of what a good presentation should be like. All of that while allowing you to record your voice or even add background music to it. It is just great, and most important of all, it is free!

I tried to make a short, eye-catching video that would summarise the most relevant facts about my project and that could also serve me as a way of increasing my students' interest towards it. Do you want to have a look at it? Just click on the image!: 

Finally, I also used Google docs to develop my project's prototype more in depth, so if after watching my video you want to know more about it, just click here

That's all! I hope you found my ideas interesting and enjoyed my video clip. I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions about them!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Evaluating previous years' CLIL e-projects

Good afternoon everybody!
After some busy days working on other subjects of the Masters, here I am again, with a new ICTs' challenge. 
This time, we had to choose over a list of our previous years colleagues' CLIL e-projects, one to evaluate. To do so, we were provided with a couple of rubrics that guided us through the aspects that we had to pay special attention to in these projects. You can have a look at them here and here
As for me, I chose to do my evaluation about the following e-book:

I chose this project to do my evaluation  about because, after having had a look at some others from the list supplied by our teacher, this was the one that caught my attention the most. Not only becuase of its design, which is simple but eye-catching at the same time, but also because it deals with a topic that I believe can gives us scope to prepare a wide variety of activites, as well as to work with different resources.
Once we had assessed such e-project, we were supposed to make a presentation of the results of our evaluation. For that end, I used a webtool named "Genially". The main reason why I chose is because it offers a great number of resources to make presentations look different, attractive and engaging. 
Generally speaking, I think is a great tool and I totally recommend it. However, I did find some difficulties once I started working with it. I guess you just need to get used to the way it works!
Without further ado, click here to have a look at my evaluation: 


I hope you like it and leave some comments!

Monday, 29 February 2016

My board on Pinterest

Hello again and happy leap year day everybody!

As you already know, my classmates and I created a common board on Pinterest for our ICT class in the Masters. What you don't know is that, after that, we were asked to create our own personal board where we had to post the resources that we liked the most from this common bank, or found that could be of more use for our future CLIL projects. 

I must confess here, before all of you, that I have had a Pinterest account for ages now but I never really appreciated its use. In fact, I thought it was just a tool to find ideas and resources for making crafts.Now, in contrast, not only do I know that Pinterest is way more than that, but I also wouldn't know what to do without it! 

Why has Pinterest become so important to me? Well, you see, as I told you in one of my latest posts, I think it is very positive for us, as teachers to share our ideas, resources and experiences with one another, since this enhances our teaching practice enormously. This webtool allows you to do so while it provides you with the opportunity to organize your own resources, as you can keep all of them in one place. Isn't that great? 

So, to lead by example, here is the link to my own personal board in Pinterest: I know that at the moment it only contains 12 resources but I hope you find them useful. I promise to keep it up and to continue finding more and more useful tips and materials for CLIL! 

I will keep you posted! 

P.S: Don't forget to leave a comment and give me your opinion about my board on Pinterest! 

Sharing knowledge


My Masters' classmates and I created a common board in Pinterest for our ICT class. There, each of us shared 6 CLIL resources which we believed could come in handy for our lessons. Click here if you want to have a look:   

As I see it, this is a wonderful idea because it allows us to learn from each other, something that will benefit all of us in the present, as students of the Masters, and also in the future, as bilingual teachers. As the saying goes, "two heads are better than one", so imagine what can we do with 32 heads! 

The following are the resources that I shared within this common board: 

  • 50 practical ideas to organize your classroom, where you will find everything you need for organizing your CLIL classroom. Hope you find the tips here as useful as I do!
  • 3 Sample ways to display classroom language. Beginning with CLIL is not an easy task. That's why we must always provide our students with visual support so that they become familiar with the most common classrom language.
  • A webpage for finding resources and sample didactic units for each of the 6 years of primary education. Here you will also find a long list of ICT resources to use in your lessons. Very complete and useful!
  • A video to teach our student how our muscular system works in a fun and clear way. 
  • A webpage for finding a great variety of wonderful resources to plan your Science lessons, from videos explaining different topics to quizzes for practising what has been learnt. Science can be so much fun!
  • And another website for teaching our students about the physical and political geography of different countries and continents through games. 

I hope you find these resources, along with the ones provided by my classmates, useful. Once again, your feedback is more than welcome, so do not hesitate to leave a comment if you feel like it. 

Sunday, 28 February 2016

My blog's license

Hello everybody! 

It's been a few days since my last post and I wanted to let you know that I'm fine! I've just been a bit busy. 

In case you haven't noticed, at the bottom of my blog you are now able to see an image like this which means that I got a "Creative Commons License". What is that? Well it's basically a legal way of permitting the public of your publications to share and use your ideas and materials under the terms and conditions you choose. 

In the following picture you will be able to see the different Creative Commons licenses there are available, so you can choose the one you think suits you the best. 

As you can see, the license I chose for my blog allows others to share, copy and redistribute my publications. It also allows my blog’s visitors to adapt, transmit or build upon them. As a condition, they will always have to provide a link to my license, and not use any of my materials for commercial purposes.

I chose this license because I think it is really enriching for us, as teachers, to share our ideas and materials, as well as our experiences with them. This will allow us to learn from each other, and thus, to enhance our teaching practice. However, I chose not to allow anybody to economically benefit from my materials because I believe that improving education should be something that teachers do selflessly.

Do you want to be part of Creative Commons? Follow this link to create your own license and please do not hesitate to leave a comment if you have any doubt or want to share your point of view on this matter with me.