Thursday, 8 October 2015

Ways Parents Are More Powerful Than Superheroes

Ways Parents Are More Powerful Than Superheroes Infographic
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015


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 enrol 
  • 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:

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Interested in #twima3 collaborative project?


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


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


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


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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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Exploring The Solar System with María

 Today María Dauden is sharing the CLIL e-publication she has designed for Primary Bilingual learners: Teaching with María.

This visually engaging open educational source is aimed at kids to investigate and learn about planets and has been designed by its author as part of her Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources at URJC in Madrid from February to May 2015.

It includes various types of proposals for learners to accomplish automously, which will allow them to improve their digital and language skills as well as to foster team collaborative work, as María is a collaborative teacher herself and has set an example by accomplishing some challenges with her peer teachers and taking part in international projects and events, as evidence that connected learning is an asset when one considers pupils as global citizens.

Thus, any leaner or teacher that decides to surf 'Let's explore the Solar System' is surely going to enjoy having a look at the e-publication storyboard, the video and audio challenges, or the 'Welcome to my Planet' activity.

And, if you would like to know more about María's evolution and progress, she is also sharing a summary of her own connected learning journey around the design of this educational epublication.

Besides, the evidences of how she has become a connected collaborative teacher are available at her blog self-reflection and international participation, such as the contribution to #twima2The World is My Audience, and #springblogfestival: Impressions on an online event.

Get to know María better in 3 simple steps and leave her your feedback, which she will surely appreciate!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

30 Goals Conference Keynote

Last Friday 17 July 2015, I had the great pleasure to broadcast live at the 30 Goals e-Conference, where I shared the keynote entitled 'My Students Are My Champions!

Read it all at

Now I would like to share with you all both the recording of the live keynote as well as its slideshow and transcript in case you might find it useful.

My Students are my champions - 17th July 2015 - 30 Goals e-conference

Slide 1

What I’d like to share with you this afternoon from Spain is the happy experience I have gone through my teaching and learning via accomplishing some of the goals within the 30Goals Challenge for Educators.
Specifically I’d like to tell you about three of them: ‘Be someone’s champion’, ‘Plant a seed of belief’ and ‘Support a movement’, although for me the achievements of these goals along with my students are strongly linked and mixed up, that is, when you are on goal-oriented work, and trying to achieve one goal, you are crafting others even without noticing. Sometimes I have not even noticed about that until the very end, when coming back to the whole goal achievement process to reflect on it and it has been then when I have realized that there were more than 2 goals being accomplished, so that is killing two birds with a stone.

Slide 2
But let’s focus now on the Be someone’s champion Goal. Let me tell you a story first and then leave a question for you to think about.

But first, the story:

Everything started in 2014, when I met my bunch of future Primary Bilingual Teachers at University King Juan Carlos in Madrid, and they accepted a package of various challenging projects.
Check the link at Twitter #ictclil_urjc: and their digital outcomes at

There was one  team in particular, encouraged by a young talented enthusiastic pre-service teacher, Billy Joel Ramos, who went for a project they called the Book-ME Library project:  and crafted a sweet virtual library of books and stories for young readers, which soon connected with several Primary teachers in Spain who were also to become champions for them, as they twinned and presented their own young learners with the Book-Me Library original storybooks: , in what came to be known as the timeline of an econnected story: , ending up with awesome enriching peer to peer feedback and spreading the word at virtual conferences and live sessions.
The school year went by and they flew off to their actual classroom and real teaching, but there was one who came back to me, stood out and was ready for the championship, and that was Billy J. Ramos @somar0209: , now an inspiring teacher himself, ready to present and co-present in live sessions, to spread the word, to create his own virtual classes and courses, to support others.
And so there I was, happily viewing how he grew up as a connected teacher and with new proposals to do my best at accompanying him to stardom.
This is why we started The EduPower of Blended Learning live sessions at WizIQ: , a series of three virtual classes Billy and I delivered in pairs between november and december 2014, whose aim was to go through the advantages and drawbacks of blending learning with ICT; to show a sample of blended learning using a virtual classroom, collaborative blogging and teamwork. The live classes were designed for teachers who would like to gain confidence when going into blended or e-learning or need to give their virtual teaching a boost.
The topics covered in the series included tips, advice and resources to set up an online classroom, craft blended learning challenges and show real examples of this type of teaching. Core teaching methodology followed was prompting participants with lively relaxed educational pills, keeping up casual conversation and inspiring interaction.
There you are the recordings of the series in case you feel like viewing them. They might help you realize why I am so proud of Billy and why I am asking you the question I promised at the beginning: Who is the champion in this experience? Am I his champion, or is he my champion? Honestly I feel he is my champion, rather than me being his.
I do think that our role as teachers is to let them be our champions and that the way to do it is showing confidence in their intelligence and talent, motivate them and foster their creativity and encourage them towards success. In the end, when they succeed, it is our success as teachers too, and so our students are our champions.
The whole experience is available for you at the blog Stop and Learn English:
Slide 3
This goal is closely linked to the next one: Plant a seed of belief, as it is essential to believe and to plant in order to harvest, reach success and win that championship of learning that I’ve been sharing with you. So now, I’d like to present you with another tiny experience: this time to accomplish the Plant a seed of belief goal.
The story this time takes place in 2015, again with a new group of pre-service teachers from Madrid, attending their Master’s Degree Module on the use of ICT and Web Resources for Primary Bilingual Education at University.

Fortunately for me I teach potential Primary Bilingual educators twice a week, as you may have realised by now, and I guess that allows me to envisage if CLIL methodology in the classrooms is going to be just a name again in coming years, and if we are actually taking the right steps to have real innovative Content and Language Integrated Learning Teachers in the classrooms, and how we are going to actually accomplish that in the adequate way, that is, how we are training CLIL teachers, and if that training is turning them into innovative enthusiastic educators, who will be absolutely convinced that integrating Content, Language, ICT, PBL and lots of Pills of Enthusiasm are the ingredients to cook a classroom of bilingual students who will be ready to manage their lives in the real world, in two languages.

From my viewpoint, that type of training is the only successful one as well as the kind of training which will plant a seed of change in CLIL lessons, and so, that is part of what I try to transmit my groups of future Primary Bilingual educators every year.

I have been fortunate once again, as only after 4 lessons, that is eight hours face-to-face and when we were just getting to know each other virtually too, was when I quickly discovered that I had an outstanding learner who needed me to believe in her and whose work deserved the seed to be planted. Her name is Marta and you can follow her at Twitter, too. Her Twitter handle is
So I sent them on a learning mission, following Shelly’s inspiration, and asked them to write a tiny story about what CLIL means for teaching and learning that allows the reader's imagination to run with it. They should start their tweet using #ictclil_urjc, that was the only condition.

And what did Marta do? She took a step ahead and summarised her own aspirations and opinions on CLIL teaching in an awesome clip she recorded with VideoScribe and that she later tweeted.

But before actually going live, she carried out wonderful preliminary work, which I observed dumbfoundedly in class.
The careful steps she took can be summarised as follows:
1. She gave her tweet a thought or two,
2. reflected on the tiny story,
3. came up with an idea,
4. scribbled the clip in a piece of paper,
5. drafted her ideas,
6. recorded the clip including her drawing with Inkscape,
7. uploaded it to YouTube and spread the news on Twitter.
On top of that, she kept on with her own impressions and reflections when describing her upload at her YouTube Channel.
Let’s view her awesome digital artifact at YouTube:
So, again, after having played the role of observer at Marta’s job, I am asking you the same question as before: Who is the champion here? And, Who’s planted the seed of belief? Have I or has she?
In my opinion, she is my champion, for being able to go ahead from a tiny little mission; and, she has planted the seed of belief in me as teacher, as thanks to her job, I did believe that there is a future in educational innovation and that talent, enthusiasm and good intentions are lying there, in promising young teachers like Marta, who will for sure keep on inspiring all of us, and that our role is believe in them and help them with training.
The whole experience and accomplished goal is available for you to visit at our blog:

Slide 4

And last but not least we have the Support a movement goal, which I think  is an underlying goal that should be accomplished together with any of the proposed goals in the Challenge, while you send your students on learning missions or ask them to craft activities, because, if we are not part of an educational movement and support it or if we do not encourage our learners to connect with peers, we are not giving them the full picture. And that is why whenever I am carrying out goal oriented practices, I always try to connect them with collaborative projects, such as the 30Goals for Education itself, or any other educational movements worlwide, as I believe e-connections are essential.
It is essential to be an up-to-date connected teacher who can bring learners close to the global world we are living in nowadays.

Professional networks of inspiring educators, ready to work in collaboration, share their ideas and findings, willing to innovate together, are the best movement to support, as well as the most nurturing environment for one's own learners to find the right path in search of becoming globally connected citizens.

Being part of a virtual community of persons worldwide is an asset for one's teaching life, and not only from a professional viewpoint, but also from a personal one, as when one feels part of connected movements, one establishes personal links too; above all, one establishes strong personal links, yes, above all; emotional rewarding relationships that help you stay focused and keep going when education goes rough, and sometimes it does go rough, doesn't it?

That's why I am proud to be part of a wide range of collaborative movements worldwide, to support and be supported by their members, to stay connected, to learn and be inspired by their awesome ideas, tips, pieces of advice and, especially, by their warmth, proximity, energy and generosity even though they are actually based at the other end of the world.
And sometimes, one wonders: 'How come that I can find it so smooth to cooperate with somebody in San Antonio, Texas, or in Toronto, Canada, or in Greece, or in Argentina, Hawaii, Venezuela, or Abu Dabi, to name but a few?'

Well, that is the beauty of networked educational movements, and I can't find any other reasonable explanation for it. It just clicks and you know those movements are your movements too. It is mutual and it works!

So, why not join any, or all the movements I support and become an e-connected teacher/learner/individual as well? You are bound to love them all. Support your Movement now and get your students in the picture too! That way you are also planting your seed of belief and you are bound to become someone’s champion, or flip it and see how they become your champions!

Slide 5
And now, it is time to sit back, grab a cup of tea, coffee, or your favourite drink, relax and think of which goal you’d like to accomplish next school year with your own learners.

Thank you very much for your attention!
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The 30 Goals Free E-Conference, July 16th-20th


The 30 Goals Challenge is the inspiringly successful educational collaborative worldwide initiative that the well-known Shelly Sánchez Terrell has been hosting for various cycles now and that has encouraged a wide range of teachers to transform their teaching.

The never-ending, incredibly dynamic, social and engaging challenge is bound to hook you; I myself must admit I got absolutely hooked to the project and its enthusiastic founder, to such an extent that I have tried to fully accomplish with my learners the #30GoalsEdu Shelly has proposed over the yearly cycles, and which you can check below, sketch format, thanks to Sylvia Duckworth:

Now, for full 5 days, the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers is organising the first 30 Goals Free E-Conference ever, but I'm sure it is the first of very many challenging online events to come.

I am humbly honoured and ever so grateful for having been invited to be one of the speakers at the e-conference and before sharing the details of my talk with you all, I would like to sincerely thank Shelly for the chance, her generosity and her warm availability.

#30GoalsEdu, the 30Goals Facebook Community, the 30 Goals Book and the e-connections this awarded project provide teachers with, as well as the transforming innovative viewpoints on teaching I have been able to view, share and learn from all the inspire leaders, are worth the effort to rise up to this new goal from my end and give back.

And these are but a few reasons why I would like to invite you all to join me at the e-conference on Friday 17 July at 17:00 pm Spanish mainland time (check your time zone), when I will be sharing a brief talk about how a couple of specific goals, 'Be someone's champion' and 'Plant a seed of belief', have transformed my teaching/learning life.

"With the aim of sharing how I accomplished the 'Be someone's champion' and 'Plant a Seed of Belief' goals with my students, I'll be talking about how my students have become my champions and it's actually them who've planted a seed of belief and enthusiasm in me, as they bring the best of me as a teacher when I see them grow, improve and connect."

Visit the links below to get a quick glimpse of what is ahead at my talk:
All the keynotes are live and archived at the 30Goals Conference page and it is just a matter of one click to be able to meet a line of over 30 committed teachers and trainers ready to do their bit and give back. Do not miss the event, you won't regret it!

Check the schedule below and discover what is behind goal-oriented-econnected teaching practices:

Get ready for a memorable event and connect right now at the event chatWing!

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Our amazing body


Discover the CLIL e-publication Begoña Aragón has designed for Second Grade Primary Bilingual Learners as part of her Master's Degree Module on The Use of ICT and Web Resources at URJC from February to May 2015.

She has combined a site for learners with a blog that showcases her own learning progress and participation in connected educational projects and live events. For all these aims she has chosen Weebly after analysing various options and evaluating other e-publications by teaching peers.

With the goal of teaching Science in English, Begoña has curated some useful resources and shared them in her e-publication, some of which have inspired this young CLIL teacher in order to plan and craft the CLIL Science proposals for her potential learners.

But before actually diving into those CLIL challenges, it is worth it to check the e-publication skeleton, the infographic that provides an illustrated overview, or the e-publication mindmap, all of which are bound to help you envisage what is ahead of you either as a teacher or as a learner if you decide to accomplish Begoña's challenges to know more about our body in an engaging way.

It is also quite interesting to check the e-publications and visual principles Begoña evaluted before actually going into her own design, an essential stage of a Challenge Based Learning approach.

Once you are ready to rise up to the challenges, visit the Students section and enjoy while, among various other missions, reading a musical storybard and viewing its follow up video clip.

And, when you finish your visit, please do not forget to get in touch with the author and let her know about your impressions. She will be really grateful for your feedback.
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