Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Student Blogging Challenge 2014 - Week 3

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Tell us about your town and country for Week 3 Activities within Student Blogging Challenge 2014.

If you belong to the groups of students assigned to me, then I'm your Mentor!

Please, check the September 2014 Students entry to see if you are under this heading:



That's me, María, and I am looking forward to finding out a bit more about where you are from, what your town is like, so why not getting in touch through cross-commenting in our blogs? I can also let you know about my own country, Spain.

Get ready and choose one or more activities among those proposed for Week 3. Let me know that you are done by posting a comment in this entry, or leave me a voice message in the blog voice mail, and I will happily get back to you.

You are also welcome to visit my About me page and leave your comments. Or, if you'd rather have a look at new tools and widgets, here you are my list of tools and resources to create quizzes or other types of digital content. Would you like to give it a try? Why not using it for accomplishing one of Week 3 activities? Check it regularly, as it is frequently updated.





If you need help, just let me know, I am here to give you a hand.

All along the week I will be paying a visit to your blog and commenting on your entries too!

Keep the conversation up, comment, share and get engaged. Connected blogging is fun!






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Monday, 29 September 2014

Recording of the free webinar 'E-connection are essential'

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Last 21 September 2014 the Fall Blog Festival webathon, hosted by IT4ALL at WizIQ, took place for 12 hours non-stop.
I had the honour to be presenting 'E-connections are essential' then, and today I am humbly sharing the recording of that live session with all of you, hoping you find it interesting.



I would also like to invite you to view the whole series of recordings that IT4ALL have generously gathered together in this YouTube Playlist, so that you have the chance to revisit or visit for the first time, if you could not attend live, the blog festival event that showcased bloggers, their work, and valuable tips when blogging for reflective practice, work with students, business and other purposes.




Thank you very much to all that attended the live session, and to the hosters for their kind invitation, their warmth, availability and generosity throughout the whole festival.
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Friday, 26 September 2014

European Day of Languages 2014

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26 September is bringing celebration back to Europe, as usual for the last 13 years, since the Council of Europe launched this initiative back in 2001.

So, join in, celebrate the Day along with 800 Europeans from all over the state members and say hello!



Pick up your camera, move your learning, and take part in the awesome 2014 photo competition. The European Day of Languages Photo Contest 2014 is intended to illustrate language learning in action in different environments. The competition is open to persons of all ages living in all Council of Europe member states and observer states.

Do not miss this wonderful chance to interact with language learners across Europe. There is a wide range of fun events to be part of. Let's celebrate together!




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Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG

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Join me on 28 September 2014 at 7 pm Spanish time for the free live session: The timeline of an e-connected story.












Check your time around the world.



This live session is part of the YLT Webinars and I'll be sharing the story of an e-connection that starts in a University classroom (URJC) from Madrid, with a group of future CLIL teachers taking a Master's Degree on The Use of ICT and Web Resources in Primary Bilingual Education, which spreads towards real CLIL classrooms from Colegio San Gregorio in Palencia (Spain) and their designing digital storytelling together.



Thanks to all my Master's students and to @somar0209, @javiramossancha and @julisanzmamolar, who have generously collaborated in this digital e-connected adventure that brought University and Primary Education together.

Read more YLT Webinars.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

October is round the corner, and so is Moodle MOOC 5

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 Moodle MOOC 5 starts on October 1, 2014 on WizIQ. The theme of the current MOOC is collaborative learning, reflective practice, connecting online for instruction and learning. 

The MOOC focuses on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Moodle, Second Life, Mahara, Google Drive Docs, and Google Apps, Mobile Devices, Virtual Classes, and other online learning environments for face-to-face, blended, and fully online learning. The live presentations include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. 

Moodle MOOC 5 also includes Moodle for Teachers (M4T) courses for beginners and advanced Moodlers. The courses is asynchronous (Moodle) and synchronous (WizIQ) with recordings of live classes on WizIQ, YouTube, and Vimeo, just in case you cannot attend on the spot. 

There are two learning areas: WizIQ course area and Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website. The live online sessions and recordings, tutorials (courseware) and ongoing discussions (coursefeed) are available in the WizIQ course area. 

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC focuses on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants who wish to receive a certificate of participation will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions and/or recordings. 

Moodle for Teachers Learning Experience (M4TLE) is an asynchronous component of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on WizIQ for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. 

The MOOC takes place from 1 to 31 October 2014. It is in the spirit of open education and completely free. 

Participants become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. 

The MOOC only includes asynchronous (not dependent on time) elements on a Moodle site called Moodle for Teachers. The rest takes place at WizIQ.

The MOOC is self-paced with ongoing discussions and facilitator and technical support are available.  It is coordinated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Tom Hodgers.

Enroll now and join an engaging MOOC. Do not miss it!

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Are you in my group of mentees? Student Blogging Challenge 2014 - Week 2

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Let's get started with the conversation for Week 2 Activities within Student Blogging Challenge 2014.

If you belong to the groups of students assigned to me, then I'm your Mentor!

Please, check the September 2014 Students entry to see if you are under this heading:



That's me, María, and I am looking forward to starting a conversation with you all, so why not getting in touch through cross-commenting in our blogs?

Get ready and choose one or more activities among those proposed for Week 2. Let me know that you are done by posting a comment in this entry, or leave me a voice message in the blog voice mail, and I will happily get back to you.

You are also welcome to visit my About me page and leave your comments. Or, if you'd rather have a look at new tools and widgets, here you are my welcome flyer for you. I has been designed with Tackk, a very easy digital tool that allows you to create your own events, announcements, posters, portfolios and so forth and embed them in blog entries. Would you like to give it a try? Why not using it for accomplishing one of Week 2 activities?
If you need help, just let me know, I am here to give you a hand.

All along the week I will be paying a visit to your blog and commenting on your entries too!

Keep the conversation up, comment, share and get engaged. Connected blogging is fun!






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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Free Webinar: 'E-connections are essential'

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Join me on 21 September 2014 at 6 pm GMT+1 for the free live session: 'e-Connections are essential!'.

Check your time around the world.

This live session is part of the free webathon you may attend when you join the Fall Blog Festival at WizIQ.



Read more about the Fall Blog Festival.
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Friday, 12 September 2014

YLT Webinars : The timeline of an e-connected story

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Join me on 14 September 2014 at 6 pm GMT+1 for the free live session: The timeline of an e-connected story.

Check your time around the world.

This live session is part of the YLT Webinars and I'll be sharing the story of an e-connection that starts in a University classroom (URJC) from Madrid, with a group of future CLIL teachers taking a Master's Degree on The Use of ICT and Web Resources in Primary Bilingual Education, which spreads towards real CLIL classrooms from Colegio San Gregorio in Palencia (Spain) and their designing digital storytelling together.



Thanks to all my Master's students and to @somar0209, @javiramossancha and @julisanzmamolar, who have generously collaborated in this digital e-connected adventure that brought University and Primary Education together.

Read more YLT Webinars.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Fall Blog Festival 2014

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The Fall Blog Festival (FBF) is a one day blog festival event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for blogging for reflective practice, work with students, business and other reasons. 

This event takes place online on WizIQ, on September 21, 2014.  

Highlights include:

  • Blogging to enhance reflective practice and/or teaching
  • Blogging Tips, ideas, and Projects
  • Connecting with the World
  • Expert Advice on how to Set-up and Maintain a Blog for Any Purpose
  • Emerging Technologies and Trends in Blogging



The Blog Festivals, organised by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Prof. Ludmila Smirnova from IT4ALL, take place twice a year, in spring and autum, and include a webathon of live classes showcasing a wide range of blogging projects, practices, experiences, tips and so forth. 

Participants have several workspaces available to work and enjoy: the content and discussion area, available before and after the live sessions; the live classes themselves, to which every webathon participant is invited to view and actively interact; Twitter, disseminating and sharing with #fallblogfest.

All the live sessions are recorded, so they are at hand any time after the Fall Blog Festival is finished at the end of 21 September. 

Meanwhile, have a look at the recordings of the previous Spring Blog Festival and meet the presenters that will be with you all the next Fall Blog Festival, on 21 September 2014, from 8 am until 8 pm EST.


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