Monday, 29 February 2016

My own board in Pinterest

Hi everybody again!

Now, you have to know that in my Pinterest I created my first own board, where I have included many different webs, videos and resources to use in a future CLIL e-project. My master classmates are creating their own boards in Pinterest, too. And we are using the common board that I told you about in the previous entrance. 

Here you can find my webmix in Pinterest: 
Moreover, I created a widget to make easier the access to it. This widget is situated to the right of the blog.
Let me know what you think by posting! Thank you very much for your attention. See you soon!

Open CLIL + Pinterest

Hello everybody!

Today, I am going to offer you some ideas, resources and materials to create your CLIL lesson plan for your children. In my master, we are doing a bank of common knowledge in Pinterest, posting at least 6 free resources and without copyright in a board of our class.
I think that this activity is very interesting because all of us are searching and sharing information, resources… which we will use to create future CLIL lessons, using these free things, respecting the laws of use of these tools. It´s true that there are many webs and tools that you can use with your children in your class and we know it, but the copyright doesn´t allow us to post them. I´m very sorry. Laws are like that.

To sum up, the tools and webs that we have found are good and fun for the children and we are learning more things about the Internet and their uses.

In my case, some resources, videos and pages that I could find and post in our board in Pinterest, which is called “Open CLIL”, are: 
  • Science in school 
This is an incredible web to do experiments with fifth or sixth graders about Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry...) and you can use them in a CLIL lesson to practise its contents. 
  • Arts and Crafts (Activity) 
An entertaining way of working the depth and sea animals in English with children in Arts and Crafts. By Víctor Rodríguez Sánchez. 
  • Science Bob 
This web is very enjoyable if you want to do easy experiments in class to practise different topics of Natural Science. Besides, you can find interesting and important information about those topics for your background of your CLIL lesson plan. 
  • Language guide 
This is a good web to practise English vocabulary with children. Here, they can learn a lot of vocabulary about different topics and before that, they can practise it with games and listenings. 
  • Natural Science + Arts and Crafts 
This model is a CLIL tool to link Arts to Science to know the names of the planets in our solar system, how they are (size) and where they are situated in the space. 
  • Sheppard software 
This web is wonderful to practise Geography with children. You can practise this subject by playing different games, which have different levels. Moreover, this web offers information and other games with which you can work other subjects like Maths. 
  •  Opposites (YouTube) 
If you want your children to learn "Opposite words", this is your song. Dynamic, with enjoyable images and a lot of rhythm.

I hope you like these resources    and you can use them in your classes. Good luck!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Creative Commons


I licensed my blog with a Creative Commons Public License, which you can see at the bottom of my blog. This public license allows everyone to use and share everything I post like original works of authorship and other materials. 

My license has these terms:
  •  ShareAlike: All materials posted can be shared or used but you can´t modify them. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
    I chose this option because the different things that appear in my blog that I created, posted and shared are to develop many different things related to the CLIL approach or e-materials, therefore it is not necessary to modify them.
    This second term, I chose it because in education we can share our ideas, works, resources… with other people to use them in a class but I don’t want other people to publish my ideas, materials… with the purpose of making money. 
    What are good ways to motivate our students to use Creative Commons material and attribute properly? 

    It is important to teach our students two things:

    Firstly, they have to be aware of the value of using a license as Creative Common License offers, because with it, they can protect their creations so that nobody copy them and like this, those creations have their own value. For example, when they do a work or create a material and then, if they want to show it and share it on the Internet, you can ask them if they want other people to copy them and if they don´t want to, they have to create their own Creative Commons license. In this way they will have understood why it is important to create it.

    Secondly, they have to learn and to know that there are established laws about the things that they take from the Internet (pictures, texts…) and that they have to respect those laws too. 

    Here is the link (My license):

    Sunday, 21 February 2016

    Twitter and CLIL

    What is CLIL? (Learning by Twittering) 

    CLIL means Content and Language Integrated Learning, although it is much more. I have had the opportunity to post some definitions on twitter about what CLIL is for me. 

    In the master that now I am doing, my classmates and me have a hashtag to share our ideas and opinions about what CLIL is for us and our experiences in our work life, practices…, with the world.

    To sum up, I can say that CLIL is a methodological approach which must be used in the Bilingual Education in the Community of Madrid, providing the same opportunities to all children so that they can learn a second language while they are learning different contents about Sciences, Arts and Crafts…

    Thanks to twitter I am learning more things about CLIL.

    My PLE and PLN for CLIL

    Personal Learning environment and personal learning network (What is my experience about the CLIL methodological approach?

    I began to hear about the CLIL methodological approach when I was studying my Primary Education degree in Complutense University. I saw some basic concepts about CLIL in the English teaching subject, but they were explained in a brief way. I had no opportunity to put into practice the basic principles of CLIL then. However, that problem is solved because I have been seeing and using CLIL in the Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education. During the last months I’ve learned many things about CLIL (strategies, resources…) through different ways that you can see in my personal mind map. 

    To make my PLE and PLN, I used the web tool “Coggle”. At first, I didn´t know what tool I could use but I decided to use this web tool because it is very easy and in its free version there are many different characteristics to create an original and attractive diagram or mind map about  the learning of CLIL. I can say that a positive aspect of this tool is that you can add images to your diagram. Now, I’m going to describe why I chose the elements, which appear in my diagram, that I divided into five parts. 


    1.      Search
    • YouTube: I found songs for the lessons related to CLIL and practical demonstrations with children.
    • Moodle (URJC): This tool allows to share projects, ideas, information about CLIL with the classmates and the teachers.
    • Google: I use this server for everything: information, pictures …
    • Websites / Blogs: I use them to look for characteristics, information… to use in the CLIL lessons, activities…
    • Pinterest: I use this app to look for ideas to make displays or models for the class. This app has many creative ideas to use them.
    • Twitter: I use it to share thoughts and clarify doubts about CLIL.
    2.      Communication
    • Twitter / Facebook: I use them to look for information, share thoughts and clarify doubts about CLIL.
    • WhatsApp / Line: I use these tools to share opinions, do tasks, talk to classmates about CLIL…
    •  Outlook / Gmail: These tools are used to send tasks, opinions…
    3.      Surfing the Internet (Look for…)
    • Safari / Google Chrome / Mozilla Firefox / Internet Explorer: I use these tools to look for information to do tasks about CLIL lessons, activities for the class…
    4.      Creation
    • Pixton / Paint: To design introductions, pictures...
    • Microsoft Office: To do activities of the CLIL lessons.
    • Movie Maker: To create videos.
    • Coggle: To design diagrams.
    5.      Oganization
    • Google Drive / Dropbox. I use this tool to keep important information, pictures and projects that I have done in class about CLIL. Moreover, we use the app to share our projects and modify them.

    I put my PLN link to my PLE, because they share different elements.

    This is my diagram for my PLE and PLN for CLIL.