Monday, April 28, 2014

We, Pablo Almansa, Emily Lau and Nuria González, take part of a Master's degree about bilingual education. Together our classmates, we were asked by the teacher María Jesús García (@mjgsm) to tackle an e-Project in small groups at the beginning of February.

We were giving eight challenges about different topics about music and art, literacy, science, etc. and in groups of three-four people we have been working on it for three months.

On April the 27th, altogether, and thanks to our teacher (@mjgsm), we were given the opportunity of share our e-Projects with the world in the 7th Virtual Round Table Conference, and here you have some aspects we wanted to highlight:


They have been developing stories to entertain, to teach and to learn through them. The kinds of activities they have been doing are to encourage children in the teaching/learning process and they have done activities such as podcast or origami stories and they have dedicated a special place in their blog to provide kids with stories.


They have been working on the objective of combining English and Science through different challenges. The vast majority of these challenges are based on different ways of doing experiments in a funny and motivating way. As well, they consider they have learn not only how to teach but also a new way of teaching.


Since the beginning of the e-Project, they wanted to make music accessible to students and help them develop their musical skills. With this in mind, they started creating videos and tutorials to improve their skills and to show them how to use some tools related to music. They have also created a webmix and a movie tráiler, among other sources, to show visually their e-Project.


This group use ICT to familiarize kids with art and music. They wanted to create an intercultural atmosphere creating online activities about how to dance tradicional dances from different countries such as China, Egypt, New Zeland, Brazil, etc.
They also participated in a radio interview in which they could explain their e-Project.


This e-Project was created with the objective of celebrating two anniversaries: El Greco and Platero and I. To do that, they have used lots of different tools and apps such as comics and videos to get it. Through these kinds of activities they have tried to mix Juan Ramón Jiménez's poetry with El Greco's paintings.


The objective of this group was to give learners an active role in the teaching/learning process. To do that, they created different resources to encourage children to express themselves. They show them how to do an interview, how to create newspapers, how to be good journalists, etc.
In fact, their slogan is: building up, critical minds!


They have created a mobile e-library to keep stories for children. They have recorded lots of podcasts for children such as: Fat cat on a map, Miss Cloud, the prettiest one or Shark in the park, among others. They pretend their webpage to be a tool for teachers and students.

Our pageviews data over the world!


Our significant progress on Twitter through this whole ICT course!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Putting the pedagody in the technology. By Joe Dale.

After assisting to the speach of Joe Dale in the 7th Virtual Round Table Web Conference in Language Learning Technologies ICTs We took some notes that we consider that are essential to take into account by the time we use ICTs for MFL classes.

To start with, ICTs are a current changer factor of the educational system. They offger a wide set of opportunities to develop learning in our students. Later on, J.Dale played a very interesting video that summarizes the features of Growth Mindset vs The Fixed Mindset that you can see here. In summary the Growth mindset defends that intelligence can be developed and it is not static. We as humans learn from challenging situations and critical feedback.

So, How can we use technologies to develop our students cognitive abilities?. First of all it is important not to see the use of technologies as an outcome. ICTs are another tool to lear which are useful to motivate students and get their attention. This said, the best way of combining ICTs with our teaching process will be following the 4Cs rules which are:

-Developing Collaboration.
-Developing Communication.
-Developing Creativity.
-Developing Critical Thinking.

Finally, although there were much more interesting ideas during the rest of the presentation it must be considered that by the time integrate ICTs the aims of this integration must be planned and purposeful, They must be part of the class routine, suppor curricular goals and learning aims and obviously engage students with the content.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Using multimedia resources for stories.

Welcome to visit our blog and see what activities we have created for our project!

1. Crossword

2. Jeopardy

(By Pablo)

Hi there, this is a Jeopardy board I did to work on teams and generate discussion between students. This game promotes reading comprehension and it is useful to work on how to do questions in English. You can use this Jeopardy at any level, although you might need to do some scaffolding first, especially with young learnes. You will access to the link here.

You can create your own one at www.jeopardylabs.com


(By Nuria)

This game is for the first cycle of Primary Education.
It is a kind of hangman, so the game consists of guessing the hidden word from saying the letter of the alphabet. Concretely, the words of this game are related to “Goldilocks and the three bears”.
If it is not avalible to see directly, please visit http://www.wordduck.com and click on "play hangman",then input "NNGG"

4. Quiz of the "Legend of Nian"

(By Emily)

This is an online quiz designed on the website Quizbean
It is easy for teachers to make a quiz of any content and share it easily.
This quiz is depended on the Chinese story "the legend of Nian", suitable for the second cycle.

*You need to download the file to play.

This game is for the second cycle of Primary Education.
It consists of guessing the title of the tale that a given text (extracted from a fairy tale) is talking about.
To do this activity is necessary to work first on all the tales we have been posted in our blog because some of these stories are fairy tales but others are invented stories.
The tales this game work on are: “Mulan and Hercules”, “Goldilocks and the three bears”, “The three little pigs”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “The naughty moon”, “The Penguin who felt cold a lot”, “Cinderella”, “Jack and the magic beans”, “The penguin” and “The ugly duckling”.
Here there are some sources, where you can find the stories to work on them. Especially, it is necessary to work on those which are not fairy tales, such as: “The naughty moon”, “the Penguin who felt cold a lot”, “Mulan and Hercules” and “The Penguin”.

This last one, “The penguin” is thanks to Ángela González and Carla Martin, two students from Colegio San Gregorio in Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia, Spain), who wrote and recorded this story, and also thanks to their teacher, @javiramossancha, who made it possible.

·        You can see “Mulan and Hercules”, “The naughty moon” and “The Penguin who felt cold a lot” on our blog: 

·         You can see “Goldilocks and the three bears”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Jack and the magic beans” on: 

·         You can see the fairy tale of “The three little pigs” on

·         You can see the fairy tale of “Cinderella” on http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks1/english/story_telling/cinderella/cinderella1.htm

   5. Writing poetry. Get inspiration from an image. (By Pablo)
      Encourage your students to find a picture that means something to them and tell them to write a poem about it. You can tell them to work in groups and if they are very young it does not need to rhyme at all. This technique is really useful to help children to find a topic to write about.
      You can use paint or more sophisticated softwares like photoshop or gimp to tell them to write the text on the image as in the example you will find bellow.


Monday, April 7, 2014

How to create a story mix.

Our collaborative presentation is a story mix.

A story mix is a story created collaboratively that holds different elements from movies, other stories and own children’s imagination.

We introduced what, why and how to do a fun story mix and create an example of  "Mulan and Hercules". You can also try to mix characters in a story as Captain America, Hannibal and some one else!


Friday, April 4, 2014

"Our Characters for the story" by Javier Ramos Sancha

Our team had designed a set of audiobooks for young CLIL learners. Yesterday, the Year 2 CLIL learners in @javiramossancha did an amazing activity "Our Characters for the story".

Link to the slide show:

Thanks for everything!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Come and visit our sound cloud for our podcast!

This is the QR code of our e-Project sound cloud page! Scan it with your mobile phone and you can listen to our podcast.
We are going to update our podcast QR code here so you can listen to them directly in a most easy way!
If you want to visit our sound cloud directly through computer, here is our website!
We hope you enjoy our podcast!



By: Pablo Almansa, Nuria González and Emily Lau.
Once upon a time there were a sun and a moon which play with the Earth somewhere in the space. The Sun was always happy. Every morning he visited the Earth and everybody was glad of seeing him. The Moon was very naughty and she visited the Earth every night with a different shape. However, everybody slept when she arrived. She was very sad.  One day, the moon decided to joke people from the Earth.
“After this, they will see how funny I am and everybody will become my friend”  she thought.
So, when the Sun visited the Earth, she did so walking in front of the Sun. The Earth got dark and everybody was very scared. When the Moon realized of this, she went away very sad. The next night she was really sad and couldn’t stop crying.
“Why do you cry so much, Moon?”  asked somebody from the Earth.
“Nobody wants to be my friend. When I visit the Earth everybody sleeps and when I visited the Earth during the day, everybody ran away”
“Oh Moon! Don’t be so sad. What about lovers who kiss each other under your light or the poets you inspire? They don’t talk to you but they can’t stop admiring how beautiful you are.”
The Moon smiled and she decided to keep visiting the Earth every night and saw so many people who were watching her. So she decided to repeat her joke again but she told to the Earth this time and everybody went out to the street to see a beautiful eclipse. The moon was very happy now and what’s more, a man called Neil Armstrong decided to visit her in the space. So, the Moon wasn’t sad any more.



By: Pablo Almansa, Nuria González and Emily Lau.
Once upon a time there was a penguin in the North Pole.
He was always cold, so…
A Monday morning, he decided to put a bonnet on. 
 But he was still cold.


 On Tuesday, he decided to put a scarf on.
But he was still cold.

On Wednesday, he decided to put a pair of mittens on.
 But he was still cold.

On Thursday, he decided to put a pair of socks on.
But he was still cold.
 On Friday, he decided to put a pair of boots on.
Now he felt warm.

On Saturday, the Sun rose and he started to be very hot, so…

 On Sunday, he took all his clothes off.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our latest movie trailer!


Hello everybody!

We are posting today to share with all of you a new project which we have been working on. So, we want to present our trailer for our e-project to you and here you have it.

We have designed this trailer with the goal of let people, especially children, know and feel the mixture of ICT and traditional stories so that they can realize how good the result can be.

From the very beginning, we wanted to combine ICT and reading and writing to take as much advantage as we can of all of these tools and thats one of the main reasons why we have created this trailer. We are sure and we want to show with the followings projects that it is possible to mix ICT and reading and writing; and, not only that, we also want to show how funny it can be learning through those tools that everybody likes and uses.

We are convinced that everybody will like this trailer a lot because it gives the chance of learning unconsienciously and without noticing anything. Children will only think about it like a game to have fun and they wont realize that they are learning lots of things related to two of those skills which are very important in any language.

We hope you like it!

Monday, March 10, 2014



All of us heard many times of ICTs and its importance in education, however, we never thought of all the possibilities that we can find in the internet which can be applied in the classroom. In fact we were scared by the time that we had to do a digital project because it was the first time we were involved in such a complex and demanding work.
Nevertheless, though we have cultural and personal differences, we have something in common. We love teaching, we all love stories and we are always willing to have new experience and keep learning. So we embarked into this adventure to the ICT island where we would find all kind of resources we would need to carry out this challenging e-project.
To start with, we brainstormed and decided to find out any kind of possible useful resources such as images, sounds, videos and so on. Then, we had to move into the most challenging step of the project: Creating a mindmap. It was a challenging task because in order to design it we needed to agree to the objectives, the stories we would like to work on and the assessment criteria we were going to follow. After a long time discussing, we finally came up with a mindmap with all the key ideas we collected that would support it.
Later on, we created a common webmix with a bunch of online resources we had found in order to organize the links we were going to use henceforth. Once we had organized all the materials, we opened a blog where we gave more information about ourselves and some useful links that our readers might use for their own projects. Our blog also held a creative common license because we considered that any educational material must be free and not being under commercial purposes for others.
Hence, we really hope all our readers enjoy this adventure as much as we are doing and to start their own projects to improve their lessons and encourage their students to use ICTs in a useful and responsible way.
We will keep posting more resources and materials and you will see our final project as soon as possible. Please be patient, because the best adventure usually takes a long way.


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