jueves, 5 de mayo de 2016


Hello everybody!

      Today I am glad to tell you that I have not only survived to my ICT classes, now the term is about to finish I have also become a happy ICT user.

      It is very satisfying indeed the fact that I have properly learnt how to use a blog as well as many other digital tools that will make my days within my future primary classrooms.

      To this point, I am willing to show you the video I have created as to summarize all my learning about the Information and Communication Technologies.

My challenging ICT adventure 

     To create my video I have used Go Animate. This tool is really great to engage your students because it is very visual and dinamic. There are plenty of avatars, scenarios, icons, music,  etc.  which you can add your own voice, recordings, songs, pictures, etc. 

      They have a free trial version for 14 days. The only bad thing is that they do not let you download your video, you can only link it. For creating further videos I have read that they have special plans for shool purposes. 

      To finish with, I have to say that this is not a good-bye post because, though not with the same frequency, I will hopefully keep on sharing anything I learn with all of you.

       See you!!

sábado, 30 de abril de 2016


Hello my dear bloggers!

          As I have told you in previous posts we have been working in teams for the past tasks, and today I would like to tell you about our last task as a team. 
My team mates, From left to right; Elena, Ana, Natalia, Victor, Lola and Me

          After looking at several tools we have chosen Screencast-O-Matic as the best one to create our tutorial because its free version is got a lot of utilities that could do with our purpose about the tutorial; select part of the screen, use webcam on the side corner, insert audio and record up to 15 minutes.  Nevertheless we also had some problems with the tool, since it usually blocked and we finally ended up using imovie to produce the movie using the previous recording we had from Screencast-O-Matic.
          Here you have our final result, I hope you find it both amusing and useful to learn how to use Piktochart.

          We have been asked to create a tutorial as to learn how to help our future students with any educative tool. Since we had planned and infographic for our team project we have decided to create a tutorial as how to use piktochart.


Hello once again!

       Now I would love to introduce you with one of the tasks we have come across in our ICT class. As you already know we have worked in teams with a project called Travelling around Europe and today I am going to show you our latest artifact as to explain you how to give instructions to your students in a fun and innovative way.

       Firstly, we have created a comic template using StoryboardThat. In the comic we show the students what are the steps they have to follow to fulfil the task we are asking them to do. I would also like to remember you about my Team mates: 

      Secondly, we recorded our video challenge. This is a great idea for an extra support for your students, either by using a comic as a previous template (as we did) or just by recording yourselves giving the instructions. By watching the video the students will know what they have to do, they can also check the video as many times they need given that it can be uploaded in the classroom blog and by that, becoming more independent from the teacher.

       For our video challenge we have used imovie.

        To end with, I would love to explain you about the project we have participated in with our video challenge, The ESL Times. This is a collaborative network intended to create a digital magazine in Enghish. This project is a great resource for any language teacher, so have a look at it and spread the word!

Proyecto "The ESL Times"


Welcome back once again!

          Last time I was explaining you how my classmates and I had created an Infographic for our eproject at the Master's degree. Now I am willing to tell you how did we participate with our picktochart in the InfoEdugraphic nationwide collaborative blog.

          But what is the benefit of creating an infographic for our students? Well, since we are living in the age of the internet our students are exposed to a lot of information, therefore the infographic becomes a great strategy for us teachers as to teach our students how to differentiate information, how to organize information in a visual way as to make it more effective when transmitting it and how to organize the information that is worth transmitting.

Proyecto InfoEDUgrafías: Olympic Games in Europe


Hello my dear bloggers!

    Once again I would love to introduce you with the latest task I am performing as part of my ICT studies at the master's degree. 

    Therefore, today I am going to tell you about assessment with Rubric and how  to create your own Rubric. To finish with I will show the Rubric I have create as to evaluate my own Habitat and ecosystem project. 

    A Rubric is a tool develop by the teacher not only as a mean to evaluate his or her students but also to help the student assess his or her learning. And in this"assessment FOR learning" and not in the traditional "assessment TO learning"  is where I believe resides the beauty of a Rubric. 

    There are a lot of student that are not good at memorizing content but they are still hard workers, if you assign a task to this students they will show their best at fulfilling their assignments. But at this point some teacher find difficulties in evaluating, should we only evaluate the task outcome? and if not, what do we really evaluate from the task?.

    Well, when you design a task for your students you always have to bare in mind what your students do already know. From than point on,  you scaffold the content giving them rational and guided instructions as to help your students to achieve the goals you want them to reach. In this sense the rubric will therefore help your students with their own assessment by knowing which are the steps to follow to reach learning. 
   Here are some of the main characteristic you will have to remember according to the education reform glossary

       1º The educational purpose of an assignment, the rationale behind it, or how it connects to larger concepts or themes in a course.

      2º The specific criteria or learning objectives that students must show proficiency in to successfully complete an assignment or meet expected standards. An oral -presentation rubric, for example, will establish the criteria-- e.g., speak clearly, make eye contact, or include a description of the main characters, setting, and plot --on which students will be graded.

     3º The specific quality standards the teacher will use when evaluating, scoring, or grading an assignment. For example, if the teacher is grading an assignment on a scale of 1 to 4, the rubric may detail what students need to do or demonstrate to earn a 1, 2,3 or 4. Other rubrics will use descriptive language--does not meet, partially meets, meets, or exceeds the standard, for example--instead of a numerical score. 

      If you don't remember my e-project you can have a look here Habitats and Ecosystems, and here you the Rubric to assess my project:

Quick Rubric _).pdf
     Finally, I would like to tell you about the site I have used to create my rubric, QUICK RUBRIC. This site is quick, intuitive and easy to create a rubric once you already know the topics you are going to evaluate and how to create a rubric. 

        If you feel you need some help, advice or to use rubrics from somebody else as to get used of how creating you own valuable rubric I recommend that you use RUBISTAR. In Rubistar you will find a bank of rubrics according to the kind of project you are working with, the subject or the grade; what it's more, you can also contribute with your own rubrics to the bank. 

       Did you find this post useful? You are welcome to contribute with your own experiences!

      Bye, bye my friends!!

miércoles, 27 de abril de 2016


Hello my dear bloggers!

Today I am going to tell you about our last adverture while learning ICT's at my master's degree. Now we are working in groups as to create an infographic. You can learn more about my team mates here:

@VictorodRS  @elena_ormar @ana_mv9 @Nataliamenchon @lolaberralraya

The name of our common e-project is: “Travelling around Europe”  and within it we decided to create a final activity for our students to learn about the physical and political features, as well as about some of the most distinguishing representations of some European countries. Therefore,  our aim in this task is to create an infographic explaining how to carry out this final activity.

An infoedugraphic is a visual representation of data. To carry out and design our own one , we chose Piktochart, because some of my peers had already used it I had the opportunity to learn about it. Piktochart is a perfect tool to create attractive infographics, presentations or reports for our lessons. Among its features we can highlight the templates, backgrounds, graphics and different types of letter. When you finish your design, you can also download it in different formats or share it.  We cannot think of any disadvantage since we consider that it worked fantastic and allowed us to accomplish the task without any problem.

We believe we can use the Infographic for many purposes in our classrooms. For instance, we can use it to support learners with special needs, as it allows the teacher to present information in a more visual way, or to clarify those concepts that are usually more difficult to understand. Furthermore, due to its ease of use, students can use it too.  For example they could use it to summarize their learning. In this way, apart from reviewing one subject content they would also have the possibility to practice their ICT skills!WHere you are the link to our infographic: The Olimpic games in Europe


I hope you like it!


Hello everybody!

 Today I have prepared something special to celebrate the world book day!

   As part of the collaborative project A wall of books created for our ICT projects for the Bilingual Master in University Rey Juan Carlos I have created an artifact as to tell you about "me as a reader".

   So that, I would love to introduce you the app Aurasma. We have used this augmented reality app as to show you a new resource to your CLIL classrooms. 

 Here you can learn more of how to use Aurasma in your classrooms:  

   Let's go back to our celebration! To watch me telling you about my personal experience as a reader you must download the free Aurasma app to your mobile phone. 
   Now, you only have open your Aurasma app and focus your mobile to this picture!


    As you have noticed I have used some pictures from the film "the hunger games" since I wanted to recommend the book for your classrooms. 

   Please do follow my channel in Aurasma  -inmacaballerot-  for further Auras. 

     Check it out and enjoy yourselves! 

lunes, 18 de abril de 2016


Hello again!

Today I would like to tell you about  a great experience we -my classmates at the URJC and me- had last week.

We did participated in a live debate on you tube as part of the collaborative project "Tertulias con sabor a CHOCOLATE". I recommend that you have a look and participate.

For organizing the event we took roles as speakers, disseminators and curators. Although very nervous at fist, we did have a great time participating in a live event and sharing all we have learnt about CLIL with everybody. If you missed it go on and watch it on now!

More over, we have created a storify  where the most important issues of our debate are clustered; what happened at the debate and on the web!

Bye, bye!

martes, 29 de marzo de 2016


Welcome back to my blog!!!

   Today I would like to introduce you my assessment proposal.

   The evaluation strategies have been implemented from three different perspectives: self-assessment, peer-assessment and teacher assessment.

   Self assessment guaranties the children necessity of reaching their learning goals. Assessment for learning have been taken into consideration through all the activities. Children will have access to all the contents they will need to learn from the very beginning, so that they know what they have to learn. In Quizzer our pupils can check if they are really achieving knowledge or if they are lacking information. More over they have different checkouts lists to fill at the end of each classroom, so they make sure they are doing what they are expected to do.

   Peer assessment is the foundation of the whole didactic sequence. Children will be matched into team groups to carry out most of the activities. By this they will help and learn from each others while learning new contents along with other skills.

   Teachers feedback will be given during lessons and individually when needed. Rubrics will be used to ensure a fair and adequate assessment to the achievements.

   An individual evaluation will be carried during two lessons at the end of the didactic sequence. The children will have to fulfil an exam at the classroom. The exam will also be uploaded for them to check if needed. They will be expected to sit for an exam which questions are similar to the lessons activities, to end with they will have to create their own habitat and justify its characteristics.

   Here you are the evaluation of the project:


Hello everybody!!!

Today I would like to introduce you my latest clil science didactic sequence. By the following activities it is intended to teach about the earth habitats to 4th graders children using different ICTs as as well as a collaborative methodology.

Here you can watch my didactic sequence prototype to have an overall of the contents:

The didactic sequence would be uploaded to the classroom blog as to allow all the pupils to work at their own pace. Cooperation and communication will be enhance during the lessons and different learning assessment strategies will be settle to help the children learn to learn.

Check out the didactic sequence outline and the classroom eBook with the activities and timing.

Hope you enjoy it!

martes, 1 de marzo de 2016


     Hello bloggers!

     History is one of the hardest subjects for primary children to learn, this is usually related to the fact that past and future concepts are very abstract to them. Therefore, Timelines can be very useful in order to teach them history in a meaningfully way.

     Downwards, I am listing several ideas and resources to face timelines in our classrooms.

  The website I have used is List.ly and its utility can be similar to those for Pinterest regarding the teaching purposes, you can organized web and resources according to topics. The main different is that Pinterest is organized from the perspective of a picture so that it is got a more visual effect upon the viewer (I will let yourselves decide whether this is always an advantage or no)

      In my opinion List.ly is wonderfully recommendable to teachers that would like let their students work online on a project by proposing several - previously checked - sites.


Hello once again!

   Today I would like to tell you about Pinterest as a resource for classes. 

    I just have learn about this social network and find it both useful and amusing. The net is organized according to boards, which can be cooperatively or individual, as a result it can be used to create a compilation of different resources so everything related to a topic can be organized. More over by creating your own board you can disseminate your designs or projects.
    Now I would love to show you the board we have created in my Master's degree full of resources with regards of CLIL teaching. 

Here are my contributions:´






I hope you find them useful,

Have a good day and take care!


Hello bloggers,

Today we have been learning about the importance of a good use of a digital identity in internet. Contrary to the common sense, t is usual that we log in the network with mocked names as not giving importance to our acts in the web. Being teacher as we are we have to create awareness in our students of who important is to be fair whether in internet or not.

The same lack of respect can be transferred to the inappropriate usage of work. Regarding how rightful use somebody else's work we have been taught about Creative Common licenses which is a non-profit organization that offers licenses under several conditions: Attribution, Non-derivatives, Non-commercial and Share a-like.

You can learn more about their license in their site: https://creativecommons.org/choose/

According to the options that creative commons provide and given my recent awareness about the importance of adequately license my work, I agreed that it would be a great idea to create I license that would both protected my own effort while working and publishing while also  contributing worldwide with my learning.

So that I have created this license;

Creative Commons License

I have decided to use a license that allows people to use and share my materials as long as they do alike. I believe That this will benefit the whole teacher community by both allowing to use materials as well as encouraging other to share their own work. 

Despite wanting to contribute to the teacher community I also find important to protect my personal work from anybody trying to steal it for comercial purposes. Besides, while working with young students it is important to teach them to use sensibly websites as well as respect others personal work and creations, just as they should do with a physical space or creation.

See you next time!

domingo, 21 de febrero de 2016

My Personal Learning Environment and my Personal Learning Network for CLIL approach

Fortunately more and more teacher are learning how to improve their learning through ICTs. What it is not as common is that we teacher share our knowledge to other, hopefully this is changing quick enough for us engaging others into doing it! Hope you enjoy visiting my PLE/PLN and that through it I help others while being helped for others teachers.