Thursday, 30 April 2015

Artifact 2

The second artifict you will have to do is about creating a character and a profile for him or her. You can do this artifict with any tool for creating avatars or comics, such as for example Storyboard That, Voki or Pixton.

You will use this character to invent the story that you will create in your final video with some of your peers. It is necessary to complete a profile about your avatar telling on it the kind of person, animal or being that he or she is. You will have to include some information about your character related to our topic such as for example if he is a healthy person or not and why. You can add the amount of fruits he eats or if he is a clean person, for example.

You can create his profile by recording your own voice if you use Voki or writing it in the comic if you are using Storyboard That or Pixton.

Remember you can use the mentioned tool or any other tool where you can create an avatar and add a profile.

I have created my own avatar with her profile for you as an example. I have used Pixton to create her because I find this tool really visual and it has lots of possibilities for body and face expressions which I like so much.

Once I completed the comic I turned it into a video using Animoto to make it more engaging and interesting.

Here it is my example:

Artifact 1

Hi again healthy beings!

This is the first artifact, you will have to use any tool you want of the ones we have seen in our class, to create a visual and engaging mind-map where you need to reflect the main concepts learned.

I have used Cacoo to create one of those mind-maps as a model for you, this is a really easy to use tool where you can add all the contents you want in a clear and very visual mind-map.

This mind-map will be your point of reference for other activities on the future so let´s do a great work!

Here you have the link to my own creation.

CLIL audio challenge

Good morning everyone!

I have created an audio challenge for you to feel motivated to start this adventure. I have used Kizoa to add a picture to make it easier for you to understand the dialogs.

In this audio you will meet five different monsters from the planet Lendor, they are really dirty and they always eat unhealthy food. Their names are: Smelly, Sticky, Messy, Sloppy and Piggy. They want to ask you for something so let´s listen to them:

I would like to say thank you to all my peers that have collaborated in this challenge @Estefaniablanch, @MartaLFabero28, @Marta_pmonte, @MariaJLLopis and @Silviapl_21

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Collaborative presentation that supports learners

Hello everyone!

Completing all the different tasks that we (teachers) prepare for our students may sometimes be so difficult for them; we need to create some support in order to make the learning process accurately for them.

In this case one of my peers, @estifaniablanch and me, we have created a really interesting and beautiful story about some weird beings that live in other planet. With this story I want to support my students by making easier and motivating the learning of the different contents of the unit.

This story will support them as well due to the fact that they will have to use their imagination to relate the different learned concepts and turn them into an invented story or experiment that they will have to present in a video format for their final activity.

We have used Storybird for this tale. This is a fantastic tool that let you create different tales about almost every topic you want. The images that it offers are fantastic, so visual and beautiful, however, you can just select one theme for each tale and you cannot mix it with other different themes.

Another thing about this tool is that it takes a long time to moderate your story and you cannot use the embed code until it is moderated so that is the reason why I am sharing with you the link and not embedding the tale.

So here you have our fantastic story, hope you enjoy it! 

Pedro´s dream CLIL video challenge

Good morning everyone!

Yesterday I posted on my blog the amazing story of Pedro Picasso told in a comic. This was only the first step to create this video that I bring you today.
Once we did the comic we decided to turn it into a video with music to make it even more interesting.

The story of this video is the same story of the comic showed yesterday. We are in the year 5302, due to the lack of resources in the Earth, all human beings have moved to another planet called Electron. People here have learned how to take care of the environment and of the different resources of this new planet.
Our story begins when a child called Pedro Picasso, a fourteen years old boy, great, great, great grandson of the famous painter Pablo Picasso realise that all the members of his family have an extraordinary talent, all but him. He has presented a great drawing to her teacher but she does not understand Pedro´s art.

He also has another problem he loves junk food and he does not like to have showers or baths, so he is always so dirty. Her mother is always telling him that if he wants to be a painter he needs to be a little more organized and clean, and that he needs to eat healthy food if he wants to have enough energy to keep being as creative as he is.

One night he has a dream. In this dream there are two people, the amazing painters; Velazquez and Picasso, this painters tell him that he needs to change his mind; he has to be proud of his art and try to explain it to her teacher. Besides, he needs to be a healthy boy if he wants to have energy so he needs to start eating better and being cleaner.

Finally after this revealing dream, he talks with her teacher explaining his art and the teacher begins to understand it. He also starts to eat healthier food and having better hygiene habits so her mother is so proud of him and he feels much better, with more energy and attitude.

To make this video we used the tool Kizoa. I did not know much about this tool before but I think that it is really interesting. It lets you add music and different kinds of transitions and animations between the images.

The only problem about this tool is that you cannot share your video at least you have a youtube account.

Here you have the video, do not leave this page without watching it or you will miss an amazing story!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Planning a Video Challenge Storyboard

Hello everybody,

Here I come with one more step in my road to create an eBook! This time I have created a video challenge storyboard.

To carry out this task I have worked with some peers of my university class: @MariaJLlopis @estefaniablanch and @MartaLFabero28.

We have created a really interesting and exciting story in which we have joined all the different topics of our eBooks.  We have based our story in planets, storytelling, arts and healthy habits.

At the beginning of the task we had several doubts because it was hard to join all those topics in a coherent story but, as you know, working with peers is great so we had several conversations and debates and finally we found out the way to mix all our topics in an amazing story.

We did a comic for our story and we used Pixton to do it. This is a really easy to use tool where you can design your own characters, dialogs and backgrounds. Something great about this tool is that you can change the face expressions of the characters and the different parts of their bodies.

So here it is our story, hope you like it!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Hi everyone!
The last step for the moment is this one; I have created a mindmap showing all my CLIL-eBook contents. A mindmap is a kind of diagram used to visually organize information. It is created around a single concept, in this particular case, my science eBook.

I have designed it with Cacoo. This is a really intuitive and easy to use tool. You can create many kinds of diagrams and what I like the most about it is that it is really visual and clear. You can see all the contents at first glance!

Creating an infoEDUgraphic

Hello again lovely readers!
 After creating my outline of the ebook I created an infoEDUgraphics of it!
infoEDUgraphics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present contents quickly and clearly. 
By creating this infoEDUgraphic I showed all the contents related to my ebook in a motivating way. 
Here it is my design,I used Canva to make it,
Hope you enjoy it!

eBook skeleton

Hello again!
The next step in our road to create an eBook is to decide what it is going to be about and which things it is going to contain.
The first thing that I had to think about was the subject I wanted to create my eBook for. I decided Science, and you may ask: why science? because science may be a really motivating and enjoyable subject if you know how to deal with it.
To create this outline, that is the skeleton of the future eBook, it is necessary to take into account different things such as student outcomes, objectives of the work, competences that are going to be developed through it, methodology, tasks and the main big activity.
Here I leave you my own eBook skeleton.

Evaluating eBooks and creating a collavorative bank of content

Dear readers,
The first step to create an eBook is to understand how an eBook should be like. That way, evaluating other eBooks helps a lot to realize what needs to be include and how it should be done in order to make a clear and enjoyable work.
After this step I started to look for some different contents that my eBook should include such as different tools and apps that may be used on it. I created a collection of some of them and I share it by using Symbaloo.
Have a look at them here!

First step: learning by twittering

Good evening everyone! 
To start with I would like to say that I started this project of creating an eBook with lots of mates, who are creating their own ones, at our masters in the URJC University of Madrid and being taught by our ICTS teacher @mjgsm.
The first step that we did was to create a twitter account in order to share all the new tasks and projects that we were going to take part in. In my opinion this was a really good idea because in this way you can follow not only things related to my own work but also with my peer´s. You can take a look at our course hashtag #ictclil_urjc .
It would be a great idea to create a class account on twitter in order to take part of this fantastic way of sharing and learning new things.

Welcome to this ICTS and science blog!

Welcome everyone! 
This is my first post of the blog; I would like to invite you to follow all the different things that I am going to share with you in the next months.
Through this blog I will show you the different steps that I have followed in order to create my own science eBook.
This eBook will be related to food and health and it will include lots of interesting contents and activities that you may find really interesting and enjoyable.
If you have doubts about any of the publications you can always contact me and I will be glad to answer all your requirements.
Hope you enjoy it!