Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This is not goodbye, it's just until we meet again!!

It is not time to say goodbye!!  It is time to say:  I´LL SEE YOU SOON.

During this time you have been following my works with ICT. Our master’s degree is going to finish in the following days, however I will continue with the blog and also learning new things about ICT, for sure.

I have to confess that at the begining of this subject I was a little scared because I was not very fun about TICS, now I realize that I really enjoy working with techonologies and I have found them very interesting and engaging to use them in a classroom with children.

During this academic term, we have been working through different modules with different challenges with our teacher Mará Jesús García . I have to thank her all the constantly support given and the patience she had with us in the process of growing as ICT professional teachers. We’ll never find another cool teacher like you.

To gather all the artifacts I have created, I decided to create a video. Firstly, I created a slide show using Genially.

I used it because I think it is one of the most amazing tools to create presentations. Don´t think I´ve took the easiest road without trying to use another program because in order for me to edit the whole video I´d used Adobe Premiere, which is very complicated but it was nice to see how good outcomes appear after all the great work. I put some voice with Grabadora de sonidos, 

and then, you press "Iniciar grabación" and when you finish you can save the recordings in any format you want.

Once I have the slides of Genially and the recordings with Grabadora de sonido, I´m able to transform into a video with Abode Premiere.  Abode Premiere, as you can see, is fantastic programme which let you do almost anything you want to. 

Here you can see some photos of my final project´s process with Abode Premiere Pro:

 Here it is my final product, in which you can see my multimedia presentation in order to describe my journey throughout this course. I hope you enjoy it!

To conclude, I would like saying “thank you” to all my peers, my 
ict lovers, for your constantly support and big smiles all days. I feel like I don’t need to say goodbye, I just have this feeling like I’ll see all of you again soon. Awesome peers like you, rare to come by. It is impossible for me, to say goodbye as I said before. I hope that you will be lucky and you will be teachers very soon, for sure. 
In fact, all of you are going to be marvelous, incredible, amazing teachers!!

If you have any doubt as regards my final project, please, do not hesitate to contact me!

Thanks a bunch for reading, SEE YOU SOON!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rubric to assess your e-project

Hello readers!

Do you know what a rubric is, and what is the purpose to create it? 

On this post, I would like to talk about how you can create your own rubric, a good web tool to create a rubric and an example (which can help you).

First of all, Rubrics have become popular with teachers as a means of communicating expectations for an assignment, providing focused feedback on works in progress, and grading final products. 
Moreover, rubrics make grading papers fast and easy. With a rubric, you know exactly what to look for in your students' projects.

Now, it is clear what Rubric means, I will start explaining my rubric. I wanted to make my rubric clear and less vague. A lot of rubrics I have seen are written in an overly complex way, so I wrote this rubric in a complex way because is for my master but when I will manage with a rubric for my children, I will write it in way that my students could easily understand and without needing to use internet, dictionaries or translator.

A good web tool to create a rubric is Quick rubricI really like this tool because it is simple, clear and very easy to use. To create a rubric here, I advise you to create an account. That is easy, you need to click in "log in" and choose the option "I´m a new user".  You need to complete the following aspects: 

and now you have an account and you can start creating your own rubric. The tool provides you with a template of your rubric, so you only have to fill it with the information or criteria that you will use. You can also choose the number of columns and rows that you will use, so it is possible to personalise it however you want. Furthermore, you can title the rubric and include a description of it in order to clarify what your rubric is about. About the score rating, Quick Rubric allows you to change it and adapt it to your own criteria. 

Once you finish, you will get an URL to share the rubric. What is more, if you then decide to change something, you can edit your rubric and share it again. And, of course, everything for free.

Now, I´m going to show you my own rubric that I have created

and here it is the link to it:

First of all, I have divided my Rubric in these 8 aspects:

1. Teamwork
2. Content and organization
3. Attributing
4.Use of web tools/multimedia
5. Creativity and originality
6. Accesibility/URL
7. Dissemination
8. ePortofolio and Punctuality

And once I have given points for each element (poor (1) good (2) or excellent (3)) all I have to do is add the total points and I've got the final grade for any eproject!

Regarding the challenge, I really like the idea of creating our own rubric. I think it is very useful because sometimes, students complain that their papers are graded unfairly. They don't understand why they receive the grades they do. A rubric takes away most problems like these. With a rubric, students have a clear list of where they lost points on a project, so they don't have to wonder how they got the grade they did. In addition, in the near future, I will like my students to be active learners, as well as content creators and assessors. By doing a rubric to asses any peer´s work, I hope they can get a lot more out of the classroom experience.

Furthermore, I think it could be useful when teachers are designing the rubrics, to take into account the children´s opinions, because by this way, when a teacher and his/her students create assessment together, both know what is to be expected. Then, there is no argument as to why certain criteria were not fulfilled.

so....What do you think about Rubrics? I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

What type of reader are you?

Hello readers!

Today it is the 23th of April, THE WORLD BOOKS DAY! 

In this post I would like to show you my contribution about world books day. I need to say that all days for me are good days for reading, if you are the ones that read for pleasure like me, you understand what I mean. No matter how much stress you have at your work, in your relationships,or other issues faced in daily life, it all just go away when you lose yourself in a great story.

First I need to decided what book is more suitable to recommend you in this challenge. I had many choices but finally I decided to use MEMORIAS DE IDHUN, and now you maybe have this question on your minds: why this book? the reason is very clear: thanks to this book, reading books is one of my favourite hobbies. 

This story is the most amazing fantasy novel I´ve ever read. The author, Laura Gallego, is an amazing writer that wrote lots of fantastic novels such as: Cronicas de la Torre, Dos velas para el diablo, La emperatriz de los etéreos, and so on. Memorias de Idhun is my favourite one.

For this challenge I used Piktochart and Aurasma. 

Piktochart it is a good webtool which contains lots of free templates to design a good infographic. Moreover, I used it because it is accessible to students and teachers can work on it at school.

Aurasma is a great tool for us and also for students to learn more about Augmented Reality and to use it for learning content in an engaging and motivating way, so I really recommend you to try it in the future.

Maybe some of you will most probably not know what Aurasma is and how to use it, that's why I show you how to use Aurasma with this presentation.

In order to see my work you need to follow, step by step, the followings indications:

1. Download Aurasma App in your mobile phone.

2. Follow my channel called "SaritaSar0.

3. Once you open the Aurasma App from the phone you will have to point to the trigger images with the mobile camera.

4. The App will scan the picture and you you will enjoy the animations.

Teachers, parents and so on, please, USE AURASMA with your children. If you can see our faces when we see our challenges, imagine the face of our children, they are going to love it! definitely!! Moreover, they are going to love you too :)

We also send our contribution to  A wall of books, the social collaborative board to celebrate World Book Day on Pinterest. Here you can see my peer´s fantastic contributions and my work, of course.

I hope you enjoy my work, thanks a bunch for reading.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A video challenge

Hello again readers!! 

Our next challenge was to create a video for our animal´s project. As I said in my last post, my group was formed by (Guillermo, Teresa, Marina, Laura, and María) and I

In this video we briefly explained how to carry out a research on the animals topic by using a field trip to Faunia. There children would investigate, take notes and look for specific information. Then they would prepare a presentation for the rest of the class to share their experience and learning.

In order to create this video we used a mobile camera which allowed us to record on full HD quality, and we also used Croma to modify and edit the video later on.

We first used STORYBOARD. This storyboard represents how are we planning our video challenge for our students.

The editing part was done with Sony Vegas Pro, a fantastic programme which let you do almost anything you want to. The only drawback is that there is not a free version. During the editing part we changed the background using animals videos and we added animals sounds as for the audio.

We learnt a lot from this activity, not only for the cooperative work, but also for basic logistics we need to bear in mind while working with more people.
The recording part was harder than we had expected but it was nice to see how good outcomes appear after all the great work.

Here you can see a collage I made to show you our making off

And here you can watch our amazing, awesome, incredible video!  WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL LIKE IT.

Thanks a bunch for reading.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Our delicious chocotalk

Have you ever heard about CHOCOTALKS?


CHOCOCHARLAS or CHOCOTALKS is a collaborative project in which any person related with Education and also the society in general can participate with the only requirement of eating chocolate during the project you want to share, and this is exactly what we did last April 7th.

We divided the challenge by some roles: Teresa  and I were the disseminators,  Guillermo was the speaker, and Laura, María and Marina were the content curators. 

Our talk was about CLIL so, by teams, we had to prepare the topic we wanted to try and select a speaker, who is a person from each group to speak as representative of all during the choco-talk. 

First, we shared a document in Google docs, and we prepared and selected all the information about CLIL to be used in the chocotalk.

 During the talk, Teresa and I tweeted a lot of relevant information about our work and others´works. We also created surveys to know the opinion of people about the topics that were being spoken in the choco-talk.

Once the talk came to an end, Marina, María and Laura had to cure all information which was treated during the talk in order to create a Storify summarizing the content. Here you can see the work our community managers did during the live event. To show you their work we used a tool called Storify, it is an online tool really easy to use where you can "make the web tell a story". It is really easy to use, you just have to search the hastags, or users of a certain social network (Twitter for example) and drag the information you want to the template where all of what you select will be gathered. When you have added all that you want to show on your storify, with just one click the tool puts them in order for you, and that’s all you have created your storify.

For all of these, I need to give credit of our success to all my peers, to chococharlas and of course to our ICT teacher María Jesús García , for its constant help and availability and of course since without its help, it might not have carried out this amazing project.

Chococharlas gave us an award:

Just in case you missed our chocotalk, you can see it here:

Do not forget to post a comment, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for reading.

Our collaborative slideshow

Hello readers!

In my new post you are going to learn how to use Aurasma,

So, What do we need to do?

For this challenge we have been working with Google Slides, which none of us had used before, so we wanted to try it and learn how to use it.

Google Slides offers almost the same options as Power Point and it is similar to use, so it has been easy to learn how it works. You can add pictures, videos, links, animations and so on. In our example, we have added pictures, a Youtube video and several links, apart from using different text types.

We have used this web tool to explain learners how to use Aurasma, which can be very easy if they follow the basic steps that we have explained in our presentation. In every step we have added screenshots of the Aurasma webpage so it is easier for them to follow the steps.

We think that Aurasma is a great tool for us and also for students to learn more about Augmented Reality and to use it for learning content in an engaging and motivating way, so we really recommend you to try it in the future.

We hope that you like our presentation. You can watch it here:

Moreover, we had the pleasure to participate in a collaborative project, we sent our work and they published it in their blog.

They also gave us an award:

Thanks for reading.

Our Infographic

Hello everybody!

In this post I would like to show you the importance of working by groups and the challenges we need to accomplish.

First of all, we have been allocated to a team according to the topic we have presented in our prototype (another challenge we need to do before), all the members of my group have worked on animals.

Our perfect team is formed by these members:

Guillermo Lagarejos:

María Collado:

Laura Pérez:

Marina Goizueta:

Teresa Martín:

We make a perfect team!

I´ve realised that group work helps spark creativity in the minds of the group members giving them a huge range of ideas as they work to get close with solutions for organizational problems. Moreover, working by groups give us the perfect opportunity to come up with great results, as you are going to see.  

Working with INFOGRAPHIC is a very illustrative way to show our students whatever we want as teachers of primary education. Any content of any subject could be taught through a project with Infographic.
For us, while we were doing this challenge, we realised that working on "Infographic" is a very helpful tool to summarize in a visual way any content.

In order to carry out our Infrographic, we have used the following webtools:

PIKTOCHART:  it is a good webtool which contains lots of free templates to design a good infographic. Moreover, we used it because it is accessible to students and we can work on it at school.

AURASMA, to work on the fantastic world of "Augmented reality": we have explained the intructions to use this webtool in our infographic. 

Here you have the link to our work.

In addition, we had the pleasure to participate in a infoedugraphic project, we sent our work and they published it in their blog.

Here it is the link to it.

They also gave us an award: