Creating a rubric for an E-project

Hi bilinguals!

How is it going? This post is going to be about assessment. Maybe, when you think about it you feel afraid…Teachers are used to create rubrics by scrawling or using a table in Microsoft Word. It takes too much time and turns in a mess, moving rows and columns for fixing everything and giving a sense to the rubric. With this tool, evaluationing is going to change your view.

The tool that I have chosen for this purpose is the Quick Rubric web tool. Afer searching on Listly “Rubrics for all” created by @mjgsm I though that this one would fit better with my objectives. Anyway you can have a look at the list and try the one you like the most.

This tool was very intuitive and easy going from the very beginning, there was not necessary to see any tutorial in order to gain the concept of how it works.

First of all, you have to create an account; this is very easy, you just have to fill the gaps with your personal information (name, email, password…). Then, you will receive an email on your personal mail for verifying your account, otherwise you cannot create a rubric.

Once that you are in your board, click on “Create a rubric” and start! At the beginning, the table has three columns and four rows which can be modifies as you need. In my case, I added eight rows which correspond with every feature that I have analyzed (contents, coherence and organization, attractiveness, use of multimedia tools, innovation, interaction, dissemination and, attribution and license). I also added one more column, so that end every one corresponds to a grade (4, 3, 2, 1) according to the quality of the work. Therefore the maximum grade is 32 and the lowest 8.

This tool covered all my necessities, it was very useful and allowed me to create exactly what I wanted. With this tool you just have to think about what you are going to asses and how to grade it; the rest of the work will be done. However, what I would like to find in this tool is the option of sharing to social networks or getting the embed code in order to spread the knowledge of both tool and assessment. It would be also great if the rubric could be created collaboratively with others. What I mean is that you could make it simultaneously with your colleagues for a common work or even with your students.

If you want to see my rubric, here is the URL:

In case you cannot follow the link, try with this one:

I hope you have learnt from this post! I would be pleased if you tell me about your personal experience!

See you in the next post! 🙂 🙂


World Book Week

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Hi bloggers!

What day is it today? Don’t you know? Probably, you have not received a book and a rose yet. Today, April 23rd is the World Book Day and if you live in Catalonia, it is Sant Jordi too. Today we celebrate that through reading we can travel wherever we want, we can be whoever we want and we can do whatever we want. Reading is about dreaming.

For this special date we were challenged to create something special too… Let’s see!

First of all, it was necessary to create a collage with our favorite book. For this purpose I decided to use Canva since I have never use it and my colleagues had already told me that it would be perfect for that purpose. I decided to try for the first time with this tool and I must say that I liked it. It is very intuitive and it seemed to me quite similar to Piktochart, the one with which I am familiar. Anyway, if you are not ready yet and you don’t know how to use Canva, have a look at the tutorial that my  colleagues Natalia, Celia, Patricia  and Raquel have created using Geniallyfollowing the link:

Secondly, I had to create a clip explaining what types of books I like, what my favorite book is, why I recommend it and what features define me as a reader. It took me time because I have never though about what type of reader I am, I like learning abour everything and from everything and everbody so, it would be difficult to define myself.

For creating my presentation, I decided to film myself talking about the World Book Week. I thought that in my future teacher practice, I could show the Aurasma app. to my students what would be a great chance to involve them in reading. I am sure that this 3D realia would engage them. I filmed the video using my mobilephone and I tried to make only one scene therefore, it would look more natural. For editing the video, I used MovieMaker considering that I only modifies the beginning of the clip, when the book appears, and the end of the video. I have heard that there is an app calle EMovie which allows you to create amazing videos, so it was the first idea that came to my mind, but it is only for Apple devices. While filming there were many outtakes, but finally I got it!

Thirdly, I downloaded Aurasma in my “smart”phone and I created an account. I used the same name as in my social networks (lainez_ortega) so… Let’s follow me! Do not wait more!

Then, it was time to create the Aurasma, but I didn’t know how. I though it would be more difficult but thanks to instructions of our teacher @mjgsm and the tutorial of my peers Alvaro, Neus and Marta, I did it! If you don’t know how Aurasma works, have a look at this amazing tutorial!

My AURA was ready! It you want to see what happens:

  1. Donwload Aurasma in your mobile
  2. Create an account
  3. Follow me on Aurasma (lainez_ortega)
  4. Scan the picture!
aurasma (1)

Book picture from Flickr thanks to Idreamlikecrazzy.

Definitely, I will use Aurasma in my future teaching practice! I think that if can motivate students while connecting with ICT. It allows you to see your work alive, what is a kind of pride.

We have create also a collaborative Wall of Books commemorating the World Book Day  in Pinterest . Have a look at my peers Auras and join us! We would like to know what your favorite book is! Don’t forget to try Aurasma and tell use your impressions!

Enjoy and don’t forget reading!

“Somewhere there is a book waiting for you to give your life sense”

Our Video Challenge

Hello everybody!

This time we have become both writers and film directors! We were requested to create a clip about our common e-project but first of all we had to plan what it would be about. Therefore we started to create a storyboard with our main ideas. As our topics were about the Earth we decided to create a character based on the universe. What could be better than an alien? Everybody wants to know about life from outer space! That’s how TIC was born, our main character. Can you guess why he is called TIC?

For creating our storyboard we chose the web tool Since we started to use the tool we were surprised how amazing the pictures look: backgrounds, characters and different shapes, which allow you to create exactly what you want. What we liked the most was the possibility to modify the position of the main character, which makes the story more real.

However, while using the tool, we have discovered that a normal account doesn’t allow you to create a board with more than six scenes. So we had to shorten the story. It was not a problem because the final clip will include the whole story.

Here you have our storyboard! Ready to meet TIC?

Made with Storyboard That

From the storyboard, we brought TIC to live! Firstly, if you want to film a movie you need to write a script so we became writers! Our clip was divided into eleven scenes in which our alien would travel through the Solar System for discovering the magic planet. TIC was dying to find it out!

Secondly, we started to film the scenes, but… We need an actor! Our main idea was using the video game LOS SIMS and taking the characters from there. But it didn’t work! So… Gonzalo @gonzaalo10 became TIC. How we did it? At the first moment we thought about using the popular SNAPCHAT application for smartphones so we would have the chance to modify the face of our actor and make if more real. However, again we failed… The app doesn’t allow use to film the video horizontally so the chroma technique didn’t work! Finally, thanks to our make-up team our great actor became the Neptunian TIC! Look at that awesome result!


Then, we were ready to record the video challenge. For this purpose we use decided to use the chroma key technique. By using Camtasia and this technique, we could substitute the green background for a picture of our choice. Regarding Camtasia, it seems quite difficult to use at rhe very beginning. However, after practicing with it for a while we discovered all its possibilities. We downloaded the free version with a free trial for 30 days. Thanks to Camtasia, we have learned how to use chroma key and how to organized the video clips, the pictures and the audios in order to get the final video. The only problem we didn´t like about this tool was the fact that, because of the free version, a watermark appeared in our video and the quality of it decreased.

Here you have some pictures about the making off. It was very hard, but funny too! We hope you enjoy our video as much as we did!


Piktochart tutorial

Hello bilinguals!

How is it going? This new post is going to be about Piktochart, a web tool that I have already told you in this blog. Do you remember? I created my PLE and PLN mind map, the infoedugraphic and a sign for the chocotalk event (the one with a delicious cupcake) using this tool.

As you know, this time we were requested to work in group in our ICT subject. For this challenge we are the same members as before: @celiagon92, @GMEestrellaa, @cristinarisueno, @gonzaalo10 and me.

In this new task, we have decided to make a tutorial about how to use Piktochart in order to help our students to take advantage of it. It is very useful and intuitive, so we don’t think that young learners could have any issue. We must say that we have chosen Piktochart since we claim that our children might be able to create their own graphics  successfully and they will also enjoy!

First of all, we have screencasted our computer while recording orally step by step the process to use Piktochart. We think that, in this way our pupils will be familiarised with it better. To do that, we have used the free tool called aTubeCatcher. We have found that program suitable for this task because it is very easy to use and it has all the features we were looking for. However, a disadvantage that we have found is that aTubeCatcher doesn´t allow you to edit videos. For that reason, we have used the program Moviemaker and we have also add a final image with our Twitter handles in order to give the viewers the possibility to contact us with their doubts and questions.

Don’t you know how to use Piktochart? What are you waiting for? Let’s see the tutorial!

A live chocotalk event!

Hi bilingual colleagues!

Did you miss our chocotalk? I guess that if you are following me on Twitter, you could see my Tweets posting before, during and after this live event! Anyway, if you couldn’t see the great chocotalk about bilingualism, here is the link to Youtube:

  • CONTENT CURATORS: @GMEstrella and @gonzaalo10 were in charge of collect all the information and everything that could happen during the development of the chocotalk.
  • SPEAKER: in this case @celiagon92 was the one who had to talk during the live event representing the rest of the group according to the ideas that we put together previously.
  • DISSEMINATES: My peer @cristinarisueno and I were in charge of spreading and commenting what was happening in youtube, through different social networks such as facebook or twitter. We all used the hashtag #chococharlas and #ictclil_urjc

Once that everyone has an assigned role, the whole group started to search information about the influence of ICT in CLIL. What we finally concluded was how games can help in a bilingual classroom for motivating students and promoting a meaningful learning.

Before going with the live chocotalk my colleague @cristinarisueno and me, as disseminates, created an ad using the tool Piktochart in order to attract people’s attention and engage them in the event. We tried to spread the information in Youtube and Twitter.


Meanwhile, our group representative, the speaker @celiagon92 was on Hangouts with the rest of other groups’ speakers (@rpeinadog, @patimasie, @nepeuspu, @lolaberralraya, @Alvaro_Gope,@teacher_inma, @GLHmaster) and our professor of ICT in the bilingual classroom @mjgsm. They spent two hours before the event arranging everything.

The chocotalk STARTED and we all were so excited for the event! It was the first time that we did an online talking, with possible viewers from around the world. The chocotalk followed a clear structure:

  1. The first topic we were dealing with were the advantages and disadvantages of CLIL: many people think that bilingualism affects negatively to the mother tongue acquisition so they feel afraid of this type of education that is offered currently in most schools. Finally, we conclude that the most appropriated way to work on bilingualism would be through cross curricular links, for instance working with projects.
  2. The second topic refers to social and emotional benefits of CLIL: This chocotalk was called “how CLIL can contribute to having happier bilingual learners” so, nothing else to say… My colleagues agreed with the importance of motivating students and making them feel confortable in order to foster language acquisition. There is a quote of my peer Rubén Peinado @rpainadog that I really love it and which made me wonder about my teaching: “We’re teaching humans, don’t forget”
  3. The third one, was related with the use of ICT in the CLIL classroom. The conclusion we all agreed was that the more important aspect of teaching in any educational context is the purpose of the tools we are using for and the students’ learning process rather than the tools itself.
  4. Finally, the speakers had to make a summary of each group’s e-project. Celia, @celiagon92 presented our project called “The Earth Adventures”. We also got to know other projects related with ICT and CLIL:
  • @patimasie told us about their project “Learning about body and senses with ICT”
  • @rpainadog introduced their collaborative project about History.
  • @teacher_inma and her mates have created a project about “European Geography”
  • @lolaberralraya presented their project called “Travelling around Europe”
  • @alvaro_gope  and @nepeuspu have created a project with their colleagues about “Neighborhood”
  • @GLHmaster  told us about their “Animals eproject”

Our content curators @GMEstrella and @gonzaalo10 have created this amazing Storyfly which allows you to see how the chocotalk event was. Check the link to see the Storyfly:

Our InfoEduGraphic

Hi there!

I’m here again! In this case I’ ve been working on a group work, so first of all I would like to introduce you my peers, without them this InfoEdugraphic wouldn’t have been possible. My

For this task we had to work in groups to create an InfoEduGraphic. The members ofcolleages are Cristina @cristinarisueno, Celia @celiagon92, Estrella @GMEstrellaa and Gonzalo @gonzaalo10. To do this we surfed the InfoEduGraphic Project Site to look for tips, instructions and ideas.

Since all our e-projects (Planets in the Solar System, The Hydrosphere, Environmental care, The Mysteries of the Earth and Landcaping) are connected with Social Science (planets, Earth, landscapes and so forth), we decided to make an infographic as an introductory tool for a common topic. Our main learning outcome is for our students to know about the planets of the Solar System, The Earth’s layers (Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and Geosphere) as well as environmental care.

Before going the task we assigned the roles:

@GMEstrellaa was the coordinator. She had to direct and check that each member did his part of the job. She also encouraged us to keep working on the infographic.

@celiagon92 was the speaker who is in charge of spr
eading the work and representing the team when it’s need.

@gonzaalo10 was the supervisor and he was in charge of controlling the creation process and remembering each person’s task. They also had to take notes of everybody’s ideas.

Finally my colleague @cristinarisueno and I were the secretaries. We made and created the InfoEduGraphic using Piktochart and Thinglink.


To accomplish this task, we had to face two problems:

First of all, how to link all our e-projects’ contents: After thinking about it for a while, we decided to structure the infoedugraphic from the most abstract content (the space) to the most concrete one (landforms). That’s how it is structured in the national curriculum according to the different educational grades. This way, we could include all our Social Science curricular contents in a structured and well-organized way. In order to motivate them, we added a badge that they could get once they finished the learning process.

Secondly, we thought about how to adapt the contents to the different school’s levels: this challenge was harder to face but finally we thought of making an interactive InfoEduGraphic. What does this mean? We did not only an infographic (which is an image) but also an interactive image. By doing this, we foster an active learning and allow students of different grades to access to different activities of different difficulty according to the content. Throughout this project pupils will have a more active role whereas the teacher will act as a guide. Inductive learning is also part of the learning process that we wager.

Thirdly, for creating our product we decided to use the tool Piktochart due to the fact that some members of our group had already used it and they said that it could fit the purpose of the project perfectly. It gives you the possibility to create infographics, posters, presentations or reports depending on what we need. The one we chose is an infographic as it is divided into different blocks which were suitable for each difficulty level. The quality of the pictures and icons that the tool offers is quite high and very attractive, exactly what we were looking for: to captivate students’ attention. Finally, we would like to highlight that Picktochart would be perfect if it offered the possibility of making those graphics interactives (pictures with movements, sounds, to link to other webpages and so on) instead of being just an image.

Once we had our infographic finished we went to make it interactive to promote and active learning and to increase pupils’ motivation. We did this part of the project using the online tool Thing Link. With this tool you can make an interactive image by putting links in small spots inside your picture. Therefore, we included a video to expand knowledge, interactive activities to review each content and an Arts and Crafts activity about environmental care.

As you can imagine, this tool is incredibly useful to create your own CLIL materials because, by linking resources, you can work the 4Cs. However, we think this tool would be nicer if it offered a wider variety of forms to insert the links, not only spots.

Finally, we can conclude that Infographics have a lot of uses in our classrooms. They can be used to introduce content, to review vocabulary, to explain the steps of a process or activity, to help children with special educational needs. Infographics present information in a neat and visual way that can clarify students’ doubts. Moreover, students can also create their own infographics to learn about content and ICT skills.

Our final artifact is this amazing interactive InfoEduGraphic to introduce and learn about different contents regarding our planet. Click on the spots to see the activities.


Here is the structure of our Infographic, if you want to interact and gain this awesome badge.. Go to the link!

The Earth adventures

After all this work, we have reiceived a bagdge from InfoEDUgrafías Proyecto (@infoedugrafias). Thanks a lot!