Bank of Common Knowledge

Good morning everyone!

This cold and windy Sunday we’re going to talk about the collaborative bank of CLIL knowledge that we’ve created on Pinterest. We were required to find at least 6 resources which can be used at the bilingual classroom. However, that isn’t all! Those resources must be OERs, what does it mean? They’re Creative Commons Open Educational Resources, resources that can be shared and used for different purposes on the net.

Well… But, how did I do it? First of all, you have to bear in mind that those resources must present the Creative Commons license (what we where talking about on the last post, if you didn’t see yet, click here). However it could seem a bit desastrous looking for the resource that suits most with you and then, checking for the licence… What will happen if it doesn’t allow you to share it?

To make it easier, we were provided with a list of different OERs resources creates by María Jesús García San Martín in Listly. Here you have them all: 

Now that we know a bit more of OERs resources we can try to search on the net new ones. Let’s go for an advanced search in Google. Don’t you know how to do it? Look at this video!

Once that it’s clear, everything is going to be easier! Don’t you wanna try?

Following those steps it was how I found different resources to share with my peers in the collaborative bank of Common knowledge. Here you have my six resources:

In this wikispace, both CLIL and ICT work together! Art, Geography, History, Maths, Science… Whatever you want is here!

ScienceandEnglish si a easy and funny website where teachers can find many activities and materials ready to be used at the CLIL classroom. You can search for what you want in different categories (animals, body, food, senses, prepositions, etc).

This one is a digital library of free-to-use Teaching and Learning Content. “Combine text, images, sound, videos, or supplemental materials into resources you can share and remix with your colleagues and educators around the world“.

As I am from Andalucía I knew about these materials. The Regional Ministry of Education in Andalusia proposes a wide range of lesson plans planned through CLIL methodology. The main purpose of those materials is to be downloaded and carried out at the bilingual classroom.

This online tool will allow you to upload and download many different sounds which can be modified and altered according to your purposes.

LACLIL is a really useful journal where many experts and educators share their knowledge about CLIL methodology. Although this one is not basically about CLIL materials, there you can find lots of information which is necessary to be known by the teacher.


I hope it can help you! See you on the next post 🙂 🙂


Behindtheblackboard’s licence

Hello everyone!

Here I’m again! We are going to talk about the Creative Commons. During the ICT lesson we were required to create a licence for our blogs which made us to think about sharing and commercializing others’ productions.

At the footage of my blog you can see the license.


The license that I have chosen allows others to share it alike. I decided to choose this option because I believe that knowledge must be public and if helps others, there is no point in hiding my productions. Being educators as we are, sharing knowledge each other is one of the most representative aspect of our tasks, what I mean is that education is not one to one, it is one to all.

Everybody cannot have the chance to have a specialized teacher-training, as we have, which offers you many possibilities to learn, so that someone who is interested in knowing about ICT at CLIL classroom can be beneficiated getting the knowledge and sharing to others. That’s how the whole world is connected.

However, I did not choose the option where others can use my productions for commercial uses because it would seem to be stealing by using other’s ideas to benefit itself.

As I see it, if we introduce the used of license to our students by asking them to create their own, we will be giving value to what they have create so they will feel proud of themselves and motivated to keep on working. In this way, pupils will see that their job has a value as well as other’s productions. In this way, when pupils will have to use Creative Commons they will think twice before using other’s production without being allowed.

See you on the next post!

PLN and PLE for CLIL using Picktochart

Hi colleages!

Here is my infographic about my PLE and PLN regarding CLIL knowledge.

The first time I heard about it (as AICOLE) I had not idea about what It was, I had to decide the topic of my final project degree (TFG) and since I love learning and discovering new things I dared to choose this topic although I did not know anything at all. Then it was when my adventure started along with CLIL looking for some information through the most powerful weapon that the human being has currently: Internet.

I spent many time searching different websites, firstly in Spanish and secondly, after my previous poor hunt, in English. The websites that really helped me were LACLIL, an online journal about the mentioned methodology;Isabel Perez’s website which is full of resources, materials and general information based on a deep methodological documentation; and Patrick de Boer’s CLIL magazine. In this last option, you need to be registered in order to receive the monthly online magazine.

However, I could found many information in others sources as books such as. CLIL. Content and Language Integrated Learning of  Coyle, Hood and Marsh  or Uncovering CLIL: Content and language integrated learning in bilingual and multilingual education of  Mehisto, Marsh and Frigols.

Once that I finished my TFG successfully and demonstrated myself the importance of self-learning I decided to carry on with my training as bilingual teacher and I signed up for the master of Bilingual Education. Nowadays I continue my training at Rey Juan Carlos University and with many others educational websites on the net.

The tool that I have chosen for creating my diagram is Picktochart, I think it is a very intuitive tool which helps you to express your idea easily. At the beginning, my mindmap could seem a mess but it isn’t! All arrows have a reason to be, they connect my knowledge and the places I take it from as well as those things that I create and lately they are shared.

Both PLN and PLE are organized according to how I use them regarding different purposes. Of course, those apps or websites that we use frequently in our daily life take part of our learning-teaching process even when we do not notice, this is the case of whatsapp or facebook which are not educational tools themselves.

If you have any question do not hesitate to ask me! Due to it is an expression of my ideas and my point of view of my learning and teaching process, it could be easy for me to understand but confusing for others. Everything can get better!

In case you can’t follow the link, check the picture!


Learning by Twittering

Hello everyone! I’m here again!

In this post we are going to talk about Twitter! Many of you probably have heard about it, may you know or may you don’t. Anyway I want to explain you a little more about it.

Here you have how it looks like (if you are in my profile, of course).


Follow me! @lainez_ortega

On the right side there is a short description of the twitter profile owner accompanied with a picture of that person, so YES! This is me!

There you can find what I post on: those are my tweets which are created with only 140 letters, so if you want to say something you have to be good at summarizing!

Twitter is an excellent opportunity to keep the whole world connected. It’s an easy way to share your thoughts, abilities and to learn from others! I have already started and I can’t stop twittering! Here we continue learning about CLIL and ICT using the Hastagh #ictclil_urjc


Introduction: 3, 2, 1… Who I am!

I have created this blog and no one knows about me! But…

Are you ready to know more about me? Here is my 3, 2, 1 introduction. I used the Powtoon tool due to I had seen some videos in Youtube before and since the first moment I saw the quality of the pictures and how it eased to transmit information I knew that these one would be my tool.

From the very beginning I knew that my final result had to be a video with different pictures and music, no something static, so that it is easier to catch the main concept and to attract the viewers’ attention. It can be used as a way to introduce yourself to your students or to anyone who is interested in knowing you, for that reason my main purpose was to transmit ENTHUSIASM, positive energy and willingly to conquer the world.

I must say that I had some problems with the Premium version due to the first login entails two days of Premium account so that many of the characters, backgrounds and objects used in my presentation appeared with a lock once that the video was ready. Finally, I figured it out changing those which are available for a normal account.

I hope you enjoy it and feel free to comment my video 🙂 🙂 


Let’s start!

Hi there!

Here we go! This is my first publication at behindtheblackboard blog. Here you will find a lot of information about my ICT training and many educational tools which can be used for any educational context.

Teachers must be aware of the society’s changes in order to teach what the society requires and that is what we are going to learn here.

Do you dare to take part of the adventure? Come with me!