Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Rubric to assess an e-project

Assessment is one of the most important aspects of teaching and it is the only way to clarify wheter thing are going well in class or not. We can evaluate children knowledge, skills or competences regarding a specific subject, we can evaluate ourselves as teachers, materials, resources, environment ...etc. There are so many factors that influence education and they must be constantly checked out in order to improve and offer a high quality teaching.

Perhaps, the essential assessment is the one that happens in class and verify if students have learnt and progressed accros the term or year. There are different ways to assess children work and competence. It is said that technically speaking evaluation has to do with a summative assessment as the teacher evaluate the results after the learning process takes place. Meanwhile, the formative assessment focuses on the learning process and the main objective is to provide constant feedback in order to help the students develop their skills and correct any mistakes.

Apart from this, we should talk about rubrics. Rubric are a fantastic a resource hat can be implemented both during or after the learning process. They consist of charts that is divided into different parts, each of them describe a different specific aspect in  which we can grade or give a mark no matter the rest of aspects shown. Then, we can prepare a clear and neat structure to evaluate a worksheet, project or presentation as regards several aspects whic have to with the whole work. We provide students with a more complete assessment and more fair as they see how they did it weel in certain aspects but they might improve in some others.

The goal of this challenge was to create a rubric that can be followed in order to assess my own project. There are several tools which offer attractive and complete rubrics to customize as you wish. QuickRubric for instance, is a awesome tool that allows us to create complex rubrics easily and quickly.

However, I decided to create a CoRubric with Google Drive. A CoRubric is perfect for peer feedback and make students participate on the assessment part. They can chose a partner or it might be already arranged by the teacher, and they evaluate their classmates work by following the rubric aspects.

The steps to create a CoRubric as I did are really clear in this presentation made by Rosa Liarte:

Then, once I followed the steps I created this Rubric:

The rubric is sent to all the students, who in this case were my Master classmates as a experiment to see it works properly. All the students receive a form like this:

Then, once everybody has evaluated at least one partner the teacher check the results and take them into accont for oncoming activities. In this case, I received eight peer fedbacks and the results appeared like this:

At first it could seem a little bit misleading but then it is easy to understand. If one aspect has a mark and the rest aspects do not show anything it means that these next aspects have the same mark. It will change when a new mark appears in any of the aspects, then the process starts again.


Friday, 22 April 2016

What type of reader am I?

During our lives we could have read hundreds of books. They offer us fantastic stories, useful information or new ways to perceive the world. We learn from the stories because they give us experience regarding a specific situation. We acquire knowledge about any subject and this knowledge broaden our mind.

I would like to take advantage of this World Book Day which is quite close and I will show what type of reader I am and what are the books that have most influenced on my life.

Here you can see this collage which summarizes the main ideas of my reading experience and my tastes:

  However, that´s not all. There is something else hidden behind the image. You have the chance to see it if you follow this basic steps:

- Download Aurasma in your mobile phone. If you don´t know what Aurasma is then you can clic on this link to another entry of this blog where it is well explained.

- Follow the channel "GuillermoLagarejos", which is my channel.
- Now, if you point the movil camera to the image with the Aurasma App you will enjoy the hidden surprise.

Everything will be clarified then and you will know more about my profile as a reader. If you have any doubt about the Aurasma process or about my reading tastes you can ask me on twitter at GLHmaster.

Apart from this you can also enjoy all the fantastic contributtions of other people to the Pinterest Board of "A Wall of Books". Here you can see how many people share their experience regarding reading and their favourite books.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016


The whole group of students who are currently studying a Master in Bilingual Teaching in Universidad Rey Juan Carlos decide to carry out a Chocotalk about CLIL under María Jesús García San Martín supervision.

The students were divided into several groups in order to carry out one cooperative project per group. One or two member s of each group  played the role of speakers and participated in a virtual round table where some relevant aspect related to CLIL were discussed.

The speakers were Ruben Peinado, Alvaro Gómez, Neus Fiol, María Inmaculada Caballero, Patricia Madrueño, María Dolores Barral, Celia González, Laura González and me, Guillermo Lagarejos.

Regarding my group Sara Rodríguez, Teresa Martín and Marina Goizueta did a fantastic job as disseminators and María Collado and Laura Pérez did it aswell as content curators. They all worked hard before, during and after the virtual round table discussion.

Content curation work:

In order to gather all the information that the Chocotalk was spreading my partners used Storify. This is a web tool that allows you to show key details and relevant aspect as if it was a story. It is really easy to use and the tool "makes the web tell a story". They looked for all the important hastags, comments or ideas spreaded around the net related to the virtual discussion. Then the programme puts everthing in order to show a logical sequence of events.

Dissemination work:

My partners made a big effort to boost Chocotalk importance in social networks, they promoted participation in the discussion and they made some people be interested in this event. You can see a great number of the posted entries of my partners and members of other groups.

Slideshow to learn about Aurasma

For this challenge our group has worked with Google Slides, a tool that had been unknown before. The members of the group are Marina Goizueta, Teresa Martín, Laura Pérez, María Collado and me, Guillermo Lagarejos.

Google Slides offers similar possibilities to create a presentation as Power Point. Therefore, the use of this tool was quick and easy.

In this way you can add pictures, videos, links and animations. We used a You Tube video, several links to Aurasma Studio and images to make the explanation easier to understand.

We used this tool to describe how to use Aurasma, a fantastic tool for any educational purpose. Aurasma is a web tool that allows us to create augmented reality from trigger images already labeled by the creator. This tool can be quite simple to enjoy if you follow the steps that we explained in our presentation. In every step we have added screenshoots of the Aurasma webpage so it is easier to follow.

We think that Aurasma is great tool for both teachers and students and make lessons more angaging and motivating, so we really recommend you to try it in the future.

Storyboard and videoclip for a research

In this activity we had to carry out the second part of the cooperative project based on animals topic. The members of the group are Marina Goizueta, Teresa Martín, Laura Pérez, Sara Rodríguez, María Collado and me, Guillero Lagarejos.

This activity is divided into two sub activities: A storyboard to plan a video to carry out a research and the videoclip itself.

To make our Video Planning we used Storyboard That, which is a very simple tool to make comics. It offers a great amount of resources for you to develop your ideas and create stories related to any topic you wish.

Here is the link to the comic:

To design our videoclip for the animals research we used Sony Vegas Pro, an awesome tool that allowes us to create, design, modify any video to make it much more attractive. You can customize any feature and detail related to the video. The only disadvantage could be that it is not a free online tool, but the results are just fantastic.

Furthermore, we published this entry on the ESL Times blog, so we inmidiately became reporters and received a badge.

An infographic about the animals

In this activity we had to work in group to carry out a cooperative project. The following task is one part of the whole project. The members of the group are Marina Goizueta, Teresa Martín, Sara Rodríguez, María Collado and me , Guillermo Lagarejos.

In order to provide students with support to learn the topic of animals we created an infographic. This infographic is compound of five flash cards representing the five animals groups. Moreover, these images have been assigned as trigger images that lead us to further information with augmented reality.

We used Piktochart to create the infographic surface, it is what we can see with our eyes. A great amount of information about the five groups of animals and their main characteristics. But, there is something else hidden in our infographic.

We used Aurasma to create the reality augmentatios. This programme is quite easy to use although viewers need to follow some basic instructions to enjoy the process. These are the steps you should follow in case you want to see what flash cards hide.

  1. Download Aurasma App in your mobile phone.
  2. Follow the channel called "maria92collado".
  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.

The aim of this infographic is to enhance student learning process and consolidate that knowledge related to animals topic.

As we reached several goals regarding TIC competence we were given an award.

This is our infographic: