Sunday, 28 February 2016

Pinterest and CLIL...

Good morning blogger-friends! 

I would like to share with you the board I created using Pinterest where I clasified materials and resources that I found interesting for my future projects using CLIL methodology. 

Thanks to that, I can have my useful resources well organised as well as easy to find! Isn't it a good idea?

Feel free to follow me and my board if you feel like it! You will find a wide range of materials and ideas to use with your students. 

See you!


Hello bloggers! 

Have you ever heard about "Pinterest"? It is a great free social network where you can find many resources about whatever you can imagine! Not only about education or materials for the classroom, but also recipes, health and more things. It's very interesting, isn't it? 

My next challenge had to do with that. Me and my classmates (with our teacher too) share a bank of common knowledge in Pinterest. Our teacher created a common board using Pinterest, in which each of us posted six resources that we found useful for our career. We had to take into account that all these resources were free and without copyright. As you can see, that is also related with the previous post! 
What I liked the most about that it is that thanks to that, we gather all our ideas in a same place which is useful for us as teachers, not only now to increase our ideas, but also to carry them in our future with our own students. According to what I said about the copyright, this activity also made me aware of the importance that it has, and the necessity of checking the licence of all materials we share! Sometimes we do not realise the importance it has, but every work has an owner, and we should respect that as we want them to respect our work. 

These are the resources that I chose. You only have to click on the title to see them: 

Learning about mixtures and solutions using easy experiments, because the best way to learn something is by doing it!

Working with projects in Science about animals in danger! It is a great idea to link both Arts&Crafts with Science while learning at the same time. By: Raquel Diez Alonso.

Free resources, information and examples of CLIL approach to carry out with our students.

Halloween time… here is an example of learning about culture and art at the same time! By: Raquel Diez Alonso.

Breakfast-learning time! With this idea we can learn about fractions in a funny and visual way while having breakfast. This webiste (Pircs4Learning) provides a safe and free digital library for education where you can find many pictures, photos, videos or projects to carry out with your students.

Model making: solar system made up of fruit. This way we can reach a meaningful learning using such a funny, visual and healthy idea. Moreover, it can be linked to Science and the healthy diet or the food pyramid. By: Raquel Diez Alonso.

Nice blog with CLIL resources where you can find many ideas, activities and tips to create a suitable CLIL lesson in your classroom to teach the water cycle.

I hope these resources are useful for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Creative Commons Licence...

Hi everyone!
Here is another challenge... Now we learnt about licences, their importance and relevance.
The licence I have chosen for my blog is called “Atribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International”. With this type of licence people can share the materials from my e-portfolio as well as they can copy and redistribute them in any medium or format. They are also allowed to adapt the materials, which mean that they can remix, transform and build upon the material.
But they have to take into account that:
  • If they make any changes, they have to indicate it and retain an indication of previous modifications. That means “Attribution”.
  • Moreover, they cannot use the material for commercial purposes. That means “NonCommercial”.
  • Finally, if they remix, transform or build upon the material from my e-portfolio, they must share my contributions under the same licence as mine. This is the meaning of “ShareAlike”.

So now, at the bottom of  my blog you can see the following picture, showing that I am using this licence: 

All the terms and conditions of it are available in
You can also create your own licence with the conditions you think that are more suitable for you. Just click here:

This challenge made me think about the importance of that and also, become aware of the necessity to talk about that to our students and how to motivate them to take that into account. I have to say that in my opinion, sharing resources or materials is a great idea to learn from each other and to improve ourselves. Because of that, I believe that our students have to learn about the importance of copyright in order to find suitable materials for their projects or works, not only for the school, but also for their future. They should realise that some pictures or resources that they can find in different sources require permission to be used. In order to do that, I would suggest creating a project to deal with this topic and to make them aware that we must respect the work of other people as we want them to do the same with ours. For this reason we should encourage them to always tell the source where they found the information.

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, 22 February 2016

My PLE and PLN for CLIL...

Hello blogger friends!

Here we go with the third challenge: my PLE and PLN for CLIL.

I have to say that the first time I heard about CLIL was during my University Degree in Primary Education at León. I did the English mention and I had three subjects in which we studied it: main concepts, principles, methodology, how to use it, practical sessions… Then, I had the opportunity to learn more about it and to apply it during my placement in the schools. The first one was in Ireland, and they used this methodology. The second time I was in a MEC British Council school, and they do also use CLIL. Thanks to that I could see the theory I had learnt in a practical way. Then, I went further when I started this Master in Bilingualism, where I have learnt more about strategies, resources, activities… and see more examples of the use of this great methodology.

Both my PLE and my PLN are linked to each other, as you can see in my diagram:

Apart from that, I use more tools in order to learn more and find out new things about CLIL:
1)      To organise information:
- Dropbox: it is a tool to keep information in a very easy way. It offers the possibility of saving pictures, projects, tasks, videos… and to have them always with you even if you have not your computer.
- Google Drive: it offers almost the same things mentioned before in Dropbox, but also it allows to share a project with a group of people and to modify it in a real time.

2)      To share and communicate:
- Twitter, Facebook and Blogger: I often use them to share information and thoughts about CLIL, as well as to see other points of view and new ideas. They give you the possibility to follow many pages related with that.
- Gmail and Outlook: both of them are used to share my projects, tasks, lessons… with other people.
- WhatsApp and Skype: they are very useful to share opinions, ideas or to solve doubts related to CLIL immediately.
- Pinterest: it offers a great variety of displays, ideas and models which can be used in a CLIL lesson.
- Moodle URJC: it allows to share projects or tasks about CLIL with our classmates as well as to have a look to their projects at the same time.

3)      To learn more and look for information:
- Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox: both of them are useful to find information about CLIL, to solve doubts related with that, to search pictures or resources linked with it. 
- Word Reference: I use it in order to clarify my doubts when I do not know some words or expressions about CLIL explanations.
- YouTube: here it is possible to find so many songs, explanations… related with CLIL.
- BBC: it offers a huge range of resources to plan a CLIL lesson.

4)      To create new things:
- StoryJumper: I discovered it recently, and I use it to create stories.
- Paint: it is useful to create simple pictures, diagrams or to modify some other elements.
- Movie Maker: to create videos.
- Microsoft Office: I use it to create the activities or lessons with CLIL methodology.
- NovaMind: it offers the opportunity to create mind maps. It is very useful to arrange information.

In order to create my PLE and my PLN, I had a look at all the tools that our teacher suggested to us. There were great ones such as Coogle, Popplet or Among all of them, I finally decided to make it using NovaMind because it is quite easy to understand and the outcomes are very attractive. It offers the opportunity to create your own mind map since the very first moment, so you do not have to choose a template and then modify it according to the theme. You can change the colours, the style, or insert different elements such as images, texts and adornments according to the aim of your diagram (if it is for children, for you, for other student…).

Thank you for your attention!

Learning by Twittering...

Hi bloggers!

My second challenge is related with CLIL. Do you know anything about this approach? During all my studies I have learnt many things about CLIL. You can find some in my Twitter @raqueldial. 


Here is an example:


Thanks for reading me!

3, 2, 1 Introduction...

Hi everyone!
Here is my first challenge using ICTs: my 3, 2, 1 Introduction.
After trying different tools I finally decided to create it using StoryJumper. You may wonder why… I saw some of my classmates presentations from the master using it and I really liked it! I knew about Animoto or Powtoon, but I’ve never heard about StoryJumper. This tool offers the possibility of creating your own book easily using personal information. You can use different resources such as pictures, characters, cartoons, scenes… Even it is possible to include your own pictures, so the story you create would be completely personalised. For this reason I believe that it is a very useful tool not only to create a 3, 2, 1 Introduction, but also to create stories for our pupils for free. Depending on the topic they are studying, we can create a book to review vocabulary, verb tenses, expressions, or just a simple story, for example.  

My 3, 2, 1 Introduction is available in the following link:

If you prefer, just click here

Book titled '3, 2, 1 Introduction'
Read this free book made on StoryJumper

If you have any problems to watch it, please, let me know.

I hope you enjoy, and do not hesitate to comment my video!


A beginner in this new world...

Hello bloggers!

My name is Raquel and I am an English Primary teacher. I am currently studying a master in Bilingual Education at Rey Juan Carlos University.

You should know that it is the first time that I create a blog, so please, do not take into account all the mistakes I will make... I am a beginner in this "new world", so I hope you help me, I have too many things to learn!

I have created this blog in order to share all the things that I am now learning related with ICTs such as tools, websites, new creations...

So I hope you enjoy it. Well, actually I hope we enjoy together and learn from each other!

Do not hesitate on commenting it, that would be great for me.

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!