Bank of Common Knowledge

It was my first time participating in a Bank of Common Knowledge thanks to our teacher Mª José who created a board in Pinterest to our Master class in order to share useful resources of CLIL.

First of all, I searched and checked out the Playpen for useful places to find Open Educational Resources proportioned by our teacher. I found it very interesting as I could find different multimedia interactive resources: audios/sounds/tracks, video clips and animation , images, links, online activities, games, plan lessons, crafts, and different tools for creating digital artifacts which I consider that will be very useful to plan CLIL lessons. Then, I chose 6 links that I consider suitable for me and my peers and I shared it in the Pinterest board. Of course, I took into consideration that the resources were Creative Commons Open Educational Resources.

Pinterest is a social network which allows you to share and comment on visual material, such as photographs, plans, videos or web pages. You can collect the items that you love. There is no copyright in the world of Pinterest, you can attach images from other people’s web pages, or repin content from other people’s boards. What is more, sharing content from other people is actively encouraged. It is a social activity of interaction and sharing and gaining followers, rather than keeping your own work for yourself. It is very advantageous as when you Pin to select pins from a web page, the pin automatically includes a link to the source web page, so you can remember where you found it, and other people can go to the source as well.

What an amazing idea! Only by a small contribution of everyone of us we now have wide selection of useful CLIL resources to use:

These were my 6 contributions:

Teaching Kids News

1. teachingkidsnews.com

It is a very useful website which support with relevant news articles for kids, educators in the classroom and parents at home. Find the article more suitable for your CLIL lesson plan!

LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too. You can complement your CLIL lessons with this resources.:

2. learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org

LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too. You can complement your CLIL lessons with this resources.

Choose a theme. The theme can relate to your existing curriculum, or to something new you would like students to write about or discuss in your CLIL lesson.:

3. commonlit.org

Choose a theme. The theme can relate to your existing curriculum, or to something new you would like students to write about or discuss in your CLIL lesson.

Do you know why we have summer and winter? This activity is all about the seasons, and how they are caused by the movement of the Earth around the Sun. Bring realia to your CLIL lesson with this video.:

4. students.linguaframe.com

Do you know why we have summer and winter? This activity is all about the seasons, and how they are caused by the movement of the Earth around the Sun. Bring realia to your CLIL lesson with this video.

CLIL Lesson plans: The Atlantic Ocean This lesson plan for teachers of your learners at level A2 and above explores the theme of the Atlantic Ocean. Students will practise all four skills.:

5. teachingenglish.org.uk

CLIL Lesson plans: The Atlantic Ocean This lesson plan for teachers of your learners at level A2 and above explores the theme of the Atlantic Ocean. Students will practise all four skills.

Festivities | Itinerarios formativos Throughout this resource working with the vocabulary related to the lexicon of the festivities and to give an address or indicate where performed, practicing through different exercises and tasks your specific vocabulary for your CLIL lesson plan.:

6. recursostic.educacion.es

Festivities | Itinerarios formativos Throughout this resource working with the vocabulary related to the lexicon of the festivities and to give an address or indicate where performed, practicing through different exercises and tasks your specific vocabulary for your CLIL lesson plan.
To finish my post I would live to show you my last contribution which is a craft made by myself:
By Lola Berral. This model making offers a wide range of different materials and ways of using them and lets children develop their creativity. Creating a model of the ocean allows children to visualize a part of the earth’s surface they cannot actually see and experience firsthand which is very enriching for a CLIL activity. Therefore, it is a good way to learn the ocean floor features and ocean habitat.:
By Lola Berral. This model making offers a wide range of different materials and ways of using them and lets children develop their creativity. Creating a model of the ocean allows children to visualize a part of the earth’s surface they cannot actually see and experience firsthand which is very enriching for a CLIL activity. Therefore, it is a good way to learn the ocean floor features and ocean habitat.

Creative Commons License

The Internet and digital technologies have transformed how people learn. Educational resources are no longer static and limited, it is now adaptable and widely available, allowing teachers and learners to actively participate in a global exchange of knowledge.
This is why Creative Commons is so important. A Creative Common License provides the legal and technical infrastructure essential to the long-term success of Open Educational Resources and to make it possible for educational resources to be accessible, adaptable, and discoverable.
I decided to license my blog with a Creative Common License. The creative license I have chosen lets others share, remix, pinch, and build upon my work and CLIL e-materials, even commercially, always that they credit me for the original creation. This license is recommended for maximum diffusion and use of licensed materials.
Creative Commons License
Furthermore, it is important to make our students conscious of what rights they have over things they create. For this reason, we should encourage them to use Creative Commons. Sharing our work is a good way to make learning and teaching materials available to everyone online in order to make more accessible and to be able to access to other people’ works but he have to teach our students about the rights other have as well.  By using Creative Commons our students can find materials to enhance their work and respect the ownershinp rights of content creators all at the same time.

My PLE and PLN for CLIL

It wasn`t until I started my Bilingual Teaching Master at URJC in Madrid when I started to learn about CLIL. Brick by brick, I have been gaining knowledge about this methodological approach since then. We are going to prepare the TKT’s exam of Cambridge which is based on CLIL so we are going to study more about it this semester. Furthermore, social networks and websites give us the chance to keep it up and learn more about CLIL. Finally, where I most interact with CLIL is at my lessons at university when me and my peers do presentations about our CLIL lesson plans and activities using this approach.

Here you are the link to my PLE/PLN for CLIL graphic presentation:

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My PLE and PLN

Pinterest: I believe I am not the only one using this app to look for ideas to create displays or model makings. You can find many creative and original ideas for your own creations.

Moodle: Teachers provide us with material for our master lessons about CLIL but also I use it to share my projects, ideas and information with my peers and teachers.

British Council and BBC: I find these websites very useful to learning English language but also culture. I strongly recommend to use its resources.

Google: to search for information about CLIL on the Internet. I normally do a general search with google to find more specific websites.

YouTube: There are videos and songs that I use to plan my CLIL lesson plans.

Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin: At these social networks I find many articles, information and tips regarding to CLIL approach. Not only do I use these to look for information but also to share my knowledge and communicate. Therefore, I include some of these networks in both PLN and PLE.

WhatsApp and Skype: To communicate with other peers and people who share information and ideas about CLIL.

Google Drive: I found this app very useful as I can keep a lot of information and resources and have access to these wherever I am. At the same time, I use it to share files with peers and friends. I use it to organise information as well. Definitely it is one of the most important apps in my everyday learning life.

Outlook and Gmail: I use both of to share information and communicate with other people by email. I do also receive emails from websites that I joined before and ask them to send me information about something I have interest in for example about tips for CLIL lessons.

Coggle and Bitstrips for school: I have recently learned how to use these tools for creating graphics and comics, which I will continue using for my CLIL lessons plans.

Microsoft Office: To create PPT, word documents, pdf or other files for my lessons.

I hope you find it useful and if you do not know any of these tools I encourage you to try it!

Something more about me…

3, 2, 1 Introduction

Comics As A Learning Tool

It was my first time using Bitstrips for School and I have to say I love it! You can bring comics to the classroom with educational software that helps students create, share and collaborate on comics. Bitstrips for Schools is very useful to teach reading comprehension, writing and digital literacy as well. This tool will make the process of writing more visual, personal and fun for our students!

Bitstrips for School features an avatar maker that lets students design cartoon avatars, and a comic builder that lets them creater their own story comics. It is an original way to bring realia to our lessons.  Furthermore, there are hundreds of backgrounds, props and effect to work with, and students can also upload their own photos with the image-uploading tool.  

I strongly recommend you to try it! Definetely you will enjoy it!

 

That’s me…

17195_10204030721279405_279789500989859481_nI am a Spanish native speaker with a degree in Nursery Teaching who is passionate about children and education.  After my experience as an au-pair and as a waitress in York and Dundee, I decided to study a Bilingual Teaching Master degree at URJC in Madrid. I look forward to working with children again in the future in a position where I can make the most of my skills, gain more experience and keep improving my English.

I am a theatre lover as well. When I was at high school I was a member of Hypnos, a classic theatre group in Córdoba. We performed plays by classic authors such as Sophocles, Aeschylus or Plautus all over Spain and have taken part in the Classic Theatre Festival at Palazzolo Acreide (Italy) on several occasions.

I also enjoy travelling and discovering new places and cultures, reading, going to the cinema and spending time with my family and friends.

You can contact me by:

E-mail: lolaberral91@gmail.com

Skype: lola.berral.raya

Twitter: @lolaberralraya

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