Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 64

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Stepping ahead in our way of teaching by Ingrid Gallardo Sundqvist LOCATION We are a primary school CEIP Lope de Vega located in Ceuta, a Spanish city in the North of Africa. We have got 9 classes of infant education and 18 of primary education classes each one with about 26 pupils whose ages go from 3 to 12 years old. In the recent years we have been fortunate with the incorporation of digital boards in nearly all the classes and notebooks and tablets in six classes so our way of teaching has been modified greatly. DIGITAL CULTURE PLAN This year our school has joined the programme “Digital Culture Plan” and apart from receiving new hardware we have also enjoyed training sessions which have enabled us to implement useful web 2.0 tools in class for example padlet, powtoon and symbaloo. Thanks to them we are changing our traditional way of teaching and giving way to new form of understanding the learning and teaching process. New technologies are becoming powerful educational tools that foster our pupils’ multisensorial capacity. The combination of texts, graphs, sound, images and animations and videos enable the transmission of knowledge in a more natural and dynamic way which is vital in the learning process. Our main aim has been to foster skills to search, obtain, process and communicate information and transform it in knowledge. This kind of resources helps our pupils to be active in their studies, not without forgetting the motivational ingredient of them. Research has shown that in contrast with the traditional way of teaching this advance helps pupils to absorb more information in a quicker form. IMPLEMENTATION We have used a lot of different software in class. Among them we can mention the following. Symbaloo is a free social bookmarking service. With it teachers have created one personalised symbaloo for each participating class and have incorporated links to educational resources needed to put into practice our educational planning and that they share with the pupils and their families. Pupils have become familiar with it in a quick way and they use it to consolidate their studies. This also allows a better communication with parents because they are more informed of their children’s progress. Kahoot is a free game-based platform which has enabled our teachers to create games with questions of different areas. Google Forms/Sheets with which teachers have undertaken tests, corrected with Flubaroo. Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiplechoice or fill-in-blank assignments. Flippity together with Google Spreadsheet have permitted the teachers to create a jeopardy-style game. Padlet is a tool where pupils can create walls in which they can develop their writing skills or share their projects or information found. This last one has seemed to be very motivating, good examples of them can be found in one of the teacher’s blog: https://teacheringrid.wordpress.com/padlet/ where pupils have invented a collaborative story in https://es.padlet.com/embed/bjmrwdj1bxxj or where they have even created exercises to practise English: https://es.padlet.com/embed/quoswqww9r1t. Powtoon, a presentation software that allows pupils to present their pr