Final challenge #eduPLEreto

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Nuestro producto final en Storytelling community, donde hemos compartido y colaborado durante algunas semanas algo más que documentos, sino intereses, puestas en común, charlas, entre otras muchas cosas. Este es el producto final 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-JjufRjGqymdGQ4S1ZSVE9sdnM/edit

#eduPLEmooc y #eduPLEreto

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My PLE-MOOC experience

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He de decir, que desde la semana 1, ya estaba entusiasmada con las tareas que planteaba este MOOC. Me gusta el trabajo que hemos realizado.

Además, personalmente, era una motivación escuchar PLE tanto en la red, con todos los tweets de compañeros, como en el colegio, donde varios compañer@s estabamos realizando este curso.

Este curso me ha ofrecido la posibilidad de cumplir muchas de las expectativas que yo ya tenía en mente, desde ser conscientes de nuestro trabajo, mi queja constante de no conocer a docentes del área de inglés en twitter, el uso de herramientas específicas y poder sacarle partido desde nuestro ámbito, formas de gestionar nuestra información, y sobre todo, sentir una conexión constante, aprender de los demás.

Empezando por crear conciencia sobre nuestra huella digital, la comunicación gracias a redes como twitter. El hecho de poder evaluar las tareas del resto de compañer@s, eso nos puso las pilas, y nos hizo ser un poquito más exigentes con nuestro trabajo, no todo vale. El conocimiento de varias redes y el uso de diversas herramientas, me hizo empezar a conocer y a atreverme. Pero también, a elegir, a no infoxicarnos, a curar esos contenidos. Y lo mejor, el reto Afania, donde teníamos que colaborar y empaparnos de lleno. No era tarea fácil, horarios, trabajo, etc. Pero al final lo conseguimos, y nos quedó una colaboración muy enriquecedora, con un punto y seguido.

Este es el enlace a mi storify, http://storify.com/vanesamm/la-evolucion-de-mi-ple

Un saludo compañer@s!!  =)

#MOOCafé

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La semana pasada tuvimos el placer de conocer a paisanos de nuestro curso. ¿Qué era eso del #MOOCafé? Se trata de una ventana que nos abría la posibilidad de conocer la forma de trabajo de nuestros compañeros, inquietudes, nuestras ideas, en torno a cómo nos gustaría que fuese nuestra escuela, y por ende la educación del siglo XXI; qué debe cambiar y, además, qué podemos hacer nosotros, desde y ante la situación que se nos presenta.

De este debate surgieron diversos e interesantes argumentos, aportando puntos de vista y experiencias. Una actividad enriquecedora, y motivadora, que no dudaría repetir. En esta tarde donde compartimos muchas ideas y pensamientos, me quedo con un poco de la ilusión de cada uno. Empezando por mis compañeros de colegio, @cesargrau, @agatha7475, @anaxksi y @ocatasus. @solazorin y @pugarsa, unas personas muy entregadas, cuya  iniciativa, ilusión y calidez se dejaron ver. Muy agradables, un verdadero placer. @castlevania , de quién estoy segura de que se quedaron muchas interesantes de las que hablar. Un compañero para no perder de vista. Muy interesante la aportación por parte de @magpano, e ilusión de observar que las ganas no se van con la experiencia. Y el granito de la comprensión y sensatez  de @mdgraci. Me encantó la aportación universitaria de @carolinafrutos, me hizo reflexionar sobre varios aspectos sobre los que ya tenía dudas. Al igual que los de @umh0966, ofreciéndonos su versión de ventanas del aula en la universidad.

En definitiva, con esta elaboración de Storify os podéis hacer una idea del desarrollo de la tertulia #MOOCaféMurcia.

http://storify.com/vanesamm/moocafemurcia

CONTENT CURATION

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This week we are dealing with a new important term: Content Curator.

What does it mean? A content curator is a way to filter information, adding or modifying in order to give value to the content and not just transmitting. When you consider your public, the community you are going to, it is necessary to process information before transmitting, being critics and redirecting it in a more meaningful way.

In easy words, content curation refers to identifying, locating, filtering, organizing, and sharing content that is relevant to your audience. Moreover, this will help to manage “information overload” (infoxication) we were working on last week. In this way, we have the necessity to curate the contents we share, trying to avoid repeated content. We are not just transmitters, but curators too.

Also students need to manage with this, in order not no feel overwhelmed. So in this activity, we need to learn, as they said, how to be good content curators , as well as our students. It is a needed competence in digital literacy.

For this activity, I have used Piktochart. I could find it as a great tool to show in a quick view about what you want to transmit. It is a clear visual way of communication. It was the first time I get into this App, but this is the final result:

CONTENT CURATOR

Finally, I think that using this digital content (infographies) could be really useful to work with students. It allows you to create kind of posters where they can include pictures, links… whatever.

Concretely, for my English classroom, it is an interesting tool for students to communicate and express. They will develop their writing skill, as the same time they are dealing with ICT’s in some many ways (looking for information, selecting, communicating…)

Information overload or “Infoxication”

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This post is coming a bit late, but I have already had some problems of time. Those which generate exactly what we resume here, the excess of information and the lack of time. I could see all my PLE partners sharing their works and I couldn’t even read the unit. It is difficult not to get stressed.

I am currently getting into the ICT world, and I feel exactly that mental block and anxiety caused by the need of being informed of all around you, to answer to what is happening, don’t miss anything, you want to be part of many of them, and quickly because of the lack of time. Infoxication is the right word to describe what I feel.

It is difficult to escape from the several information, web pages, blogs, apps, among others, which we access. Even if you have a reduce range of web pages, the overload can colapse you.  This article of the Australian defines the term pretty good.

We have too much to know, and it is not easy to decide what information is more relevant than other. But if we don’t select, we can overwhelmed. It is more than obvious the need of enclose a little bit the area/a, or themes we want really to develop. I think that both experience and the lucky of can count with some strategies and tools,  show us how to manage in this immense world.

In this unit we had to mention some tools or strategies to process information.

First, one I consider really interesting is Symbaloo. I discovered it through the tasks of this unit and I am starting to use it. By now, I see it as a perfect way to organize content and sites.

On the other hand, Pinterest is the one we are already using in our english class, as a good way of organization, both for me and the students. We have organized all videos, ideas, games, whatever we find interesting, on boards, as it is the main characteristic of this tool. I can access quickly to the information I need, I can pin it in order to not lose it, and, moreover, students can access to it, in a intuitive way, whenever they will need.

We have different boards, and constructing… They mainly refer to the topics we are working in. Here you can have a look:

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Finally, I recommend this interesting web, which can help us to know how to prevent information overload.

And also this funny video explaining some tips about managing the excess of information:

Creation of a Learning Community: Storytelling

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In this unit we need to connect and join to a learning community, in order to get “Afania challenge”, activity suggested by  #eduPLEmooc. I have been some doubts to decide what community join to, because many of the proposed themes were really interesting. Finally, I joined to Storytelling #eduPLEmooc

I’m a Primary english teacher and, currently, I’m working in 1st cycle. I strongly consider stories as an important way to develop linguistic skills, not just in the FL class, but also in the first language. Moreover, it is even more important when working with children of that age, who are starting to develop their literacy, reading and writing. So this is the reason why I find this community and topic really connected to my interests in the classroom.

When teaching english as a Foreign Language, we try to create as many situations as possible to communicate, which is our main goal. Stories as a great resource to develop linguistic skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, vocabulary… It allows to develop both receptive and productive skills. Children can create, design, developing their creativity, learn about the importance of organization, work in groups, take into account their preferences, the use of ICT’s, develop the musical and visual (art) part needed in stories, and so on and so forth.

Stories are a part of our history. Before printing invention, people also needed to communicate and they did it orally. There have been some many changes since then. Until nowadays, where we can not just tell a story, communicate it, but we can make use of a wide range of resources to create a story, share immediately, and all over the globe.

storytellingIn addition, children love stories, that is a fact, you can observe their faces when telling one. Not only by teachers, but their parents, grandparents, a friend… Actually, everyone is interested in stories.

In this activity we had to mention 3 references of the community or the topic, mine are:

Carmen Caparros creator of the community.

– Manuela Ruiz, moderator of the community.

Gelen López, participant of the community.

I didn’t know them before, but I like their work and their ideas and posts about our topic here.

I’m really motivated to learn from this community and I hope to find more interesting educators through this challenge we have to work in together.

Here you can see some tips about Storytelling: