🎃 Happy Halloween 👻 Headless Student GIF 🧛

So, for Halloween this year I wanted to do something different... and with my green screen studio I had the perfect opportunity...

Headless students! It was really easy to do, and the kids had great fun doing it as well. This is how I did it... first you need a few green objects. I used the green wall in my classroom for the background, a green t-shirt to cover the head of student 1, and a green sheet to cover the body of student 2. It should look a bit like this...

Once I had filmed all of the students I used WeVideo to edit... I was able to colour key all of the green out of the video and then add a halloween background. WeVideo has a huge amount of halloween stock images and videos in its essentials library to choose from. To repeat the process was really easy, as WeVideo allows me to create a template which means that I just have to change the green screen layer in each edit...

I decided to convert the video files to GIF to make them easier to share. My preferred tool for this is ezgif.com It's really easy to use, plus I can upload, convert, edit and download, all within Google Chrome. 
And then to share the GIFs with the families I used QR codes with a link to the GIF file in Google Drive. At QR-Code Monkey I could personalise the image with Halloween colours and a Happy Halloween image, to look something like this...

I printed and laminated the QR code and put it in their school diary for their parents to scan, see and download.



This school year, we wanted to create an activity for our students to do at home with their parents. Something for them to reinforce what they are doing at school, but also to show the parents what their kids are learning.

Therefore I created some interactive activities using Google Slides...

2 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling2colours

3 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling3colours
4 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling4colours
5 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling5colours

Because of the recently added feature that allows audios to be inserted into Slides, I could record a short activity for the students to listen and repeat at home. 

Visual Arts

It's been a while since my last post because I've been busy preparing resources for this school year. Since I discovered WeVideo I've been looking at ways of teaching Visual Arts to my students. 
It started at the end of the last school year, when I asked for a section of classroom to be painted...
Twitter post
From there, I started creating my own videos...


And from there, I started preparing resources for my students to start making their own videos. I wanted to create resources that allowed my students to work autonomously, so I created a Google Sites with everything they need. It contains 14 different projects for them to choose from, presented as Hyperdocs. From each Hyperdoc they can create a Notes page to collect information, a Script template and a Storyboard template, as well an Evaluation Rubrics to know what is expected from them.

I'm still starting out, but I'm looking forward to seeing what my students create.

The Jungle Book

This year my end of year show with 6º Primary was "The Jungle Book". It was an interesting story to do because it's been portrayed in several different formats both for the stage and the big screen. Obviously, the students were most familiar with Disney movies, which gave them a good understanding of the story. As they are somewhat different to Rudyard Kipling's original books, it was a good opportunity to share with them parts of the book, and learn more about the characters and the underlying themes and metaphors.
One of the biggest challenges was finding parts for all 63 students, but from reading the original Jungle Book stories I was able to incorporate more animals and characters into the show.

 The stage design was an enjoyable part of the show, as being set in the Indian Jungle, there seemed to be so many ideas and possibilities to decorate the stage.

At the end of the 3rd term, they performed the show twice, to the rest of primary and then to their families. They were a success and the students certainly enjoyed their moment in the spotlight! 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This year one of my most ambitious projects was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" with my 4º Primary class. It is the first time that I attempted to do a show like this with such a young group. Previously, I had only put on show with 5º and 6º Primaria, and there is definitely a big difference from one year group to another in terms of maturity, reading ability and their level of English.
However, it was a group of students that I've known since Infants and I was confident we could pull it off.
In September, I introduced them to the script and its format, and we slowly started picking it apart. Once we were familiar with the story and the language, we quickly organised who would play each part, and took it to the stage.

One of the most difficult things for them to learn is the stage movement; the entrances and exits, positioning their bodies correctly to face the audience, and their movements whilst on stage. I was impressed by how quickly they all learnt their lines, which made rehearsals much more effective, and I was able to slowly help them improve the fluidity of the show.

When they finally performed it for their peers and families they were bursting with confidence, and they did a really great job. 

Daily Routine Part 8: Spring 2

To finish the last school term I only made a few changes to the Daily Routine. Most importantly, I added audio files to some of the slides. Although I didn't use them with my students as much as I though, I think they will serve to be much more useful with my students next year, when I will start using the Daily Routine from the start.

The vocabulary topics that I used in this last Daily Routine are food, using the fantasic songs from Super Simple Songs "Do you like...?" My students love these videos, and as well as learning lots of food vocabulary, they love responding to the questions with "Yes, I do" or "No, I don't". It's a great way to introduce even more vocabulary to them by asking them questions like, "Do you like school?" or "Do you like football?".

Google Slides: How to add audio

Uno de los novedades de Google for Education este año es la posibilidad de poder añadir archivos de audio a nuestros Presentaciones de Google. Para mí, puede resultar muy útil, porque así puedo grabar diferentes frases o vocabulario en inglés y añadirlos a mis presentaciones interactivos.
He creado un video de tutorial de como añadir los archivos de audio a los Presentaciones:

¡Espero que os sirve!


Finally back home in Asturias I'm exhausted, but with a refreshed motivation to keep learning and to continue helping other teachers. After an intense weekend at #GEGValencia2019 my head is full of ideas pinging back and forth... ways to innovate, methods to improve my classes, and techniques to help my students and fellow teachers.
Los Tres Technores
 "Generosity + Talent = an enormous injection of enthusiasm that will help to revitalise methodologies and, consequently, improve teaching" @FlemusASI
It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded educators from all parts of Spain and share our knowledge of the seemingly endless resources that Google for Education has to offer. I learnt several new tricks about apps I thought I knew perfectly and discovered a handful of apps and add-ons that I didn't even know existed.

Gonzalo Romero
Responsable Google for Education, Spain
The highlights of the event for me was the Fake News Breakout, the WeVideo workshop with Jaume Feliu and my Spark Camp, despite being completely different to what I had planned. 
The Fake News Breakout was exceptionally well put together and offered a fantastic variety of activities that were both entertaining and challenging. 
The WeVideo workshop was a great opportunity to see how students can work together to make videos and I was able to get an idea of the different ways it could be used. I'm already familiar with Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, but WeVideo is a student-friendly tool that has an enormous scope for the students to learn and expose their creativity.
My Spark Camp proposal of "Theatre in English" wasn't as popular as I had hoped but I did get the opportunity to share some ideas and resources with some teachers that were interested in using theatre in their schools. It was a pleasure to be able to share my knowledge and experience in this subject, and hopefully it will have been of some benefit.

WeVideo workshop with Jaume Feliu

Despite our tiredness, the 8 hour journey home resulted in an extensive brainstorming session of the ideas that we could start working on... #GEGValencia2019 was a reminder to myself of why I love being a teacher!

Vector Portraits with Photoshop

I had never used Photoshop before, but since I've had it I've used it for so many different projects. I've used it to adjust photos, make posters for my show and most recently I've been experimenting with vector portraits.
I found this video on YouTube, and by following the simple instructions I was able to make my own vector portrait. 

And from there I decided to make portraits in the same style for my colleagues Usmel and Adri...




Art Mural Time-Lapse

One of the things I enjoy doing is creating Videos. Over the last few years I've created several different videos, both personally and professionally for my school. My most recent project was a Time-Lapse video that I was asked to do for my school.
During the celebration of STEAM week (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), the Art department and students from 3º & 4º ESO and 1º Bachillerato created a mural dedicated to the Women in Science. 
The mural was created over 3 days and completed in 10 hours, which I filmed from a fixed point. Then using Adobe Premiere, I edited the footage and condensed down to 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
Here is the result:

Credits for the music used in the video are Moby - "In My Heart"

Moby has created some beautiful tracks, great for using with videos as backing tracks, and he offers his extensive catalogue of music to independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short here: mobygratis.com

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