PdG News

One of the projects that I have started this year at school is a weekly news programme with my students from 6º Primaria. Every week I have tried to cover some of the events going on at the school and then each week I ask for help from a few students to film it. 

The students have responded really positively, and each week more and more students are volunteering to help me. The perfect tool for making each News Bulletin has been WeVideo... in the 1st week I created a template for the news programme with school logo, title sequences and backgrounds which are all included in the WeVideo media library. Therefore, each week I only need to add the footage of the student reporter and the activity that we're covering.

G-Suite for Education makes the whole process really easy as I can begin the News programme script in Docs on Monday and collaborate with other teachers or students about what is going on. I can also easily share photos and videos of the different activities with whoever I need to through Drive. Then, to put it all together and share it with my students and their families, I have put it all into a Google Sites that also allows me to share additional information, extra photos and interesting links.

#GSHGasteiz19 WeVideo workshop

At #GSHGasteiz19 I was given the opportunity to offer a workshop about collaborative projects with WeVideo at the annual event organised by GSuite Hezkuntzan in Vitoria.

Since the GEG Spain event that I attended in Valencia in May, I've learnt an enormous amount about how to use WeVideo in my classes, and so I decided to prepare my own workshop.

Before my own workshop, I also attended Javier Simón's workshop, "OK Google, ¿Hablamos?" which gave me some really cool and interesting ideas about how to use Google Assistant with my students. I have a Google Home Mini myself, but I never could have imagined how it could be used in the classroom.

Javier Simón - "OK Google, ¿Hablamos?"

Once I arrived at the venue, I was also informed that my workshop was going to be live streamed via YouTube. Even though this made me a little bit more nervous about presenting my workshop, it was nice to know that my family and friends would be able to watch it at home.

I tried to structure my workshop, so that I could adequately describe how useful it can be in the classroom, but also giving the participants enough time to try it out. I took as many of my video and green screen resources with me as I could, for everybody to try out some chroma keying tricks.

I received a lot of positive feedback and I think that everyone that attended enjoyed the experience, but more importantly left with some ideas about how to use video with their own classes.

It was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet so many enthusiastic and dedicated educators. 

Halloween Vocabulary

As part of the homeschooling lessons sessions I have been creating this year for my Infants students I decided to make a Halloween special!

Feel free to use and share, and I hope it's useful for your young learners.



🎃 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!

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