Are you a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset? 

When we are learning we need to be openminded enough to understand everything the teachers are saying. Sometimes, we get frustrated when we can not catch the idea or understand a fixed concept. How you can manage? How we can avoid that feeling?…

Around this idea, we have two different ways of thinking: On the one hand, it is believed that we were born with a fixed abilities and you are incapable of performing an skill, if it is not innate, if you were not born with it (Fixed Mindset). On the other hand, many people think that we can get better at our skills —or even learn new ones— by investing time enough to progress (Growth Mindset).

….Having said that, are you a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset?

 

TOO NOISY.

The “Too Noisy App” has been designed to assist a teacher keep control of general noise levels in a classroom using a visual stimulus.

As the noise level in a classroom increases beyond an acceptable level the noise level meter dynamically indicates the level of noise, and the background graphics within the app change to reflect the noise levels.

Teachers are able to control the sensitivity of the app by using the sensitivity slider within the app itself so the app can be used for all types of lessons.

The app can be run directly on the iPad/iPhone or displayed on the classroom multi-touch panel/interactive whiteboard by using the screen mirroring functionality built into the the Apple devices (note this feature requires AppleTV or equivalent screen mirroring apps/devices).

https://dragonflyapps.com/noisyfree/

Myths at school: the exhibition​.

Could there be anything better than enjoying an exhibition during the vacation period? Although it is summer and school time is over, we wouldn’t like to lose the chance of sharing a project made by our pupils.

The subjects involved in the project were Latin and Arts. In these subjects, our 4º ESO graders were working the whole year to create a Mosaic. It is not a random Mosaic —not at all— it is a Mosaic based on Greek Myths in which you can find: Hercules, Theseus and the Minotaur, Centaur, Medusa, Europa, Chimera, and Pegasus.

The targets of this project were based on getting to know the main characters of classic mythology, finding out the mosaic methodology – used in ancient times- and creating a timeless artwork.

Apart from creating the Mosaic, the project englobes many activities. First of all, the students needed to study all the Greek-Latin mythology. Part of it was to understand each myth and make great research about each. During the Art lessons, each student had to draw a character from the myth, and all of them participated in a selection process. The aim of it was to choose the best ones for the exhibition.  Also, the students were able to replicate the mosaic techniques used by the Romans with current materials. The materials that our pupils used were old fashion and recycled CD or DVD – the raw materials,  CD or DVD not used anymore-.  Once the students have collected the raw materials, they broke all of them into pieces and painted them. Then, the pieces were literally baked to make them pretty much shinier and beautiful. After that, they had to glue the pieces in a poster board, where the myth was previously drawn. Finally, they put the pieces together to created e mosaic. It was not an easy task but the result has been extraordinary. At the end of the process, all the pieces of art were exhibited in the school to be enjoyed by everybody.

Therefore, we are delighted to share with you part of the exhibition in the pictures below. In all of them, you can find the hard work made by students and teachers during the length of the project.

Hope you like it as much as we love it!

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PECHAKUCHA: 20X20. Perfect for presentations in your​ classroom.

PECHAKUCHA is the name of a presentation format based on simplicity, efficiency, and efficacy.

Most of the time, we as spectators usually get bored because of the presentation document, the speaker way of talking or even the presentation is too long to keep attention. With PECHAKUCHA that is not possible to happen because the speaker has to limit itself to a closed format: 20 images (slides) and 20 seconds per each.

If you show your students this idea and put into practice with them, they will able to perform a presentation in a truly professional way. It also helps to empower public speaking and language skills.

Google tools, Google everything

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We are sure that you, as a teacher or as a student has counted on Google many times to look for information on the net or to make a research. But, have you wondered how many possibilities Google can offer you from an educational point of view? If you have a Gmail account and you want to get lost along with the Google world, have a look at this post and enjoy all the choices Google can bring you.

 

Gmail: the international service for e-mailing.

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When you open a Google account, you have automatically a Gmail account and a Gmail address. Gmail is a service for sending emails to others in a quick and easy way. If you don’t try yet, do not hesitate, open an account and enjoy all the possibilities.

 

Google Drive: cloud on.

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One of the huge problems of our TIC devices is the storage available. When we create documents they take up a place that many times is difficult to manage. In addition, our device may not have enough storage to handle all the docs we created for working. Google Drive can help you to deal with these problems. This tool gives you extra storage (15GB maximum) to drop off all your documents. It could be very useful to keep documents you want to erase in your laptop to create a backup of your storage. Meanwhile, Drive give you the choice to share files to others from your Drive space. 

 

Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides.

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As you can imagine such a huge platform as Google cannot quit without give you the possibilities for making files online. Inside this possibility, we would like to highlight Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides. These three apps give you the choice for creating different kinds of files. Google Docs, is the text editor. It helps you to created documents as a Microsoft Word format online. Also, you can download it as a word editor on your device. If you have a word editor on Google, Google sheet is the spreadsheet. So if you are able to manage a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, you won’t have any problem with Google Sheet. Finally, the choice for a presentation editor is Google Slide. It is pretty similar to Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote, the only difference is that you only need a Google account to gain access.

Once we have explained all the possibilities with those Google gadgets, you would probably ask one simple question: where do I store all the files I have just created? The answer would appear as quickly as the question. If you create all these documents online the place where all of them are saved is Google Drive —and you don’t have to worry about the save option, because it is automatically—  Additionally, all these gadgets can give you the choice to collaborate with partners. For instance, if you want to create a Google Slide with your work team, you can invite others to collaborate in your presentation just invite them by mailing them.

Google Classroom.

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Google Classroom is one of the most interesting options Google could bring you as a teacher. With this gadget, you can create an online classroom in which you can interact directly with other users. You can access it as a student or as a teacher. If you jump into Google Classroom as a student, the organizer would have brought you access before. Once you are inside the classroom, you will able to interact with others as much as the organizer would like. The truly interesting idea of Google Classroom is being the owner of the classroom, the organizer. This idea will give you as a teacher many possibilities, as you can imagine. First of all, you as the owner of the classroom decide who has to be inside the class or not, you are de moderator. Additionally, you can create your classroom as you like or as it works better thinking about your audience. Google Classroom brings you the possibility to drop content on your class, create tasks, tests, links to youtube videos…Finally, and one of the highlights of the gadget is the easy way to keep feedback between students and teachers.

As you can see, Google Classroom can be the best choice for online learning and teaching. All the files you create in your classroom will be saved freely and automatically in your Google Drive storage.

Other gadgets: Youtube, Google Earth, Blogger, Hangouts…

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It is true that talking about Google, you focus mostly on all the gadgets on education. Basically, the most important point of all this Google World is the number of possibilities you have with also create a Google Account.

To sum up and after reading this Google basic guidepost, we truly recommend jumping into Google Universe, creating a Google account -if you don’t have any yet —and unfolding the Google menu to enjoy all the possibilities Google can bring you – look at the images below–.

 

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ELEVATOR PITCH; you only have 20 secs…

Have you ever thought about the possibility of bumping into the person who wants to invest in your project inside an elevator? If the answer is yes, what would You tell her or him? This is an ELEVATOR PITCH

 

The Elevator Picht is a teaching method that helps children to present an idea, focussing on the essence of the idea. It is about trying to sell the project children have been working on to a business person who could invest in it. All the conversation takes place inside an elevator and the owner of the project only has 20/30 seconds to catch the investor’s attention. This way of presenting is truly useful because it learns to children how important it is focussing on the create a huge impact on the spectator in order to spread out an idea.

PADLET: the easiest way to collaborate

Everybody knows how important is to empower collaboration inside a classroom. Empowering children to collaborate makes the possibility to enhance the ideal learning environment. One app that allows it is PADLET

Watch the video below, and learn the number of possibilities PADLET can give you in your classroom:

 

Do you want to practice? Click on the link and write on the PADLET WALL we have created. You can write as a teacher, tell us where are you from and what subjects and level you teach. Come on, what are you waiting for? CLICK ON THE LINK –> FUNTASTIC TEACHING