Sessions' MINUTES

November 5/11/2013 & 19/11/2013
December 3/12/2013
3rd, 4th & 5th sessions PLANNING A CLIL UNIT
1. Planning a unit

1.1. basic materials
1.1.1 Template for planning a Unit
1.1.2. Sequence of activities. Template
1.1.3. Chosen Units and Curriculum
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1.2. Our Unit Plan
We are going to analyse some of the elements included in our unit plan:
  • Objectives: related to Key Competences. WHAT, WHAT FOR, BY MEANS OF
  • Context & Final Product: the driving force of the unit
  • Key Competences present in the type of chosen Activities and the way we do them.

1. European Union
2. Electricity
1.3. Resources for chosen units:
1. European Union:* Educational resources from the European Union Centers (EUCE).
  • The material bellow specially interesting for our Ss's age: [Students ages 8-15]. Stimulating website includes interactive games for learning about Europe. For example, "Let's explore Europe" allows one to simulate travel in time and space to discover Europe. Other games involve matching cards with the flags of EU member countries, or reconstructing pictures of European landscapes and monuments. A musical game plays national anthems and allows children to play and record their own 'anthem'.

    EuropaGo


2. London:
3. Electricity:
  • Electricity for kids_ fun experiments: "a range of fun experiments, free games, cool science fair projects, challenging quizzes, interesting facts, amazing videos, worksheets and more!
    Learn about circuits, lightning, batteries, conductors and all kinds of interesting electricity topics. As well as activities for children, there are also lesson plans for teachers, ideas for parents and a whole host of free teaching resources for anyone interested in electricity related information and learning about science online."
  • Electricity (Study Jams- Scholastic video): basic concepts on Electricity
  • "Electrical safety World". Several resources and info about electricity. Among them:
  • Electricity experiments and Projects
1.4. The Scientific Method:
One of the issues in the Science curriculum is the Scientific Method. It has to be taken into account when we want to do experiments with our kids. But, what are the main steps of the scientific method?

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* The Scientific method (video)

1.5. Bloom's taxonomy: Thinking Skills
When dealing with our unit activities we will have to keep in mind what we learned about Bloom's Thinking Skills: try making the work challenging for your students proposing activities that help develop high order thinking skills. And remember that a higher skill will also include elements from the ones below it.
Here you are the material we produced last year based on the revised version of Bloom's taxonomy
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Low Order Thinking Skills


High Order Thinking Skills
1.6. Info
Stays in European schools - Hosting a European teacher

The Spanish Ministry of Education has published a couple of calls (BOE) related to teachers' mobility (2 weeks between January and August)
1. Hosting a teacher from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France or UK
2. Staying in a school in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France or UK

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staying abroad

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Hosting a teacher


1.7. Dealing with resources: bookmarking
Here you are some tutorials:
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1.7. Storing our documents in the cloud: www.box.com /www.box.net
Comparing 3 Document storage systems: Main features for personal use (free)

Dropbox
Box
Drive
Storage Capacity
(free use)
2Gb
10 Gb
5Gb
max. file size
up to the size of your storage quota (e.g.: 2Gb)
250Mb
uploaded files:
  • Doc: 2 Mb
  • Presentation: 50Mb
  • Spreadsheets: 20Mb
Supported docs (to upload)
all docs usually used at school (doc, pdf, ppt...)
all docs usually used at school (doc, pdf, ppt...)
all docs usually used at school (doc, pdf, ppt...). To avoid changes in format (doc, ppt) better if uploaded as pdf
Docs can be edited online
No
Yes
(only if you Download and install Box Edit from https://cloud.box.com/download-box-edit/ )
Yes
How to view a doc
download to own computer
  • view online
  • download to own computer
  • view online
  • download to own computer
Sharing docs through...
link to doc
  • link to doc
  • link to folder: giving permission to see, edit, upload docs into folder
  • link to doc
  • link to folder: giving permission to see, edit, upload docs into folder
Allows collaboration
No
Yes (?to be checked)
Yes
Requires installation on own computer
Yes
No
(only if you want to use the sync app to work offline)
No
(only if you want to use the sync function to work offline)
Best features for school use
  • simple storage of documents
  • free storage capacity
  • integration with other plataforms (e.g.: you can create a doc in Google Drive or a Web from Box)
  • easy to use
  • online in-real-time collaboration
  • several apps in one (Doc, presentation, Spreadsheet, Forms...) and connectivity with other apps (Youtube....)
Worst features for school use
  • program has to be installed in PC
  • No online editing
  • Doc has to be downloaded to view it (when accessed from link)
  • small free storage quota
  • No direct online editing (an app has to be installed in PC)
  • medium free storage quota
  • too basic features of Google Drive docs and how it converts your uploaded documents into Google Docs altering original format features
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