Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The PLE Conference (still...)

It's five months since I wrote on this blog for the last time. I think that the last time I tried to blog about the PLE Conference I was so excited that any words that came into my mind weren't enough to describe it. I had just run out of words... anything I could write was n't good enough to be able to show you how happy I was feeling after having met you all! Now, after all the time I have spent checking PLEs, listening to your podcasts, watching your videos and writing about them in my assignments and other stuff, I need to come back to this blog.

The PLE Conference in Barcelona was my first international conference and now I can guess how lucky I was to start in this new world with you. Since then, there have been new conferences, which I enjoyed so much, and I have met you again, in Bilbao (EDUTEC2010) or in Lisbon (TICEDUCA10), but this was all because you were so kind to me that I felt inspired to carry on.

But the PLE Conference is even more special to me for a very important reason: the first version of the mind map, which I submitted as a poster, was the very first thing I had written after having lost my grandma forever - she passed away eight months and three weeks ago and it's the first time I have written about her without tears runnning down my face. I have talked about her to lots of people (thanks for your patience), in lots more places, blogs and projects but I hadn't said this before so I still needed to say it. I hope that in the future I can keep on without annoying anyone else because I understand that I'm not at all special: all humans sooner or later have to live this farewell... but indeed my grandmother really was a very special person.

What do I remember now? YOU! I learnt that the PLN is one of the most important parts of a PLE. I learnt because I paid attention to your words, but I learnt it especially because I felt it. Then I learnt that talking about PLEs is not talking only about technology. PLEs are about strategy, methodology, students' own learning... The importance is not because of the tools but because of the learning process through each tool. So the answer to what we have to learn as teachers is easy: methodology. Or maybe simply attitude?. And the main aim is to avoid using new tools to keep teaching the same traditional lessons.

I now remember lots of questions that I asked myself : PLEs focus on personalizing, but could we focus PLEs on openness too? Do PLEs link both informal and formal learning? Is informal learning only possible after basic formal learning? If the learner is the owner of their own PLE, can an institution provide a PLE?

And something that I loved from the moment I heard it: eportfolios as the DNA of PLEs...

And the last thing I still need to write is: THANK YOU! And I hope to keep in touch with you... virtually or in person in Southampton.

It has been a short and brief attempt to write again but I hope I am able to write more here soon about this and lots of exciting ideas in edutech.

Friday, 9 July 2010

My poster for The PLE Conference

Today I'm presenting a poster in the poster session of The PLE Conference... and I am feeling both excited and nervous...

This is the poster: a mind map on a project being developed now...

And the short paper submitted with the poster:

Short Paper on PLEs&EPORTFOLIOS + Poster

And I have prepared a presentation to support the poster (in fact, I just wanted to practise before the session!!!)

Sorry for the pronounciation of PLEs... I didn't notice that I was using the Spanish pronounciation .... glups!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Finally, it's here: PLE_BCN

Wow! A lot of time waiting for The PLE Conference to arrive... and it's here: tomorrow we start!

It's the first time I have been to an international conference, but I wonder: are all international conferences like this one? I can guess the answer: no! I have never seen such amazing people organizing so many interesting speeches, workshops, sessions... nothing here seems to be traditional....Even main talks are not keynotes, but unkeynotes!!! Simply, awesome!
I've been online the last few months, except for some very busy days grading and planning, following The PLE Conference everywhere I was able to find and I was pleased by all the content all these great experts can be able to share. Before we start, I just would like to THANK YOU for your effort and your kindness in your attention!!!!

I'm willing to start tomorrow! I hope I can meet you all!!! And hope to listen to you very soon!!!

And, of course, if you are interested in PLEs I strongly recommend that you follow The PLE Conference in:


Twitter list by @pgsimoes



And, I can't stop myself... here it comes my badge for the conference:

Monday, 24 May 2010

Sir Ken Robinson: bring on the learning revolution

I've been following Sir Ken Robinson's interviews and talks since I first saw him on his first speech in Ted Talks in 2006. Now, I have just discovered the second one and again I love it as much as I loved the first. So here there is a short summary of this speech. I'll pay attention to future comments on this new ideas.

Every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment. And it's not enough because it's just improving a broken model. What we need is not evolution but a revolution in education. It has to be transformed into something else.
Innovating means challenging what we take for granted, things that we think are obvious...

Sunday, 23 May 2010

The PLE Conference

Are you interested in PLEs? Would you like to meet the best PLE experts of the world?
Then, you can't miss the PLE Conference in Barcelona next 8th and 9th July!

I'm going and I'm looking forward to it! Let's meet in the PLE Conference next July!
See you soon!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Glogster on Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is worldwide known as a children's literature author. But he is also brilliant at writing stories for adults. We are reading two examples of both kinds of Dahl's work in class, so look at this poster to get some information before going deeper into the readings.
You've got a video and a game on the Twits and a funny summary of the Landlady that will help you understanding the real text. And of course, you have a video of the author himself talking to some kids about witches. Enjoy it!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Education in 2025

Another video presentation with shocking images and messages to think on.

Find more videos like this on The Future of Education

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Maria Montessori's example

Maria Montessori is the perfect example I was looking for: a woman commited to both educational and social issues.

Watch this video on Maria Montessori and answer the following questions.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Women's day again...

Don't you feel fed up with so many nice speeches, hopeful words, and optimistic plans...

...when year after year, decade after decade, there are so many girls living the same story?

Can we stop it? Can teachers break the cycle of abuse?

Monday, 1 March 2010

Blogs versus Wikis

I have just found this video on Jose Luis Cabello's blog and I simply love it. Original and hilarious as well as interesting.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Introducing cultural content in language learning

This week we are starting a new subject on English language: English language and culture. You know that learning a language means learning its culture too and that's why I love this new subject.
So, why not reviewing how much we know about some geographical aspects?

And what about this one? Can you locate these cities in the UK?

Find more Hot Potatoes activities on English culture here

Thanks to Manuel Rivera who showed me these activities and taught me how to embed Hot Potatoes activities on blogs.

Friday, 8 January 2010

E-Portfolio Development and Implementation

I have found this video on Leefolio blog thanks to Lee74 on Twitter. It goes deeply on the e-portfolio topic, and I have thought that it's so interesting that I have written some parts of Graham Attwell's explanation.

What's an e-portfolio? In the context of education and training, an e-portfolio is a portfolio based on electronic media services. It consists of a personal digital record containing information such as a personal profile and a collection of a achivements, information on which different services can be provided to the owner of the porfolio and the people and organizations to which the owner has acces.
There are four broad purposes of e-portfolio:
1. Assessment portfolio: to show that the user can achieve certain outcomes.
2. Presentation portfolio: to show what a user can do.
3. Personal development planning: space in which learners can way up their achievement and look at their future plans and how they might achieve those future plans.
4. Personal learning: a space where learners can bring together all their learnings, a record of lifelong learning.
Drivers of change: more student centred pedagogic approaches, more flexible programs, a greater emphasis on lifelong learning, competence based assessment.
e-Porfolios reflect changes and respond to changes in the way which young people using technology for learning but changes in the way we see teaching and learning in our society today
They should largely be owned by the learner and that means that the owner decides who they share their portfolio with and that's a key prince of e-portfolios.
Reflection on learning is critical to the development of an e-portfolio, and opening up the e-portfolio -although it raises some sucurity implications- to your peers to other people is one of the central ways of getting the feedback which is so important for that reflection to take place.
An e-portfolio should contain all learning: the key to a good e-portfolio is bringing together, collecting and reflecting on learning from all those different contexts.
Development of reflection may work best in project based learning and when reflection is linked to activities.
We have to move from assessment for learning to assessment of learning: a formative assessment that would involve changing forms of assessment. We need to move away from exam based assessment towards peer assessment and group based assessment. E-portfolio shoul be the place that assessment for learning could take place.
The e-portfolio shoul have different spaces and software services for different purposes.

Monday, 4 January 2010

New Year, new international celebrations!

Unesco launches two new international celebrations in 2010:

International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

International Year for Biodiversity

UN Secretary General Welcome Message for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity from CBD on Vimeo.

There's no doubt that these two celebrations can have an important place in our lessons. I'll keep looking for resources on these two topics from now on.