26 November 2013


Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a motorcade through downtown Dallas, Texas. Although his life was cut short, his legacy of supporting civil rights and American technological advancement still resonates today. 

This week's Do Now conversation is framed around how President Kennedy inspired a generation of scientists with his mission to be the first country to go to the Moon. 

Does your generation have a “Moon mission”? And if so, what does it look like? If not, what should it look like?

You can view the Do Now here:

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowJFK

Brought to you by PBS NewsHour Extra.

25 November 2013


Hi, everybody.

Year 4, 5 and 6 CPR "Los Castaños" have recorded some podcasts with English talks. 

First of all, we made the talks in the class. After that we worked in pairs to record using the app SPREAKER.

You could find in our classroom blog ALPUJARRING and in our spreaker's account.


Alberto Molina Cervilla

21 November 2013

Native Americans

Thanks to the students from 2 ESO, Groups B and C, at IES Vicente Medina, Archena (Murcia), for this excellent article about Native Americans.

12 November 2013

American History

Have a look at these great popplets by the 2 ESO students from Group D, at IES Vicente Medina, Archena (Murcia).
Thanks to their teacher, Inma López, for sending their outputs.

8 November 2013

My Dream Classroom

Have you ever wished to have a jacuzzi in your classroom? Or, maybe a tennis court, a piano, some clothes shops and, of course, plenty of computers and mobile phones everywhere?
Students of ESO1B at IES La Zafra in Motril have had the opportunity of designing their ideal classroom. Most of them are in Hawaii, but we also have classrooms in New York, London and even...Jupiter!!! Five to ten students per classroom as average and most of the times, with no teachers. (...)
They have even been allowed to chose the subjects taught in those Dream Classrooms and, of course, the winner is: Wassap. One hour everyday, followed by lessons of tuenti, shopping, football, and, of course, PSP, XBox... No need to have a recess as you can sit comfortably in the huge sofas placed everywhere or have a swim in the huge swimming pools that you can find in almost all of our classrooms. And, believe it or not,  in mid november, in Motril, most of the classroom didn't forget to install... Air Conditioned!!
You can find more details about the process of building those classrooms as well as the evaluation rubric on our CLASSROOM BLOG
And here is a little sample of our work so far:


6 November 2013

How Should We Address Poverty? Do Now as a class!!!

How should the U.S. treat people who are living in poverty? 

What would an anti-poverty agenda look like? 

Devise one piece of legislation that could make a difference.

The issue comes up as the US Census Bureau announced that the US poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty.

The main resource is an interview of  Robert Reich who talks about “Inequality for All,” a documentary about the former labor secretary’s personal crusade to explain to Americans why everyone should care about the nation’s growing economic disparity and divisiveness. 

There is also a great comic infographic that defines poverty from KQED's The Lowdown (under the More Resources section).

If you are teaching B2 - C1 lessons, join Do Now and get in touch with lots of students and teachers around the world at the same time as you make your contribution on current issues through social networks, from an educational point of view.

Here's the Do Now: http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2013/11/01/how-should-we-address-poverty/

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowPoverty

5 November 2013

Create a Comic with Marvel

Every kid knows Marvel characters: the Avengers, Captain America, Spiderman, Ironman, Thor, and so on, but now you can you use them in your classroom, break creative and have your students write their own Marvel comics, and all that, online.

Visit Marvel and start creating. Either a whole book or just a strip, your students will surely love it, have fun and at the same time, practise their writing skills in English!


Great for Primary Education Storytelling Lessons!

4 November 2013

Let's cook to celebrate Halloween

Year 2 of Primary School

San Gregorio School.

Last week  one of my collegues gave me a big Pumpkin and we decided not only to decorate it for Halloween day. We decided to COOK IT! We cooked Halloween Cream

  1. First of all we wrote down the Recipe in our notebooks. 

2. Then we needed to check if we had all the ingredients and the materials.
3. Let's follow the recipe. Peel the potatoes and the pumpkin.
4. Chop the pumpkin and the potatoes. And then put everything into the pot.

5. Let's boil it for 1 hour. (Mari Luz, our school cook, helped us with this). And then we had to blend everything with the cheese.

6. Then we set the table (We used the school library for it).

7. We ate it and IT WAS DELICIOUS!!


I hope you like it and you had found it useful for your lessons.

Javier Ramos Sancha