Thursday, 12 April 2018

Etwinning activities for the following hours

Hello, in the last three weeks etwinning work has piled up. Here is a list of things we have to do:

  • Similar or different cultures: Forum: What's your favourite band? Read what Turkish students have written. Listen to their songs. Write comments about their music tastes.
  • Similar or different cultures: Forum: What's your favourite band? Write about your favourite bands. Insert videoclip (not only link)
  • Teens Time: open twinspace, go to PAGES, open "Editorial board" and click on Laskorain Ikastola. We have to show them who we are. I suggest preparing a video. We can do this tomorrow.
  • Teens Time: Read the Slovakian teachers posts in the Project Journal. Reply with comments (typical dish, book you are reading...)
  •  Teens Time: other schools have started to write in the blogs. Some of them have created crosswords and games. Try to do them and reply with comments.
  • Teens Time: start writing in the blogs we created. Write an article about the topic you chose. Don't copy and paste, be personal. 

Friday, 9 March 2018

how to insert a google map

In order to complete your Location" page in your website, insert a google map where you will drop a mark for the exact location of your business, and also routes from the relevant places in the area (airports, stations or famous places in the area)
  • start your session in google
  • go to google maps
  • click on the menu and choose: my places
  • click on " maps"
  • click on "create map" at the bottom
  • write the address you are looking for, or go to the country / town where you want to place your business.
  • drop a mark there
  • Edit the mark: give it a name and a description, for example.
  • Mark routes there
  • The map is saved in drive.
  •  Open your google site.
  • open the location page
  • insert
  • insert map
  • click on more
  • map engine lite
  • select the map you want to insert.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Teens Time: eTwinning project


Today students will be writing about the Teens Time eTwinning project we are involved in. We are working together with six European schools on this project, whose main aim is to design a digital magazine while we practise our English and ICT skills.

All participating students have been invited to write about their country and school system. Looking at their responses, my students will write a post on their partner students.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Make a website to advertise your business

Now that you have your own blog, you're going to go a step ahead and create your own website. The main difference between a blog and a website is that a blog is used to add your news in a chronological order, whereas a website is thought as a more stable place with different pages. It is very simple to create a website if you use Google Sites.

You are going to imagine you've got a business of any kind (sports, technology, music, restaurants, art, transport, travelling, fashion, education, photography, ...) and you need to advertise it on the internet, because it is not very popular at the moment and you're not making much money.

In order to choose your website, make a copy of the following document and share it with me. Think of two options and try to develop them schematically.

Once your decision has been taken and once your teacher has approved it, start creating your website. Follow these instructions in the given order about how to use Google Sites.

    Friday, 22 December 2017

    Merry christmas de Ana Martinez

     You can design easy Christmas cards or any other type of cards with Click on "education" and sign in with your google account. And start testing. You can have much fun.

    Monday, 18 December 2017

    What to read, watch or play at Christmas


    Christmas holidays are round the corner. Write a post recommending your readers a film to watch, a book to read and a video/computer/mobile game to play. (Alternatively, combine two of them: two films + one book; two books + one game; two films + one game; two games + one book etc...)

    Give information about the products recommended, but from a personal point of view. DON'T copy and paste. Use images, videos or any other visuals necessary to complement your text. We should leave it finished on Friday.

    Friday, 15 December 2017

    Thursday, 16 November 2017

    Violence against women in the EU

    Good morning

    As you know, November 25th is the day to say NO to violence against women. We would like you to write a leaflet as a campaign against this type of violence.

    Getting informed must be a first step to a good campaign to say NO to violence against women. Some years ago a terrible piece of news struck me: one of the biggest surveys had been carried out in Europe about violence against women, and the results were devastating. Here I give you a link to the report with the results. As it is very long, check the index and look into those aspects you are more interested in.

    Although it is in Spanish, I invite you to listen to Iñaki Gabilondo talking about the results of this survey:

    I want you to use  Lucidpress to design the leaflet.

    You have four lessons to do this. Only if I see you working I will give you more if necessary.

    Friday, 10 November 2017

    Etwinning project: proposals

    Etwinning projects enable us to cooperate with other European students and teachers.  Of course, we want you to work in a safe digital environment, and etwinning provides us with a TWINSPACE: this is a platform that only teachers and participating students will have access to.

    The first thing we have to do is think of the project we want to develop, so that we can explain it in etwinning in order to draw the attention of other European schools.

    So today, in teams of three, you are going to start thinking about a project that we can offer. Please make teams of three and make a copy of this document.

    Friday, 3 November 2017

    How to publish your mindmap

    Dear students
    When you finish with your mindmap, I would like you to write a post in your blog explaining the work you have done. Tell the readers why you have chosen the topic.

    Then publish the mind map and insert it in your blog in four different ways. The result should be similar to this:

    • Give a link to the mindmap.
    • Embed the mindmap like this: 
    • Now export the mindmap as a JPEG file and insert the image here:

    • Now export the mindmap as a PDF file and upload it to your drive. Then share the document with all the class, including me, and provide a link like this.

    And you will be wondering: but how do we do this??? Experiment with the application, it is not difficult. Just a clue: open your mindmap and open the menu at the top (in the centre).

    Friday, 27 October 2017


    Mind maps are diagrams used to classify, visualize, generate and structure ideas. We use them to study for exams; to make presentations etc...Today we are going to work with a digital application to create mind maps easily. It is .

    You are going to create your own mind map. These are some ideas for your mind maps (but feel free to create a mind map about any other topic):

    • Any topic from your Social Science class.
    • Music styles and/or most important bands or singers.
    • Sports and/or most famous sportsmen or sportswomen.
    • Literature genres and most representative writers.
    • Political parties and most representative politicians.
    • Urban tribes and main features.
    • Animal species.
    • The universe, galaxies etc...
    • Films and/or actors/actresses
    • ....
    In order to create these mind maps, you will go to and sign up (create an account). Then you will see the mind map manager. Click on "new mind map" and start experimenting. Include pictures and videos in your mindmap and links to relevant pages or interesting documents. Play with colours as well. Remember that your texts in a mind map should be short, schematical, so create as many branches as necessary, or use bullets and bold letters in your notes.

    Monday, 16 October 2017


    When a team has to find and select specific information, it is a good idea to divide work. However, this sometimes leads to different organizational problems: one uses a format, another person uses another format. Preparing a google drive spreedsheet altogether is a good idea to avoid such problems, and then each member of the team will do his or her work, but everybody else will see and follow every other student's progress.

    Let's see a practical case. I want you to get information about the Nobel Prize Winners throughout the last  21 years. You are 21 people, so this should be quite easy if you divide work properly.

    This is the spreadsheet you have to complete.

    When you finish, take time to look at the result. Have a look at all the Nobels and choose the Nobel who has drawn your attention and write a complete and personal article about that person. Select relevant information about the person, information that will explain why you chose them.

    Monday, 2 October 2017


    Hello. Today you are going to start working on your second article. Nowadays it is a fact that most teenagers (but not only teenagers) have an account in social websites like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Logging in these webs has become a routine in the lives of most of them. That's why your second article will deal with this issue. I would like you to reflect on the following questions:






    In order to put your reflections together,  click here, make a copy of the document, give it your name and fill in the document. Write down as many ideas as you can think of.

    Once the document is complete, you will be ready to start writing your second article.

    Friday, 29 September 2017


    First use Google drive spreadsheets to create your school timetable. Minimum requirements:
    • Times column
    • Weekdays row
    • Each subject in a different background colour
    • Breaktime row (narrower than the rest)
    • Lunch row (narrower than the rest)
    • Bold letters and centred alignment

    Secondly, share it with me (edition permission) and with the rest of the group (viewing permission).

    Finally, make a link from your blog to your timetable and insert it in your "Link List" in the sidebar of your blog.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017


    Hi students!

    You have already finished writing your first article for your blog, and in doing that, you have used dictionaries, you have learned how to insert pictures, how to embed videos etc...

    Today, you are going to learn how to include a list of links to useful webpages  in your blog. As an example, you will all include LASKOICT s a useful page.
    Follow these steps:

    • Go to your blog's dashboard.
    • Click on LAYOUT.
    • You will find a schematic structure of your blog's main page. Decide where you will include this list and choose ADD A GADGET. 
    • You will now see a long list of gadgets you can include in your blog. Choose LINK LIST by Blogger.

    • Put a title for this new section of your blog: useful links, interesting links, etc...
    • Write the name of the page: LASKOICT, and the URL address:
    • Then SAVE the information. View your blog now and see the result.
    Do the same now with LASKENGLISH and with at least 8 more links which you find will be necessary for your work (ikasgune, dictionaries...).

    Friday, 15 September 2017

    Your first article!

    Congratulations, your blogs look great now!! But they are so empty!

    Today, you will start writing an article on one of these topics:

    • Teenagers vs adults. Reasons for conflict.
    • Nature, environment, ecology... (What should we do to keep it safe? What dangers do we see? What could we do in our everyday life?... etc.)
    • Travelling in Europe or around the world. Tell us about any foreign country you have been to (why do you recommend it or why you don't), or if you haven't been to any, tell us which one you would like to visit and why.
    • Musical instruments, music genres or music groups. (Why you have decided to talk about this, personal opinion about everything, recommendations, ...)
    • Cultural differences in the world (religious differences, shocking traditions, women around the world, children around the world...)
    • Refugees and immigrants. It is a hot issue nowadays.

    Your article should include a bit of factual information (objective information) about the topic BUT SPECIALLY a personal view of the topic: your opinion about that information, or your personal experience, ...

    You will never use other people's information as if it was yours. You will provide links to all the sources you use.

    Take some time today to think

     and decide on the topic you will choose, surf the net to get ideas... and once your decision has been made, send me an email and tell me about it.

    You will have 3 or 4 days to do this task (it will depend on how busy you are, of course!).  Google translation tools are not recommended.

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Changing the appearance of our blog

    Today you will learn how to change the appearance of your blog . You will be able to change your templates, colours and fonts (type and size). In order to do this, go to your dashboard and click on TEMPLATE. Then choose CUSTOMIZE. Play and experiment with the different options until you are really pleased with what you see.

    In any case, there's always time to change it again later on, so don't worry!

    Other basic setting options

    Now, you will choose your preferences concerning some setting options.So, in your dashboard, click on Settings, and a new menu will drop down:
    • In the BASIC option,  you can change the title of your blog, you will decide who the authors of your blog will be, apart from you, and who the readers of your blog will be. You'll be able to change the URL too.
      As regards authors, you must make me one of the authors (, and give me administrator privileges, too. In this way, I will be able to edit (correct) your work. Remember your blog is your notebook now!
      As for readers, choose ANYBODY. In this way all the readers from Laskenglish, for example, will be your readers, too.
    • In the POSTS AND COMMENTS option,  you will decide whether you will enable comments, who will be able to comment, and whether you will moderate those comments before publishing or not. 
    • In the LANGUAGE AND FORMATTING option you will choose the format for the dates, timestamps, language to use...

    This is enough concerning settings.

    Monday, 11 September 2017

    Create a group of contacts in Gmail

    Hi, In our first class you completed a form about your ICT competence, and you also told me what your email address is.

    Now, we will create a group of contacts where we will include all the members of the class, including the teacher. My address is:

    There are different ways of creating a group of contacts, but this is probably the easiest one:
    • I will send you an email with the addresses of all the members of the class.
    • Copy these addresses.
    • Then go to contacts.
    • Create a new group. Call it ICT students
    • Open the group, and click on "add contacts". Paste all the addresses in the window that appears, and your group will be created. Don't forget to include me in the group.

    Friday, 8 September 2017

    How to create your own blog.

    Today we are going to learn how to create our own blog with blogger. This blog will be your notebook for this subject. Here is a link to the instructions you have to follow to create your blog.

    Once you have created the blog, write a welcome message.
    Remember that all Laskenglish readers may become your readers  as soon as I have linked your blogs to LaskoICT.