Towards a real learning with EDIA’s OER resources
(Domingo Chica Pardo is a Spanish teacher at San José School in Velez-Málaga)
I have always focused learning as something that students can relate or associate with their real world, with their everyday life. It is obvious that schools have to adopt new methodologies that can contribute to get the contents with the context that our students are living in. I am convinced that traditional way that schools used to transmit those contents is obsolete. The reason is very simple and evident: learning doesn't happen at school any longer.
Due to this fact, I believe that teachers should develop new skills, new abilities to connect the curriculum with the way they are offered to our students. Along with this, we shouldn't stand in front to our students, giving a speech about something that they haven't even started to listen to. We should disguise the curriculum with real experiences, generating curiosity which is the first step towards learning. I have introduced the contents using the flipped classroom model; it enabled me to get the most of the classroom time developing tasks and answering my students' own questions.
EDIA's OERs have been the perfect tool for my English lessons during the last course. My students have personally felt what they were learning, because they were the main actors in our play. It is also great to see how students can develop different digital products, each of them with their own peculiar touch, taking into account the great diversity that we have in our classrooms. They have worked EDIA's OERs from different points of view to show me that they have developed the key competences perfectly day after day, task after task: A Journalist, A cookbook,
The Languages we are living in or English Speaking Cities (i.e. London, Edimburgh or New York): Google Sites, Audio guides, croma key effects, infographics, poems, QR-codes...etc. All of these products have been worked in groups of students, working together and solving problems together. Regarding assessment, rubrics have been an excellent tool to let my students know what and where they need to improve in a real and objetive way. They have understood that a mistake is the first step to learning.
Some of my experiences have been published (in Spanish) at CeDeC "Classroom's stories" section
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