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Plotagon Story!

Posted: January 17, 2018 in APS IN THE ESL CLASSROOM

Hello everyone!

My students used the App Plotagon Story to do an animated cartoon about Christmas just before this first term finished. When starting this second term, Mila and Nuria told me they will be using this App in their class for a project and they were having some problems and had some doubts about its use. An idea sparked immediately, why not asking my students to come and help them? We really liked the idea and so we did. During the first week after Christmas, my students prepared a short tutorial to explain the basic concepts and some useful tips to improve the experience with this App. When ready, we went to Nuria’s and Mila’s classes and got a one-to-one tutorial (in some class in pairs). The experience was great both for my students and for them. My students felt responsible for teaching them well and they enjoyed the experience of helping others.

Here’re some pics, hope you enjoy them 😉

Maria Esther


This term we started using Seesaw, a wonderful online learning journal. We have been using it for Readers and also for the interdisciplinary project 4 ESO carried out on Tenerife in the Teide National Park.

For Readers in 3 ESO up to 1 BACH, the students have been reading at home using class time for tasks and reflections that they share and comment on in the seesaw app.

While in Tenerife, the students had to explore their surroundings through the perspective of the multiple intelligences, taking representative pictures for each of the 8 intelligences and then explaining their reasons for selecting them. They then had to assemble the photos into a visually attractive collage and since all the work done is shared through Seesaw, everyone can comment and like each other’s work.

In Readers, the students in 3 ESO and in the intermediate groups of 4 ESO and 1 Bach, have designed their own project by selecting tasks from 6 of the multiple intelligences, having to carry out some individually and some in groups, and again sharing them on seesaw to comply with the intrapersonal intelligence by reflecting on their reading and work and the interpersonal intelligence by commenting on their class mate’s work.

Have a look at the pictures for a better idea!


Hi everyone,

Word Island is a very effective and appealing app for students to revise basic vocabulary and learn some new words at the same time they are playing and competing. Try and they will be hooked on it.


Hello everyone!

I’ve just come across a new App I really like: Venn diagram. As you can easily infer, it’s for producing this type of diagrams. I’ve already used it with my baccalaureate students. My group of 1bac has used it to compare and contrast passive and active voice; while my 2bac students have analysed the similarities and differences between present perfect and past perfect. I send some pics of their work.
I hope you find it as interesting as me! Let me know whether you use it!

All best!

María Esther


Hi everyone!
I’ve come across this App, it looks promising to give speaking practice a go in a fun way:
Voki is a talking avatar students can design and easily post on a blog or website. Sue Waters has written excellent step-by-step instructions on how to post a Voki.
Maria Esther

We have had a blast this last week both in Readers and in Ethics, where the app Kahoot has allowed us to have a great time learning and refreshing our memory of concepts.

In Readers we used the Kahoot first to help students focus on key aspects and then, the students themselves created Kahoots on different chapters, trying to catch their peers out with difficult questions. In Ethics, we first used a Kahoot created by me, to check the understanding and intake of key concepts from the unit on Democracy, and then, the students were given different parts of the unit on Human Rights, to work on and then teach, by means of the Kahoot quizzes. I must say that this app has a magic effect on students as they didn’t even realise it was time for their break!!


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Hi everyone!
As an after-Easter activity, I’ve asked my students to produce a video using the App Adobe Voice ( ), a great App to produce amazing videos very easily. I send the link of Rocío, a student in 2 ESO, as an example. I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I have:
Have fun;)
Maria Esther
Hi everyone,

Download the app “RWT timeline” from the app store, and start creating timelines. It’s very useful if you are working on social studies and need to place kings and important events in chronological order.  We are using it as an extension activity in class to talk about Spain during the XIX century. You can later have a picture and share it. I hope you give it a good use!

Hi everyone,

This week 1ESO students are creating their own comic strips on all sort of topics related to the animal world.

They are using the free app Comic Maker. There´s a tutorial on youtube that gives them interesting ideas on how to create comic strips. Here´s the link:

Cool Apps!

Posted: February 8, 2016 in APS IN THE ESL CLASSROOM, Uncategorized

Hi there,

Check out this cool app I found for education. I thought you might like to check it out.

Here is the link: Bitsboard

Let me know what you think! 🙂