Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Breaking gender stereotypes: Billy Elliot, VR with CoSpaces

Billy Elliot is the story of a boy  from a coal mining family who loves dancing and his decision of learning ballet causes a great deal in his family.
The story is set in Northern England in the 80,s and it's about gender stereotypes, differences in social class, miner's strike in 1984 and the use of police violence against the miners.

Billy is destined to be a miner as his father and brother, but he is very different from them. He wants another life and thanks to his great talent, to his effort and perseverance he will be able to obtain a scholarship from the Royal Ballet School.


Gender definitions and divisions are shown in the gym where boys box and girls attend ballet lessons.
Billy's father and brother think boys must be interested in football, boxing or wrestling, but not Ballet, of course! But Billy wants to dance because it's his passion.
The different genders are clear: pink ballet slippers for girls and blue boxing shoes for Billy.

Here you are an example I have created using CoSpaces.
I hope you like it.
 Now it's time for you to create and add other scenes to your project about the movie Billy Elliot.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Recreate scenes from your favourite movie and put in 3D with CoSpaces

Hi there!
Recreate some scenes from a film we are or were watching in class. First of all imagine how the setting might look like and then how to position the characters and objects.

  • Create a new CoSpaces project.
  • Chose an environment: shape, mood, atmosphere and size. Upload a stage image to create the ground.
  • Drag and drop objects to the stage and adapt their properties to create the setting where the scene takes place. 
  • Search the web and find images you need to rebuild the scene. 
  • Add the characters of your story: main characters, secondary characters, protagonists, antagonists...
  • Record your story. You can include text boxes or assign speech bubbles to the characters.
  • Add the sound files to your scene .
  • Upload the original soundtrack if you wish.
  • Watch it in VR yourself and have fun!
  • Don't forget to share it with the world through the sharing link.

This example I have created is about  Stranger things, the TV series we're watching in class. Can you guess the characters and some scenes in the show?
Now it's time for you to create! Maybe The Goonies, Billy Elliot, Bend it like BeckhamStand by me, Inside Out, Up...

 If you can imagine it, you can create it.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Speaking activities: interview a classmate

Hi kids!
Interview your classmate, take some notes in your notebook because at the end you must tell the whole class about the person you interviewed.

More about comunication skills in English Speaking Study Pages

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Create a Virtual Card with Cospaces

Hi guys!
Have you already written your valentine's card? Don't worry because you can try something new this year and make a Virtual Reality Valentine's card for your loved ones. 

  1. Create a new CoSpaces project.
  2. Choose the background.
  3. Create a setting.
  4. Add personal images and a message.
  5. Add music or record your own voice an upload it to your card.
  6. Send and share your VR card.
  7. Now it's time for you to enjoy and explore your Virtual Card with a smartphone and a carboard headset. Ask for one!

  • Pay attention to the details.
  • There are different perspectives.
  • There are different points of view.
  • It's an experience from inside and from outside.
  • Even it's an experience  from the point of view of one of the characters! 
This is an example I have created for you to inspire. 
I hope you'll have fun designing your very own VR Valentine's experience!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Virtual Reality with CoSpaces

Hi kids!
Jump on the Virtual Reality with CoSpaces and create your own virtual worlds!
 (Move the cursor around the screen to enter the virtual world)
(Try with Firefox if you can't see this project)

CoSpaces is a 3D tool to create virtual spaces on the computer and then dive in your creations on your tablet or smartphone. It's very intuitive to use but there is a YouTube channel  and a Blog to help us.
You can select different environments, objects, figures and change the colour, size and position of all the elements. When you finish a project you can share it with others or explore spaces other users have created.

  • A laptop or computer.
  • A Smartphone with the free CoSpaces app. 
  • A Virtual Reality headset.

 See you in the classroom, guys. Your CoSpaces accounts are ready to use!

Songs in the project:
* "Perfect day" by Lou Reed
* "Love is a losing game" by Amy Winehouse.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Text me Merry Christmas

Hi everyone!
Christmas time is here again for you to spend time with family and friends. 
Christmas wishes for a super wonderful holiday!

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Join the Hour of Code 2015

What is the Hour of Code?
 It's a one-hour introduction to Computer Science, designed to demystify Code and show that anybody can learn the basics. 
Millions of people around the world are writing their first lines of code during Hour of Code. Our school will try an Hour of Code this week in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.
Why Computer Science?
Because every student should have the opportunity to learn and it helps with problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

Once again, we're going to join in the Hour of Code with Hopscotch: Hour of Code Edition.

Join the largest event in history and you'll get your certificate of completion.
And don't forget!

The Hopscotch blog
Hopscotch YouTube channel Tutorials

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Learn to code with Minecraft

Hi guys!
Minecraft meets Hour of Code campaign this year to get you into computer science! Great idea, isn't it?
If you want to be part of the international event, choose a character, Alex or Steve,  and they will introduce you to basic coding skills.

 You will navigate, mine, craft and explore in a Minecraft virtual world by plugging together different blocks to complete all actions and generate computer code.

The lesson has got 14 challenges, it's completely free and it was designed to teach you common coding ideas to move a character around the World of Minecraft.