Saturday, May 12, 2012

Journalist report

This week, apart from watching a very interesting video of education in Finland, has been a week of  important information. We have received all the assessment criteria to be ready for the exam which is REALLY near! So, we are all a little bit more nervous than usually, running from here to there, with papers in one side and in another, speaking louder, tired, being confused, many things to remember… What can we say? We are almost in exams period!! 

We have been also working in a Gymkhana using augmented reality but that is part of another subject (RICT). The thing is that because of both are taught by the same teacher sometimes it is confused to distinguish among them.

Now that we have already made a summary (you can see it below) with the differences in education between  Finland, which is in the first position in Pisa, and Spain I would like to share the video we watched (in Spanish) and also an interesting video about what is Pisa which I´ve found quite interesting (in English).

Comparison between Finish's and Spanish's educational systems

Here it is our comparation between Finland's educational system and the Spanish's one:

There is hardly ever private education only 1%, every school is cost-free.
In private schools parents have to pay a lot of money.
They give a special importance to language since they are child, the learn Finnish, Swedish and another more language compulsorily.
In Spain the importance of language is increasing nowadays.
They have a break of 15 minutes after every class of 45 minutes.
According to LOE, breaks have to be 30 minutes a day and a maximum of two and a half hours a week.
They start the compulsory education at 7 years old. Children start to learn how to write and read at 7.
Compulsory education starts at the age of 6 and shildren usually start to learn reading and writing in pre-primary education, at the age of 4.
Less than 1% of students in Finland don’t finish the compulsory education.
Almost 30 % of students in Spain don’t finish the compulsory education.
Teachers are very specialized, only the best people can be teachers. They do 5 years of degree and they are very well considered.
To access students have to pass some exams obtain high assessment. They do 4 years of degree, but they are not very well considered.
In normal classes there are helpers for the teacher not to be alone with 30 students.
Helpers are only for classes in which there are children with special needs.
Supported teacher are only in charge of supporting other teachers
Supported teachers are for supporting but they also teach when another teacher is ill.
In every school in Finland there are psychologists, social workers, physical and psychological support, analysis, talks and checkups for every student.
Psychologists, and orientation departments are only compulsory for high schools. There are groups of psychologists that go once a week or each fifteen days in order to help teachers and pupils but as they are not in the school they can’t do a lot of things.
Meals, transport and school material like books are free for every student.
All has to be payed by families.
They have another practical subject apart from language, math or science like cooking or DIY.
Practical subjects are not very common.
Same educational system since 1970.
The educational system has changed twice since 1970. In 1992 the LOGSE was approved and in 2006 was the LOE.
There are a lot of grants.
There are not a lot of grants and these grants are for those that have almost no money.
Before 7 years old children can go to the kindergarten that is from the government so their parents don’t have to pay.
Between cero and two years old parents have to pay in order that their children can go to a kindergarten while they are working. Every education at this age is nor cost-free.
They have a medical exam at least once a year in order to detect problems and send them to an specialized doctor that is also free.
Here there are not usually nurses in schools.
17 private schools in the hole country.
In pre-primary the 50,9 % of the education is private. In Primary education 28,2% are concertado schools and 3,3% private schools. For ESO there are 2768 concertado schools and 350 private schools. For Bachillerato, 1378 schools are private.

Done by all of us using GoogleDocs.

See you!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Facilitating with vitamins

As the facilitator of my group this week and taking into account that we are very busy those days, I have thought about charging my group with vitamines (as Super Ratón used to do) in order to have strength to finish this course. I don´t know if they knew him but I will explain it to them.

Roles for the week

As the facilitator of my group this week here there are the roles for this week:

Pilar: Star
Laura: journalist
Dinka: analyst
Paloma: helper

Friday, May 4, 2012


Today has been the last day of the game and there are the winners:

ALL THE GROUPS had performed well, and all the groups became winners in the category of HOW TO LEARN WHILE HAVING A GOOD TIME 

Second price in the category of BEST QUESTION: Never Too Late
First price in the category of BEST QUESTION: Chameleon Ladies

Second price for the category of GAME WINNER: Hakuna Matata
First price for the category of GAME WINNER: Never Too Late

Congratulations to all the winners!  
We started with Paloma’s turn and we hadn’t good luck. But on my turn, all the bad luck that we had had disappeared. It was as a mathematic problem: when you multiply two numbers with minus sign you have as a result a positive one.  It was incredible, we were on square 89 and there were two more snakes to rich the square 100. Then I threw the dices and I got an eleven. It was exactly what we needed to finish the game. We were very excited. We didn’t expect to win the game, only to learn and to finish with the game, because we were very nervous. But definitely we are very, very happy because of the joker that we win for the final exam.  We have the option to use it, but not the duty. So we’ll give the best of us, and we won’t relax, but if we are not in our best moment on the exam, we’ll use it.
The extra point that we win is as goos as the other price, because be have all the task on time in our blog, but there are many things to do for the final e-Portfolio, so if we can't get on time with all the task, or they aren't so good as we want, we´ll have the joker.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Another day of Oca's game

This morning we continue playing Ocas’ game or Snake and ladders’ game, in the same place where we lifted on Friday. But nothing changed. Our bad luck, and particularly my bad luck was present in every single moment of the game. It was so bad that it would be better if I had given wrong answer. The snake had bitten us two more times.
We are on the third turn, so all questions have been answered at least 2-3 times and there are less wrong answers, but the big problem is our pronunciation. We have to work more on it, in order to pronounce clearly and correctly. On Friday we are going to continue playing. It’s seems that Snake and ladders’ game will never finish. The truth is that we are little bit tired because it’s only question of hazard and not of knowledge and three days playing the same game or doing the same activity it’s boring. Two days were more than enough to select the winner, but now there are more possibility to win the game. Despite everything my group is very optimistic, because we started the game on the 59 and we finished on 89, so we moved forward.