Video Game creation 2017

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Last week our students in 4th of ESO participated in a  4-day videogame creation workshop at ENTI – Escola de Noves Tecnologies Interactives, a school affiliated with the University of Barcelona.

After one week working hard, they know a little bit more about the whole process of creating and developing a video game: conceptualizing, designing, producing and managing ludic elements. Not bad for only one week. And they want to know more, they say!

This workshop is part of St. Peter’s STEM curriculum, which educates pupils in four specific disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

In collaboration with ENTI-UB, this 1st edition of St. Peter’s Videogame Creation has been a challenge for our students and teachers. Through their degrees in Video Games (Developer and Artist), ENTI-UB offers a comprehensive training of the future game designers, artists and producers.

 

Learning through language: the changing role of teachers

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El próximo 3 y 4 de marzo, St. Peter’s acoge la 1a edición de las jornadas “Learning through language: the changing role of teachers”. Nacen con la intención de convertirse en un fórum de trabajo y diálogo para profesores en activo, colegios, universidades y futuros profesores que enseñan cada día en y a través del inglés.

Como educadores, en una sociedad global que cambia continuamente, tenemos que afrontar nuevos retos, conocer y ampliar nuestros recursos, y trabajar juntos.

Por otro lado, hoy en día la educación en inglés es más que una necesidad. Los escenarios pueden ser distintos (inmersión, CLIL, planes bi/tri/multilingües…), pero las herramientas, las habilidades y los recursos del profesor a menudo son comunes o pueden adaptarse.

Por eso nacen estas jornadas. Para trabajar juntos, compartir experiencias y aprender los unos de los otros.

Algunas de las preguntas que estarán sobre la mesa de trabajo

¿Cómo trabajamos la diversidad lingüística? ¿Puede un reto convertirse en recurso? ¿Cómo podemos crear experiencias educativas aplicables en un escenario cada vez más multimodal? ¿Hasta qué punto hemos incorporado a nuestra práctica nuevas formas de alfabetización, como la digital, la audiovisual, la visual o incluso la de programación? ¿Cómo pueden el lenguaje musical y el matemático mejorar nuestras experiencias comunicativas? ¿Qué enfoques educativos tienen en consideración la adquisición del lenguaje, tanto a nivel académico como social?

Y, centrándonos en la figura del profesor:

¿Qué efectos tienen todos estos factores en el papel del profesor? ¿Quién es el profesor? ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a la profesión docente a través de las prácticas iniciales y la formación permanente?

Todos estos interrogantes serán los ejes de trabajo de las conferencias, talleres y mesas redondas programadas para el viernes 3 y el sábado 4 de marzo.

Más detalles: http://stpeters.es/LTL17/

Inscripciones

Si tienen alguna duda: cescorcia@stpeters.es – ltl@stpeters.es

 

A place to explore and experiment, our Art Studio

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One of the greatest challenges for teachers is to try the find the key which unlocks the potential inside each and every one of the children in their care.

Creating a climate in which it is possible to observe, explore and experiment, to share ideas and to listen to others calls for a very special environment. It is a place where choice is encouraged and risk-taking is welcomed, where the pleasure comes from doing and not from producing. It is, above all, a place of trust and cooperation. It is a beautiful space, and it is our Art Studio.

Last week we could see how children enjoy activities such as the dancing & painting one that Miss Jane organised for this first weeks. Take a look at it!

One of the greatest pleasures of the past term has been to observe the children as they respond to the different stimuli provided by Miss Jane. They are learning to negotiate and make decisions. They are choosing materials and techniques. They are discussing likes and dislikes and justifying their opinions. They are intent upon their work and know what they want to achieve. They are creating in a hundred different ways and it is beautiful to see.

When Loris Malaguzzi described the 100 languages of children he was reminding us of the need to recognize the many ways in which they respond and engage with their environment. It is through the Expressive Arts that each individual has an opportunity to find his or her inner voice and to communicate with the outside world. But the voice also needs to be heard.

St. Peter’s will hold the 1st edition of “The Learning through Language” conference on the 3rd-4th March

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At St Peter’s we are particularly aware of the effects of linguistic diversity on learning in the classroom. Just how we address the issues which arise is down to the skills and expertise of the professionals who work with our students on a daily basis.

In an increasingly global society, traditional views on language teaching are under review at all levels of the educational establishment. In the light of this, and in collaboration with national and international universities and schools, we are hosting a conference where practising teachers, student teachers and other educational professionals can share their different approaches and aspects of classroom practice.

On the 3rd and 4th of March, we are holding the 1st edition of Learning through Language: the changing role of teachers. The intention is for educators to draw upon examples of successful learning experiences, in order to reflect upon and find meaningful responses for their own particular contexts, either in the classroom or outside it.

How do we deal with linguistic diversity? Can a challenge become a resource? How can we create relevant educational experiences for an increasingly multi-modal environment? To what extent are different modes of communication, including visual, gestural, digital incorporated into traditional alphabetical/oral texts? How can mathematical or musical language enhance communicative experiences? Which approaches to teaching optimise use of both academic and social language acquisition? What are the effects on the role of the teacher? Who is the teacher? How can we best serve the teaching profession through initial training and continuing professional development? All these questions will be on the table during the workshops, lectures and sharing experiences that will take place during these two days.

Educational approaches can no longer be considered in isolation. We need to work together to face the challenges we have today and will have in the near future. It is a pleasure to welcome the collaboration different professionals from universities -such as Blanquerna, University of Lleida, University of Barcelona, International University of Catalonia or Autonomous University of Barcelona-, schools –Colegio San Patricio, Colegio Mirabal, Colegio La Miranda, Colegio Luis Vives and Colegio San José de Calasanz-, other institutions (British Council, Editorial Luis Vives, Cambridge, Pearson Editorial) and finally all the teachers that will join us and share their day-to-day experience.

Language & venue
The conference language will be English. All sessions will take place at St. Peter’s School and are aimed at professionals working within multilingual school environments, student teachers and researchers.

Recognised Credits
This activity is officially recognised by the Ministry of Education. Recognised credits: 10 hours. For further information, please contact Joan Rovira Sanz and Carme Escorcia at: ltlcongress@stpeters.es – 93 204 36 12 or go to www.stpeters.es/LTL17 

Getting into the Christmas spirit!

Yesterday we enjoyed the last concert of the Christmas season, the Nursery 1 and 2 singalong. And with it we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit!

As always, all the concerts have shown the enthusiasm, talent and hard work of all our students (and their teacher!).  We have loved every minute of them!

Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer, Foundation 5

An out-of-this-world Christmas, Class 2

When Sasha got stuck up the chimeney, Class 3

The Amazing Adventures of Superstan, Class 5

On behalf of the School, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!