miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2016

IGCSE 2017: Updated News


Here you have the basic information about this year's exams (I've also included an example of each one from May/June 2015). Have a look to the examples before taking your decission.

3º British: Geography

·                     Geo. Paper 1 (Code 0460/12): Tuesday 2 May (Questions and photos). 
·                     Geo. Paper 2 (Code 0460/22): Monday 8 May (Questions and photos). 
·                     Geo. Paper 4 (Code 0460/42): Tuesday 6 June (Questions and photos)

In the meantime, you should read the rules for the Geography's exams and have a look to all the examples explained at class that you can use on the real Igcse...

4º British: History

·                     Hist. Paper 1 (Code 0470/12): Friday 5 May (Exam). 
·                     Hist. Paper 2 (Code 0470/22): Friday 12 May (Exam). 
·                     Hist. Paper 4 (Code 0470/42): Monday 5 June (Exam). 

As in the previous case, you should read the rules for the History's exams.


miércoles, 16 de noviembre de 2016

3º British: Safe Urban Planning for Women and Girls

A safe city is one in which both the government and civil society guarantee women’s rights in all spheres.

A safe city is one that promotes the elimination of gender-based violence, while at the same time promoting equal opportunities for men and women in all the spheres of social, economic, cultural and political life. 

Urban programming should be based on an understanding that men and women have different experiences of living and working in the city. It should recognize that there are many different kinds of violence, affecting women and men differently, everyday all around the world. For example:
  • Violence can occur in a subway car in the form of verbal harassment.
  • Even a lack of basic urban services, which lead to additional burdens for women, is a form of violence. 
  • Violence can also occur in a parking lot in the form of discriminatory graffiti messages.

UNITED NATIONS Women’s Global Flagship Initiative, “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme, was launched in November 2010 with leading women’s organizations, UN agencies, and more than 70 global and local partners.

You can read more details from the UN Programm in the following links:

Another example: In Cairo, Egypt’s Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development adopted women’s safety audits to guide urban planning, and more than 100 youth agents of change (50 per cent young men and 50 per cent young women) have been engaged and are leading transformative activities in schools and other settings in the programme intervention sites to promote respectful gender relationships, gender equality, and safety in public spaces.

sábado, 12 de noviembre de 2016

2º British: Photos from CaixaForum exhibition

Do you remember this interesting (and famous) piece from the "Medieval Europe" exhibition we visited this week?

Here you have the zip file with your photos at the CaixaForum exhibition. As usual, you will be required a password for opening the file.

Have a nice day.

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

3º British: Gapminder World

It was the last 200 years that changed the world. In 1809 all countries of the world had a life expectancy under 40 years and an income per person less than 3000 dollar per year. Since then the world has changed but it was not until after the II World War that most countries started to improve.

For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Hans Rösling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 – 200 years ago.

After re-watching the short video and studying the interactive graphic, answer the following questions as complete as possible:

Remember: this activity is volunteer, you will earn two positive marks if you answer the following questions as complete as possible. Send your answers to blogeducativo08@gmail.com until Thursday, 10 November

  1. Why is good for Goverments to have detailed stadistics of the population?
  2. Why do you think some countries are unhealthier than others with the same income? 
  3. Why was UK the richest country in 1800? 
  4. Summarize the key points of the video.
It is easier that you think... Good luck! 

miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2016

4º British: French Revolution in Twitter

You are about to start the 4th edition of your favourite historical activity... twitter in class! 

We are living at the very beginning of the French Revolution. It is May, 1789. Your king, Louis XVI, has called the Estates Generals in order to approve a tax reform to solve the deficit crisis:

“His Majesty has decided to provide for an immediate convocation of the Estates General of his kingdom. His Majesty has not yet decided where the Estates General are to meet, but is able to announce to his subjects that their assembly is fixed for May 1st 1789 [...]”

You must create a twitter account (please do NOT use your personal one) as you were one of the inhabitants of Paris in 1789 (the King? The Queen? A nobleman? A famous writter? A farmer? A young politician?... there are many possibilities, you can review the document “Revolution characters” on this blog... You will find there many characters, in alphabetic order, with a brief description of their roles). With this “historical account” you become follower of @auladeadriana

During the next two weeks you have to create a minimum of 20 tweets (12 of them base on real primary sources) in the name of your chosen character. Try not to be independent, but “talk” with the others (a burguess complaining to the King because of taxations? Jacobin politicians exchanging messages and speeches?...). I would also recommend you to use the hastag #HistoryatVasco in your tweets, to facilitate its reading.

The previous years, this experiment was a total success and your partners really did good performances, so you will have to work hard for leading them...

The activity will start on Monday, 7th November and will finish on Monday, 21th November . This work is individual and mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it, do it out of date, or just copy from a webpage, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Be creative and enjoy it! J


Alpha History (including the King’s call)
French Rev. Legacy (Fordham University)
French Rev. Digital Archive (Stanford University)
Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (including songs!)

miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2016

4º British: Comment of an Art masterpiece

As I told you in class, it is very important to practice how to comment historical sources. Here you have a new activity. This time is mandatory (the deadline is Saturday 5 November).

Title: The intervention of the Sabine women (sometimes also called "The Rape of  the Sabine women).
Author: Jacques Louis David (1748 - 1825)
Place and date: France, 1799
Art style: Neoclassicism

Now it is your turn... Remember the aspects you should comment:
  • Main idea
  • Historical context
  • Comment (Add also a definition and a explanation of the characteristics of the Neoclassicism; and mention the "Rule of 3 Units"). 
  • Significance or consequence
  • Conclusion (standard sentence)
In case you need extra help, you can read the info from the Louvre Museum, where the canvas is now. But, please, try NOT to copy&paste from there! 

When finish, send it to me as attached file to blogeducativo08@gmail.com. I will answer you back with the corrections a.s.a.p. 

Try to do your best and... good luck!

martes, 25 de octubre de 2016

Why do we celebrate Halloween?

Do you know the real origin of "Halloween"? Do you know that it cames from Celtic Ireland? What is the origin of the "Trick or treat" tradition? These questions and many others can be answered by this terrific video (about 7 minutes) from World History Educator's blog.


jueves, 20 de octubre de 2016

4º British: Enlightment songs 2016

Here you have the links to the different songs you have chosen for illustrating the Enlightment ideas (freedom of speech, natural equality, civil rights, education, female vindications, etc.). Quite diverse and interesting elections. Some of them are in English, some others in Spanish, some were isolated elections, some have several votes... in any case, just enjoy! 

Respect, by Aretha Franklin
Imagine, by John Lennon
Age of ignorance, by Our last night
Another brick in the wall, by Pink Floyd
Nos quieren ver, by Shottha ft. Green Valley
Revolution, by The Beatles
Same love, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
Man! I feel like a woman, by Shania Twain
You don't owe me, by Grace ft. G-Eazy
Cinismo, by Dante
Viva la vida, by Coldplay
Run the world (girls), by Beyoncé
Why can't we get along?, by One twelve
One woman, launched by UN to celebrate International Women's Day in 2013
Somebody that I used to know, by Gotye ft. Kimbra
El aguante, by Calle 13
Tierra de Libertad, by Medina Azahara
Salir corriendo, by Amaral
Malo, by Bebe
Ain't your momma, by Jennifer Lopez
Soy mujer, by HA-ASH
Déjame vivir, by Jarabe de Palo ft. Chambao

miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2016

3º British: Political campaign photos

As I told you this morning, our traditional activity about political elections is a good example of PBL (Project Based Learning). If you feel curious about that methology, you can watch this video from Educa.Jcyl (about 2 minutes). But I know that what you are really into are... your pictures!

Here you have the link to a zip file. You can download it but, for opening and watching the photos, you will be required the password. 

martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

2º British: Medieval lives

And finally, here you have the links for the rest episodes of the great BBC documentary TV series. As usual, they are narrated in English (without subtitles) and are totally volunteer.


Cover image:
The three social groups in medieval times.
Illustration from a medieval manuscript

jueves, 13 de octubre de 2016

2º British: Medieval lives - Women

As you really like the previous video, here you have another chapter of the BBC documentary series about "Medieval lives": Damsel (aristocratic women). As usual, it is English spoken, without subtitles (28 minutes).

The Medieval damsel is nowadays seen as a beautiful, but helpless woman, forever in need of a knight in shining armor to rescue her. But... were damsels really such passive females, or are the stories we think we know about them, simply not true? Terry Jones travels around Europe in search for an answer to that question.

In the following days, there will be links for more episodes. 

Cover image: 
Ilustration from Codex Mannese (Zurich, 14th century).

lunes, 10 de octubre de 2016

2º British: Medieval lives - Knights

As a volunteer complement of today's class, here you have a the link to a youtube's video: "Medieval lives: knights" (English, without subtitles. About 30 minutes).

This chapter belongs to a eight-episode TV documentary serie from BBC, written and narrated by Terry Jones in 2004. Historically accurated, each episode examines a particular medieval personality (knights, kings, monks, damsel...) with the intend of separating myth from reality. 

And, as you really enjoy this morning, here you have again the "Arundel Castle" video and also the official information web, with the future historical events and recreations (including tournaments and castle' siege!).


Cover image: joust & melee (from a medieval manuscript)

domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2016

British: Quick link to weekly works 2016-2017

Ready to start? Just in case you need a little help for finding your correct weekly works in the following months, here you have a special link with them:

Here you can find also the academic information in case you need to print it again. 

Cover image: 
Christine of Pisan writting in her studio. 1410. 

2º British: weekly works (2016 - 2017)

Here we are! It's about time to start a new academic year... Are you ready? Here you have the new weekly works for this year: 

6. Iberian Peninsula (Medieval and Modern times)
7. British Isles (Medieval and Modern times)

Good luck! :)

miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016

martes, 6 de septiembre de 2016

British: Academic Information 2016 - 2017

We are back! In the folowing links you can read the academic information for this year:

You can also read the Assesment Criteria and the Ring-binder criteria

Are you ready? 3, 2, 1... Let's go!

2º British: Theoretical topics

¡Back to school! This year, we will be together at class again :) Here you have the theoretical topics of History & Geography 2º E.S.O. (Remember: you will need a password!). Of course, they will be available also in the "Apuntes" tag on this blog):



miércoles, 29 de junio de 2016

Quixote on cinema

After an intense academic year, here you have the traditional historical-film suggestions for your summer time. This year, of course, its about ALL the film adaptations of our literature's masterpiece: Don Quixote on cinema, by Cervantes. 

From 1898 to nowadays, from cinema (real or animated) to TV, from Europe to America or even ¡China!. All of them are inside this 8-pages-revision. 

Enjoy your holidays! J


jueves, 23 de junio de 2016

1º British: historical online games

As usually, here you have several links to videogames (mostly from BBC) about topics studied this year in our History classes. Enjoy the summer-time!

This game has the player choose the correct armor for three different types of Roman gladiators within a time limit. Each gladiator then fights and wins or loses based on what the player’s choices were.

Test your knowledge of history with an interactive challenge. Enter the embalmer’s workshop and prepare a body for burial.

This game presents the user with a scene where a Roman dies and the user then has to figure out how the Roman died. The player uses evidence from the scene and information both from witnesses and modern experts.
This game presents the user with a series of challenges related to building a pyramid for the Egyptian Pharaoh. The construction of the pyramid succeeds or fails based on the player’s decisions.
In this game you learn stories behind the coins and try to make “money talk.”

Just log-in for the adventure!


martes, 21 de junio de 2016

1º British: Photo competition

We have a winner! The "Great Jury" (members of the History & Geography Department) has decided: A.M.H., from 1ºD, is the winner of our contest: "Atapuerca: an historical photo". Congratulations! J

And many thanks to all the participants! Next year, the photo competition will be even better!

The "award ceremony" will take place on Monday morning. 

lunes, 20 de junio de 2016

"Rutas de Cervantes", by Google

The Google Cultural Institute (which is dedicated to collect, digitalize and publicize the artistic treasures from around the world), among with the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes, has created the website "Rutas de Cervantes", a virtual walk thought the works of one of the best writers of all time.

Besides, they have also scanned 999 elements more or less directly linked to Cervantes: places, books, ceramics, monuments, paintings... 

Join (and enjoy) the celebration of "Cervantes: 400 years". 

martes, 14 de junio de 2016

Audio books: Don Quijote

As a part of the "Año Cervantes" here you have a link to "Literatura Sonora" where you can listen (and read) some of the most famous chapters from Quixote, masterpiece of our literature. 

You can also visit the conmemorative website 400 Cervantes and get informed about the different events, theater plays, exhibitions, conferences, etc. around Cervantes. Enjoy! J

Image: fotogram from "Lost in La Mancha", directed by Terry Gilliam in 2002. 

jueves, 9 de junio de 2016

1º British: Photos from Atapuerca

Here you have the photos taken during these two amazing days in Burgos. It is a zip file. After downloading it, you will need the password to open it. 

Have a nice day!

lunes, 30 de mayo de 2016

1º British: A trip to Atapuerca

Are you ready for travelling? I know that the answer is a big "YES!" but also remember that it would be an educative trip so there will be some classwork to do...Ups!

Download and print this document and bring it with you to Atapuerca next Tuesday. Remember to take a notebook and a pen, too. We will take your answers at the end of the journey. 

Meanwhile, you can have a look to the websites of Atapuerca and MEH (Museo de la Evolución Humana). 


jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

1º British: Etna wakes up again

This is not the first time in this blog we have to talk about Etna, the most active volcano in Europe. Located in Sicily (Italy), it woke up again last Saturday. Here you can watch a small video of Etna this week.

Today in class we learnt about monitoring volcanic areas; we used the example of Tongariro, a New Zealand's volcano, but with Etna the scientifics use similar methods. The following pictures are from these days Etna's activity: a seismograph record...

... and the VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advices) from the French Meteo Service (providing information for possible flights cancellations in the whole European continent due to volcanoes).

Fascinating, isn't it? During our next class, we will learn what to do in case of a volcanic eruption!

martes, 24 de mayo de 2016

1º British: New dioramas!

Here you have the photos of your model-making experience. Congratulations for your imagination and effort. Enjoy!

As you can see, this year we have a quite diverse collection, from Prehistoric times, with this cave-painters...

... the Castro of Ulaca or with several megaliths monuments, such as the famous Cromlech of Stonehedge...

We also have a good example of a Mesopotamian Zigurat:

Of course, we have a small but interesting Egyptian section:

From Ancient Greece we have one Atheneian trirreme...

... and the Troian Horse! Look inside! 

The Roman Empire is, as usual, the bigger section. Today we have several examples of Roman cities (Pompeii is a classic):

An important building is the Senate (It looks better with some performers inside, isn't it?). From that point, we can cross the bridge to attemp a chariot race in the circus...

 ... have a good time in the thermal baths...

... or enjoy some of the monuments:

One of the borders of the Roman Empire was the Hadrian's Wall. It divided the Roman Britannia from the wild North: 

Another important moment in the British History was the Norman conquest. Here you have a good example of a Norman castle and motte.

Which one do you like the most? :-)