2.en.45 A digital way of telling old stories: What do Christians celebrate at Christmas?

Let’s see what you think of the digital story of nativity a teacher from the English department sent us as a Christmas card.

  • What are the new new technological tools that appear in this digital story of nativity?
  • Did you like the video?

Happy Christmas!



2.en.44 Last outing before 2011. Lartigue’s photos

This is our last pic from 2010. Next year we’ll take new ones.

Hi everyone!

I’m really happy with the way you worked this morning. Judging from your comments on the  powerpoint presentations, all of you seem to enjoy outings and feel you learn a lot. You are getting used to working in groups and learning to find information in the internet.

This first term we’ve been to several photographic exhibitions and discovered many things about the people reflected in the pictures, the time when the photos were taken and the perspective of the photographer.

You have learnt that tasks help you reflect on what you do and your behaviour in exhibitions and museums has improved. Well done!

Here you can see some pics I took this morning. You look really absorbed in your work, and at the same time you seem to be having a good time.

Marina, Izabela and Andrea looking at stereographs.

Marta, Silvia, Marga and Ariadna taking notes in the dossier

Andreu, Joan and Alvaro looking at some books while other students look at photos in the background

Alba looking at how women looked like in the 1920's

Did you like the exhibition?

Did the work you did on line before going helped you?

Did the dossier help you reflect on what you saw?

Post your comments to the blog before Wednesday 22nd.


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2.en.43 Outing to Lartigue’s exhibition. Dossier

Monday 20th December 20010 1stYear ESO E European Sections: Outing to Caixa Forum. Visit to the exhibition of photographs by Jacques Henry Lartigue.


This term we have visited an Exhibition at La Misericordia, “La mirada del Viatger”, where you could see sterographs of Mallorca. Now you have the chance to compare them with sterographs taken by a French photographer. Some of the photos were taken in the same period, but the landscapes, the people and the atmosphere are very different.

During the visit to the exhibition. Use the space provided in this dossier to take notes and complete the information required.

I) Biography

  1. When and where was he born?
  2. How old was he when he died?
  3. Did he have any borthers?

II) Childhood memories

  1. Would you say he had a happy childhood? Choose some images to support your answer. Copy the title and the year where the photographs were taken.
  1. What surprised you most about the pictures of his early years?
  2. What kind of toys can you see?
  3. What kind of games did he play?

III) Sporting events

  1. Which sports can you see in the photographs? Name them:

IV) Landscapes

  1. what type of landscapes can you see? Choose one of the following categories:
  • Beaches
  • Sea resorts
  • Ski resorts
  • Cities. Which cities?
  • Other:

V) Fashion

  1. What kind of dresses did women wear?
  1. Are most women in the photos elegant wealthy women?

VI) Reflecting on what you see. After watching the exhibition, what do you think was Lartigue’s main reason for taking photos. Tick the ones you feel are the best explanation and add any other reasons you might think of.

  1. He wanted to preserve happy moments
  2. He wanted  time to stand still
  3. He wanted to freeze images
  4. He wanted to trap movement in a frozen image
  5. He wanted to keep a recored of the new technological advances.
  6. Do you think Lartiges photos catch aspects of reality that would be invisible for most of us?
  7. Other

VII) If you had to choose a set of words to descibe the overall impression the photos had on you, which words would come to your mind? Choose among the list and add any you might think of:

  • Movement
  • Hapiness
  • Lightness
  • Gravity
  • Speed
  • Fun
  • Wealth
  • Sadness
  • Poverty
  • Elegance
  • Youth
  • Quietness
  • Leisure
  • Work
  • Other
  • Old age

Choose a photo that best describes the words you have chosen.

VIII) Stereoscopes and stereographs.

There are many stereographs distributed all over the exhibition. Choose the one you liked best and describe it.

After the exhibition

In this web site run by the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue you will find a chronology. of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s life, which has been divided into five different periods. You will have to visit it to be able to answer the following questions about Lartigue’s life.http://www.lartigue.org/us2/jhlartigue/chronologie/index-c5.html

I) 1894-1919

  1. What was his older brother nickname?
  2. When did he get his first own camera?
  3. How does Lartigue make photographs of “ghosts”? Which technique does he use?
  4. Did he ever live in a palace when he was young?
  5. Jacques was fascinated by planes, who accompanied him on his trips to see test flights of the first airplanes?
  6. When does he start taking panoramic views with a new stereocopic camera?
  7. 1914 is the breakout of world war I. Was Lartigue drafted?
  8. When does he decide to become a painter?
  9. What does he use his race car for during the war?
  10. Who is “Bibi”?

II) 1920-1939

  1. What are the main events in these years?
  2. Who does he marry in these years?

III) 1940-1959

  1. What kind of photos does he take in 1944?
  2. When does he start taking colour shots?
  3. Who does he sell his photos to?
  4. Does he marry again in these years?

IV) 1960-1979

  1. Which important museum exhibits his works in the early 60’s?
  2. Which costume designs of a very famous film are inspired by a Lartigue photopgraph of 1911?
  3. Why is 1979 a very important year for Lartigue’s work?

V) 1980-1986

  1. What anniversary does Lartigue celebrate in 1982?
  2. Where does he die?



  • Did you like the exhibition
  • Did you learn anything by doing the tasks
  • Did the dossier help you reflect on what you saw?
  • Did you find it interesting
  • Suggestions:

2.en.42 Carols: new and old versions

Christmas is approaching at full speed and we have been so busy that we have had no time for singing. Here you can find an old time classic” The Twelve days of Christmas” . Last year we did our own version of the carol. Made up a list of 12 presents and customised the carol according to our likes. You can look at the nice versions 2n year ESO students made.

This year we shall not have time to repeat the experience. I also know that with Paquita, your music teacher you’ve been rehearsing and that you are planning to play very nice songs. I’m looking forward to see your performance.

Anyway, I would like you to have a look at this traditional Christmas carol and then compare it with the funny Shreck version.

I prefer the Shreck version with the…

“fire breathing dragon just for me”, “two wee rats”, “three little pigs” ,“Four exploding birds” ,“five onion rings”, ” six mirrors cracking” ,“seven dwarves a jamming” ,”eight cookies talking” ,”nine mice a tripping”, “ten puppets dancing” ,“eleven fairies dusting” “twelve man a dancing”

But the traditional carol is not bad either.

Which one do you like best?

Write your choice to the blog. You can also contribute with a list of twelve presents for Christmas. Try to make them rhyme.

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Això era i no era un grup d’alumnes que varen tenir el privilegi d’escoltar la rondalla “La Flor Romanial” interpretada per una actriu.
La podeu veure cada diumenge a la sèrie d’IB3 “Mossèn Capallà”, i diàriament en el nostre institut, on fa classes a nocturn.
I qui no ho cregui, que ho vagi a cercar.

2.en.41 Some examples of your group work after the outing. Reflecting on results and on groupwork.

Group work is gradually getting better, but we still have a long way to go. Here you can see some examples of your  power point presentations. There are aspects that need some  editing and improvement, some groups did not function wery well, some students worked better than others  but  most of you have met the deadlines and all of you believe you have learnt something with the outing and the activities, so  CONGRATULATIONS for your work!

There is a saying “better late than never” . Today, Monday the 20th , 5 days after you were expected to finish it, I got a power point presentation from the group ” Boulevard”. Apart from not meeting the deadlines, the work is not well done. We shall comment it together in class and I really expect you to do much better next time.

One of the good things about publishing your works is that you can learn from each other. Now you can look at your group powerpoint presentation and at the ones made by your classmates.The following questions will help you reflect on group work.

  1. What have you learnt by looking at other people’s work?
  2. Was group work difficult for you? Why?
  3. Are there any aspects you can improve?
  4. What have you learnt by working in groups?
  5. What about using editing tools? dictionaries? spellcheckers?
  6. Did you read the instructions carefully?
  7. Did you find google docs a useful tool for group work?
  8. Did the time spent in class working with your classmates help you?

HOMEWORK: Tuesday 21st. Post your comments to the blog. You can post the comments in any language: English, Catalan or Spanish.

2.en.40 A successful outing: Congratulations!

Dear students,

Today the outing turned out very well, this is what the teachers, Bernat and María thought of the tour, a real success. Congratulations for your behaviour, your work and your enthusiam. You worked very well, took notes, listen carefully to the explanations of our  guide and showed interest in learning. Our excellent guide, María Vallespir, did a great job too. Thanks to her we all learnt a lot of interesting stories about our city, its histoy and some of its most emblematic monuments.  The weather was fine, a bit chilly in the early morning but nice and sunny. So, nothing to complain about. Now, we would like to know your opinion too. The outing does not finish but stretches in the work you have to do in groups and in the powerpoints you will have to present.

You also had time to enjoy and unexpected things turned up, such us the man making huge soap bubbles in front of the cathedral, or discovering  your Catalan teacher’s street!

Here you can see Bernat posing in Carrer de Sant Bernat

In this pic, you can see that the man managed to trap inside the bubble a tourist who was sitting in the background.

from our school we went down Sa Riera until we got to Can Sales, The Crypt of Sant Llorenç and  the Church of Santa Creu, walking along the sea front towards the east, stopping at the Llotja de la Mercaderia (Market exchange), visiting the Cathedral, glancing at the  court yard of Can Olesa and taking a rest at the Bishop’s garden were some of the things that kept us busy this morning.

Now, in order to help you carry out your taks, I will give you  two very useful sites:

  1. Balears cultural tour where you can do a virtual tour of the places we visited this morning. The site has different language options: Catalan, Spanish,  German and English. No excuse for making spelling mistakes in your dossiers. I’m sure that you took great notes but you can also check them. Now it is time to repeat the walk, This time virtually. Take a virtual walk!
  2. Gothic Palma. A jewel, not to be missed. An amazing site that lets you visit all gothic buildings in Palma, Cathedral and Santa Creu included. You can also activate the site in different languages. On top of great pics and information you can also listen to music and watch videos.
  3. Mallorca Daily Photoblog, from our friend Klaus, a never ending source of infomation about Palma. This site you all know, it is among our permanent links in our blogroll.

I will upload a slide presentation with the pics I took this morning.

Check the site and post your comments on the outing and Mallorca cultural tour site to the blog.