Loonatics group School Organization blog.

A blog for documenting the work of our group in the course #SOyER16 at the UM.


Escrito por loonatics 29-02-2016 en blog. Comentarios (0)

Now we have another blog, here is the link--->  http://loonaticswork.blogspot.com.es/

Concepts Task II

Escrito por loonatics 26-02-2016 en concepts. Comentarios (0)


A treasure hunt is one of the most popular and simple activities used by teacher involving the internet. It consist of a paper or a web page with a series of questions and also a list of webpages in wich students look for answers. Finally, we should include the "Great question", wich answer does not appear directly in the web pages, and should assess what students have learned during the process of searching. thet are useful strategies to adquire information about an specific subject, and also to practice abilities related to technology and internet.



A map projection is a mathematically described technique of how to represent the Earth’s curved surface on a flat map. To represent parts of the surface of the Earth on a flat paper map or on a computer screen. It has to be represented using a grid of lines of latitude and longitude. In the entire world there are differents ways of projecting maps...


The Robinson projection is a map projection of a world map which shows the entire world at once. He didn't use mathematical formulas for his projection, but tabular coordinates to make the world look good. The map divides lines of latitude and longitude throughout the projection. All lines appear curves, except for the straight line lenght in the middle of the map that passes through the central meridian.


It is often described as a cylindrical projection, this projection is created based on mathematical operations... This projection is usually used for navigation charts, because any straight line on a Mercator projection map is a line of constant true bearing that enables a navigator to plot a straight-line course. It is less practical for world maps because the scale is distorted.


The azimuthal projection consists in projecting a portion of the Earth on a plane tangent to the sphere at a selected point, obtaining the vision that would be achieved either from the center of the Earth or from a poing in space outer. The azimuthal projection is a projection geographical characterized by radial symmetry around the center point. In this kind of projection we can find different types such as: orthographic, stereographic, gnomonic, equidistant...

Roles Task II

Escrito por loonatics 26-02-2016 en roles. Comentarios (0)


The stars of this week have done a good job!  To present our work they have created a great PowerPoint and they have worked really hard. Due to they are not living in the same area, they have used skype to comunicate to each other and get a better presentation.


He uploded all the posts and cared about the twitter account. He managed to organize all the information in a really good way to the clear understanding of this task. As usual, we coment in one of the blogs of our teammate, take a look!


He also made a really good job organizing the work and giving us different tasks. He was always looking after us, making sure we all did the work on time and well.


  First, I would like to say that I do not think we have worked harder this week, but It is true that we have organised better our group. It is probably due to the fact that last week was the first task and we did not have totally clear what we had to do in our role, but we hope we will improve in that aspect as we work more and more. In that sense, we made various posters when we had to do only one, if we had concentrated to work as a team and had done one poster perfect It would have been better. Nevertheless, this week we have worked on this matter and the sensations we have about the results are much better, we had just one good presentation in the relation to the content, with the only problem that the letters were a bit dark, but our work is also available in the blog If anyone is interested. In addition I consider that one of the most tough things to do is taking decitions, it is difficult that 9 people agree in every aspect of the task, you may think you have a great idea while the others think it is not. In particular, we have discussed if we should do crafts, a poster to show the differences between the countries through the different maps, ones agreed and others thought it was better to show it in the presentation. Finally, we managed to reach an agreement and decided to do it. It is normal to have this kind of situations, in fact, it is vital telling if anyone is not happy with something  because as a group  decitions are made all toguether.

  On the other hand, going straight to the activity of this week, I think the best part of this week has been discovering that we had a mistaken vision about how are countries, their location, and differences between them, and how this differences are conected to power and the imperialism conception, because untill now we only knew Marcator's map, which is in fact the most imprecise one, and I wonder why nobody tought us that at school. Investigating about that has been very interesting and concerning ourselves about how media can distort reality, seeing it through the different examples of our classmates and ours has made us reflect that we should be aware about what we see and being critic with information on the media. That is why is very important what we teach to children, because education is not neutral and we should try to let children interpret the world themselves. Also, we have discovered what is exactly a treasure hunt, because we associated it the typical game of the pirate and clues to find a treasure, but as we looked up for further information  we realised it is actually a resource for the teacher to make the students investigate by using the internet. Its use is wispread, increasingly among little children, so it is crucial to teach them to use it in the right way.

  The worst moment has probably been on the moment of the presentation because we did not expected that the letters could not be seen. For next time, we will try to think and work in a more analitic way in order to prevent unexpected situations.

  In conclusion, for the following weeks we should try to maintain a good organization, and work as a united team because we are not used to work with such a big group, though I think we are on the way to reach it. Finally, I would like to remark that the contents that we have learnt are very useful for our degree and work as teachers, because they are interesting resources that we can use in a classroom. 

  I would like to finish with this phrase I have ridden and cheer my team mates because it is not just important to have good marks from the beggining, we have to learn from mistakes, grow and improve as a team “Effort is the mother of all the achievements”


This is the mindmap (Spider type) that shows the resourse we have use to complete the second tas about cartographic proyections. After the image there is a list of importat links we've used.

Carlos A. Furuti (March 30, 2015). Progonos. Retrieved January 22 of 2016 from:


Gavin A. Schmidt, Robert B. Schmunk (September 18, 2015). NASSA Giss. Retrieved January 22 of 2016 from:


(Febraury 13, 2016). Wikipedia, proyección acimutal. Retrieved January 22 of 2016 from:


(November 24, 2014) Wikipedia, proyección acimutal equidistante. Retrieved January 22 of 2016 from:


Peter H. Dana (September 20, 1994). Arquímedes. Retrieved January 23 of 2016 from:


(April 15, 2013). Cartounam.blogspot. Retrieved January 23 of 2016 from:


(May 25, 2013 Ingeniería de mapas. Retrieved January 22 of 2016 from:


Task 2

Escrito por loonatics 25-02-2016 en task2 work. Comentarios (0)


We start a new week with a different role and with a different task, Task II.This task will be related with the different kinds of maps proyections we can have ( Robinson, Mercator, and Azimuthal), the concept of distorsion and tresure hunt, and we have related this task with the slogan "Media is not neutral".We started working on this neww task about map proyections since Monday. We organize the work and at the end of the class we shared the information that we had obtain. Our stars have meet via Skype to organize and get a better presentation of our work. To show the work we did we have created a presentation via powerpoint and we have also create a handmake poster that shows the differences between the three kinds of maps proyections.

All went well, and the work was on time. On Wednsday our stars did an excellent work in the exposition and we think that the people enjoyed . Here is a photo of the presentation and one of the group just after finishing the classroom activity.

Concepts task 1

Escrito por loonatics 19-02-2016 en Tasks. Comentarios (0)

The Translator work:

1. Speed learning
It is methodology to learn fast. It is the basis of every learning is interest, It's the key to learn effectively and fast, but there are many other factors that influence speed learning. For examples having a good diet, doing exercise, not smoking and not drinking may help learning fast. Also are useful things that keeps our brain active, like colours when we study, otherwise the brain can go off and lose crucial information. For instance, the way we have made our presentation of TPACK with information maps help speed learning because it integrates a visual ideas of the concept. It's a combination of procedures that enables you to achieve some goals.

TPACK is an acronym composed by the words technology, pedagogy and content. It refers to a model to understand how to teach, It is a framework that includes inside macro and micro context of influence three different kind of knowledge and the interactions between them. These are content knowledge which is the mastery of the subject, pedagogical knowledge which is how to master it, and technological knowledge which integrates the use of technology in the context.

3. Information map.
It's a tool that enables to organise and representate in a graphic way and through an schema, the knowledge. It has it basis on theoretical approach of educational psychology. The objective of a conceptual map is to representate relations between different concepts that acquire the shape of propositions. The concepts usually appear inside circles or rectangles, while relations between them are manifested with lines that match each circle or rectangle. At the time to develop an information map is fundamental to follow a series of steps to reach the objective to show a fact in a clear and simple way. There are many types of information maps: Spider concept map, hierarchy concept map, flowchart concept map, system concept map.

4. Diagram
is a graphic representation of all the steps that forms a process. It is an esquematic representation of the succession of operations that compose a system. Every actions, is this sense, are interrelated to produce a specific result. Diagrams are very useful to express process of work, design, learning processes... They can be applied in different fields like education, economy, mathematics, psychology and so on. There are many types of diagrams: horizontal, vertical, architectonic and panoramic.

5. Concept:
concept means design, construction or symbol, conception, idea or opinion expressed, characterization. It's the formulation of an idea or a image through words. It means something conceived or formed in the mind, it’s considered a cognitive unit of significance. It is formed in the mind about something or someone and consists of a type of evaluation through an expressed opinion. It’s also a mental symbol, is an abstract notion that contains every word of a determinate language and correspond to a group of common characteristics to a kind of thing, objects or abstract entities, determine how things are.