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Clil Open Online Learning

About the COOL project

The project is developing a web3 service where a teacher can paste in text, select the language of the text, add graphics and video, create or attach language exercises/assignments and then automatically create an online webpage with all words linked to free dictionaries in +100 languages. The proposed web3 resource will enhance/improve the Clilstore tool/service (www.multidict.net)  developed in the TOOLS project (2012-2014) http://languages.dk/tools/index.htm,  which has been selected as “one of the European Commission’s success stories”.

The project targets two user groups; teachers and learners representing transversal educational sectors with a main focus on teacher education (both in-service and college training).

The teachers access to Clilstore will be simplified so the present database look will be replaced with easier/intuitive choices. The students access will likewise be simplified, e.g. the first step for a newcomer will be to select language and level thus avoiding having to browse through thousands of units in many languages.

Both teachers and learners will have options like sharing and posting Clilstore units to social media (Eg twitter and Facebook) and Clilstore units can be run from within Moodle platforms.

To ensure future sustainability of Clilstore the service is nowcloud based and installed/mirrored on the UPV and Ulster university websites.

Edit and update the CLIL Guidebook http://languages.dk/clil4u/index.html#Guidebook  (produced in the Clil4U project) with units exemplifying how to use Clilstore in educational contexts.

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Test the tools that we are now improving

The new version

The new version has the address: https://clilstore.eu

Both the new Clilstore and the classic one share the same databases, this means that all units (existing and future ones) work in both versions.

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Exemplary Clilstore Units

The teams are curating and developing exemplary units that demonstrate what can be authored with the new Clilstore.

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News

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October 2020

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The new layout with the list of units in Clilstore has been fully launched from https://clilstore.eu


A screen shot from a sample unit https://clilstore.eu/cs/8789

The above unit https://clilstore.eu/cs/8789 demonstrates some of the new Clilstore facilities, e.g. sharing the unit on social media, embedding a web3 tool (learningapps.com)

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September 2020

We are now launching the new version of Clilstore: https://www.clilstore.eu There are still a few phrases in the interface that have not been translated, but most options and explanations are now in Danish, English, Irish, Italian, Scottish Gaelic, and Spanish

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August 2020

The number of languages in Clilstore is growing, we have recently seen 35 units in Lombard (a language in Italy).

We are now working towards having two versions of Clilstore, i.e. the classic versions that you can find from https://multidict.net and the new design which can be seen from http://clilstore.eu

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July 2020

The July version of the project newsletter is ready to download from: https://mailchi.mp/7d11dd540bc5/news-from-the-cool-project


The ongoing work preparing the new design

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June 2020


The work on the portfolio system for students has been started with a Zoom conference

On Tuesday 16th - 9.30 to 17.00 from https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/disrupting-digital-monolingualism/programme/?fbclid=IwAR02KBmfj7qn_6FmiMMzmoYLx7GnoO_GZG8HtUzpD5uCRqbu0W-_UGrg9Sg you can watch Caoimhín Ó Dónaill - Ulster University present the COOL main outputs with a presentation titled: CLILSTORE: An open online platform for multimedia language learning

 A short demo showing some of the new design

The project teams continue the work, but are now suffering some delays due to the Scottish partner, SMO who has been in total lockdown since March without access to the computer facilities. The teams working with Clilstore are therefore now mainly working on the design of the Clilstore tools.


Caoimhín from Skye informing the teams about the databases used in Clilstore.

Work has started with preparing the new CLIL Guide and the portfolio that will soon be part of the Clilstore, most work is now coordinated through Zoom meetings.


The transnational cooperation is now making use of weekly Zoom meetings

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May 2020

4More Production, a new Clilstore Unit in Danish presenting a case for learning how to write a business plan. The case is based on a video recorded in 2005, in 2013 video and text were used for a task made in the first version of Clilstore. This new 2020 version shows new possibilities in Clilstore, including embedding a crossword puzzle prepared in Learningapps.org (web3 interaction). Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/904

The Spanish team has selected / prepared twenty new Clilstore units in Spanish. Learn about the units here.

Read about the project from the EC website, click here.

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April 2020

The partners in COOL are now in lockdown. The fourth project meeting, which was due to take place in May, has been postponed. During this period the team mainly cooperate using Skype meetings. COOL is on course despite the difficulties, but some testing with students in classes has been postponed.

31 new videos in Gaelic: The Stòras Beò nan Gàidheal project has successfully met its target of producing 15 hours of new online community-based recordings of Scottish Gaelic, all fully transcribed! The collection comprises 31 videos of Gaelic speakers from four different islands in the Outer Hebrides talking about a wide range of subjects, including their upbringing in the islands and how they perceive things have changed during their lifetime. This project is led by the Language Sciences Institute (LSI) of the University of the Highlands and Islands, with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Soilllse, and is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge. Irish partners are in the process of gathering together a parallel collection of recordings from the Irish Gaeltacht areas.

You can read more about the project on the LSI website here.

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March 2020

49 new units have been created in Clilstore in the last three week by authors across the globe, despite most educational institutions are closed due to the Corona virus. The 49 units have in total been opened by users 2545 times (an average of 52 times per unit) and 1046 words have been clicked on:-)

All COOL project teams are working from home, but the project work is still ongoing with good progress. Right now a designer in Spain, Yerany is preparing a first version of the new look for the main tools in the project. This is the link: http://yerany.multidict.net to the first changes in the design, which the teams are now testing and suggesting changes.

The teams have since February prepared many new units in Clilstore: www.multidict.net

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February 2020

The Clilstore and Multidict interfaces have now been translated into the project languages (Danish, English, Irish, Italian, Scottish Gaelic, and Spanish) But we are also pleased that thanks to friends the interfaces are also available in Breton, French, Portuguese, and main parts have also been translated into Bulgarioan and Lithuanian:-)

The project teams have curated/added new units for learning Danish with descriptions of the five Cs used in CLIL (some still only refer to four Cs).

The new Clilstore now allows authors to insert web3 media from external sources (e.g. https://learningapps.org) by embedding them. From the Clilstore editor just click the "Embed media" icon:
which opens the window below, where the author can click the middle option "Embed" and then paste in the embed code

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Januar 2020

The first exemplary units that have been developd/authore with the newClilstore are now available in English: http://languages.dk/english_units.html More language units are being authored/selected.

The Spanish COOL brochure has been updated. Download from here

The Irish COOL brochure has been updated. Download from here

The pools projects were started in 2002 with one of the objectives to support the LWUTL (Less Widely Used and Taught Languages). The project partners in the ongoing COOL project would also like to support endangered languages like the Skolt Sami language (read a recent BBC document on saving the Skolt Sami language), BUT we need access to dictionaries in such languages either online dictionaries or scanned pages from dictionaries saved in the Web Archieves. If you know of language dictionaries that include endangered langueges, then please mail: Caoimhín Ó Donnaíle (caoimhin@smo.uhi.ac.uk)

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December 2019

The project brochures have been updated:

Clilstore now automatically changes its interface language to that of the browser used, e.g. Internet Explorer in Italian will result in the Clilstore interfaces in the Italian language (we are still in the process of translating). We are also translating the Interfaces into other languages like Lithuanian and Bulgarian. Go to experience the new Clilstore interfaces: www.multidict.net It is recommended to log in or register as a user, but it's up tp you:-)

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November 2019

In mid-November the SMO and Ulster COOL teams collaborated to deliver a two-day seminar, organised by Soillse - the National Research Network for the Maintenance and Revitalisation of Gaelic Language and Culture (www.soillse.ac.uk)  and hosted by  Sgoil nan Daonnachdan (School of Humanities) at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. 


 


On Day 1 of the seminar, Caoimhín Ó Dónaill from Ulster gave a talk on the background and context of the COOL project and focused CLIL methodology and the many technical and end user innovations that will be realised during the lifetime of the project. 
 
The seminar also featured a talk from staff at the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (www.dasg.ac.uk) who demonstrated how they are breathing new life into a corpus of printed and audio materials that were previously unavailable to members of the general public. Discussions during the seminar naturally led to the COOL team investigating how they could facilitate the sharing of DASG materials via CLILSTORE with a view to further assisting DASG end users through CLILSTORE's unique dictionary hyperlinking functionality.

On Day 2 of the seminar, Caoimhín Ó Donnaíle from SMO delivered an intensive training workshop on CLILSTORE. During the workshop the participants had the opportunity to create some new units and gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes at CLILSTORE. 

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October 2019

One of the new features in Clilstore is a simplified dictionary interface (which can be put in advanced mode if needed). Try out the new features here: www.multidict.net

The teams are now working on a login system where a user can store information like language, words that have been looked up and more (in future also a portfolio system)

The entry page for a new user

After having logged in a user can see her vocabulary (words clicked on)

An example of a vocabulary list

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September 2019

The COOL teams are working on the new Clilstore and its functions:

 

You can download the first presentation from Kent Andersen during Eurocall 2019 here

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August 2019

The COOL project workshop during Eurocall 2019. Two of the project teams were represented by Caoimhín Ó Dónail and Kent Andersen.

Download the full Eurocall 2019 programme and reserve the dates for the COOL presentations. https://sites.uclouvain.be/eurocall2019/full-programme/

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May 2019

Meet the COOL project teams at the Eurocal conference in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium · 28-31 August 2019.

The teams have two presentations:

  • CALL for CLIL: Investigating the adoption of learning technology designed for CLIL Teachers.— Caoimhín Ó Dónaill, Ana Gimeno-Sanz
  • A Practical Application of Content and Language Integrated Learning — Kent Andersen

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April 2019

The Cool project will update the CLIL Guidebook (last update was in 2016). The book was written during the Clil4U project. The statistics from that book are stunning, since it came online in English, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Danish the total number of downloads is 570,408

Go to the download area: http://languages.dk/clil4u/index.html#Guidebook

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March 2019

We are preparing major changes in Clilstore (www.multidict.net) One of them is being tested right now by the COOL teams, the new function is an optional login for students. The advantage of logging in is that the new system will store lists of the words that have been clicked on and e.g. enable flash cards and vocabulary training. The student will also be able to see the list of words for each unit she/he has been working on i Clilstore.

As soon as the testers have ensured the system works perfectly, it will be rolled out for all users to enjoy.

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February 2019

The main work this month has focused on the registration option where learners can opt to register and save the progress that have been achieved in chosen units, e.g. list of words that have been looked up.

Some of functions that Multidict uses to send a word that has been clicked on to the dictionaries that are available from Multidict have now been updated. Some dictionaries e.g. Gyldendal now requires the user to click a "Submit" button in order to be used and the result is then displayed in a separate tab.

N.B. It's important that the user has logged in at https://ordbog.gyldendal.dk before clicking Submit (it's something we'll change in the near future):

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January 2019

The work on new structures and facilities in Clilstore and Multidict is continued. A new feature is that the user/student can save a list of all words that have been clicked on in the units the user has worked with, it is also possible now to enter own translations of the words in the list, this will be used for future vocabulary training and as part of a work portfolio. At the moment this is only visible in the "Teacher author mode"), but in the coming months all users who choose to register will have acces to the facility.

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December 2018

From the COOL softtware developer we have the following message: http://multidict.net/ (or https://multidict.net/ if you prefer) is now operating on the cloud server. So it should now be a much more reliable service than before, not subject to power cuts when there are winter storms on the island of Skye, or to people pulling out electrical plugs before leaving on Christmas holiday, or to any mistakes which UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) make recofiguring their network. I would be glad if people would test it, but I do not expect there will be any problems.

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November 2018

COOL has been disseminated during WorldCall in Chile by Ana Gimeno Sanz and Caoimhín Ó Dónaill.

We have finished editing the first project brochure: Download the COOL brochure here

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October 2018

The project was presented during the Danish Erasmus+ promotional meeting in Copenhagen, one of the slides used was:

The Scottish partner (SMO) has started the work on moving the Clilstore and Multidict databeses to the clouds. The other teams are preparing a wish list for new Clilstore features.

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September 2018

The COOL project has taken off: The partners in the new consortium are:

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (ES)
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (UK Scotland)
University of Ulster (UK Northern Ireland)
Kroggaardskolen (DK)
FAZ (DK)
Executive Training Institute (ETI) Malta (MT)
Liceo Scientifico Elio Vittorini di Milano (IT)

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August 2018

One of our great CLIL friends, Letizia Cinganotto, has offered some great news about about a MOOC promoted by EUN and by the European Commission: Go to the MOOC

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More "news" in the News Archive covering the period from August 2005 to August 2018

Last edit: October 22, 2020