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Contact-new.svg Álvaro Ricárdez Scherenberg
Employer:Instituto Carlos Gracida A.C.
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Languages:Spanish, English
Country:Mexico Mexico
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My profile

RTENOTITLE Hi! I'm a 60 years old Mexican TEFL teacher working in a private junior high school in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca State, Mexico. I love technology because I think internet is a wonderful tool that allows us to share our knowledge, doubts, problems, triumphs and discoveries with the whole world! We can go back to the times when our known world was small and we could talk with our collegues and neighboors easily. In that golden epoch human beings shared values and knowledge and there were not any barriers to avoid the spreading of knowledge. Thanks to the web we can get in contact and collaborate with lots of people around the world in an instant and fast way! Wikis are a magnificent tool to do this collaborative work. So learning to use them is the first step to open and share the treasures that we can develope abd create as a community for the benefit of all our human species. I'm sure about it! it could seem a dream at first sight, but I'm sure it is perfectly feasible as long as we all work with our hearts and faith on this magnificent dream!

Professional background

I'm a retired Civil Engineer, and I have been working as a TEFL teacher in a junior high school for about seven years now! I'm also studying on line to get a bachelor degree in language teaching. I do this at the Mexico Autonomous National University UNAM. I love stydying and having the opportunity to apply my new knowledge with my students. I love teaching teens and although my groups are really big ( 42 to 45 students), I can manage them well most of the time! And I love my work and the teens exhuberance!


I have a bachelor degree in Civil engineering, and now I'm getting my bachelor degree in Foreign language teaching on line, I just finished my third semester.

My interests

Reading, teaching, painting in water colors, using technology in education, cooking and reading.


Becoming a better teacher, offer my students the best. A good example,an inspiration!


Education gives me the opportunity to get in contact with young people and try to establish a dialogue with them in order to find common dreams and share knowledge and work. I'm 60 years old, and my teen students are a very different culture than mine, but I think it is possible and very important to build bridges for the sake of our planet.

Maybe someone would like to know some photos of my city: Oaxaca de Juárez, capital of the state of Oaxaca, and called de Juárez for the first indian President of Mexico: Benito Juárez, a Zapotec Indian native from the Sierra Norte, an impressive  chain of mountains just North of the City.  South of the city, there are the ruins of Monte Albán, a Zapotec city built in the Classic Epoch and abandoned in the 7th century BC.


The modern city lies on a lovely valley shaped as a T, at the arms and body crossing. It is full of churches and museums. These are two places that I love: the Santo Domigo convent and church, in the histortic center, and a Zapotec mural in Monte Alban.

Santo Domingo, convent and church.

Zapotec Mural painting in Monte Alban.

My wiki projects

Some interesting pages, among many!

My optional community service (learning contract) project

I want to build a wiki for my fellow teachers at my school so they can learn to apply the new technologies in education. I have already a wiki for my fellow TEFL teachers at my state; Oaxaca. The address is Oaxaca TEFL Teachers I also want to start a new wiki for my students in order to post contributions for group projects.

100px-L4C-small.png  Agreement
By signing this optional learning contract I will try to complete my training in basic wiki editing skills to achieve the status of a Wikibuddy. In return for this free training opportunity, I will give the gift of knowledge by donating or developing at least one free content resource licensed under a CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license which can be used by myself (and others) on WikiEducator.
Brief description of project
I'd like to make a wiki in Spanish for the teachers in my high school. Most of them do not speak English and they are very afraid of technology! I will try  to share ideas and tools for using technology to enliven our lessons and use imagination in our classrooms. I will try to make a page with a free content resource. This will be a project for EFL 8th grade students.
This is an example of animals to describe or make a poem.
Target date for completion
Three weeks after finishing this shop, and then continue working on it in the next course.
 "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up; totally worn out and loudly proclaiming 'Wow what a ride!'" --Álvaro Ricárdez 16:51, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

I have started alreay the page to describe the project for 8th EFL students. When working in this project, it is important to have this chart handy to save a lot of work:

Other wiki projects that interest me

  • I like very much THE CONSTRUCTIVIST EXCERCISES FOR TEACHER TRAINING. I'm studying to get my bachelor degree but I find that the page of Agnes, Dr. Cynthia D'Costa, promotor of this project is a great one. Any teacher can  learn a lot from her! I have as a personal task, visit this page at least twice a week to explore it in its entirely. It will be a pleasure! Thanks Dr. Cynthia!
  • Another interesting project is the one propose by Mary Di Mónaco: USING WEB 2.0 TOOLS TO ENHANCE EFL TEACHING PRACTICE. I'm working as a EFL teacher in a Mexican private junior high school and I love the idea. I also like the way Mary wants to start her coworkers to get interested in the wiki concept. That's something that I'd love to do  with my school teachers! Great idea Mary! Álvaro --Zapoteco 22:44, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Summary of shorthand web addresses for interwiki links

The following table gives examples of the interwiki prefixes that are available on WikiEducator.

Interwiki Wiki Destination URL Shorthand link address Link example
  • w:Cat or
  • wikipedia:Cat
  • b:Anatomy_and_Physiology_of_Animals or
  • wikibooks:Anatomy_and_Physiology_of_Animals
Anatomy and Physiology of Animals
  • v:Free_and_open_educational_resources or
  • wikiversity:Free_and_open_educational_resources
Free and open educational resources
  • q:Mohandas_Karamchand_Gandhi or
  • wikiquote:Mohandas_Karamchand_Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  • wikt:laud
  • wiktionary:laud
  • mw:MediaWiki

The interwiki link method is shorter and more convenient once you are familiar with adding the correct prefix.

Images and some other works for the future

Here I'm going to keep some URLs of images I'd like to use in the future, 

This is an example of animals to describe.

Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours

Re: Kindly accept our heartfelt thanks for joining this eL4C54 WikiEducator Online Workshop. Hope you shall join us for future programmes too!--Ramesh Sharma, PhD 11:59, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hello Alvaro, We are so happy to have you in this eL4C54 Online workshop. You are a winner!!! Best Wishes.--R C Sharma, PhD 09:04, 26 June 2013 (UTC) )

Heary Congratulations on your achievement. Your enthusiasm for learning and teaching is commendable. I'm deeply impressed. The photograph that you have uploaded is very inviting. Wish some day, i get a chance to visit. --Kalpana--Kalpana Gupte 13:24, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

  • 80px-Wikineighbour V2.pngHello paisano!!. Congratulations for being the winner of UPE August 2011!!! :-) --Gladys Gahona C. 20:29, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, greetings. Big Congratulations on being the UPE winner for August 2011!! All the best!--R C Sharma, PhD 20:43, 1 September 2011 (UTC))

Dear Alvaro,You have demonstrated wonderful progress. Your page is looking so good. I am very happy. Keep it up, please. --R C Sharma, PhD 14:05, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, greetings. Your page is really nice looking. I like the photo of the old city. Please do also tell why the city was abandoned in 7 BC? --Ramesh Sharma 19:11 30 July 2010 (UTC))

Dear Alvaro, Good Afternoon. Thanks for your comments on my page and it is good to know that you will be working on a project for a TEFL teacher in grade 8th. In fact I like this idea of showing picture and asking students to make a poem on animal (or any other object). I wish you all the success. --R C Sharma, PhD 19:40, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, Greetings. Have you decided on which optional community service (learning contract) project you would like to work on? Best wishes --Ramesh Sharma 14:43 26 July 2010 (UTC) )

(Comment.gif: Hello Dear Alvaro, Thanks for your kind comments on my page. I see that you have started adding information to your page. Thats a wonderful progress as you have uploaded a photo too. Keep continuing. {and 60 is young!!!} Yours.. --Ramesh Sharma 13:18 26 July 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, Great progress! As you have filled in your details in Profile section, please add your details to INFOBOX too by clicking on "edit" button on the top of your page. --Ramesh Sharma 20:18 23 July 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Hi Alvaro, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am your facilitator and will help you in develop your page. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 14:57, 21 July 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, Welcome to the Wiki. You have made the right decision to join this wonderful learning opportunity, so feel free to get started at any time. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or post them on the Wiki workshop main page under Wiki discussion, where they will be addressed. Alternatively you can either email me or Gita. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:34, 22 July 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Hello Alvaro! It's great to have other teachers from Mexico taking part in this workshop! We are few but proud! At some point, it would be great to discuss with you how you and other educators there are accepting the idea of open educational resources. Enjoy the workshop and ask questions if you need assistance. --Benjamin Stewart 01:39, 23 July 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, With a little bit more work applying what you have learned during the first week of this training (the use of the following features: bold, intent, headings, numbering, bullets etc) you will soon have earned your first Wiki certification under the WikiMaster programme. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 03:09, 27 July 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Hi, Warm greetings! -- Anil Prasad 16:31, 27 July 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Dear Alvaro, Greetings to you. Thanks a lot for all those kind words.It will be my pleasure to collaborate with you and help you in your endeavour. And yes.... your page is coming up beautifully. In a few days, I am sure you will be good enough to be a wikibuddy, the highest certification you get in a workshop. I find wikieducator extremely useful to supplement my classroom activities. Regards and God Bless.... Cynthia D'Costa.--Agnes 23:56, 29 July 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Hi Alvaro, You have an amazing page! I feel completely identified with your objectives and vision. I'm glad you like the idea for my project. I haven't started working on it yet but it would be fantastic if you could join me there. As I see it, this is just the beginning of a very enriching collaborative journey. See you around!--Mary Di Mónaco 02:35, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi Alvaro, Great looking page. You got the spirit of WikiEducator. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 19:17, 30 August 2010 (UTC))


My Sandbox

My sandbox

Facilitators - eL4C42

  • The WikiEducator "Inspiring to become an Agent of Change" Online Workshop Learning4Content wiki skills workshop - 25 August to 8 September, 2010.
The facilitators: