GIPI · Grupo Imágenes Palabras e Ideas

About Us

To educate in a changing world where communication tools transform themselves at a great speed poses a challenge that requires creative proposals that aim to guide towards paths that still have a long way to go. The Group Imágenes, Palabras e Ideas was established with the aim of meeting the challenges that society poses each day. Our work began in the late eighties from the belief that the university cannot stay isolated from the social, historical and cultural context in which it exists and that its actions have to have a clear impact in improving the citizens’ lifestyle, specially that of children and youngsters.  We look to contribute to the development of those skills that, through the use of the new tools provided by society, are related to critical and creative ways of thinking, without forgetting values inherent to a citizenship that exercises solidarity.

Pilar Lacasa

Pilar Lacasa

Full Professor

Pilar Lacasa coordinates the group  “Imágenes, palabras e ideas” since 1998. She loves thse new emerging communication technologies, enjoys personally exploring them, and using them as tools to socialize with local and distant friends.   She frequently goes to the cinema, watches classic European and American movies on television, photographs natural surroundings, and plays strategy videogames. Her research work has been developed from a social-cultural approach.

Facebook, Twiter, Professional website UAH, Linked In

Laura Méndez

Laura Méndez

Doctor Associate Professor

Laura Méndez Zaballos has been a teacher at several different educational stages.  She currently teaches at the National Distance Learning University subjects related to educational psychology.  She has always been interested by learning environments and the social-cultural characteristics that define them.  This interest has driven her to explore the virtual environments and the new spaces of relationship and learning enabled by technology.  One of her greatest concerns is laying bridges between the university and other educational environments, which has taken her to broadcast her findings in academic publications as well as in publications aimed at primary and secondary education teachers.

lmendez.uned@gmail.com

Ana Belén García Varela

Ana Belén García Varela

Assistant Profesor

Ana Belén is part of the group since the year 2000. She holds a diploma on Teaching  Studies: Early Childhood, a degree in Psychopedagogy, Learning and Education.  She currently works as a Teacher in the Department of Psychopedagogy and Physical Education at the University of Alcala.  Her interest for issues related to the Internet as an information and communication tool   and the relationships between the different development and learning contexts is reflected in her research studies, such as her doctoral thesis: “Technology and New Literacies in the Family and the School”.  In the teaching area, she has participated in several projects related to innovation and improvement in the quality of teaching, focusing her work towards the analysis of digital, online and virtual teaching environments.   

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Héctor del Castillo

Héctor del Castillo

Assistant Profesor

Héctor is a member of the group since 2000.  He holds a degree in Sociology and a PhD in Psychological Development, Learning and Education; he has developed an interest for the analysis of multimedia and digital literacy contexts, focusing his work as a teacher and researcher on the fields of Education and Sports. Academically, he has concentrated on exploring new virtual educational environments participating on various innovation projects. One of his main goals as a researcher is to closely study the different programs for data processing and analysis in qualitive research (CAQDAs).

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Rut Martínez Borda

Rut Martínez Borda

Assistant profesor

Member of the research group and Professor of Evolutive and Education Psychology at the University of Alcala.  Her main interest is focused on analyzing the role played by communication tools, which are quickly transforming the society, in the life of children and youngsters.  From issues as diverse as education through art, programs for a safe mobility, video games as cultural and educational objects or the respect for creations from a field as complex intellectual property, she tries to look for  answers that may help educators, parents and teachers when facing the different challenges posed by society on our day to day. Her research is especially focused in the education and communication environment.

Página Personal , LinkedIn, rut.martinez@uah.es

Sara Cortés

Sara Cortés

Graduate Student

Sara Cortés is a group member since the 2004-2005 academic year. She holds a degree in Psycho-pedagogy and is currently working on her Doctoral Thesis “Imaginary worlds, virtual reality.  Video games in the classroom”.  FPI (University Researcher Training Program) trainee since 2007 by the Board of Communities in Castilla-La Mancha. Her main lines of research are focused on analyzing and fostering the creation of new educational spaces where new technologies become literacy practices.  The analysis of the construction of one´s identity when children and teenagers play with video games.  Researching the presence of narratives that help in story telling. In addition, she works as the coordinator and web designer of www.aprendeyjuegaconea.com

LinkedIn, sara.cortesg@uah.es

Mirian Checa

Mirian Checa

Graduate Student

She holds a degree in psychopedagogy.  She is a member of the research team “Imágenes, Palabras e Ideas”, directed by Professor Pilar Lacasa, since the 2004/2005 academic year. Currently she is working on her doctoral thesis “Audiovisual discourses in the classroom: film, video games and machinima”.  From 2007 she has a scholarship for The Training of University Teachers from the Ministry of Education and Science.  In 2008 she took part in a stay at the University of Bath (England) participating in a research group directed by Professor Harry Daniels. Her research interests include digital Communication, analysis of the media such as films or video games and the new literacy means derived from them. 

LinkedIn, m.checa@uah.es

María Ruth García Pernía

María Ruth García Pernía

Graduate Student

Maria is a Researcher,  under a University Teacher Training Program FPU– MEC. She has a Degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid, specialized in Educational Psychology. In 2007 she started working with the group and, at present, she is working on her Doctoral Thesis.  She is interested in the learning environments, in analyzing the role of the new technologies and how they transform the reality around us. Specifically, her lines of research revolve around exploring the beliefs among teachers and students with regards to commercial video games as educational tools in the classroom.

LinkedIn, mruth.garcia@uah.es

Natalia Monjelat Bladinich

Natalia Monjelat Bladinich

Graduate Student

FPI (Training Program for University Researchers) from the University of Alcala. Natalia holds a Psychopedagogy  degree from the National University of San Martín. She is currently a Trainee and is studying a Masters at the University of Alcalá, as part of her doctoral training.  Previously, in her city of birth, Rosario (Argentina), she worked with children and youngsters who presented difficulties in learning, and this has lead her to become interested in the new media and technologies that may be used as resources to tackle these difficulties.

LinkedIn, natalia.monjelat@alu.uah.es

Sergio Espinilla

Sergio Espinilla

Audiovisual Technician

Sergio is a Technical Engineer in Image and a Technical Engineer in Telecommunications and IT Systems. He joined the group at the beginning of 2007. He is in charge of handling the video and photo cameras at the research sessions conducted in the educational centers.  He digitalizes, captures and organizes the material weekly and helps and teaches students to use different software to edit their audiovisual products.

seresgon@gmail.com

David Herrero

David Herrero

Becario de Iniciación a la Investigación por la Universidad de Alcalá

David Herrero ha sido el último miembro en incorporarse al grupo de Investigación. Es diplomado en Magisterio de Educación física y Licenciado en Psicopedagogía por la Universidad de Alcalá. Actualmente disfruta de una beca de iniciación a la investigación bajo la tutela del profesor Héctor del Castillo, mientras también realiza el Máster en Comunicación y Aprendizaje en esta misma Universidad. Inmerso en el mundo de los videojuegos desde temprana edad, ahora combina esa experiencia con un acercamiento a la obra de los autores que han investigado sobre los videojuegos y los nuevos medios en relación con el aprendizaje. Se encarga de mantener la web http://uah-gipi.org

david.herrero@uah.es, LinkedIn

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