Make technology your friend!

– Using ICT to engage students in the modern classroom

Topic/ theme: ICT – Information and communication technologies, Pedagogy and didactics

 At your request, the courses can be structured for a different schedule (5 or 7 training days).

SESSIONS

Sending partners: educational organizations involved in formal, non-formal and informal learning: schools, adult training centers, resource centers and other relevant organization active in the adult education field established in Erasmus+ program countries.

 Participants: 20-25 adults involved in education

Course fee: According to the Erasmus+ guide, including course preparation, training, training materials, administration costs, organizational costs and 24 hours emergency support.

Trainers: multinational team of trainers – Portuguese, Romanian and Maltese, SALTO affiliated, with specialization courses in more than 15 European countries.

Languages used: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French. The training materials will be provided in English. On request, Spanish and French.

Profile of the participants:

The participants are teachers or adult trainers active in the sending organization interested in growing a creative and intercultural environment in their institutions, with or without previous experience, willing to develop themselves professionally not only through the course, but by involving themselves in preparatory and follow up activities. They must be interested in other cultures and in developing the institution’s European dimension.

Objectives:
– to develop ICT competences about applying technology in different educational settings in order to improve the motivation of the students
– to share best practices and transfer knowledge and methods between different cultural zones (at least 3 countries) and different learner ages
– to develop tools (a digital game, an E-portfolio, digital stories) about ways of applying technology in education for different age groups
– to enable participants to find at least 5 activities and techniques for their own teaching context in order to improve the motivation of their students
– to increase participants’ confidence in using web 2.0 social media tools
– to promote European cooperation in the field of education within the framework of the Erasmus+ program by partnership building
Methodology
Most of the educational approaches are inspired from constructivist pedagogy. The project has a holistic approach and uses various tools during the different activities.

Days Module Details of activities and methodology
Day 1,2 Culture and interculturality Intercultural games. Working in an international project – how to communicate and connect
Team building: working with colleagues and stakeholders – practical exercises followed by a debate
Stereotypes and prejudices in the classroom.
Games, methods and tools for improving communication.
Cultural trip – project tour exploring exterior manifestations of culture
Day 3,4 Digital apps – tablets and smartphones Cloud tools – Google Suite
Designing Crosswords & Quizzes
Mind Maps & Word Clouds
Creating an Avatar
Using digital apps in outdoor settings
Personalised digital tools sharing: participant’s choice!
Day 5 Podcasting and visual materials. Audio/video project based on the learner’s realities
Podcasting & Recording Audio for online use
Online learning – principles and good practices.
Digital stories in education.
Midterm evaluation
Days 6,7 Blogs and websites Blogs and websites : Uses & Learning Potential
Designing a Blog, website.
Groupwork: the project’s Blog/Website
Day 8 Digital methodology Study visit to a local institution which is implementing European projects.
Dissemination of previous European projects made by all partners.

Gamification of the classroom.
Collaborative digital tools
Digital tools in evaluation.

Day 9 Evaluation Dissemination and valorization activities planning.
Using European certification tools: Europass Mobility certificate, upgrading the Europass Language Passport and Europass Skills Passport
Project evaluation.
Certification ceremony.