New Technologies in The Classroom: Educational Apps, Blended Learning and Flipped Learning
Teaching nowadays is by no means what it was ten years ago. An excellent coursebook and a solid pedagogical background are just not enough for the teachers to motivate students to engage in classroom activities. Especially pre-teenagers and teenagers expect our lessons to resemble their ‘reality’, where their online identities and interests mix and go along with their ‘real’ life. New technologies appeal to students in class and outside class and the teachers and administrators sometimes feel threatened by the ever-growing number of apps and sites which offer online learning programs. Teachers also try to keep themselves updated with a number of apps they want to use in the classroom and blended learning methodology. However, this is not an easy thing because all the apps are frequently updated, just as well as the research on the pedagogical approaches which promote technology: Blended Learning and Flipped Learning. It takes a very enthusiastic and persistent teacher to keep themselves updated to the ‘hottest’ apps and use them critically.
This course will introduce teachers to the most relevant educational apps, learning platforms, learning management systems, and Google suite of apps and extensions for education. Participants will learn about blended learning and flipped learning pedagogies through these apps and platforms. The trainer will help the participants create their own online materials according to their own area/ subject of interest and will pilot their materials with the other participants. This process (see - use - create - pilot) allows the trainer and the other participants to give meaningful feedback about the materials and will enable teachers to feel confident to use technology in their lessons.
The participants will learn how to create a digital classroom, invite students and co-teachers, post materials, assignments, and announcements, improve their communication with the students. They will also see how to adapt existing tasks and assignments in a way that suits the needs of mixed ability classes.
Participants will try and compare different LMSs (Learning Management Systems) to decide which can best support their digital classroom. The course will also introduce you to different successful learning platforms that can be used in class or outside class.
What will happen if we flip the whole classroom? This is a relatively new model called „Flipped Classroom“. Having lectures at home and „homework“ at school enables students to learn at their own pace. Today there are so many options for online learning; students can easily watch videos and do the instructional part of learning at home. The key purpose of the flipped classroom is to engage students in active learning where there is a greater focus on students' application of conceptual knowledge rather than factual recall.
Flipped Classroom is practically impossible without E-learning. Students need to learn how to use technology and different online tools in order to actually attend parts of the lesson. Then they have lessons at school, with the opportunity to ask the teacher everything that is not clear.
The methodological approach implicates:
Ice – Breaking and Warm-Up Sessions;
Role – Play;
Problem – Solving Activities in the Digital Classroom ;
Project – Solving Activities;
Improve the teaching and communication skills
Improve students motivation by using technology in the classroom
Learn how to flip your class
Provide teachers with practical ideas on how they can incorporate technology into their existing lessons
Familiarize teachers with current Internet trends and how they can be applied in the lessons
Familiarize teachers with different opportunities on how to use Google Suite for Education
Allow teachers to create their own digital classrooms
Improvement at the level of key competences and IT skills
Being familiar with apps/platforms that can be used in school to enhance students' motivation
Learning how to use Kahoot and Socrative and implement quizzes in the classroom
Learning how to implement Information and Communication Technologies’(ICT) in teaching and learning
Improvement of language and communication skills
Internationalization at the level of education
Enhance diversity and intercultural awareness, critical thinking and cyber media literacy
Improvement of language and communication skills
Networking with teachers from various European countries
Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they can present to their colleagues at their own organizations to generate interest in the strategies learned during the training course. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. Self-evaluation materials will be provided. At the end of the course, the participants will fill in a questionnaire in order to get detailed feedback on the effectiveness of the training event.
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