Project Based Learning with Technology
Most of the times, the lessons in the syllabus follow a logical order and a theme for each unit, but they still seem disconnected to the lessons which are studied the next week. Students fail to see the connection between units or the relevance of some lessons to the world around us. Project-Based Learning is a method that brings together teachers of different subjects to plan a sequence of lessons during which the students try to find a solution to a real-life problem. Thus, for a problem like: ‘how can you survive on an island’ teachers of geography, biology, mathematics, English, ICT can work together to guide the students to find solutions to this situation. The steps of finding solutions are different lessons in which students study the location of that island, it’s climate, animals and plants, can draw maps or read maps, can calculate distances, design shelters, plan survival solutions ahead, etc.
What do students learn while finding a solution to this problem? Besides the obvious Math, Geography, Biology, English, etc. the students work cooperatively to research information, analyse it and use some of it in order to plan ahead and find solutions. These are core skills that we aim to teach our students in the 21st century: cooperation, critical thinking, research skills, creativity.
ICT / New Technologies play an important role in this method because apps, channels, blogs, vlogs, and sites are sources of information during the research stages. Moreover, the final product of a Project-Based Learning course can be a media product or a presentation, which, again, makes ample use of technology.
During this course, the participants will get to understand the stages of planning a lesson and then a course using this method and will be familiarized with useful apps and sites that can help them and their students when studying. There will be examples of good practices and practical activities on how to develop the core skills needed for PBL: research, collaboration, creativity, communication. Self-assessment grids and reflection tools will be provided and discussed for a standardized approach. Participants will also get creative project ideas and will come up with their own ideas for problems which are specific to their community or school.
Team – Building Sessions;
Role – Play
Ice – Breaking and Warm-Up Sessions;
Goal – Setting sessions;
Getting familiarized with the PBL method
Trying out apps and sites used in the classroom
Becoming aware of core 21st-century skills and trying activities which promote them
Analysing descriptors for assessing the development of the core skills in your students
Becoming aware of different patterns of co-teaching
Planning lessons and finding ways of implementing PBL to your context of teaching
Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of PBL
Finding ideas of projects that can be applied in your context of teaching
Planning a lesson/sequence of lessons with PBL
Having a set of apps and sites useful for you and your students
Getting practical ideas of how to develop 21st-century skills in your students which are related to using PBL
Networking with teachers from various European countries
Improvement of language and communication skills
Increased capacity to cooperate on an international level
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 learnt 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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