Tablets and Smartphones: Using Mobile Devices as Educational Tools - Florence

Rating: 5/515 users

The course has been created for participants interested in Technology Enhanced Learning and m-learning: they will discover how laptops, tablets and smartphones can be integrated into a teacher’s toolkit.

During this training course, participants will get fresh ideas on how to incorporate technology into their lessons and they will work in small groups to carry out practical tasks. They will learn how to use software, platforms and apps to communicate, to manage groups and to foster collaboration. They will also have the chance to experience how learning can be enhanced by using serious technological games and quizzes.

By the end of the course, teachers will be more inspired to use ICT tools in a motivating and pedagogical way.

- Using technology in the classroom: managing groups, interacting, communicating, sharing materials;
- Proposing tasks and exercises through educational web platforms;
- Image sharing;
- Platforms for audiovisual materials: how to make a search easier, creating playlist about different topics, sharing and embedding videos and playlists.
- To structure information, better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas using technological tools.
- Interactive learning through the use of quizzes, games and flashcards.
- Managing a virtual classroom, sending assignments, searching and sharing useful materials, communicating with students and parents;
- Motivating students through serious digital games and quizzes;
- Building awareness about ethical issues related to Social Media and Web Platforms;
- Managing privacy settings for a safe use of Social Media.

All our courses in Florence include: 2 City Guided Tours of Florence and a 1 day Tuscan Excursion to be chosen among options.

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Europass Teacher Academy
Florence / Firenze, Italy

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Upcoming sessions

10.02.2020 > 15.02.2020 (ID: 92520, Confirmed))
09.03.2020 > 14.03.2020 (ID: 92519, Confirmed))
30.03.2020 > 04.04.2020 (ID: 110408)
30.03.2020 > 04.04.2020 (ID: 92518)
13.04.2020 > 18.04.2020 (ID: 92517, Confirmed))
11.05.2020 > 16.05.2020 (ID: 92516, Confirmed))
08.06.2020 > 13.06.2020 (ID: 92515)
29.06.2020 > 04.07.2020 (ID: 92523, Confirmed))
13.07.2020 > 18.07.2020 (ID: 92522, Confirmed))
10.08.2020 > 15.08.2020 (ID: 92508)
31.08.2020 > 05.09.2020 (ID: 92514, Confirmed))
14.09.2020 > 19.09.2020 (ID: 92513)
12.10.2020 > 17.10.2020 (ID: 92512)
09.11.2020 > 14.11.2020 (ID: 92511)
30.11.2020 > 05.12.2020 (ID: 92510)
14.12.2020 > 19.12.2020 (ID: 92509)

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Attended 13.01.2020 - 18.01.2020

Various apps and tools were presented in the course and their possibilities for use in the classroom or for class preparation were discussed. The participants had enough time to try them out and were supported by our teacher Iacopo in case of questions and problems. In addition, the course also discussed which social and cultural changes result from the increasing use of digital media. Thus, it was not only about application-oriented questions, but also about the critical reflection of media development. In my opinion, this is also necessary and useful in such advanced training courses - we teachers also have to take this aspect into account in our teaching and must therefore deal with these questions again and again. Our teacher Iacopo was very competent, the course content and the chosen tools were meaningful and well-structured, and there were enough opportunities for the course participants to exchange ideas with each other. Another highlight was the guided tour through Florence with the focus on "Art and Influence of the Medici" - our guide (a teacher from Europass, not a professional guide) was very competent!

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Thank you for your feedback, Ulrike! We are glad you enjoyed both, the course and the experience in Florence! We hope to see you again!

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Replied by Europass Teacher Academy on 22.01.2020 08:50
Attended 14.10.2019 - 19.10.2019

It was my first course in our KA1 so I had very high expectations. Lorenzo was a great teacher, he was asking, sharing, giving advice all the time. He gave us a lot of new ideas, apps and activities for all tipe of students. We enjoy a lot with the group and with the teacher. I would do the course again if I could! I would recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about technologies in the classroom!!

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Thank you so much for your recommendation, OŠ! We will be waiting for you at Europass!

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Replied by Europass Teacher Academy on 19.12.2019 09:45
Attended 08.07.2019 - 13.07.2019

I am really surprised about the excellent ratings for the course. These points (written in the desciption of the course above) weren't part of the course: - Building awareness about ethical issues related to Social Media and Web Platforms; - Managing privacy settings for a safe use of Social Media. Some of the other points written above in the description took only little time of the course. Mainly the course was about "Here is the next app / sharing plattform, please register and try it out." If you would have given me a list with all the apps, it would took my five hours time to try them out and to reflect about if and how to use them in my classroom, especially because I knew several apps and programms before. Being in the course was wasting time and especially wasting European tax money. Hands off, if you already use youre tablet or smartphone in classroom! I think the course is good for people who have no previouse knowledge about the topic. For those beginners Iacopo is doing a good job! But not for me. I recommend Europass to split up the course in two groups: beginners and advanced learners.

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I'm sorry if you think this about the course! It is always difficult to satisfy everybody's needs, every educator knows this truth. All the points were actually respected, but this is not the space to discuss about it. I only want to say that it is a pity to hear this from you just after the course and not during the week; if we have had a constructive dialogue we would have found a solution together. Anyway we will consider your review and will try to do better, because we firmly believe that nobody should stop growing, especially teachers. So thank you for your review Deborah, hope you will try Europass again with better results. iaco.

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Replied by Europass Teacher Academy on 02.08.2019 18:13
Attended 15.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

I chose this course not only because I was interested in learning about digital apps and programs but also because a friend of mine had attended it last year and she was highly satisfied with it. I can now say that my grade of satisfaction is really high as I have learnt many new apps that I can use in order to motivate my students to study Shakespeare´´´´ s language. I must say "thank you" to Iacopo, the teacher, because he´´ s done a very good job this week. It has been a great experience!!!

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Attended 15.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

I have recently attended this course and I am really satisfied with the results. I have to admit that I didn't have any knowledge about apps which could be used to enhance students' motivation in class and now I have tones of them not only for me but also for my colleagues at school. The teacher, Iacopo, was excellent! He perfectly knew what he was teaching and the course was very constructive. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about technologies in the classroom!!

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Attended 08.07.2019 - 13.07.2019

I chose this course to improve my digital skills and to learn how to incorporate technology in my class and in my extracurricular activity. The course was great, very interesting and useful. Host members of Europass were great and helpful. I highly recommend this course.

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Attended 11.03.2019 - 16.03.2019

A great course with a competent teacher who knew perfectly well what he was teaching. It will be really useful for my classes. I recommend it!

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Attended 11.03.2019 - 16.03.2019

It was perfect! The course was very interesting and useful. I highly recommend this course.

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Attended 13.08.2018 - 18.08.2018

It was a great experience. Our learning outcomes are excellent . We studied ways we can implement innovated materials for our teaching. I strongly recommend it.

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Attended 10.12.2018 - 15.12.2018

Excellent course, I strongly recommend it!

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Attended 08.10.2018 - 13.10.2018

The course was very interesting, since the knowledge acquired has a very practical aspect. It allows to innovate in educational context and motivate to learning, while the students are developing important skills. It allows as well for the collaborative work development’s among teachers.

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Attended 13.11.2017 - 18.11.2017

Hello, I was one year ago gone to Florence to attend this course and I was very pleased with the content of the course,of the applications used, the tutor's and colleagues' pretensions.I recommend attending this course!!!

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Attended 09.07.2018 - 14.07.2018

The reason why I chose this course was my lack of skills when dealing with new technologies resources to be implemented in class. In spite of my little knowledge I had a great time learning with Bullent about new technologies applied to smartphones and tablets. He was very patient and persistent. From the very beginning there was a good environment among participants and Bullent, the teacher. All of the members of Europass staff were very kind and helpful so that we could feel comfortable all the time. I am glad with my choice!

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Attended 09.10.2017 - 14.10.2017

I was in Florenece from 9th October to 14 October 2017. I took this course because I wanted to improve my digital skills. I want to learn some new applications which I can use in my teaching (I am teaching Math). The course was very interesting and useful. Teacher Ilaria is very educated and nice. The course was in English, but even if you are not so good in English, you can understand everything. I highly recommend this course.

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Attended 07.08.2017 - 12.08.2017

It was an excellent course with a lot of inspiring things to learn. Our trainer Mario did a very good job, was always friendly and had a lot of skill and patience. I profit from the stay for my work and it is also helpful that also after the course we can ask questions in case of need. Fully satisfied with the course. It was also good, to start with an introduction of the participants, the presentation of their work and the respective school systems. This may contribute to a better mutual understanding of the European nations. U.K.

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