ONLINE TEACHING. Supporting teachers to face the new frontiers of the digital transformation

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With the present training we don’t want to foster and promote online teaching because what we just experienced is a very stressful period with COVID 19 pandemic which is, unfortunately, part of our lives and it will continue to be for an unknown period of time. This training is to complete what teachers have been forced to do until now, very rapidly and without a common strategy, which we call today “distance learning”, “online teaching”. It seems that each school adopted different tools, at the beginning teachers reacted proposing their solutions and the process of becoming “digital teachers” has been in many cases a pure violation of privacy and a complete disruption of life and work rhythms.

It is happening what the EU is defining “digital transformation” but it is also open the difficult debate on “quality assurance” and “proper digital infrastructures” to be used, how to train teachers and all the other school sectors to contribute to redesign a new school sector able to balance the fundamental human impact to which we are used and which we love, and the necessary process of digitization of our lives.
Teachers need to be assured, trained and to have a confrontation with experts and other colleagues also sharing what they know already and what they feel they miss in their teaching way. Online teaching is part of teaching and day by day new discoveries are emerging from the web creating sometimes confusion and new trends.

What is crucial for teachers is the evaluation of their work and of students.
“Evaluation of online instructors is a developing field of research. Institutions have made great progress in recent years to refine their efforts to evaluate online teaching in order to improve online teaching.
With this course we aim at researching practices and tools helpful for teachers to find their way and also develop a school strategy to face online teaching, after the pandemic, when the further progresses in digitalization will be made in the EU. Thanks to the new agenda of the EU in fact the above mentioned “digital transformation” is going to be supported and financed, not just for educators but especially for youth who are already “native digitals” but in a disorganized and worrying way. Online teaching is not just the act of teaching through video and delivering lessons online. It’s much more. It’s a means to educate future generations new skills to face their future jobs and use the web in the proper way, being creators and not passive users.
From a side teachers are the first to be aware of the big change happening more fast than reforms and laws and from the other side, learners are all involved in a process of mutual learning and co-creating which can be beneficial.
Tools and practices exist and our training is structured to give an overview and permit to participants to feel part of a community of change which, at the same time, assures quality of contents and learning and also an important link with EU Policies and support.

​Target group
Teachers can be any kind of teacher working in a public or private school or educational institutions

Like all our programs, the present one is flexible and adaptable to special requests, depending on the subject taught or on the starting level of the participant.
Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy method, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and nonformal education, indoor and outdoor education and the team takes care of a very important aspect of international mobility which is the intercultural learning which we develop with short excursions and facilitating the interaction with local partners, especially schools of the territory.
We always try to connect our learners to local teachers and students to cooperate in developing innovation and networking for future projects. If possible, inside the program, a morning is spent inside a local school, visiting, observing, and cooperating in the realization of one or more lessons. The proposed program JUMP works, in European dimension and with an international spirit, at the local level and, according to the period of the training along the year and the weather, it is possible to change some sessions and add visits and meetings, in cooperation with our network of partners including schools involved in European projects).
The importance of social skills is already part of modern teaching methods thanks to the EU Recommendation for Lifelong Learning.
Social emotional skills can help students set goals for themselves and build positive relationships with peers. They can also lead to long-term societal benefits that extend far beyond the individual child.
The course intends to clarify these aspects and find a balance in order to know what tools and games can be classified under the item “educational games/tools” and also know the world of gaming among youths, finding a meeting point in terms of skills developed and social skills in particular.

Training modules
Module 1: Online teaching/distance learning. Terms/definitions and trends in education
Module 2: EU guidelines and points of reference. The happening digital transformation
Module 3: Online teaching, sharing practices and common strategies
Module 4: Competences and skills to be developed by teachers, new approaches and competences built in students
Module 5: Making distinction between tools and understanding the good balance
Module 6: Practices and methods nowadays to integrate digital tools in teaching
Module 7: My learning pathway. Design my way of learning on the topic and transfer it to daily teaching

Program
Sunday: arrival of participants, welcome by the B&B, social dinner, free time and relax.
Monday: 09:00 - 12:00 first briefing by organizers, presentation of the team, logistics of the local context, program overview and changes, moving to the city center. Outdoor team building game “The Mission Impossible in Soverato by JUMP”. Getting to know the Cultural Heritage of the Calabria region.
12:00 - 13:00 lesson. Introduction to Module 1: Online teaching/distance learning. Terms/definitions and trends in education
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 2: EU guidelines and points of reference. The happening digital transformation
Tuesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 3: Online teaching, sharing practices and common strategies
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Starting Module 4: Competences and skills to be developed by teachers, new approaches and competences built in students
Wednesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Continuation of module 4.
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 5: Making distinction between tools and understanding the good balance
Thursday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 6: Practices and methods nowadays to integrate digital tools in teaching
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Practical workshop and study case.
Friday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 7: My learning pathway. Design my way of learning on the topic and transfer it to daily teaching
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 Outdoor excursion to an old village on the coast in Calabria.
Saturday: 09:30 - 12:00 lesson. Closing the course: Evaluation and delivery of certificates, checking the Learning Mobility Agreements and administrative receipts. In the afternoon of Saturday afternoon, or free time or proposed ​Intercultural activities or an excursion "Discovering Calabrian old towns and traditions". Final social dinner among participants.

Certification and number of days
JUMP certifies or 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if needed adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5).
The course can be also extended to a 2 weeks course with the options 10 days or 12 days course if asked and agreed, depending on the project of the sending organization.
10 days are excluded from the weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6).

Costs: the cost is fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to associazionejump@gmail.com to ask for information on costs and the services provided to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP.

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JUMP Association International Teachers Training Academy
Location
Soverato, Italy


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