ICT in My Classroom: Enhancing Students’ Learning, Collaboration, Motivation and Creativity across the Curriculum

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Programme summary
ICT in a contemporary classroom is more than a source of information. Despite technology is often considered as a barrier for interpersonal relationships, skilled teachers know how to use technology in order to increase peer collaboration (classroom and international), learning motivation and creative thinking. Technology allows students to show independence and builds strong knowledge about a particular topic. Teachers on the other hand are often reluctant towards technology, because they believe it does not fit into their programme, they already juggling to much and they do not have time to learn and use it. This course aims to give teachers the necessary self confidence to integrate ICT in their regular teaching programme. By project work throughout the week they will experience, how they can use ICT tools such as podcasting, social media, movie making, blogging, digital storytelling, e-portfolio, wikis, webquest, tools for collaboration etc. for their own pedagogical activities. In addition, participants will also see how they can increase internationalization of their school using ICT tools for international students’ collaboration.

Objectives
The main objective of the course is to prepare participants to work effectively with different ICT tools in order to:
- Encourage peer collaboration both classroom and international
- Deepen students’ learning
- Increase learning motivation
- Enable students’ independency
- Inspire students’ creative thinking
By the end of the course participants will have a substantial knowledge of different ICT tools they can integrate into their subjects. They will also practice the use of the ICT tools on their own examples. We will also encourage participants to increase internationalization of their school using ICT tools for international cooperation. The course will show that ICT is fun and easy to use once we get enough self-confidence.

Methodology
The course is designed as an interactive process with emphasis on project work. After the introduction of a particular ICT tool participants will try the tool on their own example from their subject. The focus is on experiential learning and workshop approach. The participants will also see examples of effective use of ICT in the classroom.

Programme day-by-day
DAY 1
Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.
DAY 2
Digital competence: this part provides an overview of the reasons for integrating technology in a classroom and addresses teachers’ concerns and needs regarding using ICT tools. Participants will also see some examples of effective use of ICT tools in a classroom.
Bridging the divide: Integrating ICT & new technologies into teaching and education - possibilities, tools & challenges for getting ahead.
Tools for sharing resources: e-portfolio, social media, webquest.
Project work: using ICT tools on participants’ own examples.
DAY 3
Connected we stand: building communities, engagement and connectedness digitally. Using emojis.
Social media tools: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, blogging.
Project work: using ICT tools on participants’ own examples.
DAY 4
Collaboration – part I: social classroom on Edmodo.
Project work: using ICT tools on participants’ own examples.
Half day excursion.
DAY 5
Collaboration – part II: Google docs, Padlet, wikis.
International collaboration: eTwinning
Digital storytelling part I: WeVideo.
Project work: using ICT tools on participants’ own examples.
DAY 6
Digital storytelling part II: podcasting, movie making, YouTube.
Challenges in technology: how to communicate ICT tools appropriately and emphasis their educational value.
Project work: using ICT tools on participants’ own examples.
DAY 7
Key learning points. Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes. Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.

Course organiser
Primera Group
Location
Ljubljana, Slovenia


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17.01.2021 > 23.01.2021 (ID: 103839)
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18.04.2021 > 24.04.2021 (ID: 103841)
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17.10.2021 > 23.10.2021 (ID: 103840)
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