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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Attended 20.10.2019 - 26.10.2019

As I didn't really know what to expect, I was very positively surprised by the course content, structure, efficiency, quality and professionalism. Primera Courses management was easily accessible and extremely helpful before the course, for any information on the course, as well as all the practical arrangements with the registration, payment, accommodation and travel arrangements. During the actual course, the participants were made to feel welcome, and from the very first day, we were presented with a structured overview of the course all the while we were able to come with our own suggestions and wishes. We had professional instructors, who skillfully combined practical work with a solid theory base. Despite the varying levels of the participants' ICT skills, the course had something to offer to all participants. The program was completed with interesting excursions and even a school visit, which was highly appreciated by the members. The course also offered opportunities for the participants to discuss and reflect on their current professional situation and ponder on ways to develop and improve their working environment in order to be able to fully explore the possibilities that ICT has to offer. All in all, I got valuable insights into new ICT tools and working environments, as well as got a chance to re-evaluate the way I am currently working and see new possibilities with "old" tools. I both got fresh perspectives on my teaching as well as got a chance to really dig in and get valuable hands-on experiences with new ICT tools. The numerous discussions on different levels with the participants and the instructors about a wide range of subjects from course design to IT-security were extremely valuable and made me gain long-term knowledge and broaden my perspectives. I also met several teachers from different parts of Europe, a few of whom I am currently planning a job-shadowing project with.

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Attended 20.01.2019 - 26.01.2019

The organization was great. The course met our expectations. The hosts were great, warm and made us feel comfortable from the first moment. I trully recomment this course. It is a lifetime experience.

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Attended 20.01.2019 - 26.01.2019

It was really a wonderful experience.Τhe course exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it. The hospitality was flawlessly and everything was perfectly organized. Τhe course was very instructive, interesting and highly adapted to our requirements.The content is very useful for the classroom and daily educational process.Many of the tasks assigned to us promoted collaboration and teamwork.The instructor was really an inspiration to us,always with patient and persistent (Zala you're α diamont). Visiting the school was a unique opportunity to see on the field everything we were taught. Α unique ,unforgettable experience.

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Attended 20.10.2019 - 26.10.2019

I strongly recommend this course.The course provider is extremely helpful and supportive in all aspects-and always with a smile!(thank you Brina!)The whole course is very well planned from the beginning to the last detail and all the useful information is provided in advance.The content of the course is practical and applicable to every classroom and can be adjusted to all ages.There are interactive assignments that promote collaboration between participants.The instructor is really inspiring and encouraging.(Great work Jala!)She is always available to answer every question even when the course has ended.The school visit they organised was an unforgettable experience as it offered a different perspective.

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Attended 20.10.2019 - 26.10.2019

I can full-heartedly recommend this course and organisation. Everything was extremely well planned starting way before the course up to the last traveling arrangements (Thank you, Brina!). We were at all times welcome to ask questions and had practical assignments to learn and improve our ICT skills. The content is practical and applicable to school education and the instructors are very competent in their field. They are still available for questions after completion of the class. (Thank you, Zala and Mateja!) We also visited a Slowenian school which was very enlightening about the use of ICT in the classroom. Last but not least Primera is also very dedicated to creating an atmosphere in which you can develop a mutual cultural understanding! A totally worthwhile experience!!

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Attended 20.01.2019 - 26.01.2019

It was really nice to be in this course. Thanks to this course I make contacts with other teachers for everyday cooperation and networking activities. Thank you trainer Zala! You gave me lots of great ideas. I'm going to help my teachers in schools to grow in ICT.

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Attended 20.01.2019 - 26.01.2019

The course is very useful, interactive, with an excellent trainer! By participating in this course, I learned to use in my lessons ICT applications who were beside me but didn't know them. I recommend to everyone this experience!

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Attended 20.01.2019 - 26.01.2019

I am very exited about participing in this course:it has been educative,instructive and very useful experience!!I recommend this experience to everyone because it is very useful.This course has explained to us how important it is to use ITC tools in international students collaboration.

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