The course emphasized the importance of keeping classrooms motivated and engaged in language learning by incorporating digital tools. Participants learned to leverage various technological tools for purposes such as introducing new subjects, personalizing lessons, and challenging students to create their own work to stimulate creativity.
The new edition of the course “Teaching languages in the digital era: the best apps, web platforms and ICT solutions for learning languages and Integrating ICT and new technologies into teaching and education” took place in Bologna from 14/01/2024 - 20/01/2024. The participants came from all across Europe, with Nathalie Goodenough from Oniris in France, Bernarda Hvala from Vrtec Ledina in Slovenia, Eduardo Gutiérrez Gómez, María del Cristo Díaz Rodríguez from CEPA GUAYAFANTA in Spain.
Throughout the week, educators explored a vast range of technological tools and discovered practical ways to integrate them into their teaching methods. These tools not only fostered engagement and motivation but also facilitated progress monitoring in areas such as vocabulary learning, communication, and individual work. Participants actively engaged in practical activities, including live quizzes and the creation of interactive language quizzes using web applications. The incorporation of tools like quiz flashcards proved effective in enhancing students' vocabulary and spelling skills.
The course also introduced web platforms dedicated to creating presentations about languages, allowing participants to create and present their work in a motivating environment. Additionally, educators learned about tools for outlining lesson contents, preparing grammar presentations, posing questions, and monitoring students' attention in the classroom – crucial skills, especially in the context of prevalent distance learning.
Specific platforms enabling the addition of voice notes, questions, and voiceovers to educational videos were explored, providing opportunities to turn videos into interactive lessons. Furthermore, participants delved into tools for editing pictures and videos, enhancing their ability to create multimedia content and engage students in various ways. The course also addressed the shift towards virtual education, covering applications for online classes, virtual whiteboards, and collaborative learning experiences. Practical activities such as presentations, virtual quizzes, and creating engaging social media content enriched participants' technological expertise.
By the end of the course, educators left with not only a newfound understanding of interactive learning but also a toolkit ready to be applied in their classrooms. This approach is poised to enhance creativity, engagement, attention, and motivation among students, transforming language learning into a dynamic and enjoyable experience!
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