The training week held in Palermo from 8 August to 14 August was an opportunity to deepen the importance of digital tools in the educational context.
Teachers and educational staff from all over Europe discussed the use of technologies at school, comparing risks and potentialities. Integrating ICT into teaching and learning can be a challenge and approaching it without a proper guidance can be a time-consuming task. But despite this, these tools are a resource that allows teachers to motivate students, capture their attention and have fun in learning!
Digital transformation has given us useful tools that allow us to empower and support education: why not take the opportunity?
The main tools that we analysed and practiced are Magisto, Powtoon, Mentimeter, Prezi, Weebly, Quizlet, Action Bound, Ted Ed, Ed Puzzle and Google Jam Board.
The participants found Weebly very useful for the creation of a website for the school, to publish the main activities performed during the day or to challenge the students to create their own website!
We also explored some tools for video-editing, like Magisto, which is very useful for the creation of multimedia material, to be included on web sites.
Ted Ed, like Ed Puzzle, showed his usefulness to assign homework and autonomous work after school, especially thanks to the functions that the application offers to create a video lesson adding questions and discussion prompts.
Presenting a new topic with Prezi or Powtoon is an idea that many participants liked: using these applications can be very appealing and engaging and it is useful to break the ice with short and captivating presentations, or to introduce a lesson with engaging and interactive content.
Mentimeter was appreciated for its usefulness to engage students and ask feedbacks during the lesson, and also to impress with interactive presentations.
Formal and informal assessment was a topic too! We discovered the various tools offered by application like Quizlet or Socrative, which are very useful to assess in a fun and interactive way!
Finally, we explored Google Jam Board, an educational tool that allows students and teachers to collaborate on a digital board, and Action Bound, a powerful tool for creating learning journeys similar to an escape room.
Some additional tools that have been suggested from the participants are Moodle, Edmodo, Jitsi, Genially, H5P, Redmenta, Exam net, Screencast, Flip grid, Plickers.
For us it is always important to collect teachers’ suggestions, in order to know more and more digital tools for teaching and learning and with the aim to add them in our training courses.
In conclusion, Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale, with their natural and cultural landscapes, have enriched our days, giving us memories of an unforgettable week!