Nowadays it is fundamental to know our way around interactive learning so that we can offer our students an alternative and non-traditional style of learning and keep them engaged. We have learned to live with the uncertainty of attending class in person, so it is high time to get comfortable with tools that help us switch to online learning.
The new edition of the course “Integrating ICT and new technologies into teaching and education” took place in Bologna from 10/06/2022 to 25/06/2022. The participants came from all across Europe, with Janina Müller-Süß from IGS Büssingweg in Germany; Johanna Hinriksdottir, Thorbjorg Erla Sigurdardottir from The Commercial College of Iceland; Sílvia Frade from Agrupamento de Escolas de Carcavelos in Portugal; and Malaeru Patricia, Stefan Loredana, Stefanescu Loredana, Savu Elvira, Manescu Madalina from Voinesti High School in Romania.
First of all they had a look at the most simple and easy tools to edit pictures and videos that are very effective when it comes to teaching. Such tools can be used for a variety of purposes: preparing multimedia content, introducing a new subject or summing up an old one, challenging the students’ to create their own work. The group explored apps that helped them create interactive boards, so they can work in real time with their students. Creating this collaborative environment increases interest and helps track students’ engagement during the lesson.
Participants also learned how to create a website following a few easy steps. Thanks to this course this group was able to experiment with an intuitive app that could help them create a website for their schools, or blogs for their subjects.
Moreover, the participants had the chance to dive into the technological world with plenty of practical activities such as presentations, virtual quizzes, learning how to create engaging social media content, using tools dedicated to organizing graphics, posters and collages and much more.
The participants came from different backgrounds, with schools that had different needs and habits - this created an interesting discussion a lot of the time. For example, an ongoing topic was about social media presence (the rules, possible dangers, positive aspects), or how to engage children without the possibility of using their phones.
This course allowed participants to confront themselves with each other and learn from their shared experiences. The participants left this course with a new knowledge of interactive learning and a new set of tools, ready to use them in their classrooms. And remember - practice makes perfect!
Discover more about this course at https://www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/integrating-ict-into-teaching-and-training.html