Sustaining student motivation, engagement, and enthusiasm in the classroom can be a demanding task. This is where the importance of utilizing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools such as apps and web platforms becomes evident. These tools play a critical role in enhancing effective communication, knowledge dissemination, and maintaining students' focused attention. In the contemporary educational environment, having a solid understanding of interactive learning is essential to offer students unique and captivating educational experiences.
The new edition of the course “Integrating ICT and new technologies into teaching and education” took place in Tenerife from 29/10/2023 to 04/11/2023. The participants came from all across Europe, with Tereza from Zakladna skola Slatina nad Bebravou in Slovakia ,Elke and Pia from BBS Bad Dürkheim in Germany ,Isabell from Fränstaskolan in Sweden ,Trine Ingvill Andrine and Tina from Midsund skule in Norway ,Mari from Tartu Hiie School in Estonia, Dana Doina and Atena from CJRAE Alba in Romania ,Martine from Holmestrand kommunale voksenopplæring in Norway, Gabriella from Vaci Szakképzési Centrum Petzelt József Technikum es Szakkepzo Iskola in Hungary.
Throughout the course, participants acquired comprehensive knowledge about a wide range of technological tools and their effective integration into teaching methodologies.
Initially, participants delved into user-friendly tools designed for image and video editing, showcasing significant potential for educational applications. These versatile tools serve a multitude of purposes, ranging from crafting multimedia content and introducing fresh topics to summarizing prior ones. By incorporating designs created by students, these tools encourage creativity and foster engagement. Specifically, video presentations have emerged as a dynamic approach to rejuvenate students' concentration and captivate their interest.
Furthermore, participants developed the expertise to utilize a range of online tools, enabling them to collaboratively create content. Under the guidance of this course, they gained practical experience with Padlet, I love PDF, Monkey QR, Jamboard, Mentienter, Baamboozle, Lyric training, Learning apps, and Wordwall.
With the transition from traditional education to virtual and online classes in recent years, this course has naturally delved into vital applications for successful online teaching. Virtual whiteboards have emerged as a key resource for crafting engaging and interactive virtual classes, enriching collaborative learning experiences.
The group immersed themselves in the realm of technology through hands-on exercises encompassing presentations, virtual quizzes, crafting content for social media, designing graphics, posters, and collages. This interactive course promoted peer-to-peer learning, enabling participants to glean valuable insights from their collective experiences.
With newfound insights into interactive learning and a versatile skills toolkit, participants departed with the readiness to revolutionize their classrooms. This approach holds the promise of enhancing students' creativity, engagement, attentiveness, and motivation, ultimately turning the learning process into a dynamic and enjoyable venture!
Discover more about this course here.
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