It is not always easy to keep the classroom motivated, engaged and enthusiastic when it comes to teaching. This is when ICT tools such as apps and web platforms become essential in helping teachers to communicate and transfer knowledge while also maintaining their students’ full attention. In order to provide our children a different and non-traditional form of learning and keep them involved, it is essential that we understand interactive learning today.
The new edition of the course “Integrating ICT and new technologies into teaching and education” took place in Bologna from 24/10/2022 to 29/10/2022. The participants came from all across Europe, with Florentina Ruiu, Ana Stanciu, Dina Daniela Oanã from Școala Gimnazială Nr. 113 in Romania, Julio Ríos Cosgaya from OÜ Hispaania Maja in Estonia, Paul Hutter from Gymnasium Schrobenhausen in Germany, Irene Pascual Corpas, Cristina Muñoz Caro, Elena María Calahorro Mesa, Inmaculada Jiménez Brajones, and Carolina Aparicio Gómez from Centro de Profesorado (CEP) Algeciras-La Línea in Spain, Sonia Fernández Rodríguez, Ruth Ma Rodríguez Fernández from CEIP JOSÉ PAYÁN GARRIDO in Spain, Jeļena Mironova, Darja Spasjonova from Liepaja Liedaga secondary school in Latvia, Pavlo Popyk from Heuresis in Poland, and Miguel Diaz from Red Cross University in Sweden.
During this course the participants learnt how to use a vast range of technological tools and to put them into use by integrating it into their teaching methods.
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. These technologies can be used for a range of tasks, including creating multimedia content, teaching new material or summarizing existing material, and encouraging students to produce original content in order to spark their creativity. In particular, video presentations are a huge aid in motivating pupils and grabbing their attention.
In addition, participants also learnt how to create a website following a few easy steps. Thanks to this course this group was able to experiment with an easy drag and drop tool that could help them create a website for their schools.
During these past two years traditional education had to leave space for virtual lessons and online classes. Therefore it was inevitable for this course to also explore the applications useful to hold an online class such as a virtual whiteboard that can create engaging and captivating online lessons and also collaborative learning experiences.
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.
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. There is no doubt that this approach will increase the students’ creativity, engagement, attention and motivation and help transform learning into a fun and dynamic activity!
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