We came to live in a time where teachers and mentors are required to switch to a completely different way of teaching, just like that. We realize that transporting material online exactly the way it was taught in class is almost impossible. That’s why we make sure our participants get familiar with some handpicked apps and programs to help them make more engaging content.
In the first week of March we had the pleasure to host teachers from Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, and Germany. After establishing our expectations, everyone was eager to get started with the ICT course!
The first thing we thought of was how to grade students and check their knowledge, so we started with quizzes. The group made some great quizzes, and they even had the chance to feel like students when our trainer tested them on their knowledge of Bologna.
Simultaneously, we were learning how to present material in a more creative way with Canva and Jamboard. The participants could learn how to use Jamboard as a team, and explore its interactive boundaries. In Canva, our teachers made interesting presentations and really discovered everything this website has to offer.
Other than that, the group learned how to edit their own videos, how to make a virtual classroom, and how to communicate through an app like Padlet.
On Thursday we decided to explore the Actionbound app - first, our teachers took part in a scavenger hunt in the city center, and when they got back, we showed them how to create such city games themselves.
In between our intense classes, the group got to explore the beautiful city of Bologna and its surrounding towns. This not only gave them a glimpse into Italian culture, but also helped us during class - this is how they gained knowledge of Bologna for the quiz, and how we could take them along for our city game.
This course is not only good for learning about creative ways to teach online, but it also helps the teacher to gain perspective of the student in the classroom environment. Our participants left the training with a lot of tools that we’re sure they’re going to put to good use!
Ciao, hope to see you again!
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