It is not always easy to keep the classroom motivated, engaged and enthusiast 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. 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.
The new edition of the course “Integrating ICT and new technologies into teaching and education” took place in Bologna from 12/11/2023 to 18/11/2023. The participants came from all across Europe, like Patrycja from Centrum Kształcenia Zawodowegoi Ustawicznego in Poland, Edyta from Medical University of Białystok in Poland, Shane, Deirdre, Brian from Bandon Grammar School in Ireland, Marios from FORUM PRIVATE SCHOOL in Cyprus, Gabriela, Zuzana, Zuzana, Martina, Monika from Stredná odborná škola elektrotechnická in Slovakia, Simona, Sorinela from Liceul Teoretic Nicolae Bălcescu in Romania, Rūta from Vilnius Jesuit High School in Lithuania, Alexios, Dimitrios from TRITO LYKEIO XANTHIS in Greece.
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.
Through hands-on sessions, teachers navigated the functionalities of virtual whiteboards, learning to craft engaging presentations, annotate content in real-time, and foster interactive learning environments. Collaborative visual tools became the cornerstone of group projects and brainstorming sessions, allowing educators to seamlessly collaborate with students and colleagues, facilitating creativity and knowledge sharing. Practical exercises involved using these tools to co-create lesson plans, mind maps, and concept diagrams, promoting active participation and enhancing the overall learning experience. As educators honed their proficiency, they discovered the power of these tools in fostering a more inclusive, interactive, and visually stimulating educational landscape.
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, developing their creativity by building virtual escape rooms, using tools dedicate to organizing graphics, posters and collages and much more. The course allowed the participants to practice visual tools by learning fun facts about Italian culture, cuisine and geography.
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!
Discover more about this course here.
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