Revolutionizing Education: The Integration of ICT and New Technologies in Teaching
In today's rapidly evolving world, the role of ICT and new technologies in education has become more crucial than ever. Integrating web tools and new technologies into the classroom has transformed the way we teach and learn, opening up a world of possibilities for both educators and students. These innovative tools offer unique opportunities to engage students, enhance collaboration, and personalize the learning experience.
The new edition of the course “Integrating ICT and New Technologies Into Teaching and Education” took place in Bologna from 07/05/2023 to 11/05/2023. The participants came from all across Europe, with Julen Miguel from IES Pepe Ruiz Vela in Spain , Danelli Chrysoula, Mbimpika Grammatoula and Evangelopoulou Ioanna from 8 LICEO THESSALONIKI in Greece, Ruben Jans and Sara Theuwen from UC Limburg vzw in Belgium and participants coming from 2 different Portuguese schools: Cátia João and João Magalhães from Real Colégio de Portugal, Margarida Figueiredo, Albertina Rodrigues and Teresa Rocha from Agrupamento de escolas de Oliveira de Frades. Last but not least Aleksandra Simonović, Ivana Radović and Jelena Medenica from Secondary vocational school in Serbia.
Throughout the duration of this course, participants were equipped with a diverse array of technological tools and gained valuable insights on effectively integrating them into their teaching methodologies.
Our participants explored user-friendly tools which proved highly effective for teaching. These tools facilitated various tasks, including creating multimedia quizzes, educational games, and summarizing previous ones. They also provided a platform for fostering student creativity, empowering them to produce their own works. Notably, video presentations play a significant role in capturing students' attention and enhancing their engagement. By harnessing the power of these tools, our participants utilized students' imaginations to cultivate an active learning environment in the classroom. Thus, we have tried in practice that we can integrate formative assessment tools into education.
Additionally, participants acquired the skills to effortlessly create websites using a simple step-by-step experiment and create websites tailored specifically for their schools or needs.
In the past couple of years, traditional education made way for virtual lessons and online classes. Consequently, this course extensively covered the tools necessary for conducting effective 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.
Through this course, participants had the opportunity to engage with one another and draw upon their collective experiences, fostering a rich learning environment. Equipped with newfound knowledge in interactive learning and armed with a set of innovative tools, participants emerged ready to implement these strategies in their classrooms. Undoubtedly, this approach will amplify students' creativity, engagement, attention, and motivation, while transforming the learning process into a dynamic and enjoyable activity.
Our participants had the wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the captivating city of Bologna and its enchanting surroundings. They embarked on a journey of exploration, discovering the rich cultural heritage, foods, architectural marvels, and historical landmarks that make Bologna truly unique. They matched this educational journey with cultural memories. We want to say thank you for their endless contribution and the joy that they have brought to our class. Hope to see them somewhere in the world again.
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