Sometimes it is difficult to keep the classroom motivated, engaged and enthusiastic when it comes to teaching. This is when ICT tools such as apps and web platforms have a crucial role in helping teachers to communicate and spread knowledge while also keeping their students’ attention. Nowadays it is fundamental to integrate web tools and new technologies into the classroom for a more interactive learning, so that we can 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 Palermo from 15/10/2023 to 21/10/2023. The participants came from all across Europe, with Vaiva, Irma and Monika from Radviliskis Vincas Kudirka progymnasium in Lithuania, Helen and Sandra from Karlskrona Vuxenutbildning in Sweden, Fanni, Andràs, Balàzs, Péter and Zsuzsa from Debreceni SZC Mechwart András Gépipari és Informatikai Technikum and Debreceni Szakképzési Centrum in Hungary and Jelena from Bildungsforum Lernwelten in Germany.
Throughout this course participants learnt how to use a variety of technological tools and to put them into use by integrating it into their teaching methodologies. First of all, they had a look at the simplest and easiest tools to edit pictures and videos which are very effective for teaching. Indeed, these tools can be used for many tasks: preparing multimedia content, creating educational games, introducing a new subject or summarizing previous ones, challenging the students’ to create their own work to develop their creativity. For this reason, we concretely noticed that we can include formative assessment tools into teaching and learning. In addition, participants also learnt how to create a website following a few easy steps, so that they could apply these skills adapting to their schools or needs.
During the last years, traditional education had to leave space for virtual lessons and online classes. Thus, in this course we also explored the useful applications for holding 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 draw upon their collective experiences. They left this course with a new knowledge of interactive learning and a new set of innovative tools, ready to apply them in their classrooms. This approach will surely 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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