This current pandemic has tested our nerves quite a lot. To cope with the constant switching from in class to remote learning, we can safely say that most of us have found in digital tools a valuable ally, putting us in front of a major change in the way our education systems work. But upon our return to classes on a regular schedule and in order to avoid losing touch with the efficiency that ICT tools are able to provide to our lessons,
what tools can we use to make our job as teachers easier and the students’ learning process more effective?
Another topic explored was Weebly, a website building tool which can serve multiple options of use in distance learning. By setting up different pages and enriching them with contents, our participants had the opportunity to personalize their website and explore different possibilities of use with their students: from building their own website to share extra resources with students, to asking them to build their portfolios or writing a blog to report the development stages of a project, they were left impressed by the facility with which one can create an entire website with just few clicks… and some patience ;)
Participants found it very useful for submitting homework, or study material or even use as assessment thanks to the different options of Multiple choice and Open Answer questions that we can embed directly in the video. The third app explored to create more interactive didactic materials was Quizlet, thanks to which teachers can create decks of flashcards about words definitions, words translations, words association with images etc... and ask students to get familiar with the concepts by playing the deck in multiple ways. As our participants have tested on their skin, the best part is to play Quizlet “Live”, an in-class playful activity which requires each team to develop coordination, mutual help and good communication to become the winner.
Finally, on the last day, we revised all the topics and tools studied during the week by playing (and afterwards practicing) Bamboozle, the best tool for bringing a healthy dose of competition and fun between teams while revising and checking knowledge.
More info on the course “Making the most of new technologies, apps and social media in the classroom” at this link: www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/social-media-in-the-classroom.html and the course "Discover the best apps and tools for e-learning, distance learning and web design" at this link: www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/e-learning-and-web-design.html