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ICT in Education: innovative approaches to teaching

When we talk about ICT we are referring to information and communication technologies. If we had to define the term, surely we would do it as “a set of techniques and devices based on new technological tools and the different supports and channels of information and communication”.

The use of ICT is so widespread in society that classrooms should not be less, and they must ensure that they take advantage of what they can bring us.

It has been proven that the use of ICT in the classroom increases the motivation of the students, showing more interest and becoming more involved in the areas they study. ICT enables the use of innovative educational resources and the renewal of learning methods, establishing a more active collaboration of students and the simultaneous acquisition of technological knowledge.

Schools use a diverse set of ICT tools to communicate, create, disseminate, store, and manage information. In some contexts, ICT has also become integral to the teaching-learning interaction, through such approaches as replacing chalkboards with interactive digital whiteboards, using students’ own smartphones or other devices for learning during class time, and the “flipped classroom” model where students watch lectures at home on the computer and use classroom time for more interactive exercises.

The educational sector must assume the responsibility of gradually implementing all the technologies that may favor student learning in some way, and ensure that they learn to use them in a world where they are already part of professional life and their social environment. However, children and young people must be taught to use them consciously and safely.

Benefits of using ICT in education:

  • E-learning or Online Learning
  • ICT brings inclusion
  • ICT use encourages collaboration
  • ICT use motivates learning
  • ICT in education improves engagement and knowledge retention
  • ICT enhances subject learning

Main Aims

  •       To guide participants in their achievement of the course learning outcomes
  •       To provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their own practice
  •        Prepare participants for implementing course content in their own classrooms
  •       Enhance participants’ skills to develop their learners’ digital skills and literacy
  •       To provide a technological toolkit for educators and improve the level of key competences and ICT skills
  •       To access a variety of on-line resources to promote good practice in education

Thanks to this course the participants will:

Get an overview of the most important new technologies and of the growing trend of integrating ICT into education;

  • Get to know the best apps, web platforms and ICT solution for teachers and education staff;
  • Learn how to create engaging and interactive multimedia content and presentations;
  • Learn how to digitally assess students’ knowledge and understanding in real-time;
  • Learn the basic concepts of distance learning, e-learning and flipped classroom;
  • Learn how to create a website or a blog;
  • Learn how to use ICT tools to make education more engaging, motivating and innovative;
  • Get a new perspective on ICT tools  and learn new ways and best practices to integrate ICT into teaching and training;
  • Exchange best practices and share experiences with participants and staff coming throughout Europe;
  • Make contacts with individuals and organizations working in the education field in Europe through everyday cooperation and networking activities.

The educational programme will be re-organised accordingly to the professional needs of our partners. All courses proposed will pass through an accurate assesment of needs, goals and learning outputs. This process will be enhanced before every partnership request as the daily schedule.

Main topics

  • Educational communication
  • Practical work: creating an interactive presentation with open source
  • Introduction to web design
  • Empowering the students to use blogs to create portfolios and record learning outcomes
  •  ICT tools for a more effective and engaging classroom management
  • How to effortlessly switch to non-traditional teaching and interact with your students
  • Practical work: assessing the knowledge and understanding of the students in real-time
  • Practical work: creating and running a digital learning group game
  • Practical work: digitally recapping a concept
  • Introduction to e-learning, blended learning and flipped classroom
  • Practical work: creating an e-learning classroom page
  • Practical work: creating and administering a quiz and an assignment
  • Practical work: awarding a learning badge and entering a grade
  • Practical work: communicating with students and parents
  • How to create a lesson around a video
  • Practical work: adding questions and discussion prompts to a video
  • Additional ICT tools, apps and web solutions that can be used in teaching and education
  • Tailored practice based on the participants learning needs and expectations

20/24/28/40 hours 
Course location: Infol - Innovation Training Orientation and Employment
Site: Rome, Athens
Number of days of training: 5/6/7/10
Lesson time: 4 hours 
Language of instruction: English , French, Turkish, Italian, Spanish,Bulgarian, Romanian. 
Participation fee:send mail to infol@csinfol.it

Methodology

The course will combine theory input and discussion with analysis of practical incidents with the purpose of finding out different possible solutions. The methodology used is mainly content-based language instruction (communication through specific content).Text discussion, oral presentation and discussion, role-playing, self- and meta-reflection, debating and group interaction will be the strategies more frequently used.

  • Active methodologies
  • Role playing
  • Simulations
  • New technologies
  • Visits/workshops in educational institutions as schools, universities, educational centers, and companies

Certificates

  • Europass Mobility
  • Certificate of Attendance