This 2 week course on Using Technology in the Classroom is of significant benefit to teachers who need to familiarise themselves with current developments in the use of Technology in their classrooms; to become more confident in delivering their classes using technology in an environment where their students are very familiar with a wide range of modern technology and applications; to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to using technology in their schools and, as a result, ensuring better integration of school into students’ lives and greater student engagement in learning inside and outside the school.
Course Objectives. The objectives of this Technology in the Classroom course are:
- to familiarise the participants with recent pedagogical and classroom technology developments in ELT
- to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of some computer applications , particularly in an environment where many of the students are very digitally savvy
- to increase participants’ awareness of the opportunities to integrate ICT into teaching and learning processes in their schools
- to give participants an opportunity, as far as possible, to use all programmes to which they are introduced and to learn to adapt some ready-made programmes to their particular classroom requirements
- to provide an opportunity to develop and consolidate participants own language skills
- to provide opportunities for improved methodology and creativity to help participants increase their student engagement and retention on their return to their own schools
- to establish contacts and share information with teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals
Through the realisation of these objectives we aim to assist schools in addressing identified needs as outlined in their European Development Plan and to re-inforce the capacities and international scope of the participating organisations.
Methodology. The input sessions are a blend of theory and practice in ELT combining presentation, demonstration and practical activities to facilitate using and developing computer-based programmes. During the 2 weeks they will also take part in afternoon activities where the participants are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside of the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of Ireland, with a focus on exploiting school trips in their own teaching environments to develop language skills. The excursion programme is designed to also allow teachers create an online blog/closed group environment project about their time in Dublin and to give them more practical experience in creating and leading projects with their students.
Format. This course on using Technology in the Classroom is a two-week course consisting of 40 contact hours as well as 2 afternoon workshops and an extensive cultural and social programme which is directly linked to the morning sessions.
Follow Up. On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course. They then complete a course evaluation form. All participants on the course are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Alpha trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.
1) Day One
- Induction and introduction to the course
- Cloud storage, file sharing and blogging. Trainees will create a private blog or group to be populated with information and assignments throughout the course.
- Creating a digital portfolio.
- An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom.
- Digital citizenship and literacy and methodological implications of integrating technology and teaching.
- Going over the basics – a run through of all the key skills necessary for all participants to take full advantage of the programme.
- Visit to the National Museum covering periods examined in the history session, exploiting and relating fieldwork to class work and collecting authentic materials.
- Designing a lesson using and incorporating technology – preparing activities to engage computer literate students
- Workshop: designing lessons using and incorporating technology
- Trinity College. Introduction to third level education in Ireland. Contribution of Trinity alumni to Irish and international academic affairs. Book of Kells and influence of early Irish missionaries in Europe. Collecting authentic materials. Developing speaking through short presentations on universities of participants.
- Exploring online quizzes, gap fill tools and dynamic materials
- Workshop:Using Online Tools and Apps for Assessment – Digital tools for formative and summative assessment in the classroom
- National Gallery. Collecting authentic texts.
- The Flipped Classroom – adapting existing material to create a flipped lesson
- Digital storytelling – free online tools used for digital storytelling.
- Supervised workshop – participants have the opportunity to get further practice on any of the resources viewed during the week under the supervision of one of the course tutors.
6) Day Six
- Using Google products and services effectively in the classroom
- Workshop: using Google products to create engaging content and classes. Preparing participants’ own material for flipped lessons.
- Chester Beatty Library. Materials for developing writing skills in the classroom.
- Using audio & video podcasts to engage students with real world content
- Workshop: creating audio & video files for and with your students
- Cathedrals. History and influence of the main denominations in Ireland. Jonathan Swift.
- Creating slideshows, animations and cartoons using online tools
- Workshop: Using online animation and slideshow tools
- National Print Museum. Developing speaking through describing processes.>
- Apps for education and the digital classroom. Apps to support Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy
- Creating real world projects in the classroom. Evaluating digital tools for subject specific projects.
- Supervised workshop – participants have the opportunity to get further practise on any of the resources viewed during the week under the supervision of one of the course tutors. Finalising digital portfolio.
10) Day Ten
- Recording material and activities from your computer screen. Recording participants’ own flipped lesson.
- Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice. Establishment of base and guidelines for future contact and networking.