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Digital tools in the palm of your hand

Course Summary

This course is intended for teachers and professional associates of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, principals and other school staff who want to learn and understand how to apply specific digital tools in the classroom, and improve digital competencies for education focused on green solutions.

Digital tools and ICT are “must-haves” in education today. The generation of students currently in school has grown up with technology. Technology touches every aspect of their lives, communication, entertainment, and learning. At the same time, digital learning has an important and critical role to play in education. As teachers and educators, we must curate digital tools and integrate them effectively, thinking rationally about green solutions and inclusive mainstream education.

Course Detailed Description

The effectiveness of digital tools and ICT in education is primarily dependent upon the way ICT is implemented, as well as on the types of learning for which ICT in education is used. ICT and digital tools improve engagement in the classroom, improve knowledge retention, encourage individual learning and promote collaboration.

Technology can help improve teaching as it provides access to countless online resources. Teachers can use digital tools/apps or online resources to enhance the conventional ways of teaching, helping keep students more engaged during the lessons.

At the same time by using technology for imparting lessons, both the teacher and students can develop essential skills. Digital competence is one of the eight key competencies and refers to the confident and critical usage of the full range of digital technologies for information, communication and basic problem-solving in all aspects of life.

The main goal of this course is to get in touch with specific digital tools and applications, introduce them and learn how to use them in everyday teaching thinking about inclusion and green solutions.

 

Other course goals are:

  • be able to choose the most suitable digital tools according to student’s needs and learning styles

  • learn how to use different digital tools, providing students with the best learning experience

  • get to know innovative digital tools for inclusion

  • enhance collaboration and widen access to places beyond the classroom

  • use digital tools to promote inclusion for learners with different learning needs

  • prepare Learning Unit – Course Projects using at least three different digital tools

  • think about green solutions in digital learning and implement them in the Project

Topics:

digital competencies, digital learning, digital tools, green solutions, ICT, inclusion, teaching

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction to the course

  • Course outline

  • Ice-breaking activities

  • Presentation of participating organisations

  • Exchanging good practices in digital learning

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • Digital tools – in the palm of your hands

  • Introduction to the Course Project

  • Useful digital tools – part I

  • School practice – experiences and examples 

Day 3

  • Effective and innovative digital tools

  • Useful digital tools – part II

  • School practice – experiences and examples

  • Innovative digital tools for inclusion


Day 4

  • Digital and green – hand in hand

  • Brainstorming about benefits associated with digital tools

  • Green solutions in digital teaching

  • Preparation for the Course Project


Day 5

  • Digital tools wrap up

  • Final activities – presentation of the Course Project

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies,

  • feedback, discussion


Day 6 

  • Course evaluation

  • Awarding of Certificates 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • explore digital tools to create materials (slides, screencasts, infographics…), interactive activities (quizzes, surveys), and to collect and share ideas (digital notice boards, asynchronous conversations)

  • support collaboration and dialogue among students with digital tools

  • use selected ICT tools to create interactive activities so to make the lesson flow more interactive

  • motivate students through ICT tools

  • think about green solutions using digital tools

  • digitally enhancing cooperation amongst learners while raising awareness of the goals

  • use ICT to support all learners in inclusive settings

  • design Learning Unit – Course Project using selected ICT tools

  • analyse the project works

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