Wednesday 25th September afternoon, in the marvellous location of Spazi Sangalli in Florence, the culminating event of our European project “ICT4LWUL” took place. Twenty proactive and motivated participants were there to explore how to incorporate technology into teaching.
During our Conferenza & Workshop: Tecnologie per la didattica delle lingue, the main product of ICT4LWUL was presented: a handbook with guidelines and practical ideas for an effective, creative and fun use of many different educational platforms. To gain further insight into the components of the handbook, participants had the opportunity to test some of them out. Computers and smartphones at hand, they took part in actual simulations on how to create learning tasks for students, making good use of tools such as Kahoot, Edmodo, Studystack and Edpuzzle.
But they are not the only platforms presented by the authors of the handbook (who, by the way, are professionals in language schools from six different countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania).
In this text, I would like to mention some other useful tools that could help you design innovative learning activities.
- Your students don’t have internet connection to take part in an interactive quiz? Use PLICKERS! With Plickers, each student is issued a card, which is used to answer questions given by the teacher. Once the students have chosen an answer from the card, the teacher scans the room (using the phone or tablet) and the answers are collected and collated. Both the questions and the results can then be shown on-screen via the Plickers webpage.
- If you are looking for a complete, huge platform for e-learning, where you can make full lessons available for virtual classes, as well as using it to manage discussion, share materials, grade students’ tests, award certificates (and much more)… MOODLE is probably the planet you would like to land on.
- Then… isn’t there a space where you can store all the links to useful websites that you come across or that colleagues recommend to you? On SYMBALOO it’s possible to do that: you can easily create “webmixes” to save your web resources and organize them into different folders.
Wish to discover more? Keep following us and download the “Multilingual Handbook for the use of ICT tools in teaching foreign languages”! Click here to download.
A special thanks to the participants that I met this week! Let’s keep on learning!
Event within the framework of “ICT based methods to teach less widely used languages” Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership:
About the Author
Ilaria Barbieri, Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Project Manager at Europass
From a small village next to Lake Garda, drifted towards other harbours to get a degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in “Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners”. Ilaria has then carried out research across the UK, Spain, and France worked in public schools, dived into the fields of sociolinguistics, anthropology, video making and…landed at Europass Teacher Academy in 2015. Her teacher training courses guide participants into the creation of innovative strategies to make learning more relevant for students. Education should stimulate people’s personal development while opening them up onto their place in the real world. Since 2016, her interest in a European dimension has also addressed the management of Erasmus+ KA2 projects.