Digital Media: the Classroom of the Future

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Specifics

  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Upon the decision of the course provider, classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • Standard Price: 540 €
  • Early Bird: 480 € if you register at least 8 weeks before the course starts, and pay within payment deadlines

Description

The course will move from an introduction of the new technological world, towards a practical application of different social media programs. Emphasis will be placed on the most popular social media and on their potential in educational settings. Teachers will be provided with a wide range of practical teaching activities to enable them to make their classes more effective and enjoyable. At the same time, we will move from the negative aspects and dangers that technology can hide, such as Cyberbullying, to its positive side, and the responsible and useful usage of these tools. 

By the end of the course, you will be able to “speak” the same language of the new generations of students and have a clearer understanding of their world by enhancing engagement and improving the communication between students and teachers.

New generations of students have available to them a tremendous amount of information and possibilities, and today’s teachers can help and guide them in exploiting the Web in a positive way.

Concept by: Iacopo Falciani

Requirments

Suggested computer proficiency: Basic

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to: 

  • Get to know the general theories about technology and social media;
  • Know the most dangerous consequences of technology in our lives, (including Cyberbullying and Addictions to Technology); 
  • Understand more deeply, what it means to be a teenager in the Digital Age;
  • Understand the positive aspects of social media: how can we implement social media in our classroom in order to enhance the students’ engagement and strengthen the communication with them, focusing on 3 categories of social media: classroom management, video lessons, quizzes;
  • Learn how students can positively use technology in their own private life, to understand the world and express their talents.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & the technology revolution

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building;
  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

The technology revolution

  • The technology revolution and the new paradigm of a digital native’s life: way of communication, emotional wellbeing and Emotional Intelligence, information overload, super stimuli, paradox of choice.

Day 2 – Digital culture

  • The theory about the digital culture;
  • Security, safety and privacy: the risks for kids and teenagers (grooming, cyber bullying, problems of attention and focusing, Stroop effect, addiction);
  • Recognizing and what to do.

Day 3 – Using videos in lessons

  • Learning how to use social media and videos, to enrich your classroom and to let your students learn with fun;
  • YouTube;
  • TED.

Day 4 – Using social media

  • Knowing how to change your classroom with social media suitable for creating an engaging and effective classroom online environment;
  • Padlet;
  • Trello;
  • Quizzes creator programs.

Day 5 – Social media platforms

  • The most famous social media: the old ones (Facebook, Twitter) and the new ones (for example Instagram and Snapchat).

Day 6 – Excursion & course closure

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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Reviews about this course

The course is really enjoyable. Both theoretical and practical activities have been carefully chosen for the topic and have been excellently presented by the teacher trainer Iacopo Falciani. I highly recommend the course (and the trainer). This course was a very enriching experience, giving us new insight, new methodologies, and tools to apply in our school reality.

Jasmina Kostadinovska

Republic of North Macedonia

The training received during the course in Helsinki has been great. Great professionalism and clear and very useful objectives. I really enjoyed the opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from other countries; to be able to communicate with another language and approach an admirable culture such as Finnish.

Juanma Latorre Fuentes

Spain

The course is tailored for teachers who are interested in improving the use of social media to enhance the process of teaching-learning, engaging students through the media they prefer. The apps introduced in the course can be used by teachers with more than a basic level in the ICT and that want to afford the strategies of the community learning, or that can afford them in the term of accessibility to some devices in their own schools. Moreover, you could be surprised how funny it is producing games for your students and playing with them!

Donatella Arnone

Italy
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