A Satisfying School: Positive Environments and new Technologies

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This course has been created for teachers who want to encourage students’ interest in learning, both through the creation of positive classroom environments and relations, and through the use of technological tools.

During this course, participants will have the opportunity to learn ‘by doing’ through a range of activities aimed toward promoting higher student self-esteem, increased student involvement and greater cohesion among teachers, students and their families. In addition to that, during the second week of the course, participants will learn and experience how to integrate educational apps into their teaching practice.

By the end of the course, teachers will have acquired greater knowledge about how creativity, improved communication and enhanced relational skills can be effective allies in favouring a more meaningful school experience. They will also be able to provide many opportunities for higher level thinking in classrooms, as well as to confidently integrate a variety of apps into their lesson plans, which is an essential part of the 21st century classroom (Facebook, Edmodo, Mindomo, online quizzes and many more).

Tentative Schedule

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction & Setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • Course introduction and participants’ presentations; Lesson and activities regarding motives of early school-leaving, scholastic apathy and its consequences, importance of school-student-family alliance and a school environment that promotes self-esteem – in all.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Motivation

How to keep motivation high. Positive and clear communication, active listening, group cohesion. Ideas for student-led activities, conflict management, supportive learning. Practical activities, role play and discussion.

Day 3 – Abstract thinking

Creative and Dynamic Learning – Thinking Outside the Box – how new perspectives can promote academic motivation, trust and a refreshed sense of purpose. Body & Mind learning, alternative forms of expression, emotional intelligence. Practical group activities and discussion.

Day 4 – Positivity through mentoring

Mentoring, Scholastic Safety Nets and understanding how the group – of teachers, of students and of families – can be an effective resource in creating a positive school environment.

Day 5 – Applying skills and strategies

Simulation of lessons by course members, using skills and strategies acquired during the week. Class discussion of personal cases and brainstorming of possible strategies.

Day 6 – Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Day 7 – Rest day

Day off

Day 8 – Using digital devices

What technologies do you use in your classroom? How to integrate Mobile Devices into your lessons; Pair and group work activities; YouTube. Activities, reflections and questions.

Day 9 – Facebook and Edmondo

Facebook and Edmodo: what to use, how to use it. Introduction to Edmodo. Activities, reflection and questions.

Day 10 – Using ICT in lessons

How to use ICTs in class: Ethical issues related to the use of ICTs in class. Introduction of web platforms and apps that will make your lessons more entertaining and interactive (Thinglink, Picsart and Comic Creator).

Day 11 – Game-based learning

Quizzes and educational games: Learning through game-based platforms such as Socrative, StudyStack and Kahoot. Social Media in the classroom: Using Instagram and Pinterest for teaching purposes.

Day 12 – Presentation tools

Mind map and presentation tools: Mindomo, a different and comfortable way to learn. Creating visual resources to make learning easier. Round up of week’s activities and conclusions. Closing ceremony and certificates.

Day 13 – Course closure & Cultural activities

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion.
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.


  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, 
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.


  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • Price: 820 €

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This course made me fresh and give me a lot of practical methods. The trainers were excelent.

Éva Gecsei

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