Tablets and Smartphones: Using Mobile Devices as Educational Tools

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Tablets and Smartphones: using mobile devices as educational tools

Description

The course has been created for participants interested in Technology Enhanced Learning and M-learning: they will discover how laptops, tablets, and smartphones can be integrated into a teacher’s toolkit.

During this training course, participants will get fresh ideas on how to incorporate technology into their lessons and they will work in small groups to carry out practical tasks. They will learn how to use software, platforms and apps to communicate, to manage groups and to foster collaboration. They will also have the chance to experience how learning can be enhanced by using serious technological games and quizzes.

By the end of the course, teachers will be more inspired to use ICT tools in a motivating and pedagogical way.

Concept by: Robert Schwamborn

Requirments

Suggested computer proficiency: Intermediate 

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Use technology in the classroom: managing groups, interacting, communicating, sharing materials;
  • Structure information, better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas using technological tools;
  • Adopt interactive learning through the use of quizzes, games and flashcards;
  • Manage a virtual classroom, send assignments, search and share useful materials, communicating with students and parents;
  • Build awareness about ethical issues related to Social Media and Web Platforms;
  • Manage privacy settings for safe use of Social Media. 

Tentative schedule

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;
  • What technologies do you use in your classroom?
  • How to integrate Mobile Devices into your lessons;
  • Pair and group work activities;
  • Reflection and questions;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Integrating technology in lessons

  • Managing a Classroom though Web Platforms and Mobile Devices;
  • What to use, how to use it;
  • Activities, reflection and question.

Day 3 – Understanding social media platforms

  • Image Sharing Social Media;
  • How to use Social Video platforms;
  • Activities, reflections and questions.

Day 4 – How to use Educational Apps

  • Uses and functions of the Educational Apps to create interactive tasks;
  • Quizzes and educational games.

Day 5 – Importance of communication

  • Communicating with colleagues, students and parents;
  • Ethical Issues. Practice: Developing an eSafe classroom;
  • Encourage students to be digitally literate as well as safe and responsible social users;
  • Reflection and questions.

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

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

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Reviews about this course

I learned about a lot of apps that I will use in my work at school. I encourage you to make use of the courses prepared by the Europass Teacher Academy. Professional staff and the school is located in the very centre of Florence.

Bożena Sobkowiak

Poland

The course was an interesting guidance to the latest and most powerful ICT teaching tools. Helpful teacher and good organisation.

Μαρία Γκοτσοπούλου

The use of tablets and smartphones in learning is very well presented with useful study materials and many applications. The course contained many exercises and practice. Thanks!

Maria Grozeva

The course was totally inspiring from the warming-up exercises to a really friendly communicating environment with quite experienced participants eager to learn the new mobile applications. It was more than I expected. Thank you Europass Teacher Academy

Yıldız Kara

The teacher gave us a lot of new ideas, apps, and activities for all types of students. We enjoy ourselves a lot with the group and with the teacher. I would do the course again if I could! I would recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about technologies in the classroom!!

OŠ KOBARID

The course was very interesting, since the knowledge acquired has a very practical aspect. It allows to innovate in educational context and motivate to learning, while the students are developing important skills. It allows as well for the collaborative work development’s among teachers.

Olinda Aleixo

The course is great for those who want to move forward with the use of new technology. The entire course material is provided through practical classes, real-time activities with specified programs. Lorenzo is a great teacher, he knows his job and willingly explains things even if they are not related to the course. Thank you.

Rytis Rukstele

A very well organized teaching seminar. With themes that are oriented towards the school of the future and the proper pedagogical use of New Technologies. Lorenzo is a very good teacher and creates a very pleasant and constructive climate.

Dimitrios Nikolaidis

It was a great course and a nice, sunny week in Dublin. I have learnt a lot and I am looking forward to use these skills in my own classes. Lorenzo did a very good job and seems know every app available.

Miriam Pooker

Very interesting course, especially in relation to teaching methods. Very prepared and engaging teacher. A lot of useful and interesting app.

Mariella Mancini

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