This course has been created for teachers who want to learn more about managing an effective and up-to-date classroom that encourages participation and engaged learning using the latest techniques and classroom management tools.
During the first week of the course, participants will actively learn how to create and adapt audio-visual resources, such as photos, movies, music clips, documentaries, and new videos, to teach their subjects in a more effective way. All this helps students to absorb and retain ideas and in the development of communicative, critical, social, and creative skills.
During the second week, participants will expand their reflection onto a consideration on how to establish classroom rules, provide clear instructions, monitor, develop rapport, incorporate pair and group work, and they will gain tips for encouraging students to reflect on their own classroom behavior. Assessment and evaluation will also be addressed, along with the incorporation of student portfolios, rubrics, and presentation strategies.
In this seminar, participants will also have the chance to focus on how to manage an up-to-date classroom through the use of new tools and technology (Edmodo, Google, online quizzes, and many others).
By the end of the course, participants will have gained greater insight into what makes a classroom run smoothly and what it takes to “Flip” their own classrooms. They will also become more familiar with Project and Task-Based Learning, and take away ideas for evaluating student learning and participation effectively.
In addition, upon completion of the course participants will be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of different visual tools and will know how to exploit them in the classroom in a safe and useful way. All this will allow them to enhance their students’ engagement and improve communication within the class.
Guided city tours and 1 full-day cultural excursion (usually on Saturday) will also be part of the program.
The course will help the participants to:
- Search for audiovisual contents on platforms for education;
- Apply basic techniques for shooting videos;
- Edit photos and videos;
- Organize sounds and texts in visual resources;
- Upload, and share audiovisual contents;
- Exploit audiovisual resources for educational purposes;
- Manage a classroom effectively by establishing rules with logical consequences;
- Deal with difficult behaviors by working on collaborative solutions;
- Give clear instructions, organize pair and group work, and develop positive relationships;
- Motivate learners and get them to reflect on their behavior;
- Organize and plan for a Flipped Classroom experience;
- Assess students and provide feedback using portfolios, rubrics, and other forms.
Day 1 – Course introduction & intro to film techniques
- 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.
Intro to film techniques
- Managing, searching and publishing images and videos; Introduction to the history of filming techniques through the use of movie samples;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – Script writing
- Movie: definition of the subject;
- Definition of the story;
- Writing of the script;
- How to use a script to teach a subject;
- Shooting Techniques.
Day 3 – Using the camera
- The movie: How to motivate the participants;
- How to use the camera;
- Making of the Movie.
Day 4 – Editing
- Editing a Video
Day 5 – Subtitles and dubbing
- Writing subtitles and dubbing a clip;
- Film Vision;
- Course reflection and evaluation.
Day 6 – Round up & cultural activities
- Round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.
Day 7 – Rest day
- Day off
Day 8 – 2nd week introduction
- Dealing with typical classroom management problems and techniques to solve them;
- Establishing classroom rules with logical consequences;
- Providing clear and concise instructions.
Day 9 – Pair and group work
- Monitoring during pair and group work;
- Managing pair and group work;
- Looking at typical classroom management case studies;
- Asking students to reflect on their behaviour;
- How to use behaviour rubrics;
- How to maintain student-centered classroom.
Day 10 – Vision and mission statements
- Working on Vision and Mission statements with Classroom Management in mind;
- Looking at our own classroom management behaviour as teachers;
- Assessment: Rubrics and Portfolios;
- Managing the Flipped Classroom;
- Creating a Flipped Classroom lesson.
Day 11 – PBL
- Project-Based Learning
Day 12 – Cooperative learning & course closure
- How can everyone evaluate and provide feedback? Professional Development;
- Class discussion of personal cases and brainstorming of possible strategies;
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.