ACTIVE LEARNING AND DIGITAL CLASSROOM
As our society becomes more complex, schools must adapt their methods to prepare students for new challenges in the 21st century. This course will help you prepare for a dynamic, challenging and motivating teaching approach which get your students would be critical and conscious digital citizens.
Active learning refers to a broad range of teaching strategies which engage students as active participants in their learning process during class time with their instructor. Typically, these strategies involve some amount of students working together during class, but may also involve individual work and/or reflection. Active methodologies place the students at the center of this process and make them the protagonists of discovery, rather than just passive information receivers. There are different teaching strategies to create an active learning environment and to engage the students to it.
Cooperative Learning, Project Based Learning, Flipped Classroom and Blended learning are excellent examples of these active methodologies. These inclusive approaches provides teachers more opportunities to personalize the learning process of their students and can thereby increase their autonomy, motivation and self-direction.
Currently, Blended learning, the meaningful combination of learning at a distance and in school, through a careful choice of different tools and strategies, is becoming increasingly common in schools. The benefits of blended learning have been long recognized and go beyond the immediate needs created by the pandemic. Blended learning can therefore be an important step towards a competence-based education where the learner stands at the centre of an active learning process.
Moreover, the course provides innovative and engaging tools to integrate active methodology based on digital skills taking into account the content of the lessons and the curriculum. You will be able to use new technologies in the classroom, with special focus on the use of tablets as iPads or similar ones and discovering new apps but the achieve of all new knowledge as well. Teaching your students to use technology at the service of their own learning and to make a responsible and critical use of ICT’s, you will able to contribute they would be real digital citizens of 21st century.
Active Learning and Digital Classroom course is aimed for teachers both primary and secondary level. Participants are expected to have at least B1 level of English. During the development of the course, we will work in collaboration to do several practical activities that will be very useful to carry out to your schools.
Active Learning and Digital Classroom course is especially based on practical lessons and presentations of examples of good practice as well as discussions and experience comparisons. The course will have presentations, seminars and workshops to ensure full comprehension and every day assignment support. Participants will begin the course add new information about new educational and digital tools and will also have the opportunity to enjoy interactive and cooperative group class. In addition, teachers will always have time to assess the information and the student’s job and redefine the contents and ways of working in order to improve the student’s skills. The expected training activity has been structured so that the participants can transfer know-how and develop needed skills once they return to their school with their own students.
Our experienced trainers will support and stimulate the networking and cooperation among participants. We organize networking, cultural, sport and historical activities in order to give participants the opportunity to exchange best-practices and establish professional cooperation and links. These activities will take part not only participants of the course but also other participant from different courses attended by the company during the same Erasmus week.
In the end of the course, the company will provide the participants an attendance certificate including the detailed information about the course, e.g. title, programme and schedule. In addition, an Europass Mobility Certificate can be added on request.
The course covers all the needs to know the basic ideas of active methodologies and an effective digital classroom. In detail, the concrete goals of the course are:
To understand the advantages of ACTIVE METHODOLOGIES to get a more engaged teaching.
To learn to use a great range of new tools and resources for transforming the classroom into a ICT ENVIRONMENT LEARNING where students practice their digital skills.
To introduce into the principles of COOPERATIVE LEARNING for designing cooperative learning structures in our classrooms.
To add PROJECT BASED LEARNING in the daily practice of our classrooms offering to students activities more related with real world and increasing their motivation.
To know FLIPPED CLASSROOM methodology and learn how to introduce it in curriculums of different subjects.
To design a BLENDED LEARNING SCENARIO to be implemented in our school.
To provide teachers with resources which allow to them train their students to use technology in a more CRITICAL AND RESPONSIBLE way.
To help teachers to design and implement MOTIVATING ACTIVITIES for their students in different scenarios: online, at school and even, outdoors.
To SHARE EXPERIENCES of international collaboration and projects from different organizations in order to improve the European awareness.
The course’s trainers usually welcome participants on Sunday afternoon and give them all the course material. The main training activities, instruction and practices will take place from Monday to Friday. On another note, participants will be involved in cultural activities held by PMS ERASMUS PLUS during afternoon time, most likely on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Moreover, on Thursday morning all participants will be able to explain their own school and KA1 project to the rest of participants and work all together to set up future eTwinnings or even Job Shadowing. After that, all of them will have the possibility to enjoy an optional activity to deepen in the searching of new partners, enjoying a great day full of motivating and funny activities. Finally, there will be a course’ roundup and a final evaluation on Saturday morning and the delivery of the certificates of attendance.
Here you have below the standard indicative daily programme of the course. However, the course can be personalized each week based on participants' needs and professional profiles.
DAY 1 – SUNDAY. WELCOMING.
- Meeting and greeting.
- Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.
- Reception of all course material.
DAY 2 – MONDAY. ICT’s AT THE CLASSROOM.
Tools for Flipped Classroom and Blended Learning: Edpuzzle, VideoScribe, Explain Everything, Canva, Genially, Learning Designer, Zoom, Meet, Jitsi.
Tools for Gamification: Kahoot, Quidlet, Quizziz, Flipquiz, ClassDojo.
Tools to assess: CoRubric, RubicStar.
Tools to cooperate: Trello
Working on the the final project.
- Cultural activity: Discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will visit the city in a guided tour included in course fees.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY. COOPERATIVE LEARNING AND PROJECT BASED LEARNING.
First steps in Cooperative Learning
Teamwork and groups building
Rules and positions
Basics dynamics and its application at the classroom
Assessing Cooperative Learning
Project Based Learning Principles.
Project Based Learning requirements.
Assessing Project Based Learning.
- Cultural activity: Discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will visit the best museum of the city. This guide visit is also included in course fees.
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY. IPADS AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP.
First steps in iPads
Apple Apps: Pages - Keynote - iMovie/Clips
Copyright and Creative Commons
Identity and Digital Security
Searching on the Internet in a safe way
DAY 5 – THURSDAY. NETWORKING DAY.
- Networking activity: Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT.
- Networking activity: Guided session to find your best partner for a future JOB SHADOWING.
Optional cultural activity: trip to some relevant places of the city with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company just to reinforce networking between all of you.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY. FLIPPED CLASSROOM AND BLENDED LEARNING
First steps in Flipped Classroom
Flipped Classroom rules
How to create a Flipped Classroom scenario.
First steps in Blended Learning.
Required competences by teachers & pupils.
Required conditions at school and at home
Different modalities of Blended learning
Group and individual activities
Synchronous and asynchronous activities
School and online activities
Assessing Bended learning
- Optional lunch in the city. Networking activity to deepen the relationship between all participants.
DAY 7 – SATURDAY. CONCLUSION.
- Course evaluation.
- Presentation of participants’ works.
- Releasing of official course certifications.
- Participants departure.
Active Learning and Digital Classroom course will attend sessions during 2022 and 2023 in following dates:
FRANCE – PARIS:
From Sunday 17th April to Saturday 23rd.
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
From Sunday 10th July to Saturday 16th.
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
From Sunday 17th July to Saturday 23rd.
FRANCE – TAHITÍ:
-From Sunday 14th August to Saturday 20th.
FRANCE – LA RÉUNION:
From Sunday 9th October to Saturday 15h.
ITALY – FIRENZE:
From Sunday 9th April to Saturday 15th.
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
From Sunday 9th July to Saturday 15th.
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
From Sunday 16th July to Saturday 22nd.
TAHITI – FRANCE:
From Sunday 13rd August to Saturday 19th.
FRANCE – LA RÉUNION:
From Sunday 8th October to Saturday 14h.
COST AND ERASMUS + FUNDING
The cost of the seven day course is 560€, including course fee, certification and support fee, cultural and sport activities in the city. The company offers an Optional cultural package to deepen in relationship between all participants.
ACTIVE LEARNING AND DIGITAL CLASSROOM training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that cover all the costs of the course.