Note: This course can be combined with ‘Making Use of Technology Tools I’ to form a two-week course. Participants are welcome to join this course, though they should be familiar with the topic areas covered in the course mentioned above.
This practical, hands-on course is for educators and other professionals who would like to experience and learn to use a variety of software and (free) online tools in order to integrate technology into their classroom, school or other learning environments (while also brushing up their own use of English). Specialised knowledge is not required, except for a basic knowledge of using Microsoft Word and using the Internet. Participants are strongly advised to bring a laptop as they will be actively using it during the week. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.
After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:
A pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds
Information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
By the end of the course participants will have:
To enable better skills in technology and ICT
To introduce an awareness of ways of integrating ICT with teaching methodologies, using hands-on and experiential methods
To help teachers reflect on their own teaching methods in relation to technology in the classroom today
To introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today
To help participants experience hands-on a range of interesting tools, software and programmes which are available as freeware and to set up activities linking contemporary methodology with technology
To further develop participants’ own language skills
This course is taught interactively, with input sessions, collaborative and group project work. Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and could involve brainstorming, analysis and problem-solving. Sessions help participants to set up tools such as blogs, wikis and websites and apply online tools in a supported setting.
Participants are asked to reflect on the tools and activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own knowledge and skills, their approach to teaching today’s students and on adaptation of the use of tools to their teaching and learning situations and contexts. Exchange of ICT and pedagogical knowledge is encouraged.
Participants’ own language skills are developed and feedback given where appropriate.
Participants are also introduced to appropriate websites related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development.
The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course and its usefulness to them. They are also encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes. Participants are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.
Sample Course Programme
Introductions + Review objectives
Webquests and their learning potential
Designing a webquest
How they work and their learning potential Creating a WIKI
2.1. Screen recording
Tech-tools for giving instructions and feedback
2.2 Online Questionnaires
Creating and exploiting them in teaching
2.3 Field Trip
Self-guided learning in action
Creating animated slideshows and quizzes using PowerPoint
3.2 Prezi: alternative online presentations tool
3.3 Storytelling Designing and creating online stories
4.1 Authoring tools
Creating an online interactive maze story
4.2 Online resources for learning, discussion and critical thinking
Using and creating inforgraphics
Creating cartoons for learning purposes
5.2 Word Work
Concordances, dictionaries, visual thesaurus, Mind maps and word clouds