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Linked with the webinars organised for the project teachers, this blog will display teachers thoughts, plans, ideas and experience with tablets in classroom. After each webinar, the teachers will write a reflective post on the given topic. Along the course of the project, this blog will provide an interesting insight into day to day teaching with tablets.  

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Blog 1 - Colégio Monte Flor, Portugal

Introduce your school and your role

My name is Carolina Beja Neves and I’m a teacher at Colégio Monte Flor. This year I’m teaching 2nd grade (7 year old children).

Colégio Monte Flor is a 40 year old elementary private school (from nursery to 4th grade - 1 to 10 years old) located in Carnaxide, Lisbon, Portugal.

I am/We are currently … (Describe the kit you are using and the age group of students and how many? etc.)

Our school is involved in several innovative projects focused on technology and environment and partnership programs are always an important part of our educational process. Children are challenged to collaborate and to share their ideas with others, so this Creative Classrooms Lab will be a good opportunity to continue this work.

Currently, the school is engaged in a Comenius project for 2 years which will allow the development of different skills in our students and the participation of all the community.  At the same time we are focused on the development of the so called 21st century skills by creating partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, JP Inspiring Knowledge or Promethean, which give us the opportunity to implement innovative projects.

This year I’m teaching 2nd grade. My group has 25 children all 7 years old.

Although our school has lately been investing in technology and in the use of computers within the classroom context, this will be the first year that both I and my students will have the opportunity to work with tablets within 1:1 learning.

What would you like to achieve from the CCL project?

With this project I hope to learn, share, exchange and above all, be able to implement the ideas from the CCL project, so as to motivate the students in the use of tablets inside the classroom context and outside as well.

 

What do you think will be your biggest challenge?

One of the challenges will be to have 6/7 year old students withdraw from the tablets its main learning facilities. To help them distinguish fun from work and lead them to understand that a computer can be a great help in their learning process.   

Hence, the biggest challenge will be to implement the Flipped Classroom scenario , especially directing  the students in the several phases of the project we are undergoing.

 

Identify 2 key questions at this stage that you are asking in school about the use of tablets within 1:1 learning.

  • How to provide students with tools they can use when using the computer on their own at home.
  • How to include the parents in this project bearing in mind that their active participation is essential for this age.