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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 2 - Colégio Monte Flor, Portugal

1. I am going to use the learning scenario to…

  • teach students to work by projects.
  • introduce a higher motivation and interactivity in the learning process.
  • develop the creativity, the critical thinking and the communication capacities.
  • develop the ability to work individually and in teams.

2. Describe a little about one lesson you have taught so far using the tablets…

During the first weeks, we began by exploring the computer and its basic functions. Children of this age are very dependent and need constant help to solve the arising problems.

So far we have done three projects and the quality of the final result is increasing.

The first work was about the months of the year and the students were asked to make a search on the topic followed by theatre plays and songs.

The second work was about the traditional games and this time the children made a search and a board game which they presented to class (powerpoint, theatre). After the construction of all the materials, the games were proposed to their colleagues from other classes.

The third project was the most hardworking and it was on Teething. First, they explored a resource at home (Flipped Classoom is our Scenario) then, in groups, they planned what to do and after that they started working together. Four groups created small theatre plays without technology, although using the tablet to gather all the information to act the play. Two groups created power point presentations. Afterwards we invited a dentist to watch our presentations and they were well congratulated and even given awards.

We haven’t begun our next Project, but we foresee creating stories using different available tools in the computer: photo story, power point, movie maker…

3. My three top tips for the teacher using tablets in the classroom are:

  • Start with the beginning concept.
  • Let them explore.
  • From the beginning, make classroom rules for the use of tablets and always use them.

 4. The two most useful apps that I have tried in my classroom so far…

  • Escola Virtual - learning platform
  • PowerPoint

5. Two useful apps that students recommend…

The students haven’t returned information of what they have been exploring autonomously.

 6. Two goals for teaching and learning in the next 8 weeks are:

  • Students being able to work by themselves, achieving good results.
  • Motivating students for the proposed scenario.
  • Developing the ability to reflect on the accomplished work.