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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 post 6 - Freixo School Cluster - Portugal

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

1. What did you find most challenging during the CCL project? 

The greatest difficulty was undoubtedly the change in educational practices. After 20 years teaching in a "traditional" classes prepare, produce and select digital resources that would enable students to acquire knowledge and develop skills independently or with less involvement from the teachers was undoubtedly the biggest challenge. Simultaneously, convince students to engage in new learning scenarios was sometimes complicated. Interestingly, despite complaining of classes are boring and the results achieved are not always the best and wish to change, some students, given the opportunity to change the style of learning and play a more central role in it, they refuse because it is more labor intensive.

 

2. What was the biggest benefit of participating in the CCL project?

No doubt that the greatest benefit was being able to meet part of the educational reality of some countries with regard to  the use of tablets in the classroom. Thus I realized that the difficulties we have at my school are the same as other teachers  feel in other countries of Europe. Also be able to develop educational scenarios that were unknown allowed to realize that  contrary to what many think the use of tablets and similar devices in education can be beneficial and facilitates the  development of important skills in students. Having participated in this project made ​​me more open-minded to the use of  tablets as an educational tool, negating the fear that these devices are mere students’ distractors and reduce the value of  teachers. After this project I do want to have tablets in my classroom.

3. What have you been able to achieve? What are you most proud of?

I think one of my achievements was being able to not be afraid to use the tablets in the classroom knowing that for students is a tempting device because it allows access to social networks , take pictures, shoot, communicate with the outside when they are in classroom space traditionally closed to the " distractions" from the outside. Being able to take students to learn more autonomously and to believe in their abilities to achieve knowledge with more respect for their learning rhythm. Also have increased communication and sharing among students and between them and the teachers, using email, SharePoint and social media resources.

I am proud to have been able to produce targeted educational resources for the independent student learning unlike the usual where resources were intended for the use of the teacher to teach students.

4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?

Now that this project is finishing is my goal to make a presentation to all school teachers about: "What was the CCL project in Freixo over these two years." The idea is that knowledge acquired by me and all teachers involved is shared with all, the intention is to motivate them to introduce changes in educational practices, allowing the use of tablets in their classrooms. The aim is to present the positive aspects achieved, but also the difficulties and how they were overcome.

 

Personally, I intend to implement the use of these devices whenever they are useful. Although the school does not have enough tablets for all students the truth is that most have smartphones that allow for example to develop some skills in independent learning environment and flipped classroom.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Keep focused on only three or four applications that are truly useful for the work you intend to develop. Many applications do not imply better learning outcomes.

Do not think that the use of devices and apps involves all students equally and that all will achieve excellent results.

Probably will have to fight the pressure that most conservative colleagues and even parents will perform against the use of tablets, smartphones and other devices you use. Do not give up students are the best allies!