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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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Teacher conclusions an recommendations - Private University College of Education Dioezese Linz

 

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

  • The start with a set of iPads was challenging since there was no or only very little previous experience of how to use such things in the classroom.
  • We also had to gain experience regarding how to technically manage the iPads.

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

  • Exchange with other teachers and schools who are also using tablet PCs.
  • The association of European schools gave a great overview. Many (useful) ideas could have been drawn from the meetings and postings.

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

  • We have been able to gain confidence that tablet PCs are an excellent medium to enrich teaching and to get students more active in class.
  • Our project at the university now includes 3 sets of tablet PCs – 2 sets of iPads and one set of android-based tablet PCs.
  • Many (new) contacts, possibilities for networking and exchange with schools in the area.

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

  • We will continue to share our experiences made in (future) training courses.
  • We support schools/teachers in project preparation and implementation of tablet PCs.
  • We have started to accompany a project with scientific research. The research results are to be published.

5.  2 Top Tips for other teachers 

  •  1. If you intend to start a tablet class/project/… in your class/school/,…  take enough time for comprehensive and broad planning
  • 2. Take the chance to inform, if possible involve the parents of your students in a tablet project
Blog 6 - Daniela Gruber (Italy)

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

  • Maybe when I have started because it was my first time in a European project
  • Assessment/evaluation in the learning project with the ICT is a problem in the Italian education system based on the contents
  • It isn't easy to find the time to try different learn scenario because there are the traditional
  • 2. What was the biggst benefit of participating in the CCL project?
  • Can share different experience to teach with ICT
  •  Have more support in the innovative work
  • See how other teacher use apps or IFT in general
  • Learn new strategies to use the mobil device
  • Improve our competences in this context
  • Take time to think over our methodology
  • Feel less alone
  • It's a good trainer to work in progress

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

  • I have been able to develop each scenario in the class.
  • I have improved my way of working with the learning story
  • Now I have more competences on  digital technologies, greater students' involvement, increase of students' interest on learning
  • I have been introduced one European project in my school
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4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?

  • I will start the same work with the next class to improve that I learnt during the CCL
  • I would like to connect the CCL schools for work together
  • To catch good informations or ideas or other project to improve
  • My class shows the result to my colleagues (multidisciplinary project)
  • In the same time we organize a short course on the use of mobil device and Apps to create learning objects.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

  • To try with a few somethings
  • Find other colleagues to organize a group in the same school 

 

Conclusions and Recommendations from Gracemount, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

1. What did you find most challenging during the CCL project?
Finding the most appropriate way to use the technology and NOT using iPads for the sake of using technology. Upskilling some pupils has been a challenge – never assume that ALL pupils know how to work the tablet as well as you think they can.
2. What was the biggst benefit of participating in the CCL project?
This project has opened my eyes up to innovation in the classroom and to really embrace technology as an aid to learning. This project has challenged me and required me to plan modern and motivating learning with technology. I have loved the collaboration not only within the UK, but across Europe.  
3. What have you been able to achieve? What are you most proud of?
I have been able to achieve a real link between using technology as a learning aid and learning. I am proud of the process that my class have gone through the year. The dream, explore and ask sections where completed particularly well in my project and I was happy with the quality and level of work in these sections.   
4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?
I will keep pushing the boundaries of innovation as much as possible. Money and budgets are always a problem, but I will continue to smart and find new ways to fund projects. I will ensure that staff that work beside me push their boundaries also – but ensuring we continue to use 1:1 tablets to aid our pupils learning. Sharing our practice is key to this and work together as much as possible is also critical.
5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers
1. Use the tablets as collaboratively as possible – 1:1 does not mean that pupils can use the technology in pairs or groups.      
2. ALWAYS have a backup in case the Wi-Fi fails!

What I have learned - Wolfgang Ölzant - SKIHAK Schladming

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The most challenging thing was to find out, how to use tablets in a specific secondary school (Topics: economy and working with datasheets, presentations, …) where we have laptop-classes from the 2nd grade on.

Another challenging aspect was given by the number of students: Can I find learning scenarios where I can make use of 10 tablets in a class with 30 students?

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

I got some interesting knowledge about how other schools use tablets. I also was confronted with the above mentioned circumstances (10 tablets, 30 students), but these let me find new ideas for lessons. I also liked the idea of the learning cycle and tried to adapt it to my classroom.

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

At least I managed the challenges and found ways of implementing the tablets in useful ways. This is for me very important, as I am/was very sceptic about the implementation of tablets (because of preferring laptops).

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

As I see it I will not force the use of tablets. I find them useful when some students have no laptop so they can work with the tablets, but to work “efficiently” and in various ways (research, presentation, image processing, database,…) I think it’s better to have a laptop as a real “working place”. My students also have this opinion – I gathered it by an evaluation on the work with tablets.

But I will go on with the learning scenarios and learning cycle as well as with the new teaching ideas.

To disseminate my/the students work I will prepare a presentation about the work (I have already the video) and post it/make it public via different channels (web, Facebook, ccl). I will also write an article for the homepage and for local newspapers.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Above all there are two important things: First is it to really know WHAT do you want to do with the tablets and then have a GOOD look about the technical features and requirements – for instance: docking stations needed? – How to register? – What apps to install? – Who gives support?

 

 

Blog Post 6 - Jerica Glavan, Slovenia

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

Management: classroom management as well as managing our team of teachers.

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

The workshop in Zürich was a great occasion to share good practice and reflect on our work. Throughout the project professional support from your side (Diana) has been really good.

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

I love the concept of the project work that we have been testing. I have found that the stage where you bring an expert to class should be absolutely essential.

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

I am going to continue practising the same kind of project work. In a way, I am glad not to be tied to one class any more. We have a new mobile classroom of 15 laptops, so we should be able to work well with any group of students (pair work, group work).

I'm planting seeds everywhere – to parents, teachers, neighbours – anyone who cares to listen. I hope something grows!

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

1. Think twice before purchasing tablets for school – we have had lots of technical problems with our Acer Iconias. We now believe that laptops are more useful for school work.

2. Don't give up.

 

Blog 6:My experiences in CCL project, Lithuania

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 The reconciliation between project activities and the subject curriculum, teaching problem solving through creativity and working in groups formed according to different styles of learning were the most challenging things during the CCL project. Also, it has become more challenging to control and coordinate the teaching and learning process because the students have become much more independent and free in their behaviour.

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

 • Gaining the ability to teach the subject applying the problem solving method.
• Creating the activities for the students with different learning/studying styles.
• Controlling and coordinating the learning process.
• Trying out the scenarios and cooperating with other European teachers.

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

Our school has obtained tablet computers.
• Two CCL scenarios were successful.
• My lessons have become more interesting and diverse.

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

 I am going to use mobile devices for teaching in all classes. Both the scenarios of the project will be presented to all my colleague teachers and different open activities with mobile devices will be organized.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

• To integrate the devices owned by the students in a sensible way
• To equip one classroom with tablet computers

 

blog 6 - CCL teacher, António Gonçalves, Portugal

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.  

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

  1.             I summed up in three aspects the greatests difficulties felt during the project:

        a)    The CCL project was seen by me as a challenge, because there was a need to prepare the  students for a national examination, so I had to be cautious about the change;

     b)    A demanding project, either in the planning of activities and the constant search for resources to be worked and shared, both within the classroom space, which has become much more demanding when monitoring the students.

     c)    The integration of technologies and the wide variety of apps on pedagogical scenarios tested

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

           On the one hand, the work done under this project has, in some way, reflected on the learning models tested vs "traditional" model, and verify the virtuality of the application of these pedagogical models in this age group and educational level, second, the sharing of knowledge and extremely enriching experiences for students and teachers involved in the project.

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

                 Knowing how to articulate the premisses of the project, the experiences and the work done,  with the necessary balance, in a way that would not compromise the final evaluations of the students in a national examination and always believing  that this project would be an added value for a good performance in the national examination and in the communication teacher/student, providing a pedagogical aproach 1:1, with obvious gains on the learning and teaching process.

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

               Promoting and participating in events, at school and outside of it, that lead to reflection of the advantages and disadvantages on the introduction of classroom technologies and, obviously, keep on working and exploring the several technologies, apps and pedagogical scenarios inside the classroom with my students.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

 One simple recipe:

  • one dose of will and courage;
  • two motivating work doses;
  • balanced use of equipments and apps
  • keeping the students connected and motivated during the proccess

          and the result is...

an enriching professional experience and extremely valuable to the proccess of knowledge acquisition by students.

Blog post 6 - Teacher conclusions and recommendations

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 Persist, even if there were a lot of practical problems in our school.

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

 The motivation and experience of other teachers, which motivated me. I especially learned a lot during the international workshop in Zurich.

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

motivated other colleagues to take the step to start working with tablets. The added value of using ICT equipment in several classes. The students learned that a tablet is much more than a computer game and can be used for educational purposes.

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

 Try and have no fear of failure. Only by doing so, you can achieve practical and innovative teaching methods.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Try and have no fear of failure. Only by doing so, you can achieve practical and innovative teaching methods.

 

SPŠOA Uherský Brod, Czech republic

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 

Whole project was challenging because work (teach) with tablets on an international level is a great experience. At first I was a little bit scared but I could meet a lot of great people!

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

 

Get a lot of experience with tablets at school and use the experience in my school and education.

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

 

Thanks to this project I was able to achieve that my students have experience from international collaboration. I am proud of my students because they produced an app for tablet for this collabboration.

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

 

Many great ideas, I will try to apply them in my lessons.

In my school: I have informed my colleagues about the project and about our work.

Outside the school: meetings with other teachers.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

 

You do not have to need some app to work with tablet. You can use also the internet to find or collect information to your lesson. Or you can create your own app :)

 

Blog post 6 - ZŠ Dr. E. Beneše, Prague, Czech rep

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

To work with two different types of tablets. We had to decide which apps we would use. 

To motivate children to be responsible for they work - they were enthusiastic but did a lot of mistakes. We had to repeat phases make-ask-remake at least twice to get some usable results.

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

As mentioned above, I believe this collaboration helped my students to be more responsible for their work. 

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

To show my students that their work can be used and can be useful, it doesn't stay only in the classroom.

To show my students that a teacher can be a partner, he or she doesn't have to know everything and may sometimes need help, too.

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

Inside our school: during our regular meetings I will share the results of the project. I will help my colleagues with using tablets in their lessons. 

Outside our school: during seminars I lead I will inform about our achivements.  I am going to take part in a European academy course and if Czech colleagues will have problems with understanding I help them. 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Do not forget, it is not tablet who teaches the children, it is you. 

Use tabets for work they are ment to be used. 

Blog 6 - I.C. Cadeo - Italy Daniela Porro

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 

In the first part of the CCL project, I found it really challenging to plan the scenario in detail and to identify stimulating and meaningful activities for the students. The assessment was also a critical issue. Directing and guiding the students to a responsible use of tablets during the performance of the activities, and leading them to improve their ability to self-evaluate their outputs and outcomes were also difficult aspects of the project. 

 

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

 

Thanks to the project, I’ve started to think more deeply on the impact of innovation in methodology, introducing learning activities by which the students become active protagonists.

It’s been extremely important for me to “open a window” on international experiences and to access the CCL website, with all the interesting and valuable resources and materials that offer points for reflection as an incredibly interesting and valuable suggestions.

 

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

 

I’ve gained a lot of experience in using and managing the iPad in the classroom, thanks to the  definition of the single learning activities. The students have become more careful and responsible in using the tablets, and the project has engaged and empowered them with learning experiences, leading them to be more autonomous in their learning.

 

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

 

In our school a teaching approach based on scenarios has become a well-established methodology and a wide group of colleagues works in this direction. The various experiences are shared and documented in training opportunities and are also published on the school site.

 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

 

Teaching with tablets cannot be improvised and teachers must have a clear idea of the objective they want to reach, in order to avoid easy distractions. That’s why I think that all teachers should enforce compliance with precise rules of use, trying also to integrate innovative practices and workshops working procedures with more traditional tools, such as books, copybooks, scissors and glue.

 

Blog 6 My experience with CCL

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

Create lessons in function of the CCL scenarios. It wasn’t easy to implement the scenarios.

 

Unfortunately the collaboration scenario was a bummer. We moved to our new school which was promised to be fully equipped for the digital era. But it wasn’t ready. No internet connection, no digital school boards,.. this was our early exit.

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

New ways to work with the tablets.

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

A lot of teachers were very sceptical about the tablet-project at school. Now most of them are very positive and enthusiastic to try new things. My colleagues have become a little bit tablet-minded since the start.

 

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

We’ll create (a small tablet-work group at school) a short guide with do’s and don’ts for the teachers. Short scenarios, useful apps,.. all of that will be in the tablet-guide.

We also need to keep supporting the teachers, keep experimenting with apps, scenarios, ideas,.. the first steps are lying behind us, it’s time to get in shape for a marathon. 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

 Just do it! Every challenge is worth it.

 

 

Blog 6 - Teacher conclusions and recommendations - Athénée Léon Lepage

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

It was very challenging to discover and work with other working methods than usual. For example, the model of scenarios with which we had to work was extremely different from the way we create lessons in Belgium and our ideas needed to be adapted with this new model.

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

There were many excellent ideas, Apps, scenarios, etc. to discover. It's very reassuring to see other teachers in the world trying to maximize the benefits of new technologies in their class.

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

 I really appreciated the first scenario we had to achieve, it was complete and pupils liked the way we have accomplished all this lesson, including assessment.

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

 I created a website about latin and greek and I added a new section about new technology that I want to improve and complete in the future.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

  • Don't be afraid to try new things, pupils are always positive about new ways to teach, even if this doesn't work as you expected.
  • Search for places to exchange about what you do, it's the best way to find and improve your ideas of lessons.
 
Blog 6 - My experience with CCL

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 The greatest challenges were:

·         how to make a scenario for collaboration and assessment in math during entire math-unit through all phases of learning process,

·         how to involve students in the phase of assessment,

·         how to encourage students for self-reflection.

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

To find some new approaches in assessment of collaborative work with tablets. To share ideas with other teachers.

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

During this project I have learned many new aps for learning with tablets and many different ways to use tablets in all phases of learning process. I found tablets very useful for assessment and learning of learning. Students have more active roles during the lessons.     

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

I am going to transfer my knowledge to other teachers in our school. But we decided to work with laptops. I already had a lecture on my learning scenario on an International conference of teaching and learning math KUPM last year. Our national team presented our work at the international conference SIRIKT.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Start with little steps, with a few aps and continue step by step. Before you start with lecture, write a detailed scenario and don’t forget on assessment.

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