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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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Teachers' blog Teachers' blog
Escola Sec de Santa Maria - Portugal: blog 6

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The biggest challenge for me was trying for the students to be focused on the subject we were studying, because with tablets, they have acces to a lot of information.

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

 Teaching Science with tablets has many benefits. Students can use various applications suitable for modelling and watch some experiments that can't be done in classrooms. They can also search for different examples of Science in curent life.

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

 Classes became more interactive, and students took an active role in the learning process. 

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

 I shared  my experiences with some school Science teachers . I introduced them to some applications they can use in their classes. I invited them to the open courses held on the Internet and hope them to become involved.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

1. Science applications are useful resources in any subject.

2. Connect Science subjects with daily life.

 

Blog 5. Belgium, institut saint-joseph de Ciney

1. The main aims of my CCL scenario are...

My students will use a personal learning style and work on their own.

They will work in small groups to resolve small tasks and excercices. Work in pairs is a good thing to improve their learning.

 2. In the second Learning Scenario, I plan to...  

Unfortunaly, I can't repeat and use the experience of flipped classroom of the last year.

This year, we will collaborate with a school from Flanders on the economic theme.

We'll begin by the presentation of the students and we will follow with the presentation of the little entreprise.

Having done the project before, it will be interesting to compare the outcomes now when the focus is different. 

 3. I would really like my students to produce... 

Exchange experience about small entreprises and make a comparaison on the gestion method.

 4. This year I am going to try the following ideas (and apps) that are new to me/ my students... 

 tellagami, keynote, numbers

 

5. Any comments/ questions about the Learning Story: 

we will work on ipad, and we will follow the "les jeunes entreprises" models

Blog Post 6 - Belgium - ISJ Ciney

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

To work with the different scenarios and convert this to the students- and create good material that students can use. I'm using everyday the scenarios like content creation and this year also collaboration. The students like it and work less with paper. They like a teacher that works like a coach and rythm the courses. But the biggest challenge is to obtain a favorable answer of my colleague of foreign language to help my students to translate the work before send it to the other school.

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

 Participating and sharing materials with other students. 

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

The new methods to guide my students and give them more autonomy and more time for remediation

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

It's very exciting to experiment with new method with the tablets. The students like this new method. They like to learn by themselves. They are tired of the magistrate courses. 

It's exciting too, to go in other school to talk about our new method, it's very pleasant to see our website is visited by many persons.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Try, and try agin. Change and Redefine methods and materials to motivate children.
Blog post 6 Czech Republic Havlickuv Brod

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 The biggest challenge for me was preparing educational classes, looking up useful applications and providing a class content – in the personalization part. No less important for me was my students´using tablets as an ordinary part of a teaching process, not just a lesson diversification.

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

 I can consider the biggest benefit of starting using tablets for teaching some selected chaps in Maths regularly. I came to know various applications suitable for teaching. In the second year of the project run we have reasonably utilized the tablets in teaching technical subjects. We have linked up teaching IT and cooking. The students have appreciated the project a lot.

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

 I have succeeded in making a teaching process more attractive, showing students various possibilities of tablets use in a lesson, their introducing to various applications.

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

 I regularly inform my colleagues teaching Maths about my work. Meanwhile I was working on the project, I was cooperating with the teachers of the technical subjects and handing over my experience to them. I also introduced them to the open courses held on the Internet and hope them to become involved. I help with looking up applications for various subjects and their involving to a teaching process.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

1. For Maths teachers – using the program of Geogebra for teaching functions and geometry.

2. Usage of tablets out of school.

 

Teacher conclusions and recommendations - From Portugal

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The most challenging aspect of this Project was the fact that we started working on it with 1st graders. Students who couldn’t read at all. Everything in this Project was challenging because of the students with whom we were working. They had never worked with tablets or other devices in the classroom and everytime they had to face any problem (Technical or other) everything was really complicated. Any message on the screen was a huge problem and with 25 students in the classroom sometimes it was hard to deal with these issues. One challenging aspect of this Project was the fact that I started working full-time in groups and on a Project-Based Learning approach since the 1st grade. This was amazing because pupils were forced to discuss, to negotiate, to decide about their learning process and to collaborate most of the time. When we are talking about students so young conflicts can be a real obstacle and some of them can loose the interest for the work. On the other hand, groups working with more authonomy is not easy since these pupils depend on you to do many things. However, the results were amazing and after 2 years, I feel that these was the best way of doing things and students developed several skills only possible working on this approach.

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

It’s interesting that the biggest benefit of participating in the CCL Project is not directly related with tablets or technology. The biggest benefit was the fact that we were able to change the way we implement the Project-based learning approach in our classroom (and school). Before the CCL we use to challenge students to work in groups, to explore resources in the classroom and to create diferente resources related to the topics we were working. We also used to promote the use of technology (and tablets) in the classroom. But with CCL we had the chance to connect “all the dots” and work in a more organised way, following a Learning Story and travelling through diferente Learning Activities from the Dream stage to the Show stage. Of course we must say that the Tablets were crucial in the implementation of both scenarios we explored, but the biggest benefit was for sure the way students and teachers implemented the scenarios, following a Learning Story to create something as a final product.

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

We were able to challenge 6 and 7 years old students to discuss, to take decisions about their learning process, to explore diferente resources and Technologies, to collaborate in the creation of final products and at the same time they were learning the usual subjects and topics of the cu