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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 6 - Teacher conclusions, Iva Skybová, Ostrava, Czech republic

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The most challenging for me was finding new ways how to explain, how to practice and how to asses knowledge, it means funnier and for students in a more  interesting way.     

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

I am very glad about the opportunity to share opinions with other teachers. 

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

I was able to motivate students interest for math education and I also can see deeper understanding of topics. I can be proud of discovering new ways of teacher leaderships.     

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

 

I would like to continue this ways of teaching. I consider it  more appropriate and meaningful today. I often speak with my colleagues about my participation on this project and about my reasons for choosing this type of teaching. Some of them can join my way.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

3?

1. Do not be afraid to try something new.

2. ICT can help you, but cannot to save you.

3. from apps: Socrative is simple to use and very effective.

 

 

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? 

Linking the scenarios to the curriculum and adding the devices was the biggest challenge. Having time to prepare a lesson would have been so beneficial, especially in this period of the project and implementation at school. But the lesson is learned and now we schedule time to prepare lessons when possible, having the options of the device and the real world of the children in the back of our minds.

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

The connection with like minded people who aren't afraid of giving honost feedback. This has given a chance for postive feedback to keep going forward and move towards the fear.

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

The biggest achievement is getting teachers, students and parents involved. Making connections all over the world. Even the teachers who didn't feel comfortable in the beginning give the devices in the hands of the students and learn with them. After all, it's about education and not the device. 

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

I'm already working on a learning path, talking at conferences and giving workshops with the knowledge learned here. In our school we have regular team meetings where we share good practice. We've also started to create content and put that out for free so that other teachers from other schools can use it. 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Keep it simple and plan for a small victory instead of thinking you need to do everything all at once with a device. It's OK to mix your media and use a tablet when it has a benefit. So plan a few manageble lessons and prepare them with someone who has experience. Then go over them and afterwards deliver them. Take a moment to reflect on the lesson afterwards and see what worked or where there are challenges.
 
Blog 6: My experiences in CCL project

 I really enjoyed being a part of this project. Hope to see you all at the MOOC.

1. What did you find most challenging during the CCL project? Beside technical problems whit Wi-Fi, the most challenging was the shift of my thinking about teaching (and learning). It is about setting goals: what do my students have to know (and be able to) in the contexts of the curriculum and which activity should I organize to enable this and only than searching for the right app – and not vice versa.  The other thing was to dare to change the way of assessing (in the aspect of the change of students activities).  This was the big turn in the way of my reading and understanding of the prescribed curriculum. It was also quite demanding, to produce (and than monitor and assess) activities in the way, that the students work wouldn’t be just group work, but collaborative work in the sense of a team.
2. What was the biggst benefit of participating in the CCL project?

Writing the scenario step by step helped me to reflect on my teaching – which I am trying to change after the 2 years of doing it

Getting involved with other teacher in Europe, sharing their ideas and views was an excellent experience.

Benefiting form Diana’s advices and guidance J on webinars, in Zurich and her country visit. :-)

3. What have you been able to achieve? What are you most proud of?I am most proud at the fact, that I let go of some control and include students in to the part of planning, setting criteria and asking for information and help outside of school (looking for the experts).  In my opinion, it was also very important for the students to make a change in the way their tablets and phones are used: from fun and entertainment to the serious work and collaboration.
4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?

Our school just bought 16 tablets, so I will be able to extend this way of learning to the other classes.  Not just the collaboration in problem solving, but also the flipped learning that was developed in the other group.  Our national team will present our work at the international conference SIRIKT. I will try to include this kind of approach into our school vision; so I will prepare some presentation of my lessons and workshops (based on the materials, that were developed in the project) for other teachers and try to get them more involved.

I am also working with students at the University- future teachers and I will try to motivate them for the new stuff I learned.
5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Give students a problem and let them find the way (or an app) to solve it. 

Don’t be afraid to start – you can keep it small and simple.

Write a detailed scenario – it really does help.

 

Creative blog 6 - Teacher conclusions and recommendations - Hanspaulka, Prague, CZ

Questions
Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.
1. What did you find most challenging during the CCL project? 
 - To think about teaching with tablets in lessons at our school in the frame of CCL project scenarios. It means that was necessary to find connections between subjects and topics that are taught at our school and methodology we are using and content and approaches included in CCL scenarios. In the second phase of the project it was not easy to find the partner for collaboration (in “collaboration” scenario), but we solved it.
2. What was the biggest benefit of participating in the CCL project?
 - Sharing ideas on how to use tablets in various situations and various lessons at school. It was interesting to participate not only for me but also for my colleagues from my school that are teaching different subjects (it was possible to give them tips and ideas described by other participants in the project from different countries). Sharing of “Examples of good practice”.
 
- A lot of practical tips as useful apps for tablets, websites, real scenarios for individual lessons, methodological approaches etc.
 
- Possibility of communication with colleagues – teachers that are interested in the same topic “how to use tablets during lessons and at school”: 1) during whole project via e-mails, webinars etc., 2) during one VERY useful workshop in EUN, 3) from the beginning of the project on national level during national workshops, via e-mails, Google+ etc.
3. What have you been able to achieve? What are you most proud of?
 - We are using tablets very often in our lessons and projects at school and in different ways as in case that we are using PCs in PC lab. Tablets are not “the central didactic tool” in the lessons in that we are using them but they are one of several important tools in the lessons. Our teachers and students are able to work with tablets in the lessons in the way that tablets are useful and important in developing results of the lessons in that they are used. All users of tablets in our school are familiar with these devices and used environments (e.g. Google Drive).
- We improve WiFi at school.
- We establish clear rules of using tablets, mobile phones (also students own - BYOD) and WiFi at school.
4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?
 - We will continue in our work :-). Important is sharing ideas and examples of good experience, communication, collaboration etc. (with colleagues, management, students, parents, other schools, local authorities…).
5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 
- Cooperate with other colleagues at school (sharing of ideas, tips to apps etc.).
- Cooperate and communicate with management of the school, parents of students and students.
- Prepare a clear plan (strategy) before the start of the project of tablets implementation to the education at school.
- Do not be afraid of experiments.
- For management: communicate and cooperate with teachers before purchasing the equipment (tablets and apps), especially with “innovative” teachers at school (but listen also to ideas of skeptics); try to purchase tablet for every full-job teacher at school.

My experience with CCL - Blog 6

 6th blog on experience on CCL!

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 The most challanging thing uring the CCL project was to persuade students that this type of learning is way suitable for them and it is not playing in lessons, that it  is actually learning. Also it was quite difficult to prepare the scenario, as well as give the evaluation, especially interim evaluations and marks.

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

 The biggest benefit for me was to find some new ways of learning, particiating in samethinking  people from different European countries and of course experience participating in EUN project, finding contacts. For students I would say the biggest beneft was to find new aproach of learning as well as understanding that they can learn together not being in the same room.

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

 I was able to invilve more teachers to use tablets we have at our school a their lessons and provide certain assistance and support to work better and optimizi work. Also suggesting and giving tips how to prepare lessons for better effiecency. I think it also led to implementation of Wi-Fi network in our school for bing able to work not only in classroom. I also managed to collect different types but quite useful apps for learning and now I suggest our teachers to use them at different tasks.

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

 Work continues and I am sure after the project ends we won't stop using tablets. At his point actually I think we (me and other teachers in our school who use tablets) will try to attract other teachers and turn to parents, who (thinking about young students) are or should be technologicaly advanced, and could also benefit in learning by communicating, sharing ideas and giving tips not only for teachers, but also for their children.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

1.Don't be affraid to experiment!

2. However, before experiment you shoud have weight all possible consequences be ready to face them!

BLOG 6 - Carolina Beja Neves - Portugal

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

- Be able to equally motivate the students, enabling all to be involved in the different phases of the project. There are always more collaborative students than others leaving the less ones somewhat behind, which will hinder their learning process and their group work tasks.

- Students being able to work by themselves, achieving good results.

- Be able to help the students develop their ability to reflect on the work done, and their own learning steps.  

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

 - It made me reflect more on the learning, specially on the work on the project; taking the students exploiting the contents on their own, focusing the learning more and more on the students.

- Interacting with other teachers.

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

With this project I have learned to face the use of technology in a different way, specially the tablets in the classroom as well as the methodology of the project work, with the implementation of several phases put before us.

- I now feel that the students are more independent in their learning process, as they are more pro-active children with innitiative and have a stronger will to learn and esploit on their own.

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

Firstly, it will be important to continue working together with the parents, to understand the importance of this methodology of work in the learning process. I also intend to continue working closely with my school colleagues, trying to pass on the working methods.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

- Start with the beginning concept

- Since the beginning, make the classroom rules for the tablets use and always use them

 

Teaching curiosity and adventures.

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

What was a challenge during this project is to be able to motivate my various colleagues to use the tablet to support our teaching and to see how the tablet could bring trainings to our pupils of the first year.

Then, the projects which one wished to carry out without putting a course on side.
The interdisciplinary one was also another pair of handles.

 

2. What was the biggst benefit of participating in the CCL project?
For me, there are two great benefits to having taken part in this project.
The first, it is that one has to carry out a real teaching reflection. One has to re-examine our method of teaching and to find new approaches.To familiarize themselves with the object and to create our various tablet projects.
The second benefit is the motivation of the pupils. Right to the error that one let to them have. At the time of our projects, they could see an interaction between the course and the place where they were. And they showed that some did not like the fact of remaining in the classroom but that outside the class with a tablet, their results could change.

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

We carried out sequences of course into interdisciplinary on various cities. We pointed a shared interest for the various courses and hope, us here are parties in creation.
That of which we are more to trust: we were professor and raises because our pupils also took an active part in their trainings and to show us what they were able to do.

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

We could share our work with interested colleagues. And here, that is put gently on the way in other classes and sections.
And it also should be shown to the skepticals who the professor is always useful but that the tablet remains a partner and not a substitute of the professor.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers

Teaching curiosity and adventures.

 

Blog6_IISS Ettore Majorana_R. Palmizio

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The biggest challenge is to follow and to implement innovative scenarios in detailed phases. It was very useful to write down every phase of scenarios. I learnt how I can plan a lesson in a simple and definite way. The last scenario ‘Collaboration and assessment’ let me encourage to use tablets in collaborative way and to enhance new assessment tools.  

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

The CCL project let me communicate with several European teachers that like to use technology in educational scenarios. The CCL facebook group was very useful because everyone could share his experience, used tools. In this way I could know some important and useful applications to implement scenarios.

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

In the CCL project I could enhance my knowledge about some educational scenarios using tablets. This project encouraged me to search several applications to use better tablets in educational scenarios. For this reason I have been recognised as educational technological expert in several schools. I’m very proud of this recognition.

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

This year I’m organizing some courses for teachers and students to teach to use tablets in teaching and learning.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Technology paints teaching and learning.

 

Collaborative project work - use of tablets and importance of team work

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The greatest challenge was to write down the scenario – how to put all the content particles in the story. In the beginning I was wondering how to involve students in all steps of project work but I found out it was my problem and not students. They were happy to contribute ideas and their work in all steps of collaborative project work. I was very happy to have the opportunity to share experiences with our national teacher's team.

 

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

Through this project I got the opportunity to know collaborative project work from different perspectives – proposed steps are very useful and short descriptions are very useful also for students. After this experience I often also use this steps in other project work.

I'm very grateful to get the chance to a public presentation of our work in the local and national school area.

Participating in Webinars was also useful for my professional development – I got many new ideas, saw different approaches and new apps to use in the classroom.

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

We prepared very extensive content and collaboration with 15 teachers and 31 students in our school and also with experts from other institutions (museum, municipality).We are very proud of students work and their public presentation to teachers and parents. We managed to build team spirit J - every student was prepared to take part in this way of learning. We use tablets and phones to find information, check knowledge, communicate with mates and experts, prepare presentations and photo our work and products.

These examples of good work are very important to take more steps to collaborative work in the future with different content and users.

 

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

I want to include this type of collaborative work in my regular subjects (geography, sociology and European Studies) in our school to give students the opportunity to take an active role in learning and teaching each other (how to get and to give knowledge). I want to continue doing classes outside the classroom and find new ways of using ICT during fieldwork based on gamification of the teaching process. Our national team is preparing a presentation for international conference SIRIKT 2015 in Kranjska Gora and we want to share our work also with our national Web site to promote the Creative Classrooms Lab work along Slovenian primary and secondary schools.
 

We also have a great opportunity to take our classes outside the school and make some great fieldwork with our students (in London, Vienna and Rome).

»Rome competition for our students – 1,2,3 begin …http://inovativci.net/prenos/EkskurzijaRim.zip (for IoS and android)

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

1. Do - use ICT don't be afraid - but people/students/children/parent always come first.

2. Team work is much, much better than being alone.

BLOG 6 NNö Informatik-Mittelschule Stockerau, Austria

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

The CCL-project is the most extensive international project which my school or I have ever carried out. At the beginning of the project we were equipped by Samsung with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets and the learning management software Samsung School. The operating system of the tablets is Android and none of our project teachers had worked with android tablets before. So the work with android tablets was brand new for both our students and our teachers. Before the start of the project we used netbooks with the operating system windows. It took some time to find out that there are  differences between teaching with notebooks or tablets. Teaching with tablets contains learning with apps, shorter texts, more closed questions with given response options instead of open questions with much writing.     

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

The participation in the CCL project made it possible for our school to attend webinars, get in touch with many teachers from different countries and share ideas and best practice scenarios in teaching with tablets. The workshop for the school lead teachers was very interesting and a great motivation to try new things in teaching.

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

In the CCL project we could brainstorm many new ideas for teaching.  Some of these ideas we have already tried and implemented in our new way of teaching. Now our pupils are more active during the lessons. It was also a great experience to collaborate in such a comprehensive project. It was quite new for us that large parts of the communication between the project partners consisted of mails and webinars and the communication among the partners was excellent.

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

I hope that it will be possible in the future to convince the parents of our pupils that they equip them with a mobile digital learning device. It is an important aim of our school to provide modern, student-centered and interesting lessons for our students. This is an important part for the motivation of both our pupils and teachers.

Due to the intensive cooperation in the Austrian ENIS network, we can continue to develop our experiences of the CCL project.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

If you want to use mobile phones, tablets or notebooks (BYOD) in your lessons just make little and simple steps.

If you use digital devices in your lessons and some problems arise don´t give up. In such situations it helps to have substitute preparation for the lesson.

Conclusions and Recommendations from Lisa Cowell, UK

Conclusions and Recommendations from Lisa Cowell,

Penwortham Priory Academy, UK

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

In scenario 1, I initially found the process of map, explore, etc. challenging but ultimately exciting and the introduction of the ask phase has crept into my everyday delivery of projects.

In the current scenario, I found the administration of the ePace assessment cumbersome but more because of the infrastructures and PCs in my school than the test itself. The outcomes of the test were useful to my project

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

Having firm data to back up my claims that the introduction of iPad technology would boost attainment, progress, personalisation, independence, etc.

If I could have a second benefit that was of equal value, it was meeting and working with colleagues from the UK and collaboratively planning approaches.

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

The introduction to the project has had a huge impact on the pedagogy and andragogy of my school. It has influenced the way we work with pupils and how we use our learning spaces. We have redesigned areas and will continue to imagine and create new learning spaces for pupils from now on. Risk taking, creativity and participatory teaching methods are the norm in the delivery of lessons as a direct result of the research into how pupils can learn and like to learn given the freedom and responsibility to learn independently. 

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

I will continue to bang the drum for enhancing learning through the use of new technologies. As a school we work closely with our primary school partners to offer help and guidance. We have found that schools tend to jump on the bandwagon of buying technology without having a clear plan for how they intend to use it. Indeed, they often haven't got a true idea of the potential uses and have simply bought iPads, etc., because it's the latest 'in' thing. Without a vision and backing from the leadership team, they're set to fail and the technology will simply be a 'white elephant'. We provide advice, guidance and direct training to ensure that we help them get the most out of their investments.

Personally, I have presented at several national conferences and written articles encouraging the use of mobile technology and dispelling myths.

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

Insist the pupils find the approach, app, outcome that is right for them - if you need to assess their understanding of a topic, does this have to be a hand written piece? If not, let their creativity shine through; encourage podcasts, websites, animations, films, a song.

Invest in training your staff but don't do this in a traditional way where possible. Some suggestions:

  • Buddy staff up so that advanced users support less experienced staff
  • Enable teachers to observe each other using mobile technology
  • Find creative ways to teach staff skills e.g. a treasure hunt using tablets and apps, speed dating where they share ideas.
  • Having senior leadership champions who become gurus
  • Have pupils who are gurus that staff can consult

 

 

 

Blog 6 - iNMS Jennersdorf/Austria (Collaboration & Assessment)

CCL Scenario Collaboration & assessment (2014/2015)

1. Name and address of your school: 

iNMS Jennersdorf, Austria

 

2.For how long have you been using tablets in teaching and in which subjects?

For five years

 

1: your “ccl class”                                                                                                                       

3.     With how many classes do you work on the CCL scenario?                                                             

With two classes

 

4.     How many students does the class have? How old are the students?

1B – 22 students (10 – 11 years old)   --- { 3A – 24 students (12 -13 years old)}

 

5.     For how long has the class been using tablets?

(The following answers refer to class 1B)

Tablets have been used for 5 months in class 1B.

 

6.     What types of tablets does the class use?

iOS /iPad

 

 

7.  Please specify numbers of specific devices 

22 iPads

 

8.     Who owns the tablet? 

parent /    school    school-student 

   

 

9.     Can the students take the tablet home?

Yes always.

 

3: Your own CCL Learning Activities/ project

10.  In which subject(s) do you work on the CCL scenario?

 English, Music

 

11.  What is the main goal of your own CCL project?  

To use the tablet in various ways in lessons, in order to get familiar with it as a quite useful learning-device.

 

12.  Please describe your CCL project briefly. 

In general….

 

Ad English:

·        Use iTranslate as a dictionary

·        “Vokabeltrainer” as a substitute for a “word-book”
write and learn new words & phrases by the app

·        Read and listen to multimedia stories

·        Using “Skooly” as a learning-platform (text-writing activities, …)

 

Ad Music:

·        Research for specific topics (browser-internet)

·        “iWriteMusic” – for musical notation

·        “Garageband” – to make music in a team

 

Special Project: “kidZ” (Klassenzimmer der Zukunft)

·        Contacts to a school in Lienz (Austria) and  to a school in St. Johann im Ahrntal (Italy) by using “Skype” on the tablet

§  First contact in December 2014

§  February 2015: Exchange pictures of the school-buildings

§  April 2015: Compare daily life in the schools

§  June 2015: Presentation of the city/village….of each partner-school

The tablets are used to take photos, videos, produce presentations, …

 

 

13.  Collaboration: Who cooperates when, how, using which tools?

iNMS Jennersdorf --- (using iPads)

NMS Lienz Nord --- (various tablets)

Mittelschule St. Johann im Ahrntal --- (various tablets)

 

 

14.  Assessment: How do you assess collaboration, when, using which tools?

 By writing a documentation on google docs –collaboration of all three schools

 

15.  What is the most successful aspect for you so far?

Getting in contact with students in other schools, sharing various content, exchanging ideas, …

 

16.  What is the biggest challenge/ does not work well (yet)?

Having a fluent video stream, when using Skype on the tablet

 

17.  How often do your students use tablets for this work?        

every lesson

       

18.  What support do you have? Which support were you missing? 

Support is ok

 

4: your conclusions

19.  Did anything change in the classroom? If so, why?                                                                                                           

Some students are becoming experts on using special apps on the tablet. Tasks are distributed among teachers and students. Students really like to take responsibility for tasks.

 

20.  For which activities do you find tablets particularly useful and for which ones not? Please explain briefly.                                                                 

 Tablets are quite useful devices for research-work during lessons, for exercise-sequences, for producing presentations that can be shown to the others by “Apple TV”.

 

21.  What did you learn about collaboration & assessment with tablets? What was the most interesting?

There are lots of possibilities to share documents among students, so that a team/group can work on the same task. (text writing, presentations, having contact to each other by using messengers, …)

 

Various learning platforms offer assessment sessions that can indicate the outcome of projects.

(e.g. Socrative, Skooly, LMS, Quizlet, Kahoot, …..)

 

Blog 6_ Klaipeda Simon Dach pro-gymnasium

 

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

The most challenging issues have been: (1) the new way of teaching and learning; (2) longer preparation for the lessons; (3) technological issues; (4) new approach for students - more independence; (5) innovative scenarios instead of traditional leasson plans

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

For the first time, we have implemented fully personalised scenarios and activities based on different students' learning styles. We used different teaching and learning methods. We also used a lot of apps to enhance learning. Furthemore, outdoor activities were useful because of other kind of learning environment

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

We are proud of fully personalised 1:1 approach implemented for the first time in Lithuania. We also proud of suitable learning paths based on profound and properly composed learning methods

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

We are preparing a new interactive CCL ibook incl. all the scenarios, methods, learning styles, apps etc. and thus generalising our experience. All CCL schools together with the best iTEC and LSL schools joined into qualitatively new Intelligent Future School network to implement new research results on using intelligent technologies and methods to improve learning

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers

Use problem solving instead of curriculum topics 

Use proper sequences of activities and technologies according to students' individual preferences

Blog 6 - Chris Carey (UK)

 

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

  • The most challenging elements of the project for me were getting started on the projects. Both from a teacher and pupil perspective, it was clear what we wanted the end product to look like, and the design phases of this went well… however there were initial issues in engaging with the project effectively. This was mainly down to the lack of devices available and amount of pupil time available. If more devices had been available to me throughout the project, and with more lessons weekly in my subject area, I am sure there would have been greater success. 

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

  • The biggest benefit of participating in the project has been the ability to enable a completely different teaching and learning style. In both the learning scenarios I was part of (Collaborative learning and Liberating Learners) I feel that students responded very well in these areas. In both cycle one and 2, the use of iPads gave students more independence and creativity to lead their own learning, and achieve higher levels in the process. 

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

  • My greatest achievement is in the ability of changing the nature of the experiences children in my school have when learning. A large amount of teaching styles are evident, but it is very rare that they would have the opportunities they could access whilst working on the project. This had a direct impact on their levels of progress within my own subject, but also indirect impacts on their subject knowledge and skills in other areas.

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

  •  I have already been lucky enough to present information regarding the project to some trainee teachers at Canterbury Christ Church University to demonstrate the impact that technology can have in the classroom. In addition to this I am currently working on delivering my findings to the governors of the school I am in, with a view to improve the amount of funding the school gives to technology in the classroom. One to one devices are not currently available in my school, so I am hoping that the success of the project could influence change in this area. 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

  •  1. Don’t be daunted by the amount of apps available for use. Students will always work out how to use them independently in an appropriate way that fits the task at hand.
  • 2. Ensure that enough time is spent on all phases in the learning phases to get the greatest success in each project. 
 
Blog 6 - Teacher conclusions and recommendations

 Use this table as a template for your blog post 6: Teacher conclusions and recommendations. The post deadline is 1st March 2015.

Copy the table below to your own post and complete.

Questions

Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

 

 

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