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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: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.

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.

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