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Schoology course room created for iTILT 2013 Comenius course

on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 09:43

We just finished creating a course room for the iTILT Comenius course using the Schoology Learning Management System (LMS). I first got to know this learning environment at the 2013 Comenius course 'Pedagogical Use of Interactive Whiteboards' offered by the  EU project CPDLab


Invited by the coordinator to contribute I had the pleasure of working with  course director Diana Barrister and the group of delegates on Tuesday July 2 and presented on subject specific approaches to IWB use. 

Hence  most of our content was related to the iTILT project on IWBs in Language Education.

iTILT project ended: impressive impact figures!

on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 22:22

The iTILT project finished this weekend and the final report was duly delivered to the EU commission. Just a few data from the final report to show how successful the results are on the disseminateion front (also testifying how proud partners are on the project outcomes and results):

The iTILT-website www.itilt.eu had 18,545 visits of 10,721 unique visitors and 42.3% returning visitors up to the end of June.

Aveiro edition of iTILT summer course cancelled due to closing of all University buildings

on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 22:27

Regrettably we had to cancel the Aveiro edition of the Comenius summercourse 'Using Interactive Whitebords in Language Education' offered by the EU project iTILT

Last week we were informed by Prof. António Moreira, director of the Faculty of Education, that ' [...]  the University Dean decided to completely close the University from 5th to 16th August... ' 

This measure was apparently taken to reduce local expenses in reaction to budget cuts due to the (inter)national crisis. 
 

Having explored alternative solutions (same week but in other location in Aveiro, different week at the

TELLConsult's latest conference contributions and EU project dissemination activities

on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 22:20

On behalf of TELLConsult Ton Koenraad has been very active in the first half of 2013 disseminating (interim) results of the projects his consultancy is involved in. See his activities listed below: 

  • We presented the paper 'NL approaches and instruments to promote integration of ICT in (teacher) education' at the ISNITE 2013 Conference in Ankara, Turkey. 


    Haceteppe University students volunteered to make the conference organisation to a success. As this pic - taken after the conference dinner- testifies time and energy was spent on making guests feel welcome!  


    At the same conference we -

TELLConsult contributed to EU project proposal on machinima in language education

on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 12:58

 

TELLConsult was invited by a consortium of Universities and SMEs led by the University of Central Lancashire (Michael Thomas)  to join an EU project proposal to produce a set of model machinima to illustrate their application in language education.
The main aims of the project are:
 
CAMELOT aims to create and test m a c h i n i m a that are designed to promote language learning, intercultural exchange and digital literacy skills among the participants.  
CAMELOT will store the m a c h i n i m a in open access repositories enabling language learners, instructors and teacher trainers to

TELLConsult involved in Comenius Regio project application 'TABULA ALBA'

on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 13:26

TELLConsult got invited to organise four course weeks in the period 2013-2015 in the train-the-trainer programme planned for the project 'Tabula Alba'.
A Polish and a Turkish regio decided to collaborate in an application of a Comenius project targeted at continuing professional development of staff of a number of local schools in the field of ICT and IWB in particular.
One of the arguments for this initiative runs as follows: 

'According to the report of Euridice ‘Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School in Europe 2011’ both Poland and Turkey do not apply modern

My day at BETT

on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:59

 

Recently attended the BETT conference, my first time ever, and was impressed at the sheer size and the variety of presentations and products on show. Main reason for going was to support Margret Oberhofer, the coordinator of the EU project iTILT,  presenting results at the SMARTboard reception and workshop room. For more info and pics see the bloglpost at the iTILT site. Our presentation was also blogged about by Angela Higgins, one of my SMARTVET partners.

I used the rest of the day to get an impression of the state of the art in educational technology land.

Free course in 3D on English medium teaching

on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:08

 

The course 1EN124 Teaching in English, taught entirely in a 3D learning environment in Second Life, aims to give university teachers (and people in similar situations) advice about and practice with teaching their subject in English. 
There will be two sorts of instruction: 
practical sessions (where participants carry out different aspects of teaching and receive feedback on their performance) and theory sessions (where participants discuss some of the issues involved in teaching  their subject in English).

P.S.

EU Grants for language teachers

on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 18:55

 

The Universities of Antwerp, Coimbra and their partners in the EU projects iTILT and NIFLAR are offering EU-funded summercourses in 2013 targeted at teachers of modern languages on:

a) effective use of Interactive Whiteboards 

and

b) ICT & WEB 2.0 applications to promote oral competences, 

respectively.

TELLConsult, co-initiator and partner in both projects, is organising these courses in collaboration with the University of Aveiro and the Technical University of Valencia.

Find more information on the course descriptions at the EU Comenius/Grundtvig Training database, the related

TELLConsult hosted SMARTVET project meeting in Utrecht

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:56

As partner in the EU project SMARTVET on Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) in (Irish) vocational Education TELLConsult hosted the project's 3rd meeting in Utrecht.

On the basis of supplied information on its interesting architecture, IWB abundance and my personal former work location, the Faculty of Education of Hogechool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (8.000 students) at the Utrecht Campus was selected as preferred meeting place. 

 

All partners from UK, Ireland and Italy were present. Progress and results were reviewed and further steps planned.

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