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Using interactive classroom technologies to promote dialogic teaching and learning.

Using interactive classroom technologies to promote dialogic teaching and learning.

Course Nr # 2

Target Groups                  
- primary teachers and teachers of social sciences/arts/science subjects in secondary and vocational education who want to start to and/or further develop their skills in using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, touchscreens and Interactive Whiteboards with a learner-centered focus

- teachers and/or ICT coordinators who would like or are expected to take a leading role in local, related professional development activities

Dates / Venue             
Valencia (Spain): 19 July – 22 July, 2016
N.B. In case these dates are not convenient: additional and fully face-to-face editions have been requested for 2017, in January 22-27 and February 6-11. Pls contact us at tell.consult AT to check on availability of places.

Course Description

The focus of this course is on developing classroom interaction skills, digital resources and design guidelines to support technology use related to promoting:

  • Dialogue in the classroom

  • Collaborative learning

  • Collegial, collaborative professional development related to these topics.

  • Input and activities aim to promote participants' professionalism by offering challenging tasks involving analysis of classroom practice recordings, assessment and construction of teaching materials requiring the application of theoretical concepts and design criteria related to effective use of technology with a focus on dialogic teaching and learning.

Participants familiarize themselves with the course platform (Schoology), study the recommended readings and - to align the course contents to their needs and interests - participants will be asked to complete an online intake questionnaire. To further optimise the relevance of the course for individual teachers, participants are also invited to bring (local) digital content and/or select topics relevant for their current practice to be elaborated when developing activities and materials during the course.

Many of the examples you will encounter during the course come from interactive whiteboard use. For the demonstration and practice of the pedagogical IWB-related concepts and materials SmartBoards and the related software ‘Notebook’ will be used.
With a view to materials development for different IWB brands participants are advised to bring their own laptops or tablets with their preferred IWB software and apps pre-installed.
For whoever this is no option there will be alternative solutions provided (e.g. laptops for use during the course or access to a computer room). Delegates are also advised to bring USB sticks.

Course objectives:

  • To further develop the competence and confidence of teachers in using classroom technologies such as tablets, laptops and interactive whiteboards (IWB).

  • To promote teacher professionalism in selecting and evaluating existing resources and materials

  • To develop participants' skills related to adapting and designing materials

  • To enhance teaching skills related to promote dialogic learning using classroom technologies and enhance the learning experience for the student.

Course Contents 
Topics that will be addressed include:

  • IWB features and tablet applications for specific lesson objectives, phases and activities

  • Raising awareness on the issues: `quality of materials for mobile devices and IWB’ and ‘promoting learning dialogue and interaction in the classroom’

  • Assessing, adapting and creating concrete lesson materials

  • Effective strategies for searching and sharing digital resources

Course Materials and Approach
The workshop will be based around a research-informed professional development programme aiming to involve teachers in developing their understanding of classroom dialogue and in devising new technology-based teaching approaches to support it.
The programme was produced by a team based at University of Cambridge (UK), including one of the course facilitators, Sara Hennessy, along with fellow academics (Paul Warwick and Tatjana Dragovic), and three teacher colleagues. 

The multimedia materials include a rich digital resource bank of annotated screenshots, video exemplars of dialogic classroom practice and flipchart templates for creating activities. They are designed for use across school phases and subject areas.

The teaching approaches encourage active participation of students, collaborative knowledge building and learning through reasoning, inquiry, and evaluating ideas during whole class dialogue.

The professional development approach is based on critical reflection; peer learning, observation and feedback; structured experiential tasks and classroom trialling, focusing on immediate teaching needs. It starts from participants’ current practices and thinking and exposes them to new approaches as a stimulus for further development, within a supportive atmosphere.

The course combines tutor-led introductions of theoretical and methodological topics  and presentations to demonstrate exemplary materials with plenary discussions and follow-up practical activities carried out by participants individually, in pairs and/or small groups. You will apply concepts and principles presented while analyzing and/or creating concrete lesson activities and the related materials.
To supplement the pedagogical focus of the course, hands-on activities have been planned in a number (N=3) of IWB-equipped rooms to support further development of actual board skills and competences for classroom technology-supported teaching.
To address the anticipated variety in participants' interests and needs (in terms of subjects, target groups and individual technology skills level) most tasks are designed in such a way that they can lead to differentiated relevant learning experiences and outcomes.

To extend the international professional collaboration started during the face-to-face training sessions, coaching at a distance is offered during the school year 2016-2017,  including 4 bi-monthly online meetings. For these activities a web conferencing tool and the course’s online learning space will be used.

The objectives of the follow-up component are to:

  • provide additional options for personal continuing professional development

  • support the implementation of participants’ newly acquired skills by facilitating participants to:

- continue international peer networking and share ideas, materials and resources
- (collaboratively) develop classroom technology materials for specific subjects, topics and/or e-Twinning projects
- share experiences reporting on local try-outs of (jointly) designed materials & classroom procedures

  • contribute to the realisation of the school’s internationalization ambitions

Day-to-Day Course Topics

 Day 1

  • Introductions /  Questionnaire results / Course overview

  • Introduction to / revision of IWB features & tablet apps with a focus on their potential for interactivity

  • Translating interactivity and dialogic teaching & learning concepts to subject specific tablet apps & IWB materials

Day 2

  • Reflecting on uses of classroom talk and classroom climates for dialogue; sharing current personal practice

  • Dialogic teaching with technology continued:  exploring the Resource Bank and analysing classroom recordings of IWB use & tablet practices

  • Talking about and designing materials to support dialogic interaction, gaining initial peer feedback

Day 3

  • A tool for monitoring and increasing learner participation in learning-focused dialogue and reasoning

  • Designing and testing out your own interactive teaching & learning materials

  • (Optional) Special interest Breakout session

Day 4

  • Finishing materials & micro teaching unit

  • Presenting & sharing materials

  • Briefing on the online, follow-up activities & related tools, and sharing your ideas within school

  • Course evaluation

N.B. Topics for the break-out sessions will be selected on the basis of the availability of invited local expert practitioners related to group interests, needs and negotiated priorities.

TELLConsult in collaboration with Dr Sara Hennessy (Cambridge University), the partners of the EU Projects iTILT, SmartVET and Tabula Alba. Facilitated by the University of Valencia.

Course fee   
The total fee for this 6 day blended course is: 500,- Euros ( Early Bird: 450,-) consisting of:
a) a face-to-face component of 4 days (300 Euros, exclusive of meals, social and cultural activities, travel and hotel costs)
b) an (optional) follow-up of 4 bi-monthly online meetings (150 Euros)

NB ​The fee for the f2f sessions in 2017, January (22-27) and February (6-11) is 580 Euro (fee for 6 course days (420,-) + 160,-  Organisation / Admin costs)

Pre-registration is possible without any obligation and is recommended as the documents issued after pre-registration can support the organization of the school’s EU grant application procedure.
(Pre-)register here.

Full Registration             
Pre-registration leads to full registration after payment of the course fee due May 5 (Early Bird) but ultimately May 22, the moment registration closes. The deadline for the 2017 editions is December 1, 2016.

EU Grants                         
ErasmusPlus KA1 Mobility Grants can be applied for at your National Agency. Deadline for Grant Application is February 2, 2016

Course cancellations by individual participants are accepted without additional costs till May 22, and December 1for the 2017 editions.

Course fees paid will be refunded in week 22 in case of a no-go decision on May 25 and also in case of course cancellation by individual participants or December 10 and December 1 for the 2017 editions
So do NOT book any travel and/or hotel rooms before this date.