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Open source educational software as an added value to Learning and Teaching



FEE IN € FOR ACCOMMODATION AND ALL MEALS:
600
PARTICIPATION / COURSE FEE IN €: 650
TOTAL COURSE FEE PER PARTICIPANT IN €: 1250
CANCELLATION FEE IN €: 100

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ENVISAGED: 15

COURSE STATUS

TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING
A GRANT FOR EITHER COMENIUS OR GRUNDTVIG TARGET GROUPS

LANGUAGE USED FOR THE TRAINING
English


EDUCATION SECTOR OF THE TRAINING PARTICIPANTS

  • SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
  • Primary
  • General secondary
  • Vocational/Technical secondary
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • Adult education provider
  • Second chance or remedial education
  • Higher education institution offering outreach courses for adults
  • Organisations working with migrant groups/ethnic minorities
  • Centres for guidance, councelling or accreditation
  • Other sectors of adult education

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
  • Teacher trainers
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counselors
  • Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
  • Members of students/teachers councils in adult education
  • Other, namely: Perspective Teachers

DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS

Preparation

Participants are expected to have at least a basic Information Communication Technologies (ICT) user level.They will be requested to complete an online questionnaire about their personal and academic profile, as well as their expectations. They will also be expected to download all available documentation regarding the course (objectives, syllabus, expected results, daily schedule, preparatory reading material etc).

Objectives

The objectives of the course are:

  • To inform participants about available open source educational software
  • To train the participants in basic functions of selected open source software
  • To provide the experience of the use and exploitation of selected open source software in the educational process
  • To improve skills regarding the adaptation of ICT in the educational process
  • To bring forward the ICT capabilities to support and further develop the educational process, through the appropriate presentation of selected examples of «best practice».
  • To create an advanced starting point in order for the teacher to transform his/her role from a simple user and consumer of ICT to that of a creator of educational activities using ICT

After the course participants should be able to:

  • Touch upon the fact that the added value of the appropriate pedagogical use of selected educational software may enhance the learning effect, leading to the achievement of teaching objectives.
  • Have a positive attitude to ICT in general and in the use of open source educational software in particular.
  • Search, evaluate, adjust and / or even improve educational activities and applications created with specific open source educational software.

Methodology

The course will follow the Blended Learning approach for a better result for the participants. To this end we will alternate among presentation of basic concepts, discussion and sharing of opinions and hands-on practical training. More specifically, the course will feature:

  • Presentation of the theoretical background and general information necessary for the course, with the aid of specific examples
  • Brief presentation of selected open source educational software. Reference to theoretical assumptions that underlie this software and connection with learning theories
  • Use of illustrative examples so as to underline
    • the specific features of each software 
    • the added value that the exploitation of the software may bring to the educational process
  • Learning by thinking together, with the use of cooperative learning and exchange of participants’ experiences.

The course will include several workshops, where the participants will be expected to get involved in pre-designed training activities, as well as in the design and development of an educational activity of their own choice.

Follow-up

After the course, contact with the participants will be maintained. They will continue to have access to the course training portal. During the weeks following the training courses, the participants will have the opportunity to further apply what they have learnt, by producing their own examples of learning activities and sharing them through the establishment of a community of practice.

PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Total course hours: 30


Day 1:

  • Welcome Activity. A game for presentation of participants, education background, and their needs and expectations. Participants’ perception & experience on the pedagogical exploitation of ICT in the school classroom.
  • Presentation of the course program, the agenda and the methodological approach. Educational Contract.
  • Exploratory learning – exploratory tools
  • Educational activities with ICT: designing elements


Cultural evening. Participants present their countries


Day 2:
Learning Scratch: part I (http://scratch.mit.edu/ )

  • Introduction to Scratch software
  • Highlighting the special features
  • Examples of pedagogical exploitation


Patras City Tour


Day 3:
Learning Scratch: part II 

  • Examples of pedagogical exploitation 
  • Design and development of an educational activity 
  • Educational Visit to a Greek School

Day 4:
Learning CmapTools (http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html

  • Introduction to CmapTools software 
  • Highlighting the special features 
  • Examples of pedagogical exploitation • Design and development of an educational activity


Excursion in the surrounding area

Day 5:
Learning Phet (http://phet.colorado.edu/index.php

  • Introduction to Phet software
  • Examples of pedagogical exploitation 
  • Design and development of an educational activity

Course evaluation

  • Reflection on the experiences from the course 
  • Course Evaluation. Follow up guidelines

European projects. Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)

Farewell dinner. Presenting participant's certificates

 

INFORMATION ON COURSE SESSION/S

SESSION 1

DATE OF START:
19/10/2009
  TIME OF START:
  11:00
DATE OF END:
23/10/2009        
           
Deadline for registration:
14/09/2009        

SESSION 2

DATE OF START:
15/03/2010
  TIME OF START:
  11:00
DATE OF END:
19/03/2010        
           
Deadline for registration:
15/02/2010        

 

 

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