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COURSE TITLE
Integrating ICT in the teaching process for hearing impaired children


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
  • Special education for disabled persons
TARGET AUDIENCE
  • Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
  • Teacher trainers
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counselors
  • Inspectors
  • Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
  • Other, namely: Perspective Teachers

DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS

Preparation

Participants are expected to possess at least basic Information Communication Technologies (ICT) skills. Prior to the course, they will be requested to complete and submit an online questionnaire about their personal and academic profile and their expectations from the course. They will also be expected to view and/or download a number of brief documents regarding the course (objectives, syllabus, expected results, daily schedule, preparatory reading material etc), as well as practical information (directions for Patras, Greece, places to see and things to do in the city etc). During the preparation phase participants will be suported by the course stuff.

Objectives

Basic aim of the course is to promote the development of ICT competences for teachers working with hearing impaired children. After completing the course, the participants are expected to know: 

  • various ICT tools applicable in working with hearing impaired children,
  • the basic approaches to integrating ICT in special schools as well as inclusive settings (hearing impaired children in mainstream classes),
and they will be able to:
  • effectively use ICT tools in special and inclusive classes;
  • recognize a problem or educational situation in which ICT tools can be drawn upon, look up information needed to deal with the situation, and formulate an educational activity and lesson plan integrating ICT to deal with the situation (taking into account parameters like teaching objectives, student level, their hearing handicap etc);
  • prepare electronic documents (such as simple websites, PPT presentations, multimedia teaching material) to support the implementation of an educational activity in the classroom;
  • apply some basic principles regarding evaluation and selection of ICT learning material and educational software, with focus on the special considerations necessary when teaching hearing impaired students;
  • develop a personal plan of professional growth as far as ICT use in education is concerned, containing a list of their own strengths and weaknesses and identifying their goals, pathways leading to their attainment and ways of checking this attainment;
  • recognize the changes in students’ attitude towards the learning process and the development of their learning skills (especially those with hearing problems), when ICT is integrated in the teaching process.

Methodology

The course approach will alternate among presentation of basic concepts, discussion and sharing of opinions, and hands-on practical training. More specifically:

  • The theoretical background and general information necessary for the course will be presented with the aid of specific examples
  • Discussions about the various subjects of the course will be encouraged, as well as the sharing of practices and experiences regarding the education of hearing impaired students in the countries of origin of the participants
  • The course will include several workshops, where the participants will be expected to get involved in pre-designed training activities, integrating ICT tools that can be used in special classrooms and/or inclusive settings
  • Visit to a Greek school (either a special school for the deaf or an inclusive setting), observation of the teaching process and discussion with the Greek teachers.

The total duration of the course will be 30 training hours, distributed over 5 days.

Note (on the selection of specific examples of educational software for presentation during the course):

  • CmapTools (http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html) is a simple to use, yet very useful software for the creation of concept maps. It can be utilized in elementary schools for almost all curriculum topics.
  • Modellus (http://modellus.fct.unl.pt/) is a classic, powerful tool for modeling phenomena in the field of sciences. It can be utilized with excellent results in secondary education.

Follow-up

Contact with the participants will continue after the course. The participants will have access to the course training portal and limited tutor support for 3 months. They will also be encouraged to stay in touch with each other, share experiences, produce and share educational activities for hearing impaired students with the use of ICT, and participate in a virtual Learning Community.

 

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


Day 1
Welcome activity. Course opening. Administrative issues, Presentation of the course, Presentation of participants, Familiarization with the e-learning environment.
Introduction to ICT in education, Τechnology for hearing impaired persons (environmental, assistive, teaching technology), Adaptation of mainstream educational technology to inclusive settings.
Technology for inclusive settings: subtitling, voice to text, text to sign, smartboards (workshop)

Cultural evening. Participants present their countries

Day 2
General software tools used in education, focusing on hearing impaired students: text editors, spreadsheets, presentations, web page editors, multimedia etc (workshop)
Educational use of the internet (workshop)
Educational software; basic principles, categories and characteristics

Patra’s City Tour

Day 3
Visit to Greek school, observation of teaching process, discussion with Greek teachers. European projects. Lifelong Learning Programme
Presentation of a specific educational software (workshop), either CmapTools (for elementary schools) or Modellus (for secondary schools), depending on the profile of trainees
Evaluation of software tools and digital material, focusing on hearing impaired pupils

  • evaluation and selection of general software tools
  • evaluation of web pages
  • evaluation of educational software

Day 4
Matching ICT applications to specific curriculum content/ pedagogical aims/ particular needs of hearing impaired students, Teaching strategies and classroom projects using ICT Educational activities integrating ICT, relevant pedagogical issues (how ICT can enhance exploratory learning, supporting diversity and uniqueness of learners), generation of lesson plans, classroom management etc

Excursion in the surrounding area

Day 5
Bringing everything together (discussion followed by workshop): creation of a simple, yet complete educational activity for an inclusive or special class in the fields of Language or Mathematics, using the tools and the techniques learned in the previous days. Course evaluation, Follow-up guidelines.

Farewell dinner. Presenting participant's certificates.

INFORMATION ON COURSE SESSION/S

SESSION 1

DATE OF START:
02/11/2009
  TIME OF START:
  11:00
DATE OF END:
06/11/2009        
           
Deadline for registration:
25/09/2009        

SESSION 2

DATE OF START:
12/04/2010
  TIME OF START:
  11:00
DATE OF END:
16/04/2010        
           
Deadline for registration:
15/03/2010        

 

 

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