Setting online safety standards for schools

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Today’s workshop “Setting online safety standards for schools” was really useful. The session began with Janice Richardson who told us about three main factors to be aware for teachers:

  1. Policy
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Practice

Janice gave the main idea of online safety standards for schools. Then she introduced Steven Opsomer who outlined the rules of using the internet, computers, copiers etc. at his school. Then he shared some experience of work, namely incident handling. The participants were given useful hints on how to solve problems concerning cyberbullying, irresponsible use of the internet.

The participants were given the task to draw up a set of guidelines for their school in the 3 areas: Policy, Practice, Infrastructure.

Then the participants worked in small groups and studied the typical situations in which the cyberbullies damaged other people’s reputation. The participants discussed possible ways out.

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Steven provided useful links:

 Thank you, Janice and Steven for this wonderful workshop!

How to Flip your Classroom!

In this workshop we explored the Flipped Classroom method of teaching.

If you feel that your students have different needs which you want to address or that they are bored during the lessons Flipped Classroom is for you! You can find the introduction about this method here: http://www.fi.ncsu.edu/project/fizz/ or you can search the net for the information prepared by Katie Gimbar.

The workshop leader Helen de Lange attracted the attention of the participants by showing practical examples of Flipping the Classroom.

Various advantages of implementing this method address both teachers and students:

  • the students get the materials before the class e.g. video lectures and they watch it at home;
  • it allows your students to learn in their own pace because they can pause, rewind, rewatch the material. This way the students take more responsibility for their own learning;
  • it saves teacher’s time during the lesson which instead can be used to do hands on activities, lab activities, helping the students, doing the quizzes or posters, working on a project, etc.
  • Flipped Classroom allows you to work on different levels, involve parents or collaborate with other teachers.

If you want to create your own memorable lessons you can do it with the following tools i.e.: sceencast software, Camtasia.com, screenr (tutorial for elearning), Jing.com, Sparkol.com, Explain Everything for iPad (advanced white board), Prezi, etc.

There are also other tools for sharing the content and getting inspirations e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Edmodo.com, Teachingchannel.com, YouTube.com, Khanacademy.org

The discussion in small groups let the participants of the workshop to come up with their own ideas how to introduce the Flipped Classroom in their work. There were many brilliant ideas!

Thank you Helen for this great workshop and fantastic inspiration!

Teacher Exchange Workshop – Session 1

An interesting workshop with six individual speakers exchanging good practice, ideas and teaching tools. Unfortunately the Internet was unreliable so we were unable to fully explore the teaching tools on offer. Follow the links and explore for yourselves.

Pick n mix to fit your student and teaching needs.

Tatjana Gulič, Slovene ambassador: http://www.flubaroo.com

Irena Rimc Voglar, Slovene ambassador: https://getkahoot.com

Dejan Kramžar, Slovene ambassador: game based learning with Zondle – empowering your students  https://www.zondle.com/publicPagesv2/

Maria del Carmen Fernández Vazquez, Spanish ambassador: Project Cinetura

Isabel Vila, Spanish ambassador: Project Europia

Marina Marino, Italian ambassador: Project I-Voix

Some great teaching tools and project experiences shared.

@alisonaca

Using the TwinSpace in your project

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Whether you run a short or longer one eTwinning project – to make it effective – you’ll need to use the TwinSpace as a platform for collaboration with your partner. Still, there is a sizable group of teachers in eTwinning community who don’t know how to organize project work on TwinSpace.

Bill Griffin from CSS and over 60 teachers who attended the workshop during the second session  tried to find out best models of project implementation into TwinSpace.

WP_20141128_022Participants worked in small groups, each was assigned with the task: come up with an idea for the project and then perform it on the training TwinSpace. For advanced eTwinners it might have sounded very simple, but the snag was to include in the project activities different tasks provided by the trainer.

Once projects were ready, Bill together with audience, went step by step through the platform explaining each tool and how it can be used in project work.

WP_20141128_021Either you are a beginner or a teacher who runs any other project already, you should not be afraid to enter the TwinSpace. Especially now, when eTwinning offers completely new platform for collaboration with not only safe but also user friendly environment.

Is your classroom really inclusive?

Roger Blamire, European Schoolnet

Roger Blamire, European Schoolnet talks Inclusion, Differentiation and Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Workshops Slides: Inclusive Classrooms and eTwinning Projects

http://sennet.eun.org

The commission funded a three-year project called SENnet: Special Educational Needs Network. The work will shortly be coming to an end but a dedicated Facebook page will remain active: www.facebook.com/groups/SENnetwork/

The definition of SEN students is not well defined internationally and sharing of good practice and inclusion and understanding of students with SEN differ greatly throughout Europe, however, The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD: http://www.oecd.org/els/family/50325299.pdf do offer some guidance.

It’s important to think about how you can engage and cater for students when creating eTwinning projects and activities. It’s our responsibility to “open the door” and provide access and inclusion for our students. The use of video and photography can be used along with different roles and responsibilities for students within your group to support differentiated and inclusive learning.

The use of technology within schools differs greatly with some schools and colleges having their own ‘bring your own device’ policy, however, this in itself can highlight inequality, particularly for students within socially deprived or low-income families.

Roger talks about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to support with training and development of staff around awareness raising and confidents of teaching and supporting students with SEN and shares a selection of resources from EU countries for students with SEN.

Blog post written and contributed by Joe Baldwin, eTwinning Ambassador UK (@JosephBaldwin)