TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning,  ECML - EU Cooperation Agreement 2013-2015 

USE OF ICT IN SUPPORT OF LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING (ICT-REV): national training workshop


Stockholm, Sweden  20-21 August 2015
Venue: Swedish National Agency for Education, Stockholm, Sweden
Experts: Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America; Martina Emke, Germany; Sarah Heiser, UK
Local Coordinator: Eva Engdell

Participants: Language teachers, multipliers
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A 2-day workshop on the use of ICT in the language classroom was held in Stockholm, Sweden on August 20th and 21st. Three experts from the ECML’s ICT-REV project team, Martina Emke, Sarah Heiser and Aline Germain-Rutherford, led the workshop, which was attended by 20 teachers and teacher trainers from throughout the country, who had been selected from over 150 who had applied to attend for the first workshop, back in April 2015.

Participants and experts stayed at the same hotel, facilitating the group communication and organization greatly. The workshop took place at the nearby offices of the Skolverket (Swedish National Agency for Education), workplace of the local organizer Eva Engdell, who worked extremely hard to help make the event such a success. The participants, working in schools sectors from primary to upper secondary education, all had a high level of technological skills and shared a common interest in reflecting on their experiences and learning more about how to integrate ICT tools effectively into their classroom practice. The extremely focused and committed work atmosphere led to the creation of a number of creative new learning tasks and to a very useful evaluation of the best practice examples available in the ICT-REV inventory on the ICT-REV website (http://ict-rev.ecml.at/ ).

A follow-up dissemination event is planned for 4 December 2015 and we are confident that participants will be able to successfully cascade the skills and content acquired via the workshop to their colleagues. As usual, materials produced during the workshop are available on the Moodle workspace (http://moodle.dots.ecml.at/). close

Bulgaria 6-7 July 2015
Venue: Bourgas, Bulgaria
Experts:  Pauline Ernest, Spain; Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America; Ursula Stickler, UK,
Local Coordinator: Nikolay Nikolov

Participants: Teacher trainers, multipliers
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L’école de demain c’est déjà aujourd’hui

L’envie d’expérimenter et d’échanger autour des TIC et leur utilisation pour l’apprentissage a réuni à Bourgas, au centre culturel Casino de Mer, plus de 20 enseignants de langues venus de tout le pays. Enseignants universitaires, formateurs de formateurs, experts, enseignants des lycées bilingues, un joli mixe de langues – anglais et français, se sont plu à utiliser différentes applications en ligne, faire des choix des meilleurs outils qui correspondent à leurs publics et à leurs intentions pédagogiques, présenter et échanger sur papier et en ligne, discuter sur les atouts et la valeur ajoutée des TIC.

Certains mordus fervents des technologies, d’autres à peine « piqués » et désireux d’apprendre plus, d’autres encore ayant vécu la déception de formations TIC centrées trop sur l’outil que sur son utilisation en classe de langue, tous les participants ont tiré profit de la formation. Ils ont eu un inventaire assez complet des applications à utiliser en apprentissage, ils ont pu en pratiquer certaines lors de la formation à travers les activités variées proposées par l’équipe des formateurs, ils ont été rassurés par la manière intuitive et naturelle de prendre en main une application et de l’utiliser à des fins pédagogiques.

Les participants se sont promis de rester en contact grâce aux technologies, d’en faire aussi la dissémination dans leurs écoles et universités car ils sont maintenant convaincus qu’apprendre avec les TIC c’est apprendre aussi en dehors de la classe, c’est donner des alternatives et apprendre tout le long de la vie.

Училището от бъдещето е вече настояще

Желанието за експериментиране и обмяна на идеи, свързани с ИКТ и тяхното използване в обучението, събра в културен център Морско Казино – град Бургас, повече от 20 преподаватели по чужди езици, дошли от цялата страна. Университетски преподаватели, учители-методици, експерти, преподаватели от езикови гимназии – един прекрасен микс от езици, английски и френски - с най-голямо удоволствие използваха различни онлайн приложения, избираха за своите студенти и ученици най-подходящите приложения, отговарящи на поставените педагогически цели, представяха и обменяха мнения по традиционни и онлайн начини, обсъждаха предимствата и прибавената стойност на ИКТ.

Някои, заклети ревностни привърженици на технологиите, други от скоро „зарибени“ и желаещи да се научат, трети пък, изживели разочарование от обучения с ИКТ, насочени повече към средството, отколкото към неговото приложение в обучението по чужд език - всички участници извлякоха полза от обучението. Те получиха едно доста пълно представяне на приложения за обучение по френски и английски език, имаха възможност да използват на практика някои от тях в разнообразните дейности, предложени от екипа на обучаващите, и се увериха в интуитивния и естествен начин за овладяване на приложенията и прилагането им за осъществяване на педагогически цели.

Участниците си обещаха да останат във връзка посредством технологиите и да споделят опита в своите училища и университети, убедени, че ученето с помощта на ИКТ означава и учене извън училище, създаване на алтернативи и учене през целия живот.

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Ireland 22-23 May 2015 
Venue: University of Limerick, Ireland
Experts: Martina Emke, Germany; Sarah Heiser, UK; Ursula Stickler, UK
Local Coordinator: Marie-Thérèse Batardière
Participants: Language teachers, teacher trainers, language policy makers
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The School of Modern Languages and Applied Languages at the University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, hosted a 2-day workshop on ‘the use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning’ (ICT-REV) on the 22–23 May 2015.

The workshop was financed through the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and the European Commission cooperation agreement. It involved over 20 national and regional multipliers (among them colleagues from the Irish Department of Education and Science, the NCCA, the PDST, the Instituto Cervantes, the Alliance française, National Universities of Ireland and Irish Institutes of Technology). It was facilitated by three members of the ECML's ICT-REV project team (Sarah Heiser, Ursula Stickler and Martina Emke) and organised by Marie-Thérèse Batardière (UL French section). ICT support was provided by Catherine Jeanneau in the Language Learning Hub.

The event set out to bring together language practitioners, teacher educators and language decision makers and provide them with an opportunity to share their experiences and thoughts of the use of ICT tools in the language classroom. The manner in which all work together in a truly collaborative manner to tease out the principles of best practice for the inclusion of technology in the language classroom (namely ´Confidence, Competence, Collaboration, Creativity´, and ´Patience, Perseverance, Passion and Perspective´), to explore a new community of practice on Twitter(please consult: https://youtu.be/nMnFv-wYoCs/) and also to design new tasks with a variety of available online tools (please refer to the following Symbaloo webpage ICT-Rev Limerick Workshop) contributed greatly to the overall success of the event and its long term benefits.

Worthy of note: participants as well as facilitators commented on the progress of the workshop using the hashtag ictrev , thus giving the workshop a social media coverage https://twitter.com/hashtag/ictrev. By the end of the first workshop day #ictrev was a trending topic in Ireland.

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Madrid, Spain 7-8 May 2015
Venue: Madrid, Spain
Experts: Pauline Ernest, Spain; Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America; Joe Hopkins, Spain
Local Coordinator: Trinidad de Haro Figueroa
Participants: Teacher trainers, multipliers
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Considering the belief that pedagogy and technology need to be integrated to ensure successful use of information and communication technologies in the classroom, this training event has proved to be an excellent opportunity for the participants to discuss their needs as teachers and teacher trainers regarding the use of ICT in the language classroom as well as share experiences and ideas. The trainers responsible for delivering the different sessions of the workshop have provided participants with a magnificent source of varied resources and tools to be explored allowing them to reflect on techniques that can be implemented in their own language classrooms. Not only the participants in this workshop but also the wider public in general will be able to benefit from the materials and tools published as a result of the project Developing Online Teaching Skills by the ECML (DOTS, http://dots.ecml.at/). Besides, participants are encouraged to disseminate what they have learnt about the resources available on the DOTS workspace to fellow teachers and/or other teaching professionals, which will greatly contribute to acquiring more knowledge and confidence in the use of ICT in the language classroom. In short, training opportunities of this sort, where participants discuss, share, learn, reflect, acquire knowledge, which is then put into practice and disseminated, are the best way to appreciate the importance and usefulness of using ICT in support of language teaching and learning.

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Stockholm, Sweden  16-17 April 2015
Venue: Swedish National Agency for Education, Stockholm, Sweden
Experts: Martina Emke, Germany; Pauline Ernest, Spain; Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America
Local Coordinator: Eva Engdell

Participants: Language teachers, multipliers 
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In mid-April an ICT-REV workshop took place in Stockholm, Sweden. There was a great interest among language teachers in Sweden to take part in the workshop. More than 150 teachers applied from 100 municipals all over Sweden which shows there is a great interest for teachers to work with ICT tools. 20 teachers could take part in the workshop.
During the workshop the language teachers had the opportunity to learn more about useful ICT toll, share their experiences, exchange good practice, discuss language learning issues and to prepare themselves for being multipliers when they come back to their schools.

Working with ICT-tools is today more important than ever. It brings the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world and makes learning more interesting and alive. The students get motivated and more responsible for their own learning which encourages them to learn more.

Here are some of the remarks that the language teachers made when describing the workshop:
- The most fulfilling workshop I could have imagined.
- It has been excellent meeting language colleagues from all over Sweden to share ideas and best practices.
- This workshop has given me more in service training than any other workshop/seminar that I have been to.

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Graz, Austria 26-27 March 2015
Venue: Graz, Austria
Experts: Martina Emke, Germany; Joe Hopkins, Spain; Ursula Stickler, UK
Local Coordinator:Eva Gröstenberger
Participants: Teacher trainers, multipliers

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Lehrende im Bereich des Sprachunterrichts an Pädagogischen Hochschulen, Universitäten und Multiplikator/innen im Schulbereich aus ganz Österreich trafen sich vom 26. bis 27. März am Europäischen Fremdsprachenzentrum in Graz zum EU Workshop „ICT in support of language teaching and learning“ (ICT – REV).
Dieser Workshop wurde als Kooperationsveranstaltung der PH Burgenland, LMS.at und dem Verein Europäisches Fremdsprachenzentrum im Rahmen der Initiative ICT-REV angeboten. ICT-REV ist ein Programm, das im Rahmen der Kooperationsvereinbarung zwischen dem Europäischen Fremdsprachenzentrum und der Europäischen Kommission unter dem Titel INNOVATIVE METHODEN UND BEURTEILUNG IM SPRACHUNTERRICHT durchgeführt wird. (http://ict-rev.ecml.at/en-us/). Der Workshop basierte auf Materialien und Tools, die als Resultat des Projekts Developing Online Teaching Skills (DOTS, http://dots.ecml.at/), publiziert wurden.
Ziel des Workshops war, den nachhaltigen Einsatz von IKT im Sprachunterricht zu fördern, vor allem im Bereich der Lehrerausbildung und Fortbildung mit besonderem Fokus auf den Erwerb produktiver Fertigkeiten. Dabei durften Best Practice Beispiele und das eigene Ausprobieren von IKT Tools nicht fehlen. Das REV Team gestaltete ein abwechslungsreiches Programm mit ausreichend Platz für anregenden Erfahrungsaustausch zwischen den Teilnehmer/innen, die ihrerseits bereits sehr viel Erfahrung im Bereich Blended Learning mitbrachten. Am Ende des EU geförderten Workshops waren sich alle einig: Veranstaltungen bzw. Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten dieser Art sollte es öfters geben, auf digitalem Weg möchte man auf jeden Fall weiterhin in Kontakt bleiben.

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Lithuania 5-6 February 2015
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Vilnius
Experts: Pauline Ernest, Spain; Sarah Heiser, UK; Joe Hopkins, Spain
Local Coordinator: Ramutė Vaznonienė
Participants: Language teachers, teacher trainers
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2015 m. vasario 5-6d. Vilniuje vyko tarptautinis seminaras „Informacinių ir komunikacinių technologijų panaudojimas mokant(is) kalbų“, kuriame dalyvavo 22 kalbų mokytojai iš įvairių Lietuvos mokyklų. Seminarą organizavo Moderniųjų Europos kalbų centras (Gracas, Austrija) ir Europos Komisija kartu su Ugdymo plėtotės centru. Kalbų mokytojams paskaitas skaitė Moderniųjų Europos kalbų centro (MEKC) lektoriai – Sarah Heiser, Pauline Ernest ir Joseph Hopkins. Seminare dalyvę kalbų mokytojai registravosi MEKC virtualioje mokymosi aplinkoje ir iš anksto susipažino su mokomąja medžiaga, kuri buvo detaliau nagrinėjama paskaitų metu. Ši MEKC ir Europos Komisijos siūloma pedagogų bendradarbiavimo iniciatyva suteikia dalyviams galimybę kurti ryšius su savo kolegomis ir dalytis nauja informacija apie informacinių ir komunikacinių technologijų (IKT) naudojimą mokant kalbų. Dalyviai gauna galimybę pasidalinti gerąja patirtimi ir semtis žinių iš lektorių ir savo kolegų. Seminare mokytojai gali keistis ir įvertinti savo patirtį bei idėjas, o svarbiausia, ieškoti būdų, kaip pritaikyti naujai įgytus įgūdžius ir žinias pamokose.“ Spartūs pokyčiai IKT srityje atveria daugiau galimybių, tačiau kelia ir naujus iššūkius mokytojams. Todėl labai svarbu, kad mokytojai žinotų apie IKT išteklių egzistavimą, pateikiami vartotojui patogiu būdu, prieinama informacija, kaip juos naudoti konkrečiose situacijose.

On the 5-6th of February, 2015 Vilnius hosted an international seminar “Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning” which has involved 22 language teachers from various schools in Lithuania. The seminar was organized by the European Centre for Modern Languages (Graz, Austria) and European Commission cooperation together with the Education Development Centre. The lectures were delivered by the lecturers of European Centre for Modern languages - Sarah Heiser, Ernest and Pauline Joseph Hopkins. Language teachers participating in the seminar registered at European Centre for Modern languages virtual learning environment in advance and got acquainted with the learning/teaching material, which has been examined in detail during the lectures. This ECML and the European Commission's proposed teacher cooperation initiative provides participants with the opportunity to build relationship with the colleagues and share information about ICT in teaching and learning languages. Participants receive an opportunity to share their best practices and gain knowledge from their colleagues and lecturers. During the seminar teachers could exchange and evaluate their experience and ideas and what is most important and valuable to look for ways how to apply the newly acquired skills and knowledge in the classroom. Rapid changes in the field of ICT opens up more possibilities, but pose new challenges for teachers. Therefore, it is important that teachers are aware of the existence of ICT resources, access to information is presented in the user-friendly way and usage in specific situations.

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Previous training workshops 2013-2014

 Belgium 24-25 April 2014
Experts: Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America; Pauline Ernest, Spain; Joseph Hopkins, Spain
Local coordinator:: Sien Van den Hoof
Participants: teacher trainers, multipliers
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The ICT-REV workshop is a unique opportunity to get to know the high quality offer of the ECML. The experienced trainers have an activating and motivating approach and (pro)actively take into account the different perspectives and expertise of the participants. They present up-to-date ICT tools to support language teaching and learning and participants get the chance to apply the tools through a cooperative learning approach. The trainers adapt their content and methodology on-the-spot according to the needs and learning pace of the participants. Participants get the chance to share good practices and become inspired by the trainers and by their peers. There is time to exchange and compare experiences and ideas and, most importantly, to reflect on past, current and future practices and on ways to disseminate the newly acquired skills and knowledge.

De ICT-REV workshop is een unieke gelegenheid om het kwalitatieve aanbod van het ECML te leren kennen. De ervaren trainers gaan activerend en motiverend te werk en houden (pro)actief rekening met de verschillende perspectieven en expertise van de deelnemers. Ze stellen actuele ICT-tools voor ter ondersteuning van talenonderwijs. De deelnemers krijgen de kans om de tools toe te passen door middel van coöperatief leren. De trainers passen hun inhoud en methodes ter plaatse aan aan de noden en het leerritme van de deelnemers. Ze krijgen de kans om goede praktijken uit te wisselen en worden geïnspireerd door de trainers en de peers. Er is tijd om ervaringen en ideeën uit te wisselen en te vergelijken en, nog belangrijker, om te reflecteren over de praktijken uit het verleden, heden en de toekomst en over manieren om de nieuw verworven vaardigheden en kennis te verspreiden.

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Slovenia 3-4 April 2014
Venue: National Education Institute
Experts: Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America; Pauline Ernest, Spain; Mateusz-Milan Stanojević, Croatia
Local coordinator: Nives Kreuh
Participants:language teachers, teacher trainers, multipliers
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ICT-REV is an initiative carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in Language Learning. The workshop is based on materials and tools published as a result of the project Developing Online Teaching Skills (DOTS).

In the Slovenian workshop organized by the National Education Institute, participants discussed their needs as teacher trainers, as well as teachers’ training needs regarding using ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in the language classroom, by trying to design “personas” and addressing the way students teachers need to be trained. Workshop participants also explored and designed some activities which they can use with their trainees. Together with the ECML team they reflected on techniques for achieving sustainability of results regarding integration of ICT tools in language teaching, and shared experiences and ideas as teachers and teacher trainers. The workshop output was the belief that pedagogy and technology need to be integrated to ensure successful use of information and communication technologies in the classroom. As a follow up activity, participants will be able to work online and engage with the DOTS workspace through interactive and collaborative tasks.

ICT-REV je pobuda, ki se uresničuje v okviru sporazuma o sodelovanju med Evropskim centrom za moderne jezike in Evropsko komisijo, z naslovom Inovativna metodologija in vrednotenje pri učenju jezikov. Delavnica temelji na gradivih in orodju, ki so bili objavljeni kot rezultat projekta Razvoj spletnih učnih spretnosti (DOTS).

3. in 4. aprila je v Laškem potekala delavnica v organizaciji Zavoda RS za šolstvo, namenjena slovenskim izobraževalcem učiteljev jezikov. V delavnici so udeleženci razpravljali o potrebah, ki jih imajo kot izobraževalci učiteljev, in potrebah učiteljev po usposabljanju o uporabi IKT za pouk jezikov. Zato so ustvarjali različne profile učiteljev in poskušali nagovoriti njihove potrebe po izobraževanju. Raziskali in oblikovali so dejavnosti , ki jih lahko izvedejo s slovenskimi učitelji na usposabljanjih. Skupaj s timom iz ECML-ja so razmišljali tudi o tehnikah za doseganje trajnosti rezultatov pri integraciji orodij IKT pri poučevanju jezika in si delili izkušnje ter ideje kot učitelji in vodje usposabljanj učiteljev. Skupno prepričanje vseh udeležencev in predavateljev je, da morata biti pedagogika in tehnologija “eno”, če želimo zagotoviti uspešno uporabo informacijskih in komunikacijskih tehnologij v razredu.

Eden od rezultatov delavnice pa je tudi pobuda za vzpostavitev sodelovalnega dela med izobraževalci različnih jezikov ter pripravo skupnih izobraževanj za učitelje jezikov.

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 Norway 21 March 2014
Venue: Norwegian Centre for Foreign Languages in Education
Experts: Regine Hampel, United Kingdom; Joseph Hopkins, Spain
Local coordinator:Renate Evjenth
Participants: language teachers
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Friday 21 March 2014, the Norwegian National Center for Foreign Languages in Education welcomed visitors from the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz. Two representatives from the ICT-REV project - Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning came to conduct a workshop on the topic How to use free online tools in the language classroom. The workshop’s target group was mainly language teachers, teacher trainers and student teachers. This project takes place as a result of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission entitled Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in Language Learning.

The overall objective of the ICT-REV project is to create greater awareness around language pedagogy, with a lot more focus on the student. Furthermore, it is also a goal to create lifelong learning by getting teachers to act as language mentors who can be multipliers of this knowledge. The specific goal for the workshop itself was to make participants self-reliant in order to learn how to use the tools that already exist and see how one can transfer this knowledge when using other web-based tools. Having the basic knowledge, the tool can then be easily adapted to the level of language students.

During the workshop, participants were given an introduction to various online tools they can make use of in their language teaching. Amongst other things, participants could work hands-on creating their own Wiki. The ICT-REV project has a separate course site on the Moodle LMS. Here free online resources can be found, along with access to self-explanatory texts and video clips. Audacity, audio conferences, blogs, forums, quizzes and tests, podcasting, SurveyMonkey, Wiki, Youtube are just some of the online tools available.

Are you interested in attending or organizing a similar workshop? Read more about the ICT-REV project at http://ict-rev.ecml.at. Resources for self-study can also be found here.

Fredag 21. mars 2014 fekk Framandspråksenteret besøk frå det europeiske senteret for moderne språk (ECML) i Graz. To representantar frå ICT-REV-prosjektet – Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning kom for å gjennomføre eit arbeidsseminar rundt temaet korleis bruke gratis internettverkty i språkundervisninga. Målgruppa for prosjektet er hovudsakleg språklærarar, lærarutdannarar og lærarstudentar. Dette prosjektet er eit resultat av samarbeidsavtalen Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in Language Learning som er inngått mellom det europeiske senteret for moderne språk og EU-kommisjonen.

Det overordna målet til ICT-REV-prosjektet er å skape større medvit hjå lærarar når det gjeld språkpedagogikk, og kor fokus på eleven vert større. Vidare er det òg eit mål å skape livslang læring ved å få lærarar til å fungere som språklege mentorar som kan føre kunnskap om bruk av internettverkty i språkundervisninga vidare. Dei konkrete måla for sjølve arbeidsseminaret var å gjere deltakarane sjølvhjelpne, slik at dei kan gjere seg nytte av dei verktya som allereie finst og òg sjå overføringsverdien til andre nettbaserte hjelpemiddel. Har ein basiskunnskapen om verktya, kan ein lett tilpasse dei til det språklege nivået elevane har.

Under arbeidsseminaret fekk deltakarane innføring i ulike nettbaserte verkty som dei kan gjere seg nytte av i språkundervisninga. Deltakarane fekk òg sjølve prøve seg på, mellom anna, å lage sin eigen Wiki. ICT-REV-prosjektet har eit eige kurs på læringsplattforma Moodle. Der ligg det nettbaserte ressursar som er gratis å bruke, og ein kan òg få tilgang til sjølvinstruerande tekstar og videosnuttar. Audacity, audiokonferansar, blogg, forum, quiz og testar, internettforum, podcasting, SurveyMonkey, Wiki og Youtube er berre nokre av verktya som er tilgjengelege.

Er du interessert i å delta på eller arrangere eit liknande arbeidsseminar? Les meir om DOTS-prosjektet her: http://dots.ecml.at/. Her kan ein òg få tilgang til ressursar ein kan bruke som sjølvstudium, om ein ynskjer det.

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Hungary 21-22 February 2014
Experts: Ursula Stickler, United Kingdom; Pauline Ernest, Spain; Mateusz-Milan Stanojević, Croatia
Local coordinator: Ildikó Csordás
Participants: language teachers, multipliers
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The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in collaboration with the Department of Digital Pedagogy, Educatio non-Profit LLC. organized the ICT-REV workshop in Hungary in February 21-22, 2014. In the focus of the workshop was the development of online teaching skills in foreign language teaching, a mean to adapt to the 21st century learning environment.

14 teachers, university lecturers and methodological experts took part in the workshop that was delivered in both English and German language. They learned about the opportunities offered by ECML, among which the website http://moodle.dots.ecml.at/ has a key role. The page was created for innovative teachers who are ready to share their ideas and best practices related to language teaching. The web page is a great help for those to whom ICT tools enriched pedagogy is still new.

The program of the workshop was diverse. It highlighted the importance of online tools. Skype helped to connect participants with stakeholders from different parts of Europe. First, the director of ECML Sarah Breslin presented the institution and the purpose of the ICT- REV program. Subsequently, the participants heard short presentations of teachers who have previously participated in similar workshops in Finland and in Spain.

In addition to the moodle.dots.ecml.at website participants were introduced to useful tools such as Moodle wiki, Padlet and PhotoPeach.
The workshop was useful to participants, as they couldn’t only learn about new tools, but they could also meet with colleagues (from Hungary and from abroad, with the help of Skype) who have similar interests, and they were given the opportunity to examine their best practices from a new perspective and to transform them.

The same article was published in Hungarian on our website: http://hirmagazin.sulinet.hu/hu/hirek/sikeresen-zarult-a-budapesti-ictrev-workshop

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Finland 6-7 February 2014
Venue: Centre for ICT in Learning, Turku
Experts: Ursula Sticker, United Kingdom; Pauline Ernest, Spain; Joseph Hopkins, Spain
Local coordinator: Anita Zenger
Participants: language teachers
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This initiative in cooperation between the ECML and European Commission offers the participants the possibility to network with their colleagues and to achieve new information on the use of ICT in language teaching. The integration of ICT in our daily teaching is nowadays not an option but in fact a given. Thus this European workshop on ICT in language teaching is highly valued, especially when the programme is tailor-made for the target group. The workshop offers a unique possibility to follow the trends in the European language teaching, it opens up doors to pedagogical aspects in a deeper scale. It makes the teachers and multipliers think about which tools to use and how to use them in order to meet the needs of the students.

The professional approach of the ECML experts as well as their genuine interest in the participants’ needs make the workshop a fantastic platform to carry out hands-on work and to achieve an in-depth overview of useful and immediately applicable on-line tools. The teachers develop their own qualities as language teachers in such a workshop where pedagogy and technology are linked so smoothly.

Quoting a participant: Reflecting with others, I have learned in two days a great deal about ICT. I couldn’t have obtained the same knowledge by myself. This helps me to improve my own skills as a teacher.

On hienoa että ECML:n ja Euroopan neuvoston yhteistoiminta tarjoaa kieltenopettajille mahdollisuuden verkostoitua kollegoiden kanssa ja saada ajankohtaista tietoa kieltenopetuksesta sekä tietotekniikan käytöstä kieltenopetuksessa. ECML:n asiantuntijoiden luotsaamana järjestetty eurooppalainen workshop kaikkia yhteisesti kiinnostavasta aiheesta − tietotekniikan käytöstä kieltenopetuksessa – on työpaja, jonka ohjelmasisältö on rakennettu kohdeyleisön tarpeita ajatellen. Workshop tarjoaa tilaisuuden seurata kielenopetuksen suuntauksia, omaksua eurooppalaisia näkökulmia, oppia alan sanastoa sekä syventää pedagogisia valmiuksia. Oma opettajuus kehittyy tämän tyyppisessä koulutuksessa, jossa yhdistyy pedagogiikka ja tekniikka. Tietotekniikan jatkuvasti lisääntyessä opetuksessa on tärkeää, että opettajat pohtivat miksi tietotekniikan käyttö kieltenopetuksessa on pedagogisesti perusteltua. Tietotekniikkaa ei tule käyttää pelkästään sen tarjoaman uutuuden vuoksi.

Työpajassa liikutaan kahdella tasolla, periaatteellisella ja käytännön tasolla. Lähestymistapa on perusteltu tilanteessa, jossa osallistujat ovat mukana erilaisilla agendoilla. Työpajassa on mahdollista saada ideoita ja työkaluja käytännön opetukseen ja ennen kaikkia inspiraatiota uusien työkalujen kokeiluun. Lisäksi työpajassa tehdään runsaasti harjoituksia, jolloin asiat jäävät paremmin mieleen. Opettajia kiinnostaa juuri tällainen konkreettinen hands-on – työskentely, josta saa työkaluja omaan arkityöhön.

Erään osallistujan sanoin: Olen yhteistyössä muiden kanssa oppinut kahdessa päivässä paljon uutta tietotekniikasta. Yksin en pääsisi näin pitkälle. Tämänkaltainen koulutus auttaa minua kehittämään omaa opettajuuttani.

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Croatia 13-14 December 2013
Venue: Hotel International, Zagreb
Experts: Aline Germain-Rutherford, United States of America; Martina Emke, Germany; Mateusz-Milan Stanojević, Croatia
Local coordinator: Marijana Vučić
Participants: primary, secondary and tertiary education teachers/teacher trainers
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Workshop summary

Seventeen enthusiastic and well-prepared language teachers and teacher trainers from all over Croatia took part in an ICT-REV workshop in Zagreb, Croatia, on 13 – 14 December 2013. The focus of this national workshop was on sharing experience and knowledge in using online tools for effective, highquality language teaching and learning, thus facilitating the formation of a community of practice among language teachers from all educational sectors in Croatia. Hands-on and tailor made activities enabled participants to explore, share and reflect on many different ways of integrating technology in the classroom. To see the results of their work, please visit our Moodle workspace at http://moodle.dots.ecml.at at where you will find out more about this enthusiastic community, and where you can become a member yourself and share your teaching and ICT experience with us.

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United Kingdom 25-26 October 2013
Venue: Open University, Milton Keynes
Experts: Martina Emke, Germany; Regine Hampel, United Kingdom; Ursula Stickler, United Kingdom
Local coordinator: Sarah Heiser, Open University Regional Centre, London
Participants: teachers/teacher trainers in secondary and higher education
Workshop schedule
Workshop summary

In an increasingly digital world, a group of UK teachers and teacher developers were brought together to explore their competences as online teachers of Modern Languages and to extend them. A new form of cooperation between the EU and Council of Europe enabled international experts to facilitate this event free of charge to participants. The participants were drawn from Scotland, Wales and England, with countries of origin spanning four continents. The workshop took place at the main campus of the Open University UK on 25th and 26th October 2013. The event was organized in blended format, and included remote participation from Austria, Croatia and Strathclyde. Building up to the workshop, community building started with information and presentation postings to the project workspace http://moodle.dots.ecml.at/ During the workshop participants collaborated to create their own materials and ended with personal development plans for future activities. This was the first of a series of workshops facilitated by a team of international experts that will take place across Europe over the coming months. Any institution interested in hosting such an event under the ICT-REV initiative is encouraged to contact the ECML in Graz on niamh.martin(at)ecml.at

Matt delivers his session by Skype

Ciara speaks about bilingual education in Wales

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This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE LEARNING   www.ecml.at/ec-cooperation