8.27.2017

A digital toolbox to enhance learning

During my eTwinning years, since 2006, I have stumbled on, learned and seen a lot of digital tools being used. Working with eTwinning is a life long learning and one of the great benefits. All the tools I have come across in one way or another I have out together in a blog. Feel free to use it as you please. You find a glossary for ICT work in School, a lot of information about netiquette, a lot of different social tools, tools specific for certain subjects and a lot more stoff. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. I have not used them all but I have used a lot of them and/or seen others use it.
A Digital Toolbox to enhance learning


5.22.2017

TEL Roadmap - Leadership & Planning: Plan

Leadership & Planning: Plan

A school in the initial stage will be the one that has a basic ICT plan. To become a enabled school, it will be necessary a plan developed by Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team, and a teacher, or group of teachers, with responsibilities and a leadership for that plan. The school will become confident if it has a comprehensive TEL plan and is integrated in school's plan. plan. The development of the plan is led by principal/ICT co-ordinating teacher/TEL Team with all teachers contributing and whole school acceptance. There is a designated ICT co-ordinating teacher with clearly defined duties and responsibilities. Finally, the school will become mature when the teachers implement the TEL plan in their daily work. The teachers and the students are involved in innovative and exemplary practice.

5.15.2017

TEL Roadmap - Leadership & Planning: Vision

Leadership & Planning: Vision

A school in the initial stage will be the one that mainly focuses in ICT equipment. To become a enabled school, it will be necessary a plan developed by Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team. The school will become confident if the TEL vision is integrate into the whole school vision. Finally, the school will become mature when the TEL vision is wide ranging and shared by all stakeholders, and it is actively tested through the student learning experience.

5.03.2017

Best Practices

Now, in Digital Schools website you can find the best practices in STEM, Language, Arts, Humanities and Cross Curricular.



Also, you can find it available by country. 
Go and visit the website.

4.07.2017

Using Google Docs for collaborative work

Image credit: Lumaxart


Here there are two videos on how to use Google Docs as a collaborative work.
This collaborative work can be done between teachers, between students and class teacher, and between students.


3.27.2017

Validator

Any school that applies to become a certified digital school, needs to pass the validation process.

In this video you can see how:


If you want to be a validator, just go to this website: http://digitalschools.academy/

3.10.2017

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

The Digital Schools Europe website presents a roadmap and self-evaluation to be taken by each school. In that way, the school can know the level of their own Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) program.
TEL map - Credit: TEL4DT

But, what is TEL?
Well, this is not a new concept. It implies a new way to adapt the teacher's work in the classroom. Where technology is present for each student and the learning process can be personalized.
That implies not only present content in different supports but "
innovations in content delivery, assessment methods, and adaptive learning" [1]
The students will be more active in the learning process, and they should be use ICT to acquire specific goals.

This implies a commitment between leadership, teacher professional training and plan to update and to keep all the ICT tools and infrastructure running.
Finally, TEL will prepare our students to acquire digital skills, to adapt for new kind of jobs or challenges, to work as a team.

Sources:
[1] University of Texas https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/teaching/tech (March, 10, 2017)
Francis, Taylor. "Technology-enhanced learning and teaching in higher education: what is ‘enhanced’ and how do we know? A critical literature review" http://oro.open.ac.uk/36675/1/TEL%20in%20Higher%20Education-What%20is%20enhanced%20and%20how%20do%20we%20know.pdf Open Research Online