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Re-engineering Education with Mobile Tech, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality from Middle to High School Years

Dates: 26 Jul & 01 Aug 2020
Location: Paphos
Language: English

Lead Instructor

Chryso Christodoulou

instructor Chryso Christodoulou

Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro Education Ltd. Her academic background is. View seminar instructor

Course Outline:

  • Plan Your Learning Goals
  • Raising Standards in Numeracy using Mobile Technology and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Rebooting for Change: Is more Technology the answer?
  • Let’s Get Physical! Focusing in activities and Learning achievements
  • Artificial Intelligence is transforming our classrooms  
  • Let’s Make It Work, Count And Review
  • Connecting Social Emotional Learning and Artificial Intelligence

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Target Audience:

  • Teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*
  • Teacher trainers(pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*
  • Curriculum coordinators/designers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*
  • Head teachers/principals/deputy-assistant heads/academic heads/managers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*

*Any discipline/subject is welcomed including science, ICT/technology, engineering, mathematics, languages, business/finance, arts, sports and other.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

Knowledge-related objectives

  • Understand the importance of Artificial Intelligence in education and how Artificial Intelligence can change the way we learn and work.
  • Comprehend the learning relationship between the Thinking Brain and the Digital Brain.
  • Understand the need to prepare students for continuous change using unique devices, apps, tools and resources.
  • Be familiar with the power of Augmented reality as an ultimate educational tool to inspire and engage student’s knowledge

Skills-related objectives (Be able to)

  • Use Mobile Tech, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented reality tools and recourses to develop Literacy, Numeracy, Scientific and Engineering skills for life long learning.
  • Integrate the pedagogical aspect of learning with tablets and iPads and artificial Intelligence tools into the Middle and High School Years Curriculum.
  • Set up and personalize new tech tools and recourses for different students whether they have special needs or are gifted and talented.
  • Use high tech devises from various operating systems and technologies to challenge and engage creativity and Innovation in the classroom.
  • Engage students for indoor and outdoor learning with Augmented reality apps and new Tech devices.

Course Schedule:

Day 1 - Sunday

16:30 – 18:30

Plan Your Learning Goals

  • Moving beyond reproducing old practices with new tools.
  • Creating a focused pedagogical vision for learning.
  • Rethinking pedagogy curriculum, assessment and teaching practices.
  • Establish new norms and cultivate a culture of sharing
  • Effectively managing a blended learning environment with Artificial Intelligence tools and recourses.
  • Embrace the diversity of devises and applications but remember that  Artificial Intelligence  isn’t going to replace the amazing, intuitive, creative human brain.
  • Getting to grips with the devices and Apps to revolutionize teaching and learning for all in Middle & Secondary Schools. 

Welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Monday

9:00 – 12:30

Raising Standards in Numeracy using Mobile Technology and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Differentiation & Inclusion in the classroom using technology Apps to revolutionize teaching and learning.
  • The best apps for creativity in the STREAMS (Science, Technology, Reading, Arts, Mathematics and Social Sciences) classroom.
  • Designing innovative learning spaces that foster Innovative learning practices.
  • Effective Assessment for Learning using technology.

14:00 – 16:30

Adding Pace And Variety

  • Transforming teaching with tablets and Apps.
  • Learning collaboratively and globally.
  • Following students' learning journeys by identifying individual learning needs and selecting appropriate apps that enhance personalized learning.
  • Using Mobile Technology to support learners with Special Educational Needs (1Primary & 1Secondary)
  • The Ultimate use of Technology in the Arts

Day 3 - Tuesday

9:00 – 12:30  Rebooting for Change: Is more Technology the answer?

  • Thinking beyond digital tools.
  •  Algorithms and their effects as they curate every
  • Smart machines augment teacher and student our capabilities,
  • Smart machines and their increased influence on our perceptions, opportunities and decisions.
  • Leveraging the importance of self- and social awareness as well as Artificial Intelligence awareness. Taken together, these skills and dispositions create a sense of agency—the ability to take ownership of learning, grow through effort and work with other people in order to do the learning you need to do.
  • Leveraging iPads and tablets as innovation hubs.
  • Identifying the right tools to promote the acquisition of goals.

14:00 – 16:00 

  • Choosing Apps by Design for STREAMS level of Integration.
  • Personalizing tablets and iPads for special needs and for the gifted talented learners.
  • Extending learning in the house and getting parents more involved.
  • Developing your own lesson plans using tablets and iPads integrating all aspects as these are described above.

Day 4 - Wednesday

09:00 – 10:15

Let’s Get Physical! Focusing in activities and Learning achievements

  • The plug-and-play approach.
  • Adopting new methods and using them to add value to learning.
  • The learning potential of e-books.
  • Tips for successful e-book implementation.
  • Bringing learning to life with 3D and 4D immersive books and videos.
  • Empowering students with Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Showcase of various such tools for supporting scientific, mathematical engineering literacies.

14:00 – 16:00

Case study: Artificial Intelligence is transforming our classrooms  

Artificial intelligence is beginning to transform classrooms through customizable content and tracking and monitoring diagnostics.  Artificial Intelligence  can automate basic routine work, such as grading simple tests. It can apply greater levels of individualization through adaptive learning programs, games and software, and  Artificial Intelligence  tutors can support students through basic mathematics. ... Adaptive testing will provide questions that suit the current ability of individual students.”

Day 5 - Thursday

9:00 – 12:30

Let’s Make It Work, Count And Review

  • Let’s make it work: implementing lessons that are differentiated and inclusive.  
  • Mobile tech for creativity and shared learning experiences.
  • Choosing the right device and the importance of digital leaders in your education technology learning vision.
  • Counting and reviewing learning exercises and learning outcomes.

Day 6 - Friday

09:00 - 12:30

Group project: Connecting Social Emotional Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Machine intelligence will make workplace predictions cheap, but human judgment even more valuable. The abilities to read social situations and develop productive relationships are, for the foreseeable future, uniquely human skills, and will become increasingly important and valuable in an automation economy.

Day 7 - Saturday

The future of learning in safe hands – teachers, parents and learners from Middle to High School levels.


Participants will present their innovative teaching activities using various apps and be able to share their learning and showcase during the workshop.


Farewell lunch

Course Methodology:

The workshop methodology aims to support participants in how to expand their own personal skills and knowledge. This aim will be accomplished by providing robust and well-designed case studies, integrating sample educational demos, presenting and discussing real-life scenarios, performing group assignments and demonstrating web-enabled tools and recourses. There will be also presentations using PowerPoint slides, videos and various other multimedia tools.

Participants will be guided in a very concise way, both on the strategic side and on the practical classroom management side. Participants will be asked to bring their own materials into the seminar and will be encouraged to interact with the lecturers and other participants. This workshop will follow a very pragmatic approach that will enable the active participant interaction.

The seminar notes are going to be available to participants in hard copies as well as in electronic form via a dedicated online class blog.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops

Course Preparation:

Prior to the course, participants will answer a questionnaire. All answers will be posted on a special class blog. These will include the following:

  • Basic information on the social context of their school.
  • Description of the prevailing culture regarding innovation and creativity.
  • The ethos of the school regarding 21st century practices and on line tools.
  • The expected impact for school, students, and teachers.

Course Faculty:

Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro Education Ltd. Her academic background is in Computer Science and Education. She is the designer and author of the FUNecole® for Cambridge ICT Starters Initial Steps endorsed by University of Cambridge International Examinations and recognized best practice educational approach by the European Commission. Ms. Christodoulou is an external educational expert for the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) on various educational research projects. She is a program committee member for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Computer society. Mrs Christodoulou participates as keynote speaker and panelist at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops around the world. Ms. Christodoulou´s work has been published in scholarly and policy publications, such as IEEE Xplore and the European Parliament Magazine. She is a recognized as an entrepreneurship expert by OECD and is one of 350 European Ambassadors of Entrepreneurship.

Course Venue:

The course will be held in a luxury hotel conference room in Paphos coastal area. The exact venue will be announced soon. We are currently in the process of receiving competitive offers from 4 or 5 star hotels in the area. Participants are expected to arrive in Cyprus through Paphos or Larnaca international airports. They can reach the hotel either by bus or taxi. More details will be announced soon.

Participant Comments:

“A thought provoking seminar. Chryso has indeed managed to set in motion reflective processes that will enable teaching practitioners/professionals to embark on a self-reflective journey regarding their practice and the way they see the teaching/learning context shaping in the future.”

“It is an innovative seminar that will definitely help us reflect on our jobs and change so as to improve our schools and our teaching techniques. Thank you for sharing all these experiences with us.”

“I find it great how the students come to understand why they are learning something (e.g. the metric system) and that surely motivates them to study more but more importantly it helps them realise where they should focus in their learning. This realisation reminds me that I should consciously connect knowledge to experience in the classroom.”

About Erasmus+:

ERASMUS+, the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport (2014-2020) has a special focus on teachers’ professional development. During previous years, the Comenius Training grants offered some good opportunities for individual teachers to attend training courses. Now,ERASMUS+, which has replaced the old Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), really multiplies these opportunities. Never before has there been so much EU support for teachers' professional development through mobility in Europe! The difference is that applications are not submitted by individual teachers anymore. They are submitted by schools. Another aspect is that you can re-apply this year even if you have applied and been funded in the past. So, your school needs to apply for you, as well as for any other of your colleagues, including your interest in training on school development and innovation that you will include in the ‘European Development Plan’ section of the application. For up-to-date information about Erasmus+ please check the Programme's website. Your school will need to apply to your country’s National Agency, who is also the one who will evaluate the proposal. Therefore, your National Agency is also a very good point to start for more information. In the Programme Guide, at section “Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals” make sure to read sub-section “Mobility projectfor school education staff”(page 61) or “Mobility project for adult education staff”(page 68).

About the Organisers:

Digipro Computer Consultants Ltd was established in Cyprus in 1990. Digipro’s mission statement is to provide specialised and innovative customer care through professional services that focus on continuous development and quality assurance. Digipro encompasses a wealth of expertise in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and executive management consulting and coaching. These services integrate processes, people and ideas to create new kinds of learning design that offer true educational value. Digipro is an innovative learning design organisation involved in educational research and development using technology as a platform for enhanced learning. Digipro has been organising successfully International training courses for teachers, funded by the European Commission (up to 2013 by the LLP Comenius Programme and as of 2014 by the ERASMUS+ programme). These courses offer innovative teaching practices and use of e-learning resources and tools in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in European schools. Digipro is the main developer of the FUNecole® Creative Learning. FUNecole® was analysed as a Best Practice in "Creative and Innovative Good Practices in Europe" report by JRC, IPTS & DG Education & Culture of European Commissionand endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations for ICT Starters Qualifications.

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