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Teaching And Learning With Mobile Tech From Kindergarten to Early Primary Years Completed


Dates: 21 & 22 Nov 2016
Hours: 07:00-15:30 (Including Coffee Break & Lunch)
Location: Nicosia
Venue: Hilton Cyprus
Company Visit: 6 Hours

The programme includes:

  • Two full-days seminar at a luxurious venue.
  • Half a day consulting session for each participating company.
  • An extensive report for each participating company formulated to their needs. The report will include recommendations and suggestions for further consideration by the management.
  • Full access to a seminar blog containing all presentations and further additional support materials and resources for each seminar participant.
  • Full lunch and three coffee breaks for the two-days seminar for each seminar participant.
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Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus

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 instructors


Program Rationale

This seminar will offer private educational institutions with valuable insight with the essential tools and recourses for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Education, teaching, learning and Pedagogy is ever changing. Cyprus belongs to a global community and as Cypriots we need to develop our children so that they are equipped with the skills, knowledge, creativity and digital competencies and enable them to survive in an ever changing world. The foundation for this change is to begin early, equipping children with the tools they need regardless of their learning and living differences. The key is to differentiate our instruction and use the most appropriate digital devices that will enable us to cater for all children including gifted and talented as well as special needs children (IPad is the only device that is fully accessible for special educational needs, including visually impaired as well as changes afoot for those with hearing impairment). Therefore, using tablets and iPads from Kindergarten to Early Years becomes a vital part of our instruction.

Mobile Tech devices such as tablets and iPads were initially developed and used for children in the US with special educational needs. After their successful implementation they were fully integrated into education, and have become the most valuable and accessible digital devices in any educational setting in the classroom and beyond. Tablets and iPads make learning more personalized and focused for each child. For example, we all learn differently and with a few taps here and there each child can have a customizable iPad with material, apps and personalized learning tools to meet their needs, regardless of their learning and living differences. 3D and 4D immersive books and videos that bring learning to life. Augmented Reality which empowers the child to see beyond what their imagination may conjure. Tactile interaction where a child can having a learning relationship between their own thinking brain and the digital brain – the iPad. It’s an inclusive, differentiated tool that will surpass all other digital devices and empower our children to be equipped with learning skills and knowledge that will help them be ready for any future global educational change.

Conclusion: Tablets and iPads for children from Kindergarten to Early Years in Cyprus is the ultimate learning tool for themselves as well as teachers. Preparation and skillful mastery for learning from an early year is the most crucial aspect of future learning. No child left behind, all children prepared and ready for change.

Target Audience

This seminar will offer valuable insight to school owners, primary school principals/managers, educational curriculum consultants, master trainers of private kindergarten and primary schools that teach kindergarten and primary school children. Schools need to transform and develop their educational practices that will lead students towards the development of the new 21st century literacies.


Program Objectives

By the end of this workshop participants will be in a position to:

  • Integrate the pedagogical aspect of learning with tablets and iPads into the Kindergarten and Early Years Curriculum
  • Demonstrate to learners how a device can be easily accessible for their learning needs, regardless of their differences.
  • Use the Mobile tech such as tablets and iPads to develop basic Literacy and Numeracy skills for learning
  • Understand the importance of DigiPlay for metacognition and be able to use the device for personalized learning
  • Know how to set up and personalize the iPad for different children whether they have special needs or are gifted and talented.
  • Develop a learning relationship between the Thinking Brain and the Digital Brain
  • Understand how a tablet or an iPad can be a ‘home’ learning tool with children and the family too.
  • Choose appropriate learning and teaching apps for the curriculum and individual, independent learning
  • Show how to prepare children for change using a unique device that will replace the traditional school book.
  • Implement and devise lessons that are differentiated and inclusive.
  • Use visualization as a engagement tool for indoor and outdoor learning with tablets and iPads.
  • Equip children to be independent with their learning and share learning journeys through collaboration, communication and creativity.

Program Outline

DAY one

07:00 – 07:30 / Arrival & Registration

07:30 – 09:30 / 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.
  • Cultivate a culture of sharing
  • Use high tech devices to challenge and engage creativity and Innovation in the classroom.
  • Embrace the diversity of devices.

09:30  09:45 / Coffee break with biscuits and snacks

09:45 – 11:45 / From Low Tech Classroom to High-Tech Hub:Best Uses Of An iPad

  • What can an iPad do? An overview.
  • How and where do we start to integrate iPads.
  • Getting to grips with the devices.
  • Apps to revolutionize teaching and learning for all in Kindergarten and Early Years.
  • The best apps for creativity in the classroom.
  • Literacy and Numeracy apps.
  • Camera, Action, Roll, Record.
  • Classroom structure for sharing devices.
  • Sharing ideas session.

11:45 – 12:15 /  Lunch break at Hotel's Restaurant

12:15 – 13:15 / 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 personalised learning.

    Case study: Flipped lessons: a practical guide to creating your own.

 

13:15 – 14:15 / Rebooting For Change: Is More Technology The Answer

  • Thinking beyond digital tools.
  • Facing the fear.
  • Leveraging iPads and tablets as innovation hubs.
  • Identifying the right tools to promote acquisition of goals.
  • Choosing Apps by Design.
  • Personalising 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.

14:15 – 14:30 / Coffee break with biscuits and snacks

14:30 – 15:30 / Let's Play, Record, Show And Share

  • Using different apps for different learning purposes.
  • Creating and developing apps mashing approaches.
  • Showcasing tablet and  iPad creations together.

DAY Two

7:00 – 7:30 / Arrival

7:30 – 8:00 / Recapitulation of first day

8:00 – 09:30 / 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  children with Augmented Reality.

Case study: Creating new realities in our classrooms.

  • Putting it all together: Ways of preparing children to use tablets and ipads as  unique devices to replace traditional school books and resources!
  • Working with amazing visualisations!
 

09:30 – 09:45 / Coffee break with biscuits and snacks

09:45 – 11:45 / 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.

11:45 – 12:15 /  Lunch break at Hotel's Restaurant

12:15 – 12:45

Case study: The right apps-used in the right way- can enhance the classroom learning environment

  • Creating Genius areas in your schools
  • Enhancing and sustaining communication, collaboration and creativity.

12:45 – 14:15 / Next Steps

  • Planning for an all inclusive curriculum for using tablets and iPads.
  • Questions, queries and where to go next.

14:15 – 14:30 / Coffee break with biscuits and snacks

14:30 – 15:30 / The future of learning in safe hands - teachers, parents and learners from Kindergarten to Early Years.


Training Methodology

The workshop methodology will aim to support school, with tools that are practical and innovative in order to expand their understanding of using tablets and iPads for teaching and learning from Kindergarten to Early Years. Strategies to use appropriate apps and how they can be developed into the curriculum for all aspects of learning. Participants will have the opportunity to create teaching activities using various apps and be able to share their learning and showcase during the workshop.

Multi-media tools including Haiku Deck, Keynote and Powerpoint will be integrated as well as other mutli-media tools and the effective and applicable use of social media fin order to develop Professional Learning Networks for collaboration, communication and creativity. Participants will be asked to bring their own tablet and/or iPads to the seminar and will be encouraged to interact with other participants.

Furthermore, 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.

Workshop participants will be guided in a very concise and condensed way, both on the strategic side as 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 and in electronic form on a dedicated online class blog.


Program 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.


Nina Jackson is the director of Teach Learn Create that offers teacher professional development courses in UK and the world. The courses focus to develop teachers to purposeful and effectively use technology and particularly mobile devices in the classroom.

Nina is a new generation of innovative teachers and the the first woman to join Independent Thinking Ltd with Ian Gilbert in 1999. Nina inspires and motivates teachers to “be the best that they can be” and uses the Independent Thinking’s motto of ‘Do things no one does or do things everyone does in a way no one does’, as her philosophy for educational change. With this heritage of superb teaching and learning, an associate director of the internationally acclaimed Independent Thinking and best-selling author;Nina Jackson is an educational force to be reckoned with.

Nina has been a lead contributor in a BBC documentary called Kids Behaving Badly where her skills for engaging and inspiring disaffected learners were hailed as “pure magic”.



Post Program Activities

Following the two day seminar there will be a 6 hour on-site visit to each of the attending schools by Mrs. Chryso Christodoulou.

Participants will be encouraged to share with their colleagues the areas of improvements identified in class and the action plan developed in class and identify priorities to be covered by the training. The areas to be considered in order to meet the training objectives identified above are: the school’s strategic segments, priorities and how each segment is serviced, how the school’s value proposition is delivered and possible gaps, areas where customer expectations are not met, areas where customers are over-served, focused propositions to specific segments. 

Creating different propositions for different segments by incorporating different levels of service

  • Recognising different segment needs and the value to the school.
  • Creating different levels of service to balance value
  • Thinking through the operationalization.

 Identifying service areas which do not add value and discussing ways to de-emphasize.

  • Review features of the proposition and the value perceived by the customer – think ways to reduce of eliminating and evaluate the impact
  • One report will be jointly prepared by both consultants to be presented to each participating school.

Teaching And Learning With Mobile Tech From Kindergarten to Early Primary Years February 2016


Subsidy, Attendance, and Cancellation Policy

HRDA Subsidy and Seminar Attendance

  • A company’s participant is eligible for subsidy when their Social Insurance and Industrial Training contributions have been settled in full by the time of registration/seminar. In case of ineligibility/disqualification, the company will be invoiced the full amount per participant.
  • A company’s participant is eligible for subsidy if he/she completes an obligatory attendance of 75% or more (both during seminar and company visit). In case of failure to complete the attendance, the company will be invoiced the full amount, per participant.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

  • Cancellations can be accepted up to 5 working days prior to the seminar without penalties. For any cancellations received after the deadline (or no-shows) the company will be invoiced the full amount per participant.
  • Substitutions can be accepted any time prior to the seminar without penalties.

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