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Reimagining the 21st Century Learning Habitat through the Effective Integration of Mobile Technology at Middle & High Schools Completed

Dates: 16 & 17 Apr 2018
Hours: 07:30-15:45 (Including Coffee Break & Lunch)
Location: Limassol
Venue: Curium Palace Hotel
Company Visit: 6 Hours
Other Sessions:

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.
  • No VAT is imposed to Digipro Executive Management Seminars. Please contact us for clarifications.

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

The current knowledge of the 21st century skills and education emphasizes the need for a broader range of skills to complement the basic literacy, numeracy and scientific skills that are currently taught a tour schools.

There is an imminent need for advanced teaching approaches, assessment strategies and reporting or grading systems. There is a need to accommodate new innovative skills and competences within an existing educational structure and curriculum. Schools need to reimagine the learning habitat with an effective integration of Mobile Technology in order to develop higher level skills, to implement appropriate pedagogies, to reevaluate the curriculum, the evaluation strategies, and other instructional features.

As Cyprus belongs to this global technologically emerging community, schools need to foster skills such as creativity, innovation critical thinking, and digital competencies if they want their students to survive in this world of change.

Target Audience

This seminar will offer valuable insight to owners, principals/managers, educational curriculum consultants and trainers in Middle and High schools, as well as private institutes approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture. All these schools need to transform and develop their educational practices in order to help students develop the 21st century skills.

Program Objectives

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

  • Integrate the use of tablets and iPads in the Middle and High School curriculums
  • Use mobile technology, such as tablets and iPads, to enhance literacy, numeracy, scientific and engineering skills
  • Understand the importance of DigiPlay in metacognition and use the device for personalized learning
  • Know how to set up and personalize tablets and iPads for different students with special needs or talents
  • Develop a learning relationship between the Thinking Brain and the Digital Brain
  • Prepare students for change using unique devices that will replace the traditional school book.

Program Outline

DAY one

07:00 – 07:30 / Arrival & Registration

07:30 – 09:30 / Plan Your Learning Goals

  • Beyond merely reproducng old practices with new tools
  • A focused pedagogical vision for learning
  • Rethinking pedagogy curriculum, assessment and teaching practices
  • The development of new norms and of a sharing culture
  • Using high tech devices to enhance creativity and innovation in the classroom
  • Welcoming the diversity of devices and applications
  • Using devices and applications to revolutionize teaching and learning for all students in Middle & Secondary Schools

Case study: The growing importance of expert thinking, collaboration, team skills, creativity, character and civic skills.

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

09:45 – 12:15 / From Low Tech Classroom to High-Tech Hub:Best Uses Of An Windows tablets/iPads

  • What can an iPad do for teachers and learners of the Middle and High school?
  • How and where do we start to integrate iPads?
  • Getting to grips with all typesof devices: Android, Windows, IOS
  • Applications that revolutionize teaching and learning
  • The best creativity apps for STREAMS (Science, Technology, Reading, Arts, Mathematics and Social Sciences)
  • Designing innovative learning spaces that foster Innovative learning practices

Case study: How do educational leaders and schools conceptualize, understand, design and integrate pedagogical methods that enhance students’ learning engagement? 

12:15 – 13:00 /  Lunch break at Hotel's Restaurant

13:00 – 14:00 / Adding Pace and Variety

  • Transforming teaching with tablets and applications.
  • Learning collaboratively and globally. Following students' learning journey, identifying individual learning needs and selecting appropriate applications that enhance personalized learning.

    Case study: : A practical guide to creating innovative integrated learning experiences for Middle and High school.


14:00 – 15:00 / Rebooting For Change: Is More Technology The Answer

  • Thinking beyond digital tools.
  • Leveraging iPads and tablets as innovation hubs
  • Identifying the right tools to promote goals
  • Choosing Apps by Design for STREAMS level of integration
  • Personalizing tablets and iPads for students with special needs and for gifted-talented learners
  • Extending lea­rning at home and getting parents more involved
  • Developing your own lesson plans using tablets and iPads, integrating all aspects described

15:00 – 15:15 / Coffee break with biscuits and snacks

15:15 – 15:45 / Let's Play, Record, Show And Share

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


7:00 – 7:30 / Arrival

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

8:00 – 09:30 / Let's Get Physical! Focusing on Activities and Learning Achievements

  • The plug-and-play approach
  • New methods that 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 and Virtual Reality Applications. A glance at such tools that support scientific, mathematical engineering literacy.

Case study: Creating new realities in our classrooms.

  • Putting it all together: Ways of preparing students to use tablets and iPads as unique devices to replace traditional school books and resources
  • Working with amazing visualizations
  • Creating effective and challenging learning applications.

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

09:45 – 12:15 / Let's Make It Work, Count And Review

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

12:15 – 13:00 /  Lunch break at Hotel's Restaurant

13:00 – 13:30

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

  • Creating Genius areas in every class, school and community
  • Enhancing and sustaining communication, collaboration and creativity.

13:30 – 15:00 / Next Steps

  • Planning an all inclusive curriculum using tablets and iPads
  • Using tools and apps for personal assessment, monitoring, recording and reporting. Technology monitors learning and learning outcomes on a constant basis. The Internet is used as a repository of ideas, materials, records, interpretive frameworks and methods of communicating among students, teachers, parent and schools Questions, queries and where to go next.

15:00 – 15:15 / Coffee break with biscuits and snacks

15:15 – 15:45 / 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 will share their learning during the workshop.


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 Middle to High School 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 Power Point 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 CD and available on line at www.digipro.com.cy and the 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

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. 

Two Hours by Nina Jackson:

The scope for school improvement can be identified:

Evaluating ideas about improving the customer service delivery and discussing the details of implementation

  • Prioritise ideas and learning strategies.
  • Think through how to put these ideas into action learning.
  • Establish implementation requirements.

Four hours by Chryso Christodoulou

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.

  • Develop strategies on how to use appropriate apps and how the can be developed into the curriculum for all aspects of learning.
  • Review features of the proposition and the value perceived by the customer – think ways to reduce of eliminating and evaluate the learning impact.

One comprehensive report will be jointly prepared by both consultants to be presented to each participating school.

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.

Approved By Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus

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