This 1 week course on Using Technology in the Classroom is of significant benefit to teachers who need to familiarise themselves with current developments in the use of Technology in their classrooms; to become more confident in delivering their classes using technology in an environment where their students are very familiar with a wide range of modern technology and applications; to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to using technology in their schools and, as a result, ensuring better integration of school into students’ lives and greater student engagement in learning inside and outside the school.

Course Objectives

The aims of this course on Using Technology in the Classroom are:

  • to familiarise the participants with recent pedagogical and classroom technology developments
  • to increase participants’ awareness of the opportunities to integrate ICT into teaching and learning processes in their schools
  • to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of some computer applications , particularly in an environment where many of the students are very digitally savvy
  • to give participants an opportunity, as far as possible, to use the programmes to which they are introduced and to learn to adapt some ready-made programmes to their particular classroom requirements
  • to provide an opportunity to develop and consolidate participants own language skills
  • to improve participants confidence in their own lesson delivery
  • to produce high-quality learning outcomes for participants thereby re-enforcing the capacity and international scope of their schools
  • To promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
  • To establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals.

Methodology

The input sessions are a blend of theory and practice in ELT combining presentation, demonstration and practical activities to facilitate using and developing computer-based programmes.

During the week participants may join in 4 afternoon activities where they are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside of the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of Ireland, with an added focus on exploiting school trips in their own teaching environments to develop language skills.

Format

This course on using Technology in the Classroom is a one-week course consisting of 20 morning contact hours as well as 1 afternoon workshop and an extensive cultural and social programme directly linked to the morning sessions.

Follow Up

On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course and complete a course evaluation form. Participants are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Regular follow-up contact is made with the participants after completion of the course. The Alpha trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.

To Apply for a Technology in the Classroom Course

To make application for Erasmus+ funding for this course or any of our other in-service training courses for teachers please visit your National Agency website for full information on the application process.

About Alpha College

Alpha College is an approved training centre for the ACELS/QQI Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELT) and has a staff of highly qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainers who train prospective ELT teachers year-round. They are also practising teachers of English, experienced in using up-to-date methods with learners at all levels of language learning. In addition Alpha College has been providing in-service training courses for teachers from overseas for the last 17 years.


Course Programme

Day One

  • Induction and introduction to the course. Creating Intranets
  • Going over the basics – a run through of the key skills necessary for all participants to take full advantage of the programme.
  • Creating a digital portfolio
  • An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom.

Day Two

  • Lesson Design/Mini workshops. Designing a lesson using and incorporating technology – preparing activities to engage computer literate students
  • Google Products/Mini Workshop. Using Google products and services effectively in the classroom
  • Trinity College. Introduction to third level education in Ireland. Contribution of Trinity alumni to Irish and international academic affairs. Book of Kells and influence of early Irish missionaries in Europe. Collecting authentic materials. Developing speaking through short presentations on universities of participants.

Day Three

  • Using audio and video podcasts to engage students with real world content. Creataing audio and video files
  • Creating Quizzes, Gap Fills
  • National Gallery. Collecting authentic texts

Day Four

  • Creating Slideshows, Animations and Cartoons using online tools
  • The Flipped Classroom – adapting existing material to create a flipped lesson
  • Afternoon supervised Workshop: designing lessons using and incorporating technology. Becoming familiar with/trying out applications introduced during the course. Participants have the opportunity to get further practice on any of the resources viewed during the week under the supervision of one of the course tutors

Day Five

  • Recording material and activities from your computer screen. Finalising digital portfolio
  • Feedback and Review session
  • Visit to the Cathedrals. History and influence of the main denominations in Ireland. Jonathan Swift

The excursion programme is designed to allow teachers create an online blog/closed group environment project about their time in Dublin and to give them more practical experience in creating and leading projects with their students.

Course Dates

  • 27th August 2018
  • (or by arrangement for closed groups)

Language Level

  • B1+

Course Fees

Programme including materials; excursions and activities as outlined in the programme

  • 450

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 195 for 1 week (July and August) (+ €30 supplement for private bathroom)
  • 180 for 1 week (October – June) (+ €30 supplement for private bathroom)

Student Self Catering Accommodation; (July & August and limited availability in June).
Single room with private bathroom; shared kitchen/living room.
Dorset Point.
5 minutes on foot from Alpha College and from city centre.

    • 295 per week

    Airport Transfers (optional)

    • 70 – Arrival
    • 70 – Departure

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