I*teach methodology in school practice

Abstract : One of the assumptions of secondary education is that students are to acquire numerous ICT-related skills. The computer has become an essential element of live, both at school and outside it. Using ICT tools students can structure their knowledge, prepare images, create banks of data and analyze it, write reports and other text documents. Electronic mail, discussion lists, forums and other online applications facilitate communication and cooperation. World Wide Web gives an easy access to immense resources provided by museums, libraries and laboratories in which research may be carried out remotely. Adopting the ICT skills is usually a natural process for students. They are very familiar with the computer and like learning and implementing new computer skills and knowledge. But is it enough for their future “real” life? The recent research about needs of business and social life, done in the frame of I*Teach (Innovative Teacher) project, shows that the so called “soft” skills – team working, presentation skills, working on a project, information skills, are essential for realization of young people in their life after the school. The big challenge in front of the contemporary teacher is “How to do that?” Modern education is more and more based on active learning which places the student in the center of attention. Project based learning as a technique for active learning offers all resources for improving four groups of most important soft skills: operating with information, presentation, team work and project work. The next important question is: “Are teachers ready to implement methods of active learning?” Unfortunately most of them feel more comfortable with the old teacher-centered methods. To cope with this situation pilot teacher workshops constituted an integral part of the I*Teach project. During the workshops teachers were presented with the I*Teach methodology and prepared didactical scenarios according to this methodology. Teachers of all subjects participated in the workshops. Having completed the course, the participants carried out classes using the scenarios drawn up during the workshops.
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Nikolina Nikolova, Malgorzata Miranowicz. I*teach methodology in school practice. Balkan Conference in Informatics (BCI 2007), 2007, Sofia, Bulgaria. pp.387-396. ⟨hal-00190056⟩

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