14th January 2018

Course #6 Dialogue and digital technologies to support language oriented subject teaching.

Course Nr.: # 06

Dates / Location
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
May 1- 6
Oct. 16- 21

Target Groups
Teachers interested in language oriented subject teaching and the role of dialogue in teaching and learning processes in (linguistic diverse) primary classes.

Course Aims
This course aims to:

• (further) develop the competence and confidence of teachers in applying dialogic strategies in the classroom.
• promote teacher professionalism in promoting a positive classroom culture for educational dialogue
• support participants in finding, selecting and evaluating available digital applications and resources.
​ raising awareness on issues such as: `quality of materials design’ and `enhancing interaction in the classroom`.
• develop participants’ skills related to adapting and designing (digital) materials.
• empower teachers to stimulate the use of dialogue for learning with the help of technolgy (interactive screens and apps that facilitate interaction).

The course combines plenary, tutor-led introductions & viewing videos of exemplary classroom procedures with follow-up activities when participants do practical work individually, in pairs and small groups applying the concepts and principles presented by analyzing and discussing viewed practices,  and/or practicing dialogic approaches using specific technologies or applications.

To address the anticipated variety in participants’ interests and needs (in terms of target groups and individual skills levels) most task designs aim to lead to differentiated relevant learning experiences and outcomes.

At the end of the week delegates will demo, share and discuss a teaching unit created during the hands-on sessions.

To provide flexible access to course related tasks and resources a virtual learning environment (VLE) will be used. After the course concludes, participants will be able to access the VLE to promote follow-up communication and collaborative learning.

A pre-course, online questionnaire will be provided to assess pre-knowledge and further align course content and procedures to needs and interests.
Delegates are requested to bring subject book(s) and/or related ICT materials (if available) to be used when creating customised materials and activities.

Day-to-day Programme Topics

Day 1
• Meet & Greet / Introductions
• Questionnaire review / finetuning expectations
• Cultural Event

Day 2
• Overview of course and course structure in the VLE
• Introduction:
– Exploring and aligning participants’ understanding of the concept ‘educational dialogue’
– How can dialogue support learning
• Defining the aims and key indicators of dialogic teaching, focus on teacher-student dialogue
• Viewing videos with sample practices
• Reflection on own current practice

• Feed up on the course task: (re)design and develop a dialogue-based, interactive lesson: selecting textbook topic / unit in current practice for elaboration
• Review of day 2

Day 3
• Educational dialogue and learning in diverse contexts:
– Focus on the key features of whole-class dialogue, dialogue between peers and dialogue in curriculum subjects
• Methods and resources for observing and analysing classroom talk
• Exploring the potential of technologies and apps to support effective dialogue related to specific classroom activities

• Review of the day

Day 4
• Developing a classroom ethos that promotes dialogue
• Classroom planning tips to encourage dialogue. Planning tips to encourage classroom talk
• Exploring the potential of technologies and apps to support effective dialogue related to specific classroom activities
• Developing the first draft of your lesson plan

Day 5
•​ Promoting dialogic interactions. Requirements and activities for effective group work
​• Analysing group work videos
​• Guidelines for effective groupwork
•​ Developing the contents and tech-related materials for your lesson plan

Day 6
•  Finalizing designing the sample lesson activity
• Lesson demo, sharing and discussing materials created by participants
• Course wrap-up and evaluation

• Certification

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