The last week of October was filled with warmth and laughs that this group of ladies brought with them. We had representatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Greece.
Week was filled with new knowledge and discovery of new places. Teacher and participants first met on Sunday night. They had an introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable and got information about the course venue.
In ICT in my classroom course, group works throughout the week on how they can use ICT tools such as podcasting, social media, movie making, blogging, digital storytelling, e-portfolio, wikis, Webquest, tools for collaboration, etc. for their own pedagogical activities. They worked with their trainer Zala Bricelj on the main objectives of the course, such as encouraging peer collaboration both in the classroom and internationally, deepening students’ learning, increase learning motivation, enabling students’ independency and inspiring students’ creative thinking.
On Wednesday the group had a half-day excursion to lake Bled. After morning lectures the sun rose from foggy Ljubljana streets and they headed to the Alp region. A stroll around the lake was a must to see the island, castle and surrounding nature from all perspectives. Since the temperatures were high for his time of year, some were even brave enough to jump in and swam! Excursion ended with traditional Bled cream cake called Kremšnita and after they headed back to Ljubljana for traditional Slovenian dinner.
The course is designed as an interactive process with emphasis on project work. Therefore it was no surprise that hands-on techniques were involved as it was demonstrated on Friday when the group had a study visit to a school in Bistrica ob Sotli. This way they could see how ICT tools that they had learned during the week, are used in school environment. They participated in a class where tools were used by teachers.
Our last course in October has ended and we feel bittersweet about it. We are sad that it’s gone by so fast with this lovely group of ladies, but on the other hand, we are excited for November and new courses that it brings.
See you in Ljubljana,
love Primera Group