By Aleksander Temmo
Within our Erasmus+ mobility project I participated in one-week (35 hours) course „Integrating ICT and new technologies into teaching and education” in Bologna from February 17 to February 23, 2019, within project № 2018-1-EE01-KA104-046911.
The host organization IFOM offers many training courses for education staff. They hold training activities in Italy (in Bologna and Palermo) and Tenerife, Spain.
Bologna is capital of Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. Bologna is the seventh city in Italy with around 400K of population. Who in Europe did not hear about the famous Bologna sauce? Another attraction of Bologna that is known to every educated person is the local university. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest one in Europe, and always played an important cultural role.
The accommodation was in the same hotel, where all training was held and was very convenient for participants.
Camplus Living Bononia is a like 3* hotel, every room equipped with all necessary for living and making homework after classes. It is situated in a quiet place a little away from the city center. We could use public transport and get to the center in 10 minutes. Really, after classes, I’d like just spend around 40 minutes for a nice walk to reach the famous old squares, Twin Towers and other beauty sights of Bologna.
Innovative and practice-driven teacher training courses give an overview of the best practical ways to use ICT in adult learning.
Edmodo, Socrative, TedEd, Magisto and many other new applications have been tried and tested. A lot of practice exercises helped to master skills which will be used in a classroom.
Lectures alternated with workshops and brainstorming were very effective means for developing new competencies. Possibilities and ways for better integrating the knowledge gained were important topics of discussions, also in an informal atmosphere after classes.
It was my first visit to Italy, which brought me an introduction to local culture. During this week I also had a nice opportunity to meet and talk with interesting people from different countries. There were teachers and trainers from Finland, Poland, Croatia, the UK, Belgium, and other EU countries.
The main output from this trip – a lot of new ideas for use in adult training.
Live speaking practice with native English speakers was also very important.