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Inspiring and Enabling the 21 Century Creative Learning and Innovative Teaching with ICT Completed


Dates: 30 May 2011
Hours: 08:15 - 17:15
Available Seats: 25
Location: Nicosia
Venue: Hilton Park Hotel
Cost Per Participant:€2700
Seminar Cost:HRDA

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Small Enterprises
1-49 Employees
Medium Enterprises
50-249 Employees
Large Enterprises
250+ Employees
1 Participant - €280 2 Participants - €480 3 Participants - €680
1 Participants - €590 2 Participants - €990 3 Participants - €1290
1 Participants - €950 2 Participants - €1350 3 Participants - €1550

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Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus

Program Rationale

How should education be structured to meet the needs of students in this 21st century world? How do we now define “School”, “Teacher” “Student” and ″Curriculum″?

Schools in the 21st century will be laced with a project–based curriculum for life aimed at engaging students in addressing real–world problems, issues important to humanity, and questions that matter.

This is a dramatic departure from the factory-model education of the past. It is abandonment, finally, of textbook–driven, teacher-centered, paper and pencil schooling. It means a new way of understanding the concept of “knowledge”, a new definition of the “educated person”. A new way of designing and delivering the curriculum is required.

How can Cyprus continue to compete and survive in a global economy if the entering workforce is made up of high school graduates who lack the new skills they need, and of university graduates who are mostly “adequate” rather than “excellent”?

Cypriot educational institutions both at primary and secondary levels need to face the challenge of reforming curricula and instruction. All educational stakeholders recognize that it is time for tremendous improvements for in the readiness of new workforce entrants. “Excellence” is the standard for global competitiveness. Educational systems in Cyprus need to develop strategies that connect with students in the 21st century classrooms and workplaces.

Target Audience

This seminar will offer valuable insight to school principals, educational curriculum consultants and master trainers of primary and secondary schools in Cyprus how to transform and develop educational practices that will lead their students towards the 21st century skills.


Program Objectives

By the end of this workshop participants will be in a position to:

  • Promote the usage of new web-based comprehensive instruction practices that successfully to infuse technology into the 21st century school curricula
  • Demonstrate how ICT facilitates new forms of thinking and learning that require the cultivation of the different and wide ranging skills necessary for the 21st century future citizens.
  • Show how to prepare learners for the technology-rich and culturally-diverse modern societies.
  • Re-define of the role of the teacher who has to make room for other types of learning (e.g. self learning, peer learning, curiosity driven learning, experiential learning that lead students to the learning to learn paradigm.
  • Learn how to implement comprehensive approaches in context–based learning, inquiry-based techniques and innovative student centric pedagogical practices.
  • Present best practice Learning Environments both for primary and secondary levels that utilize web-based learning resources that support and enhance the 21st century educational movement.

Program Outline

DAY One

8:00 – 8:15 / Arrival and registration

8:15 – 9:30 / Introduction and outlining objectives of the workshop.

9:30 – 10:30

Enabling dynamic school transformations

  • How the preparedness and skill levels workforce are critical factors in the ability of Cyprus to stay competitive in the 21st century?
  • Why Cypriot students need to start preparing for the for the workforce demands of the 21st century?
  • What are the skills that are in demand for all students, regardless of student’s future plans?
  • What is the enormous impact of primary and secondary education for students′ ability to compete?

Case study: Applied skills integrated with core academic subjects are the “design specs” for creating educational systems that will prepare our primary, high school and college graduates to succeed in the modern workplace and community life.

10:30 – 10:45 / break

10:45 – 13:00

  • The educational systems in a nutshell.
    1. Cultivating thinking, creativity, learning, collaboration and regulation.
    2. The shift of focus towards a more experiential learning: more active, cumulative, constructive, goal–directed, diagnostic and reflective learning.
    3. The need for more independent learning: more discovery-oriented, contextual, problem–oriented, case-based, socially and intrinsically motivated learning.

13:00 – 14:30 / Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00

  • Use ICT tools to support the curricular objectives,
  • Learning through new creative ways.

Video presentations and interactive group discussions.

  • Promoting and using ICT tools that enhance the learning processes and enable the cultivation of creative learning and innovative teaching.
  • ICT as an enabler to manage, evaluate and use information retrieved from various sources such as multimedia CD–ROMs and websites.

16:00 – 16:15 / Break

16:15 – 17:15

  • Creativity and Innovation in education.
    1. The real barriers to creativity and innovation in schools.
    2. Creativity for thinking and learning.
  • Developing true innovative Learning Environment of learners, schools, teachers and parents.

“Live” demos from various web enabled recourses that support the “New comprehensive approaches to teaching and learning” .

Case study: Educational games:
Games and their positive impact on motivation, self–confidence, different learning rhythms of students and in the way students deal problem solving.

DAY Two

8:15 – 8:15 / Arrival

8:15 – 09:30 / Recapitulation of first day

09:30 – 10:15 / OUTLINE PRESENTATION

  • Issues to be considered at the second day

10:15 – 10:30 / Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30

  • Demo. Promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century classrooms.
  • How to enable the Learning how to learn paradigm
  • How to foster and facilitate creative learning and innovative teaching.
  • Ways to harness the emerging and increasing role of ICT integration in the learning practices and how this affects the innovation–development process.
  • Ways to enable a trusted multicultural classroom and school atmosphere.
  • Presentation of “Live” demos of web enabled tools and recourses that facilitate collaboration and social interactions between the various educational stakeholders.

11:30 – 11:45 / break

11:45 – 13:00

  • How to enable the collaboration and sharing of experiences amongst students.
  • How to reform the class to operates as a “consulting company” solving creatively practical life problems.
  • Case study 1. Enhancing knowledge capitalization via online collaborative methods.

13:00 – 14:30 / LUNCH

14:30 – 16:45

Demonstration of practical ways to:

  1. Enable students to design and produce creative and innovative projects.
  2. Embark on critical problem solving techniques and strive for lifelong learning.

16:45 – 17:00 / Break

17:00 – 17:15

Practical parallel workshops by participants.

Participants use their newly acquired skills, work with web enabled resources and tools to prepare own recourses and lesson plans.

Participant Presentations.

  • Group presentations of sample recourses and lessons.
  • Workshop evaluation.
  • Conclusions and workshop closure.

Post Program Activities

Each participating company will be offered a FULL DAY of on-site presentation of a shortened version of the programme, tailored to the specific needs of the firm.

By Chryso Christodoulou

The in–company visit will include a review of the individual plans prepared by the participants during the seminar/workshop and an in-depth presentation and brainstorming discussion. Specifically this discussion will focus on:

  • The new 21st century skills movement and the usage of new web enable teaching tools and recourses.
  • Practical ways of implementing these technological tools and multidisciplinary learning environments to teach towards academic excellence.
  • Practical ways of re–define of the role of the teacher who needs to be enabled to cultivate student’s minds to be flexible, creative, critical and innovative.
  • Demonstrate how the new comprehensive approaches in context–based learning, inquiry-based techniques and student centric practices can inspire students in becoming creators and owners of knowledge and skills.
  • Present the enormous impact these transformations will impose on primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents.
  • Device a school comprehensive step by step school strategy and action plan on how to enable all these transformations to take place for each particular school.

After this session Chryso Christodoulou will prepare a comprehensive report for every participating school institution that will contain comprehensive consultation on how the schools can proceed further and beyond the scope of this seminar and into practical ways of implementing these strategies into the school ethos.


Subsidy, Attendance, and Cancellation Policy

HRDA Subsidy and Seminar Attendance

  • A company’s participant is eligible for subsidy when their Social Insurance and Industrial Training contributions have been settled in full by the time of registration/seminar. In case of ineligibility/disqualification, the company will be invoiced the full amount per participant.
  • A company’s participant is eligible for subsidy if he/she completes an obligatory attendance of 75% or more (both during seminar and company visit). In case of failure to complete the attendance, the company will be invoiced the full amount, per participant.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

  • Cancellations can be accepted up to 5 working days prior to the seminar without penalties. For any cancellations received after the deadline (or no-shows) the company will be invoiced the full amount per participant.
  • Substitutions can be accepted any time prior to the seminar without penalties.

Approved By Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus

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