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Integrating New Technologies In The 21st Century Classroom Completed

Dates: 07 & 12 Jul 2014
Available Seats: 30
Location: Paphos - Cyprus
Cost Per Participant:€420

Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus

Lead Instructor

Chryso Christodoulou

instructor Chryso Christodoulou

Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro Education Ltd. Her academic background is. View seminar instructor

Program Rationale

Target Audience

Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)

Teacher trainers

Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education

Members of students/teachers councils in adult education

Program Objectives

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

  • Be able to create learning connections with today’s tech-savvy students
  • Embrace new types of literacies that that successfully to infuse technology into the 21st century school curricula.
  • Be able to use ICT and facilitate new forms of thinking and learning that require the cultivation of the different and wide ranging skills necessary for the 21st century future citizens.
  • Prepare students for the technology-rich and culturally diverse modern societies.
  • Promote innovation and development in their schools, so as to improve the quality of schooling and support the modernisation of the education provided in their schools.
  • 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.
  • Be engaged in a series of participatory activities, during which they will be invited to monitor the current situation in their schools and to set specificgoals that they will then implement in their schools.
  • Implement comprehensive approaches in context–based learning, inquiry-based techniques and innovative student centric pedagogical practices that utilise web-based learning resources that support and enhance the 21st century educational movement.


The participants of the course will have to prepare a short presentation of their school’s profile that they will share with the rest of the group and that will include the following:

  • Name of school, location, number of pupils, teaching staff and other staff
  • School is organisation and administration
  • Basic information on the social context of the school
  • Description of the prevailing culture regarding innovation: How open is the school to innovation in general?
  • Examples of any innovative practices.
  • The ethos of the school regarding e-learning practices and tools
  • Available ICT resources and infrastructure
  • How open is the school to the community? Examples of practices.
  • Needs of the school: Which aspects would you need to improve?
  • How do you view yourself within the school context?
  • A scenario/ design of a school-based activity that will actively engage pupils in using ICTs. This activity could be related to any curriculum area or aspect of schooling, based on the context and needs of participants' schools, and should clearly describe:
  • The ways in which students will be engaged.
  • The objectives for engaging ICTs.
  • How ICT tools are currently used in schools.
  • The expected benefits for students, teachers and the school as a whole.
  • The result and impact of the activity.

The scenarios will be submitted before the beginning of the course and therefore participants for this course should register as members to the Digipro portal site www.digipro.com.cy. This site allows participants to interact on line, ask questions, download documents, answer pre-seminar questionnaires etc.

Program Outline

Day 1
16:30 – 18:30
Opening Session: Educational challenges in the 21st century. A Wide World Classroom. Embracing new literacies. The Role of ICT in teaching and learning. Creating learning connections with today’s tech-savvy students. New essential curricula for the new times.
Day 2
9:00 – 12:30
Making technology more accessible: The 21st century educational tools and recourses: What to keep what to delete what to enhance.?Examples of developing technology enhanced learning designs for effective teaching.?
14:00 – 16:30
How technology enforces and enhances the new Literacies. Practical and innovative educational scenarios and case studies with an integral ICT dimension.
Day 3.
09:00 – 12:30
Use ICT tools to support curricular objectives and learn on how to use them to teach for embracing new literacies.
14:00 – 16:00
Learn by doing: Ways of acquiring new ICT concepts so you can apply new skills immediately.
Using practical, hands-on exercises, activities and real-world simulations.
17:00 – 19:00
Cultural program. Guided tour visit to the Ancient Theatre Curium and Cultural tour on birthplace of Ancient Greek Goddess Aphrodite.

Day 4
9:00 – 10:15
Case study 1: Indentify and honour students' educational and professional needs.
10:30 – 12:30
A well-rounded education for a flat world. Creating, challenging and engaging educational experiences that produce life long learners.
14:00 – 16:30
Case study 2: Teaching for media literacy. Orchestrating the media collage.
16:30 – 17:30
Global Curriculum: Integrating web enabled tools and recourses in the classroom.
Cultural program: Guided tour visit to Paphos antiquities.
Day 5
9:00 – 10:30
Intelligent ICT games: Their positive impact in teaching and learning.
Case study: Enhance and transform lesson plans, educational processes and instruction with games.
10:45 – 12:30
Participants design creative and innovative lesson plans using comprehensive approaches to innovative teaching and creative learning with ICT.
14:00 – 16:30
Participants develop lesson plans.
Day 6
9:00 – 12:30
Presentation by participants.
Facilitate interactive group discussions and course evaluation.
Course final conclusions and course closure.


Training Methodology

The workshop methodology aims to support participants in how to expand their own personal skills and knowledge. This aim will be accomplished by providing robust and well-designed case studies, integrating sample educational demos, presenting and discussing real life scenarios, performing group assignments and demonstrating web enabled tools and recourses. There will be also presentations using PowerPoint slides, videos and various other multimedia tools.

Furthermore, workshop participants will be guided in a very concise and condensed way, both on the strategic side as on the practical classroom management side. Participants will be asked to bring their own materials into the seminar and will be encouraged to interact with the lecturers and other participants. This workshop will follow a very pragmaticapproach that will enable the active participant interaction. The seminar notes will be available in hard copies and on-line from www.digipro.com.cy.

Program Faculty

Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro Education Ltd. Her academic background is in Computer Science and Education. She is the designer and author of the FUNecole® for Cambridge ICT Starters Initial Steps endorsed by University of Cambridge International Examinations and recognized best practice educational approach by the European Commission. Ms. Christodoulou is an external educational expert for the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) on various educational research projects. She is a program committee member for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Computer society. Mrs Christodoulou participates as keynote speaker and panelist at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops around the world. Ms. Christodoulou´s work has been published in scholarly and policy publications, such as IEEE Xplore and the European Parliament Magazine. She is a recognized as an entrepreneurship expert by OECD and is one of 350 European Ambassadors of Entrepreneurship.

Post Program Activities


In order to assess the course participants will have to answer at the end of the course, a set of relevant questionnaires that will be provided by the course providers. The results of the questionnaires/survey or a so-called evaluation report will be available to all participants of the course.

Furthermore participants will be asked to produce and implement an individualized strategy that will attempt to help their schools develop and innovate in specified areas. The progress of the implementation of this strategy will be monitored and shared among the community of participants by making use of the Digipro community of change agent teachers, enabling thus for ongoing reflection-on-action and for making possible improvements in the selected course of action. Through this process, opportunities for follow up interaction not only among schools, but also among schools and education/ innovation experts will also be offered

All relevant course materials will be available from www.digipro.com.cy



Digipro Computer Consultants

Digipro was established in Cyprus in 1990. Digipro’s mission statement is to provide specialised and innovative customer care through professional services that focus on continuous development and quality assurance. Digipro encompasses a wealth of expertise in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and executive management consulting and coaching. These services integrate processes, people and ideas and offer true educational value. Digipro is an innovative learning design organisation involved in educational research and development using technology as a platform for enhanced learning. Digipro has been organising successfully International training courses   for teachers, funded by the European Commission (up to 2013 by the LLP Comenius Programme and as of 2014 by the ERASMUS+ programme), These courses offer innovative teaching practices and use of e-learning resources and tools in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in European schools.

Digipro is an educational organization of private law, officially recognized by the State. It is an institutional member of Living Labs. Digipro since 2004 has been actively involved in European funded projects for design, development and implementation of the research activities in education, expanding the collaboration with Universities and pedagogical Institutions across Europe,

Digipro is the developer of the FUNecole® Creative Learning Environment. FUNecole® was analysed as a Best Practice in "Creative and Innovative Good Practices in Europe" report by JRC, IPTS & DG Education & Culture of European Commission and endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations for ICT Starters Initial Steps.


What is ERASMUS+ ?

Here you can find a presentation summarizing the key-points of the application process for schools through Erasmus+ including what types of costs can be funded.

ERASMUS+, the brand-new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport (2014-2020) has a special focus on teachers’ professional development. Up to last year, the Comenius Training grants offered some good opportunities for individual teachers to attend training courses, such as our summer school in Crete in July 2013. From now on, ERASMUS+, which has just replaced the old Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), really multiplies these opportunities. Never before has there been so much EU support for teachers' professional development through mobility in Europe!  There is a big difference from now on, however: Applications are not submitted by individual teachers anymore. They are submitted by schools. Another new aspect is that you can re-apply this year even if you have applied and been funded in the past!

So, your school needs to apply for you, as well as for any other of your colleagues, including your interest in training on school development and innovation that you will include in the ‘European Development Plan’ section of the application. For up-to-date information about Erasmus+ please check the Programme's website. Your school will need to apply to your country’s National Agency, who is also the one who will evaluate the proposal. Therefore, your National Agency is also a very good point to start for more information.

In the Programme Guide, for the part that we are discussing here (“KA1 - Learning Mobility of Individuals”, and in particular “School education staff mobility”) just go to pages 55-59 and 221-223, and you will have all you need to know.

We will be happy to guide you through the process.

Contact Person: Georgia Koupanou
TEL NR: +357 26 955 000
FAX NR: +357 26 955 555
EMAIL: georgia@digipro.com.cy

Contact Person: Maria Efstratiou
TEL NR: +357 26 955 000
FAX NR: +357 26 955 555
EMAIL: maria@digipro.com.cy



Certificate of Attendance


Teachers and school leaders who are interested in the Summer School 2014 can apply to their National Agencies for ERASMUS+ funding, under Key Action 1, "Individual mobility". Although the type of action is entitled "Individual mobility", the applications are submitted by the participants' schools- no individual applications can be submitted.   The deadline for funding applications is March 24, 2014, 12:00 CET.

Eligible countries for ERASMUS+ funding are the 28 EU member States, plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and FYROM. Since the course is taking place in Cyprus, participants from Cyprus are not eligible to apply for an ERASMUS+ grant to attend it.  

Taking part in this course can be included in the school’s application to ERASMUS+ as a training activity. Please consult the description of the course (objectives, preparation, follow-up) in order to fill in the application and read carefully the information provided below on ERASMUS+.

The steps to follow to apply for an Erasmus+ (School Education Staff Mobility) grant are:

  • First contact us by e-mail (see contact details above) to express your interest in our course and if you need assistance with the application procedure. By doing so we will reserve places for your school/organisation.
  • Register your school/organisation on the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS), if not already registered
  • Log in to the Participant Portal with your ECAS account details and register your organisation on the Unique Registration Facility (URF) to obtain your unique Participant Identification Code (PIC), if not already registered. The European Commission has produced a Participant Portal User Manual to help guide you through the process of registering on the portal. You may seek further assistance on this by contacting your  National Agency
  • Download the application form for  School education staff mobility of the Erasmus+ Programme from the website of your National Agency.
  • You will receive our application assistance form, giving useful guidelines on how to fill it in according to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide
  • Fill in and submit the application form to your National Agency. The deadline is 24th of March 2014, 12:00 Brussels time
  • Do not forget to inform us as soon as you get notified from your National Agency whether your grant application is accepted or rejected

After having submitted the funding application, fill in the registration form with your details. This is an individual registration form, so if there are more than one participants from the same school, each one will have to submit a separate registration form.


The Course fees are 420 Euros. 

The fee covers:

  •  Course materials
  •  Tuition fee for lectures, seminars and workshops
  •  Outdoor activities (excursion, visits to sights of interest)

The fee covers the expenses of participants only; special rates may be arranged for accompanying persons.

Substinence fees: Will be specified soon based on the regulations of the Cypriot National Agency. The current range, as identified by ERASMUS+ funding (based on the ERASMUS+ programme guide), is 50-160 Euros per day.


Payment method: Bank Transfer

The fee has to be paid to the following bank account: 

Our Company Address (incl. Fax, etc.):

TEL: 357 26 955000, FAX: 357 26 955555,


Name and address of the Bank:



Account Number(IBAN): CY05005005140005140143183201



Important notice: When you make the deposit, do not forget to include your name.

Important notice: In order for our finance office to issue a pro-forma invoice and final receipt of payment you need to send us the following details:

  •  Surname and Name
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Tax identification number
  • Country
  • City
  • Postal code
  • Address with street name and number

If your institute or school is making the payment for you then provide in addition to above the following:

  • Name of Institute or School
  • Its tax identification number
  • Country
  • City
  • Postal code
  • Address with street name and number

Liability and Insurance : Neither the organizers nor the secretariat assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during the event (training programme and activities). Participants are recommended to arrange for their personal travel and health insurance.



Organized in the conference rooms in Pafos luxury hotel.

The exact location will be soon announced.

The exact location and host venue of the course will be announced hereshortly. We are currently in the process of receiving competitive offers from 4 or 5 star hotels in the areas of Paphos and Limassol. In the previous years our courses were hosted in a resort in Paphos.

The summer school starts on Sunday at 17:00, and ends on Friday at 13:00.

Participants are expected to arrive through the Paphos or Larnaca  International  International Airports. They can reach the hotel eigher by bus or taxi. More details will be announced soon.


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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