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Developing Disruptive, Innovative and ICT-Rich Learning Environments Completed

Dates: 02 through 07 Jul 2018
Location: Paphos, Cyprus
Venue: TBA
Language: English
Cost Per Participant:€590 (can be funded by Erasmus+)

Lead Instructor

Chryso Christodoulou

instructor Chryso Christodoulou

Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro® Computer Consultants. Her academic b. View seminar instructor

Course Outline:

  • Transforming the 21st century education
  • Disrupting education with innovative learning practices
  • Embracing diversity and lead for global education
  • Using the STEM approach for primary and secondary schools
  • Engaging 21st century students with holistic interdisciplinary lessons


Target Audience:

  • Teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*
  • Teacher trainers(pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*
  • Curriculum coordinators/designers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*
  • Head teachers/principals/deputy-assistant heads/academic heads/managers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult education)*

*Any discipline/subject is welcomed including science, ICT/technology, engineering, mathematics, languages, business/finance, arts, sports and other.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Design innovative lesson plans based on robust pedagogies.
  • Develop holistic and personalised learning experiences using flipped, differentiated, parallel, integrated and all-inclusive classroom instruction.
  • Use discovery-oriented, contextual, problem-oriented, case-based, socially and intrinsically motivated learning.
  • Infuse technology into the 21st century school curricula.
  • Re-define the role of the teacher who has to make room for other types of learning (e.g. self-learning, peer learning and curiosity driven learning.
  • Introduce the One to One and Bring Your One Device (BYOD) learning frameworks.
  • Use STEM lesson approach for both primary and secondary education.
  • Introduce global education initiatives.
  • Be familiarized and use a plethora of web based tools and recourses.
  • Support the 21st century smart skill set development initiative.

Course Schedule:

1. Program overview

Day 1  - Monday 2 July 2018
16:30 – 18:30

Opening Session: Welcome and official opening session, icebreakers, presentation of trainers and participants.

2. Transforming The 21st Century Education

Day 2 - Tuesday 3 July 2018
9:00 – 12:30
The 21st century learning habitat. Establish new norms and reimagine schools. Rethink of innovative pedagogy curriculum, assessment and teaching practices.
14:00 – 16:30
What will ensure the most effective implementation of the initiatives on which a shift is built? How can you structure evaluation so that it is continuous and impactful?Moving beyond reproducing old practices with new tools and frameworks such as One to One and BYOD: Developing a focused, disruptive pedagogical vision for learning.

3. Disrupting Education With Innovative Learning Practices

Day 3 – Wednesday 4 July 2018
9:00 – 12:30
Presenting effective school transformation initiatives: Improving and extending the offer of high quality learning opportunities that are tailored to individual learners’ needs, including through innovative ways of instruction, guidance and assessments.
14:00 – 16:00
Disrupting teaching practices with developing the 21st century smart skill set. Cultivating higher level of thinking and collaboration for social cohesion skills. Shifting the focus towards experiential, active, cumulative, constructive, goal-directed, diagnostic and reflective learning. Understanding the need for more independentlearning: more discovery-oriented, contextual, problem-oriented, case-based, socially and intrinsically motivated learning.
17:00 – 19:00
Cultural program:
Guided tour visit to the Ancient Theatre Curium and Cultural tour on birthplace of Ancient Greek Goddess Aphrodite.

4. Embracing Diversity And Lead For Global Education

Day 4 – Thursday 5 July 2018
Using high tech devises to challenge and engage the creativity and innovation skills.Integrating web enabled tools and mobile tech. Teaching for all types of literacies. Orchestrating the media collage.
14:00 – 16:00
Leading for Global Education. Engage all stakeholders to develop a shared mission and vision that supports global competences. Presenting the new educational framework for Global Education.
Case study: Building Capacity For Global Education. UNESCO's Framework for Global Citizenship.

5. Using The STEM Approach For Primary And Secondary Schools

Day 5 – Friday 6 July 2018
9:00 – 12:30
Trans-disciplinary approaches to learning: The Engineering design process of STEM lessons. STEM approach: more than grouping subject areas.STEM lessons: Immerse students in hands-on inquiry, open-ended exploration, productive teamwork while focusing on real-world issues and problems.
14:00 – 16:30
Showcase of STEM lessons for all school levels: From early elementary to secondary school. Allowing for multiple right answers and reframe failure as a necessary part of learning and offer rich possibilities for creative learning.

6. Engaging 21st Century Students With Holistic Interdisciplinary Lessons

Day 6 – Saturday 7 July 2018
9:00 - 12:30
Designing holistic educational lesson plans using comprehensive approaches that truly involve students in deep learning experiences.
Developing STEM lessons. Plan for all-inclusive lessons; choose the right device, digital recourses and pedagogies for deep learning experiences.
Practical parallel group projects where participants use newly acquired knowledge, skills, digital tools and recourses design engaging lesson plans and learning experiences.
14:00 – 16:30
 Participant and/or group presentations.

7. Course Evaluation And Lessons Learnt

Day 7 – Sunday 8 July 2018
9:00 - 12:30
Facilitate interactive group discussions and course evaluation.Course final conclusions and course closure.

Course 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.

Participants will be guided in a very concise way, both on the strategic side and 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 pragmatic approach that will enable the active participant interaction.

The seminar notes are going to be available to participants in hard copies as well as in electronic form via a dedicated online class blog.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops

Course Preparation:

Prior to the course, participants will answer a questionnaire. All answers will be posted on a special class blog. These will include the following:

  • Basic information on the social context of their school.
  • Description of the prevailing culture regarding innovation and creativity.
  • The ethos of the school regarding 21st century practices and on line tools.
  • The expected impact for school, students, and teachers.

Course Faculty:

Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro® Computer Consultants. 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.

Course Venue:

The course will be held in a luxury hotel conference room in Paphos coastal area. The exact venue will be announced soon. We are currently in the process of receiving competitive offers from 4 or 5 star hotels in the area. Participants are expected to arrive in Cyprus through Paphos or Larnaca international airports. They can reach the hotel either by bus or taxi. More details will be announced soon.

Participant Comments:

“A thought provoking seminar. Chryso has indeed managed to set in motion reflective processes that will enable teaching practitioners/professionals to embark on a self-reflective journey regarding their practice and the way they see the teaching/learning context shaping in the future.”

“It is an innovative seminar that will definitely help us reflect on our jobs and change so as to improve our schools and our teaching techniques. Thank you for sharing all these experiences with us.”

“I find it great how the students come to understand why they are learning something (e.g. the metric system) and that surely motivates them to study more but more importantly it helps them realise where they should focus in their learning. This realisation reminds me that I should consciously connect knowledge to experience in the classroom.”

About Erasmus+:

ERASMUS+, the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport (2014-2020) has a special focus on teachers’ professional development. During previous years, the Comenius Training grants offered some good opportunities for individual teachers to attend training courses. Now,ERASMUS+, which has 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! The difference is that applications are not submitted by individual teachers anymore. They are submitted by schools. Another 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, at section “Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals” make sure to read sub-section “Mobility projectfor school education staff”(page 61) or “Mobility project for adult education staff”(page 68).

About the Organisers:

Digipro Computer Consultants Ltd 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 to create new kinds of learning design that 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 the main developer of the FUNecole® Creative Learning. FUNecole® was analysed as a Best Practice in "Creative and Innovative Good Practices in Europe" report by JRC, IPTS & DG Education & Culture of European Commissionand endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations for ICT Starters Qualifications.

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