Many of you have ordered copies of the Taccle handbook which should have been delivered to you by now. The handbook was produced as part of the Taccle project. TACCLE or Teachers’ Aids on Creating Content for Learning Environments, is a project funded by the EU under its Lifelong Learning Programme. Its aim is to help teachers to develop state of the art content for e-learning in general and for learning environments in particular. It tries to achieve this by training teachers to create e-learning materials and raising their awareness of e-learning in general. According to the project application “TACCLE will help to establish a culture of innovation in the schools in which they work.”
What exactly does TACCLE do?
- Train teachers to create content for electronic learning environments in the context of an e-learning course.
- Enable teachers to identify and decide which ICT tools and content are most useful for particular purposes.
- Teach teachers how to create learning objects taking into account information design, web standards, usability criteria and reusability (text, images, animations, audio, video). This will enable (inter)active and cooperative learning processes.
- Enhance the quality of e-learning environments in education by training teachers how to use them effectively and by creating resources to help them do so.
The Taccle course
In October this year we are organising a one week course in Belgium. The tutors will be Graham Attwell and Jenny Hughes. The course will focus on the use of Web 2.0 and social software for learning. It will be learner centred and hands on, developing and building on participants existing and future practice in this area. Although teh day to day programme will be negotiated with participants the EU requires us to provide an outline programme in advance. This programme may provide you with some flavour of what the course is about
Sunday, 17 October 2010
- Arrival, welcome, dinner
Monday, 18 October 2010
- Introduction to programme and working methods
- Design of personal and group workspace
- Introduction and design of online working spaces
- Online session with local schools—discussion on use of technology for learning in schools
- Group work: establishing base line of competence in group
- Group work: identification of group learning needs
- Market place and skills swap shop—sharing skills and knowledge in using technology for learning
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
- How to use social software in the classroom
- Identification of issues, application or problems in participants’ own practice
- Practical workshops to include Developing and using cartoons, Podcasting, Video and videocasting, Blogging, Microblogging, Web quests, Wikis and Digital Repositories
- Guided tour in Oostende
- Interactive online sessions with students from local schools to explore how they are using web 2.0 and social software in their own learning
- Developing and maintaining Digital identities—input, exploration of issues plus group work session
- Teaching online safety -Plenary session: identification of problems in participants practice + developing solutions of the problems identified
- Preparation + exhibition of posters based on personal experience
Thursday, 21 October 2010
- Parallel sessions: using mobile devices in education, using games in education
- Using social software in practice
Friday, 22 October 2010
- Presentation of real learning experience for local experience students using either blended learning or online
- Change management, introducing new ideas
- Open forum with school managers and advisors
Saturday, 23 October 2010
- Day trip to Bruges
- Course evaluation
Sunday, 24 October 2010
The course costs 1300 Euro (675 Euro for full board accomodation + 625 Euro for tuition and course materials). However for both participation fee and travel expenses to Belgium participants from Europe can request a grant from the Life Long Learnming programme National Agency in your country, which will cover all costs.
You can find the address of your national agency here. You can also find out more details about the course on the Socrates course database – address to follow shortly. The deadline for applications is 30 April.
Or you can get more information from Jens Vermeersch Tel.: +32 2 7909598 jens [dot] vermeersch [at] g-o [dot] be