Module 6: ICT

Short description of module

The use of ICT is nowadays indispensable, both for the management of international partnerships and for the activities with pupils within a partnership. There is a great diversity of tools and they become not only more and more sophisticated every year but also more and more accessible and commonly used. Considering this diversity, as well as the frequent and quick changes in this field, it is not the goal of this module to introduce specific tools and advocate for their use in partnerships.

There are, however, two exceptions: the Virtual Intercultural Team Tool (www.intertool.ro/), a tool designed to support transnational education partnerships and the e-Twinning platform (www.etwinning.net), a major resource for hundreds of European school partnerships.

The module aims at making international coordinators better prepared to support teams involved in their projects to make good choices of the ICT tools they are using and to support them in developing their competence in using several types of tools for the implementation of key activities in the partnership projects. Special attention is given to virtual meetings, which have become the most common way to maintain communication within a transnational partnership. Besides input from the trainer, the module stimulates peer learning and joint reflection of participants.

Topics and learning outcomes

1. Strategic choice of ICT tools:
At the end of the module participants
•    Understand that there is a wide range of ICT applications that can enhance school projects, know the main functions of some key tools, and can relate them to needs they have in international activities
•    Are able to identify the advantages and risks associated to various ICT tools and to make an informed choice of the tools most appropriate for the needs of their project
•    Are aware of their current ICT skills and able to identify further learning needs in this respect

2. Virtual communication in international school partnerships:
At the end of the module participants
•    Know the main types of tools available for virtual communication
•    Know the key points to consider for successful virtual communication and have improved skills for managing virtual meetings in a way which reflects the needs of the school project
•    Understand the added value of ICT but are also aware of the limitations and potential pitfalls of some aspects of virtual communications

3. eTwinning – a platform for European school partnerships:
At the end of the module participants
•    Know about the main functionalities of eTwinning and about the resources it offers for international school partnerships and recognize their potential benefits for sustainable and meaningful school partnerships
•    Are able to use the main functionalities and are able to get additional information for using the platform

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