On Monday, 05 May 2019, all partners kicked off the second study week of the proPIC project. This time, the study week is hosted at the University of Kiel, the University of Borås, the University of Barcelona, and Newcastle University. The international students will work together on several activities getting to know a variety of mobile tools and approaches to integrate them in their own teaching and learning. They will further take part in school visits and cultural activities organised by our local partners. Great work so far!!!
This weekend, the first half of the 3rd cohort of students started in Karlsruhe. We had two great sessions on using research and mobile technologies for our own professional development. On the second day, the students developed interesting project ideas and set up dialogic e-portfolios. We are looking forward to our next session, taking place on 5-6 July 2019.
In March 2019 nine students of the University of Kiel took part in the proPIC course. It was an intensive and very productive week. The participants learned about reflective practices and ways of fostering professional development, such as teacher labs, the use of video in the classroom and digital e-portfolios. One of the group’s favorite activities was engaging in collaborative spoken reflection. Here all participants analyzed a video recorded critical incident experienced by the teacher educator herself in another course. This material and the discussion about it allowed the students and the teacher educator to explore the source of the problem and to propose alternatives for that particular classroom puzzle. During the intensive course the prospective teachers started developing their learning e-portfolio and their research project. Some areas of interest are the use of ICT tools to foster pupils’ motivation, the development of teachers’ digital competences, and the use of collaborative platforms to facilitate international cooperation and intercultural competences. Now the ProPIC participants are very looking forward to meeting international students and exchanging views on teaching and learning with digital technologies during the study week. The proPIC intensive course was quite a journey, and this was just the beginning!
Check out the final conference of one of our partners' projects #GirlsIntoGlobalSTEM taking place in Cyprus on 16-17th May 2019 - the first 20 delegates who apply will get 200€!
Check out proPIC Europa on HP Reveal - have a look at the app and please feel free to contribute to our channel! HP Reveal allows you to create your own augmented reality, which you can also easily use with your students in class.
Meeting at the Högskolan i Boras, the partners had three highly productive days, developing an innovative e-portfolio concept, discussing various assessment formats that include the use of mobile technologies, as well as developing possible assessment criteria that can be applied for innovative assessment formats. Next to working on the project outputs, the partners were absolutely impressed by the programme that was organised by our Swedish partners: a street art tour through the city, a guided tour through the Swedish School of Textiles including prosecco and delicious snacks, finishing off with a barbecue followed by a shuffle board session. Many thanks to everyone and we are very much looking forward to seeing you again at our next Partner Meeting in November 2019 in Barcelona!
We are impressed by these last two days of our proPIC course! Our students have been collaboratively developing their research projects coming up with a diverse selection of topics: fostering the establishment of intercultural speakers through international project work; investigating fanfiction among future students in an international setting; researching a variety of mobile apps and their effectiveness for the EFL classroom including different European perspectives; creating interactive tutorials for Android devices; and looking at how international teachers and lecturers go about classroom management, and how they use mobile technologies or innovative approaches to manage their classes. Thanks a lot for such a great participation, and also many thanks to our colleague Richard for supporting us in this session! Great work!
Making use of the Erasmus Staff Mobility, our proPIC partner Richard Baldwin from Boras University came over for 5 days to see how we are working here in Karlsruhe. His stay was a great opportunity for us to discuss further projects and research ideas, moreover to strengthen our partnership and address possible ways of how to foster and implement international collaboration between students from both institutions in the future. His stay also included two impressive school visits - one to the Montessori-Schule in Landau, the other one to the Ernst-Reuter-Schule in Karlsruhe (also check out their youtube channel 'ErnschtleTV') - next to an interesting beer tasting which we did together with other staff members from the University of Education Karlsruhe. Last but not least he participated in one of our proPIC seminars, which was a great opportunity for him to meet our local students and further an impuls to discuss national university policies ,and teaching and learning practices.
After an interesting online meeting yesterday with all our partners, we are looking forward to meeting face-2-face in Sweden at the end of this month. It will also be great to welcome our Swedish partner Richard Baldwin here in Karlsruhe next week. Together we will visit some local schools, have a German beer tasting and work on a joint paper which focuses the promotion of international collaboration among pre-service language teachers through short stays abroad. Further, Richard will join our second course session next weekend, where we will be discussing ways to integrate action research in our own CPD and possible digital tools that can support reflective practices.
Great first two days starting off the proPIC course here at the University of Education Karlsruhe with the second cohort of students. Really interesting discussions on how to improve English teacher education in Germany, particularly on how to integrate more language competence and increase the encouragement for students to talk freely in courses/classes. Next to talking about various methods and approaches of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the context of language teacher education and training using mobile technologies and integrating research-orientation, our students set up their dialogic e-portfolios. We are looking forward to further interesting sessions and research projects, and of course to getting to know the international students from the other partner universities.