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.
Our Newcastle team have set up a blog to record their experiences during the ProPIC project. Please give it a follow! Newcastle students and international students are welcome to contribute - just get in touch if you would like to post about your study weeks or your projects.
The blog can be viewed at propicnewcastle.wordpress.com, or you can find it under the Project Partners tab.
Today was the last course session of the first proPIC cohort in Karlsruhe. It was interesting to hear how everyone experienced the proPIC study week, visiting our partners in Kiel, Borås, Barcelona, and Newcastle. We are delighted to have received such positive feedback from all international students! Further it was exciting and inspiring to hear about the individual research projects that our students developed. We are looking forward to read an academic paper on the impact of international collaboration on the professional development on future language teachers by Ms Haubensak, to find out more about how the iPad or tablet can support individual student's learning needs in the EFL classroom from Mr Vieth and Ms Stürzebecher, to learn how the VEO (Video Enhanced Observation) App can foster dialogic reflection on pronunciation skills from Ms Specker, and to see an innovative Video Tutorial by Ms Blaich, Ms Binder and Ms Flöck on the online application 'Kahoot'.
Last weekend (June 29 - July 01, 2018) the ECLL took place in Brighton, UK. The 'proPIC Europa' project was represented through Götz Schwab, who introduced and presented the project to an international audience on Saturday.