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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This project was the result of my participation in the “EU-MAGIC – Effective Use of Modern technology And Games In Classrooms”, a pedagogical course for all teachers, organized by Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education, in 1st – 7th of July 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The course was about using ICT in the classroom. I learnt about useful techniques that can be used in the classroom: educational games and ActivInspire. Because the course location was Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, I had the opportunity to discover Istanbul and elements of Turkish culture, civilization and history. There are lots of historical and cultural places, such as Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern; also the trips after the course sessions (Bosphorus tour and Adalar tour) revealled the beauties and cultural richness of Turkey; it was also the chance to observe Turkish people, their behavior and socialize with the other participants. The training course was divided into two modules: Using games to teach in the classroom and Educational software "ActivInspire". The first day was for Using games to teach in the classroom; Mrs. Jarmila Novotna leaded the session about games; she used a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Communication in the classroom”, with a lot of supplementary oral information; the .ppt file included information about Language and communication, Posing questions, Didactical situation of formulation and Games focusing on communication and terminology (How many things can you think of that...?, Blackboard Bingo, What’s the explanation?, Noughts and Crosses, Unusual view, Correcting mistakes, Jumbled numbers, Brainstorm round a concept, Geometrical puzzles); this part included plenary sessions and tasks to do in groups or pairs; we identified good examples after doing those tasks and sharing them. During this part l found out that: - the focus nowadays is put on communication teacher-students and also among students; the attention shifts from language of texts to language of discourse; - how to create good question is important too; a „good“ question requires more than mere referring to known facts; students may learn something when they answer it, and the teacher can learn something about his/her students from their answers; there exist several answers that could be accepted; we can start from the end or adapt a commonly used question; - interdisciplinarity is important to achieve success; a “good” question in interdisciplinary situations is a question that combines many approaches; for example, mathematical modelling as well as observation of real situation typical for natural sciences; - the teacher's role is changing: a moderator of debate, the teacher now assures that the debate rests in the objective, does not decide about correctness but helps students learning to explain, use and accept legitimate arguments, to defend their statements. Each day also contained countries presentations by the participants (PowerPoint presentations, websites etc.). The next days were focused on the educational software called ActivInspire, whose presentation was held by Mr. Ersin Ozseven; this part included presentation of the software using internet, laptops, microphone, video projector and doing tasks in plenary sessions and individually. ActivInspire, a Promethean tool, includes a vast suite of easy-to-use tools for creation and delivery of dynamic lessons that can be saved, edited and shared; l learnt that l can import PowerPoint presentations, insert photos, video, music, weblinks into new lessons, or use ActivInspire annotation tools to instantly get students actively involved with existing content and applications. The most important thing for me is that ActivInpire can be used in lessons even if l do not have an interactive whiteboard. It is easy to use, and interdisciplinary lessons can be very attractive for students. l learnt how to work with the menu bar and the toolbox: Menus, Switch between files, Design mode, Pin toolbox, Docking toolbox, Floating toolbox, Customizing toolbox, Resource Browser etc. During the course l used my own laptop to do the tasks from the easiest ones to the end of the training – how to work with texts, with shapes and pictures, with the pen tool, with pages, with ways to reveal answers etc. The training course was very well planned; the trainers divided the course into the two parts I 104