Where's the pedagogy?

Feb 14, 2013

Today I'm proudly announcing and inviting you, dear readers, to take part in the learning event The Pedagogical Value of eTwinning projects, which I'll be running with my Belgian colleague Bart Verswijvel in the Learning Lab from February 28- March 9.

This is the first time that I'm running such an event, and also the first time that a Croatian educator is doing it.

Learning Events are short online courses aimed at improving teachers' skills and putting them in touch with other eTwinners. Learning events take place in a specifically designed platform called the Learning Lab.
Our learning event is about technology, but technology that is used only as a means to achieve the learning goals set by the teacher and to develop students' 21st century skills. 

As you can read in my bio, I'm an avid user of web 2.0 technology and have been using it in my classroom for quite some time now. I must admit, however, that at the beginning of my tech journey, whenever I got excited about a tool, (and that happened quite a lot and quite quickly) I  introduced it to my students and in most cases, it was all about learning about technology, not about learning about the subject matter. But with time I learned that technology is not an end in itself. Teaching isn't and can't be all about technology! Teaching is about pedagogy - about the act, process or art of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills.  However, with such an abundance of web 2.0 tools that we can use in our classrooms today, more often than not we are not sure how to choose a tool that will add a new, innovative value to the pedagogy.

As Andrew Churches aptly points out, there are three levels of technology use: from Teaching About Technology (literacy use) through Teaching With Technology (augmentative/integrating use) to Teaching Through Technology (transformative use).

And this is where Bart and I want to take you, dear readers - there where technology enhanced learning seamlessly occurs. Join us for this journey. We promise you lots of fun with learning. Applications open on February 21.

BaW - my story!

Feb 9, 2013

As a token of appreciation, the BaW team sent me this personalized badge of the 10th anniversary! This is my BaW story:

But first some background: Every year  the Electronic Village Online, a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section, organizes five-week long professional development courses for teachers of English. Teachers can choose from a variety of topics.

Becoming a Webhead (BaW) , a hands-on workshop on how to use web 2.0 tools in the classroom, is  EVO's longest running workshop. This year, the BaWers are celebrating their 10th anniversary. BaW represents an excellent way to get started with new technologies in education. It encourages teachers to pursue new ways of teaching and to bring changes into their classrooms.

This is exactly what BaW did for me when I applied for the 2010 workshop! It opened up a new door and let me enter a new world of digital delights, which I continued to explore, to experiment, to learn! And the icing on the cake was me being invited as a guest speaker at BaW 2012! I can't tell you how honored I felt! My last year's session was well-received so I was invited to do it again this year.

This year, it was a lot more emotional, a lot more special for me, and not only for me, but also for Teresa Almeida d'Eça, the coordinator and Marijana Smolcec, the moderator, who believed in me, supported me and encouraged me! The presentation was again very well-received by the participants but most importantly, I've shown myself that I CAN do it, despite all the obstacles that I've faced recently!

I thank you, dear Teresa, Marijana and the BaW team, with all my heart!

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