Teachers Training (Portugal)

Introduction:

In the project we planned a Short-term joint staff training event s in order to provide all participants (teachers) the skills to produce mobile Apps, use augmented reality and QR codes, as well as knowing the online tools that will be used to explore and approach to social media and networking. The activity was held in Portugal, from the 9thto the 13thof January. Considering the strong IT component of this project, clearly assumed by everyone involved in this partnership, this short-term joint staff-training event was considered very relevant.

Before the event and under the partnership with the Centro de Formação de Professores de Terras de Santa Maria[1], we design a detailed plan of the training sessions.  The plan was submit to the Conselho Científico da Formação Continua de Professores, the Portuguese entity responsible to recognize the quality of the teachers training, and it was recognize as having scientific accuracy and pedagogical quality.

In this Training course for teachers, they will discover how to use the featured apps, how to use them, how to incorporate these apps in the subjects’ syllabuses and also to the goals of this project, and most important, how to engage and motivate their students to learn using 21st century technology. With this set of tools adding the augmented reality and georeferencing layer, all teachers will be able to implement mobile APPS that incorporate all the actions and research made about sustainability.

The staff competences after this training will be better in:- IT skills;

– Innovative teaching methods;

– Knowledge of the educational reality of the other European countrie;

In addition to the participants from the partner countries, 12 Portuguese teachers also attend this training courseThe Portuguese entity responsible to develop the staff training plan for the schools in a region.

Program
Day
Slovenian Spots
APPs Presentations
Blended Mobility Report
Evaluation
Fotos
Videos

Introduction 3
Day 0 1 – 8th January, 2017 6
Day 1 – 9th January, 2017 7
Day 2 – 10th January, 2017 11
Day 3 – 11th January, 2017 13
Day 4 – 12th January, 2017 15
working dinner 15
Day 5 – 13th January, 2017 16
Evaluation 17
Final considerations 18

Introduction

In the project we planned a Short-term joint staff training event s in order to provide all participants (teachers) the skills to produce mobile Apps, use augmented
reality and QR codes, as well as knowing the online tools that will be used to explore and approach to social media and networking. The activity was held in Portugal, from the 9th to the 13th of January. Considering the strong IT component of this project, clearly assumed by everyone involved in this partnership, this short-term joint staff-training event was considered very relevant.

Before the event and under the partnership with the Centro de Formação de Professores de Terras de Santa Maria , we design a detailed plan of the training sessions. The plan was submit to the Conselho Científico da Formação Continua de Professores, the Portuguese entity responsible to recognize the quality of the teachers training, and it was recognize as having scientific accuracy and pedagogical quality.

In this Training course for teachers, they will discover how to use the featured apps, how to use them, how to incorporate these apps in the subjects’ syllabuses and also to the goals of this project, and most important, how to engage and motivate their students to learn using 21st century technology. With this set of tools adding the augmented reality and georeferencing layer, all teachers will be able to implement mobile APPS that incorporate all the actions and research made about sustainability.
The staff competences after this training will be better in:
– IT skills;
– Innovative teaching methods;
– Knowledge of the educational reality of the other European countrie;

In addition to the participants from the partner countries, 12 Portuguese teachers also attend this training course.
Programme

8th January (Sunday) -Arrival

9th January (Monday)
9h00m Hotel lobby and transport to the city hall
9h30m Meeting with the mayor in the city hall
10h30m Guided tour of the school, meeting with the school management
11h00m Coffee break
11h30m Work Session – Project’s implementation balance
12h45m Lunch at the school canteen
14h00m Training session I
Introduction to visual programming and the importance of logical thinking
Presentation of AppInventor
Build the first APP
Connecting to an Android device
15h45m Coffee break
18h00m Back to the hotel
Free time

10th January
8h15m Hotel lobby and transport to the school
8h30m Training session II
Designer Mode and coding
Blocks: types and operation
Architecture JPA
Application of content: APP construction Continued
15h45m Coffee break
12h45m Lunch at the school canteen
14h00m Visit to the local parks
18h00m Back to the hotel
Free Time

11th January – Wednesday
8h15m Hotel lobby and transport to the school
8h30m Training session III
Timers
Conditional blocks
Application of content: APP construction Continued
11h00m Coffee break
12h45m Lunch at the school canteen
14.00 Training session IV
Repeating blocks
Database Connection
Application of content: APP construction Continued
11h00m Coffee break
14h00m Visit to the local companies
18h00m Back to the hotel
Free Time
12th January – Thursday
8h15m Hotel lobby and transport to the school
8h30m Training session V
Conclusion of APP
Availability of a mobile APP
11h00m Coffee break
12h45m Lunch at the school canteen
18.00 back to the hotel
Free time
20:00 Working Dinner

13th January – Friday
8h15m Hotel lobby and transport to the school
8h30m Training session VI
Presentation of the work performed and educational adequacy
Evaluation
10h00m Visit to Feira Castel
11h30m Atlantic Ocean and Furadouro dunes
13h00m Visit to Porto (sightseeing, wine cave…)
18h00m Check in at Ibis Hotel
Free time

14th January – Saturday Departure

Day 0 1 – 8th January, 2017

As planned, all the partners should have arrived on the 8th January. The Portuguese team was responsible to took all the teams to S. João da Madeira. As the teams arrived in different times and airports, the Portuguese Erasmus team divided in order to manage all the transports.

The Slovenian and the Spanish teams arrived as planned on the 8th to the Sá Carneiro airport in Oporto.

The Romanian Team arrived at the Aveiro train station coming from Lisbon

The Bulgarian and the Turkish Teams had several problems to get to Portugal because the weather was very bad. At that time a cold wave was affecting that region, causing delays and cancelations on may flights. With some delay, all the teams could be together in Portugal to the training session.

Day 1 – 9th January, 2017

The first day started with the meeting at the hotel lobby and transport to the School . In the school was a welcome session in charge of the design graphical students and teachers.

These students and their teachers were responsible of the conception of the materials to distribute to the teachers: a folder, a notebook and a pencil.

The European Club has decorated of the school and the meeting room.

The partners had the opportunity to meet the classes involved in the project 10ºA (sciences and technologies), 10ºB (Arts) and 10ºC (Computer Science).

The 10ºA class, the participants know the students and could see the pedagogical approach used in a English Lesson about future carers and technology.

The Art students presented the concept of the logos they conceived to the contest to create a the Digital green logo.

The computer science students presented a video about the environment made by themselves.

All the partners also had a chance to meet the local police responsible for the schools safety (“Escola Segura”) and exchange some ideas about the different countries approaches to this issue.

The lunch was at the school canteen.

In the afternoon toked place, the first working session of the training activity. In this session it was made an approach to visual programming and the importance of logical thinking, followed by a brief presentation of AppInventor. At this point all the teachers were ready to build their first APP and to test.

The next step was to connect the APPInventor to their Android device.
In this first session, all the participants produced an APP called “Let´s do some magic”.

In the middle of the morning as in the afternoon, a coffee break was served with some local specialities.

Day 2 – 10th January, 2017

This day started with the meeting at the hotel lobby and a walk to the city hall to meet the mayor.
The mayor welcomes all the partner to S. João da Madeira and talk about the history of the city and pointed the challenges for the future. Also stressed the importance of project like this one to the students as well to the city.

The partners had the almost unique privilege to go to the top of the city hall for sightseeing, as it is one of the best spots to see all the city.

Then, the partners return to school for a coffee break.

In the afternoon took place, the second training session session. In this session, the participants learned about the two different modes available in App Inventor: Designer Mode and coding Blocks: types and operation. It was proposed an exercise using all the contents they already learned.

At the end of the day, all the partners visited two iconic museum of the industrialized city of S. João da Madeira: hat and shoe museum.

Day 3 – 11th January, 2017

The day started with the meeting at the hotel lobby and the transportation to the school.
This day was full devoted to training and hand´s on activities. On the third training session, participants learned about timers and conditional blocks.
In the afternoon, on the forth training session, participants learned about repeating blocks. It was introduced the fundaments of databases and how to do the database connection (using the TinyDB component). As a strategy, all the participants applied the new knowledge in the development of an APP.
Some moments of the training session…

A moment of chill out after lunch at the school canteen.

In the middle of the morning as in the afternoon, a coffee break was served with some local specialities.

At the end of the training sessions, the group went to Costa Nova to know the Aveiro’s Ria.

And the dinner was traditional Portuguese food in Aveiro city centre!

Day 4 – 12th January, 2017
The day started with a training session: actually a hands-on activities where the participants were able to finish their APP.

After the lunch, all the participants went by bus to visit an aquarium and the Atlantic ocean.

To finalise the day the working dinner joined at the same table all the participants, one represent of the city hall, the headmistress and the Portugueseramus+ team.

Day 5 – 13th January, 2017

During all morning took place the last training session. The participants had presented theirs APPs. All the work produced during all the training sessions was uploaded to google drive, so it can be shared between all the participants.

The questionnaires prepared by the evaluation team were then filled.

There was a short meeting in order to prepare the first blended mobility to Spain.

Then, the participants went to Oporto.

Evaluation

To carry out the evaluation of the Training Session, two surveys were applied, one of which was oriented towards the foreign partners and another one for teachers of the host school.
Regarding the structure of these surveys, Group I “Satisfaction of individual expectations” was common in both surveys. The Group II “Meeting” of the survey was only applied to foreign partners and was subdivided into “Meeting”, “Meeting Organization”, “Meeting Contents”, “Quality of European Partnerships”, “Management and Coordination” and “What will you take home with you “. The questions in the last group from each of the surveys (Group III for the trainees foreign partners and Group II for the trainees of the school) were the same and focused on the evaluation of the training itself.
It should be noted that all questions were compulsory and in most of the questions the Likert scale was used to measure the degree of satisfaction of the trainees.
Regarding Group I “Satisfaction of the individual expectations” the majority of respondents focused their answers on intensity 5 (hight).
In the Group “Training Session” it was found that the content competences addressed in the training action were initially low – most had no competence in this area. After the training there was a significant increase in skills as can be seen in the corresponding graphs in annexes three and four. The majority of respondents said that the training action was useful to be applied in their professional career, as well as in the development of projects of “Digital Green” – App.
Regarding the performance revealed by the trainer, the vast majority of respondents focused their responses on intensity 5 (very good).
All the respondents mentioned that they would recommend this training action.
In the “Meeting” Group applied only to foreign partners, the results showed that the degree of satisfaction was in the highest (I completely agree / hight) index.
After analysis and reflection on the results of the surveys it was considered that the “Training Session” had a frankly positive evaluation.