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What have we learnt from the professional visits during our ICT international seminar?

We have visited many school during these three weeks, one of them was the ORT Melton School in Bat-Yam. This week we could learn so much and improve our skills during the workshops. This middle high school with vocational orientation aims to boost their ICT use in the curriculum by developing lessons focused on robotics and using a variety of ICT resources to develop 21st century skills within the students. To do it, the school has a robotic room and computers’ lab where students can develop projects with the guidance of the teachers, who in some cases come from the industry and focus students to develop those projects so that they can be connected to the needs of the technology sector. 


Below, we could learn how to use COSPACES to make Virtual Reality in the classroom. It complements traditional teaching methods by immersing students into a world where they can create, consume and connect with the curriculum on a completely new level, even through the revolutionary visual medium of virtual reality! 3D cube icon. Easily create 3D & VR content. Code editor icon.


It is time to talk about the Cafe Dilema, a space to face different challenges that little by little increased their level of complexity but really made us get the best out of each one of us and solve educational dilemmas that we face in our contexts and to think of the way we are doing things in our jobs; in short to be much more innovative in our actions to improve the education of each country represented in this phase of the course.


Furthermore, we visited Gordon Academic College of Education in Haifa. This college is mainly focused on train teacher in the use of ICT tools into their practices. We learn what are some of the students’ needs and the Futuristic Classroom. This classroom is fully equipped with computers, tablets, furniture that let students develop their skills. Above all, these kind of disruptive environments, where students can use for their own convenience, are considered more engaging and motivating to learn.

The college have a specialist training for each skill. They have a lot of courses to training and it supports people from all over the world. An example department of ICT school. They have a lab for study how to design and create a 3D model, stop motion technical, coding, robotics, and a lot of interesting application on iPad or Macintosh system including an online resource.

They are using applications such as HP Reveal for changing the way we interact with the world. Which its turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences.


Another interesting technique is Stop Motion if everyone have watched the animated television series “Shaun the Sheep” that uses the stop motion technique.


During our visit to Gordon College of Education, we could taste one of the many tools offered by ICT to use with our students and to develop teamwork, creativity, but above all, logical thinking: Stop Motion. This animation technique is based on the physical manipulation of an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence[1]


This simple technique can be done with just a camera and objects to create the scene or story. For teachers it is great to have students create stories of what they have already learnt in a class or to make interesting and different presentations of some topics. This tool engages students in one task, allowing them to create their own movie, working as a team. It also develops skills and content that the teacher can easily asses through a funny and empowered way!


Stop Motion Studio from Apple is one of the huge amount of apps that teachers and students can use to create fantastic movies for the class.


In the end of the visit we went through a very important simulation that pre-service teachers do during their studies in the college. The simulation was based upon the topic ‘Violence in schools’.



The Friday of this week we learn special topic it does not field in ICT but very important things. Who will save the “Lifeguard”? How to prevent burnout?


What is burnout?


It’s a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. A clear sign of burnout is when you feel tired all the time, Lack of control. an inability to influence decisions that affect your job such as your jobs schedules, assignments, workload and lacking time to meet personal demands.

What are the signs of burnout?

·         Exhaustion

·         Lack of motivation

·         Frustration, cynicism and other negative emotions

·         Cognitive problems

·         Slipping job performance

·         Interpersonal problems at home and at work

·         Health problems

How to deal with Burnout or decrease stress?

Stress affects people both mentally and physically. The heart rate increases, headaches can develop, and often people become irritated much more easily. People need to decrease the stress such as

·         Talk with Friends / Family

·         Sport

·         Travel

·         Hobby

·         Etc.

Written by: 

Siriphan Phuangsukkhee - Thailand

Sabina Hajizadeh - Azerbaijan

Henry Angulo Hawasly - Colombia

Geoffrey Odera Etyang - Kenya

Paul Kamau Thairu - Kenya