Thanks to European Union’s grants from the Erasmus Plus scheme, a group of 6 teachers from Turkey had a unique opportunity to take part in a 5 day training course combined with study visits provided by Almond Vocational Link. Their project – “What is New? (WIN) ” was aimed at exploring new methods of teaching to motivate pupils and choosing the best techniques to include modern technologies in a classroom.
Almond Vocational Link arranged training sessions with our EFL teacher – Mr. Kevin Chambers, he spent many years studying in various countries which gave him an opportunity to experience different methodologies being used, many of which he applied and adapted in his later teaching career. Kevin also has great experience and knowledge in ICT, especially as a tool in language training. Mr Chambers delivered 2 training sessions concerning Education 3.0 and WEB 3.0.
I learnt about Web 1.0, WEB 2.0 and WEB 3.0, I also learnt about the differences between them. I’ m happy because I can use this in my school. I met Kevin Chambers ( the tutor) he was friendly and kind . It was a very enjoyable experience for me and I learnt about the benefits of technology. Observing different classes helped me to improve my skills. Observing different teaching environments was very useful. I like the people working in your organisation, they were very hospitable and kind. I think every primary school teacher should come and visit English schools.
Zehra from Turkey about Web 3.0 training course
Synopsis of Web 3.0 Presentation
It is intended for a small group of working teachers who are using, or planning to use, Web-based materials and techniques with their students.
It discusses how the development of themes in the Web (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) are reflected in teachers’ use of it. It discusses the reasons for each definition and the advantages and disadvantages of each development, with some reference to technical terms, but it is not specifically aimed at web programmers.
Web 1.0 is defined as the static web of mainly read-only pages, Web 2.0 is defined as the interactive web in which users can affect what they see, and Web 3.0 is the user-generated web in which content and how it is used, are driven directly by the users.
Terms specific to each web development are defined and illustrated with examples from general use of the Web, and compared with specific examples of how teachers can or could use the web for educational purposes. Typical examples include Encyclopedia pages for Web 1.0, social media for Web 2.0, and for Web 3.0 creative projects such as 3D design and multimedia. A full list of references for teachers’ resources is distributed at the end of the presentation.
At the end of each main topic (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) there is an opportunity for teachers to discuss what they have learned, compare the use of the web with their own past or current use, and suggest ways in which they might adapt their resources, methodologies, and specific teaching tasks to web-based methodology and tools.
Synopsis of Education 3.0 Presentation
It is intended for a small group of working teachers who are using, or planning to use, the latest student-centred and technology-based teaching methodologies.
It discusses how the development of themes in education (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) are reflected in a gradual development of the teacher as controller to the teacher as a facilitator of students who direct their own learning. It discusses the reasons for each definition and the advantages and disadvantages of each development, with reference to how the development of Web technology has influenced these educational methodologies. It is intended to compliment the Web 3.0 specific presentation.
Education 1.0 is defined as the proprietary, teacher-controlled, ‘one size fits all’ didactic method of education based on one physical location. In Education 2.0, teachers take more into consideration the needs of the student as an individual and the environment in which their knowledge is applied, and includes how 21st century media may achieve this. In Education 3.0, there is a firm emphasis on the student as creator and driver of the education, and teacher as facilitator, with all the interactive methods at their disposal.
Terms specific to each educational development are defined and illustrated with examples from general teaching, and compared with specific examples of how teachers can or could use each methodology in their own environment. Typical examples include prescribed textbooks for Education 1.0, interactive social collaboration for Education 2.0, and fully networked creative solution of real life problems in Education 3.0. A full list of references for teachers’ resources is distributed at the end of the presentation.
At the end of each main topic (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) there is an opportunity for teachers to discuss what they have learned, compare the methodology with their own past or current use, and suggest ways in which they might adapt their own teaching practice to the latest educational thinking.
“I think my teaching skill s improved by taking part in this course. We can now use WEB 1.0, WEB 2.0 and WEB 3.0 in an effective way during our lessons. We will choose the methods most suitable for our lessons and students so that the classes can be more enjoyable and our students more motivated. Everybody at this company tried to help us and did their best. I would like to attend training with this organisation because everything went ok and was well planned before. We are satisfied with this course and would like to come back for another one. Thank you for everything.”
Cennet from Turkey about WEB 3.0 training course.
With help from Plymouth Primary schools, University and a local training organisation, the Turkish teaches also had a unique opportunity to observe how classes are run here in the UK. Almond Vocational Link escorted the group to all of the meetings and the feedback we have received in regards to all visited organisations was tremendous. We would like to thank to Plymouth University, Achievement Training and St. Paul’s Primary School for taking part in this project, being welcoming and informative.
My vision of teaching improved by means of training courses about Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. I decided to use more useful techniques and methods through Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 for example Facebook. This experience exceeded my expectations. The companies/schools we visited showed us how they teach in different classes, this gave us a good chance to observe different learning environments. I would like to run another programme with your organisation because people working there are very helpful and hospitable. The training courses and visiting different classes was a great chance for me as an English teacher. I think every teacher should come and see your teaching environments and techniques and methods you use in your classrooms and schools.
Gönül from Turkey about Web 3.0 training course
For this project, Almond Vocational Link acted as a training provider and hosting organisation. We organised bespoke training programme based on the client’s project and the budget available. The teachers were welcomed by our representative upon the arrival in Plymouth and escorted to the 3 star B&B accommodation arranged by us. We arranged a welcome visit on their first working day after arrival and treated the group to a tour of Plymouth’s historic waterfront and City Centre. We also provided the teachers with local transport passes and personally escorted them to all of the study visits arranged by us.
The presentation was quite successful, thank you. I compared the Turkish educational system with the British educational system. The presenting teacher was great. We were given enough information on WEB 1.0, WEB 2.0, WEB 3.0. We will be able to use many of techniques in our lessons. I would like to come again for another program, I would recommend it to others. We were all happy to have been here.
Onur from Turkey about Web 3.0 training course
All of the participants were awarded with a certificate of completion on their last day and we would like to congratulate them of a very successful project and look forward to our future cooperation.