The first workshop
The first GLAT workshop entitled “Game based learning and unplugged activities” was held at the University of Rijeka, Department of Informatics on 5th and 6th of April 2018.
The workshop gathered focus group of 24 junior grade teachers from 13 primary schools.
The workshop “Game based learning and unplugged activities” was the first of three workshops or three modules for professional development of primary school junior grade teachers organized within the GLAT project and in cooperation with Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.
During the workshop, teachers attended lectures and demonstrations and were introduced to the concepts of Game Based Learning (GBL) and unplugged activities. They also participated in individual and group activities and analyzed examples of games and unplugged activities for different school subjects. Teachers had the opportunity to get to know and try out the tools for creating learning scenarios (LePlanner) and materials for unplugged activities (Web 2.0 tools). In addition, they started to apply newly acquired knowledge through the development of their own learning scenarios. Their task is to design a learning scenario for a selected subject that will include games and unplugged activities which will encourage creativity, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills in students.
After the first workshop, education within the GLAT project will continue in the online environment – the MoD learning management system, in which teachers will be trained by project team experts. Based on advice and feedback from the experts, teachers will develop improved versions of the learning scenarios that will be implemented in classes with their students. The best scenarios, together with the workshop syllabus and learning materials, will be one of the GLAT project results and translated into English so that they can be used by teachers from other European countries as well.
The next workshop on the use of online quizzes and logical tasks to encourage computational thinking will be held on the 28th and 29th of August 2018.