On Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, the Phyrtual Innovation Gym at the Rome Città Educativa will host the 4th meeting of European Project MLearn - Training Teachers to Use Mobile (handheld) Technologies within Mainstream School Education, which will be organised by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.
The six partners - Titan Partnership Ltd (UK) - (Coordinator) Action Synergy S.A. (Greece) FMD - Fondazione Mondo Digitale (Italy) CPIP - Centrul pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente (Romania) Hamstead Hall Community Learning Centre (UK) Bloemcampschool (Netherlands) – will meet to review the testing conducted since October 2014.
Over 20 teachers in each partner country have participated in a 30-hour training course on the use of mobile technology for teaching and learning, and have begun experimenting with the use of tablets in class for the formal didactic programme.
The results are excellent both in terms of student motivation and scholastic results. The use of mobile technology appears to be particularly useful for students that need more than traditional methodologies and requires various kinds of laboratory activities. Students also find the use of technology particularly useful for studying. These activities are especially useful for students with specific disabilities.
In particular, the use of mobile technology has promoted group work and inclusion, peer-to-peer learning, socialisation, movement (students move around the classroom, go outside to take photographs or use the tablets on educational trips to monuments and the like), la kinaesthesia and imitation (filming, photo editing, etc.).