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ICT as a tool for intercultural and media education
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jul 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The topic of the training activity is ICT as a tool for intercultural and media education. The main language used for the training is English. The thematic field of the training is general in-service training and it involves: Active citizenship, ICT-Information and Communication Technologies, Inclusive approaches, Pedagogy and Didactics, School improvement and quality evaluation, School management and school autonomy, project management and Education management, European citizenship and European dimension. Target audience is teachers( Pre-school, Primary, Secondary, Vocational, Adult and special needs) The profile of the participants is School and Pre-school education, involving Pre-primary and Primary schools. Methodology: The course will use a variety of methodologies with the emphasis on variety and interactive learning approaches: -Aspects of cultural diversity into education ICT tools in intercultural education Methodology of developing media literacy( still and moving images and digital books) Developing computer literacy by the use of learning platforms, interactive boards and digital books(The cloud) Seforms, Video clips and slides and other visual media are used to illustrate actions of cross-cultural communication and working styles Objectives: The consequences of the contemporary pluralistic society create cultural challenging educational environment in EU. It is recognized that there is a need of methodology and pedagogical strategies for intercultural education that are consistent with both local realities and European space exploring the comparative view on various common and cross-cultural issues. The participants will work with sensitiveness to individual differences, in order to be prepared to meet different cultures. Various media will be used to reflect cultural diversity and explore numerous sociocultural similarities and differences in order to develop a cultural identity. Media belongs to everyday life of young people, so the use of digital media as a learning tool provides extra motivation for students and is based on their interests and everyday realities. Thus, digital media in intercultural education determines the focus on values, attitudes, critical thinking and consciousness rising of students rather than their knowledge acquisition. This learning experience not only improves intercultural educational practice but also supports and empowers both National and European community. Follow up:By the end of the course, participants will: -Have a good understanding of the key conceptual frameworks of the intercultural field -Be able to incorporate intercultural elements into their own area of training -Have critical understanding of the principals of inter-cultural and cross-cultural education and communication -Have theoretical understanding of culture and cultural diversity in the context of globalization -Understand what is cultural diversity in terms of education policy, management, curriculum, teaching and learning -Understand and create media messages -Use ICT in education, including interactive boards -Develop independent study skills -Learn to use many new applications -Apply modern approaches used in ICT The following activities will be performed: -Digital media in intercultural education, in the aspect of National educational systems, by giving presentations of the participants -Presentation of the purpose of Intercultural studies -Presentations of the Moodle platform -How to work with interactive boards in the classroom -Interculturak competence and the cultural dimension of globalization -Management of cultural diversity in the classroom -The photography as a tool in teaching and learning -Visit to a school class with adults from different Nationalities and many group works -Presentation of practical implication of intercultural and media use in the teaching and learning process, using interactive boards -In-depth study of cultural diversity into an International context

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