Collaborative Intercultural Learning with Tablets – Last July saw the launch of MICOOL’s new pilot KA1 course 

We had participants from 8 different countries – Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Montenegro, Italy, Spain, which really added to the intercultural experience. Each institution contributed to the course which proved highly beneficial to all involved.  The course is a mixture of theory and practice with both lecture and workshop format. It is an interactive course with an emphasis on collaborative and cooperative learning. Working on any Erasmus project means participants have to have an understanding of different cultures and the course had a fun and informative workshop on inter cultural learning. We all learned a lot about ourselves and the other participants. The course is primarily iPad based and focuses mainly on creative apps that can be used collaboratively.
Creativity and the responsible use of technology are skills students require today and the course offers practical advice and recommendations on issues of copyright and eSafety. As part of the evaluative process we ran a focus group lead by  Dr. Charlotte Holland of DCU with participants who had not been involved in the course design. Their feedback was invaluable in reshaping the the course to provide a high quality KA1 course.Tom Roche, our local eTwinning ambassador, met with the group and joined in some of the cultural activities.