Report on ICT Compass for EFL Teachers ELTeCS project From 28 May to 31 May the ’ICT Compass’ workshop was held in Tiszafüred in Hámori András Secondary Technical School where I work as an English teacher. Participants were from Serbia-Montenegro (Olja Milosevic, Mirjana Ljiljak-Vukajlovic), from Romania (Monica Milea and Carmen Costina) and from Hungary (Andrea Ádám, Tünde Füstös, Erzsébet Csibi). Planning seemed to be easier because we followed the pattern of last year. Participants lived in the local church house that proved very cosy and an ideal place to relax after a hard day’s work. The title ’Compass’ originally meant a guide in ICT but during the workshop it gained its original meaning as participants came to Tiszafüred from different directions. One of the output movies deals with the story of this ’Compass’ project. These movies will be seen on http://web.axelero.hu/szalok2003 very soon. To view them you will need RealPlayer installed on your computer. The project started on Friday morning with a short introduction of the lab. Our computer staff worked well when preparing the computers and we found that the conditions were close to perfect. Every computer had an English version of Microsoft XP and Office. Our computers were in a local network so it was very easy to share the materials we created. There were no language barriers because of the computers any more. That very day the school got the broadband internet connection. Participants were given a ’Workshop CD’ that contains all the programmes necessary to install and work with. It seemed that everybody knew everybody as all participants took part in one of the summer schools (Developing as Teacher Trainers and ICT in ELT) held in Esztergom last year. At the official opening ceremony Elek Máthé represented the Hungarian Ministry of Education. He spoke about the World-Language programme emphasizing the ICT module. Fortunately, he could spend some more time with us and after lunchbreak we could discuss our project in details and its possible connections to WL programme. As it is shown on www.geocities.com/ictinelt2004bid site the compass has got several elements. Recording, editing audio and video materials were in the focus. In addition we could discuss the security elements as well. Everybody learned how to handle these pretty free programmes and effective and creative work was started. A short presentation on ICT was asked in advance and we enjoyed all. They were PowerPoint presentations, some meant the basis of the final movies. A short audio introduction was recorded then and we got acquinted with the digital camera functions, too. A lot of spontaneous photos, videos were taken. Images had to be uploaded 4 times to a computer even though the camera has got a memory card. We could record the most favourite part of the ’Little Prince’. Converting it into mp3 we tried out the ’Send File’ Messenger function that is extremely useful when you are working in a regional team and you would like to share your files that are too big to attach to an e-mail. Besides working hard we always had enough time to talk about our schools, students, plans, family, hobbies etc. We had a lot of fun especially while walking to have lunch or dinner or some ice-cream. On Sunday the whole group took a trip with a yacht on Tisza Lake and on the river. The scenery was such beautiful that we all were sorry for that it lasted only for an hour. Later that evening we had the official farewell dinner which ended on early Monday. Participants could taste some special dishes of the local cuisine. We could discuss the possible follow-ups of this project. A lot of suggestion were arisen: workshops, competition, movie festival…. and of course the output CD which will be published in July this summer.
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