Making Use of Technology Tools I

Course Summary and Target Audience

Note: This course can be combined with ‘Making Use of Technology Tools II’ to form a two-week course.

This practical, hands-on course is for educators and other professionals who would like to experience and learn to use a variety of software and (free) online tools in order to integrate technology into their classroom, school or other learning environments (while also brushing up their own use of English). Specialised knowledge is not required, except for a basic knowledge of using Microsoft Word and using the Internet. Participants are strongly advised to bring a laptop as they will be actively using it during the week. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.

Fast Facts

Course dates:24.02.2020 – 28.02.2020
09.03.2020 – 13.03.2020
15.06.2020 – 19.06.2020
29.06.2020 – 03.07.2020
10.08.2020 – 14.08.2020
24.08.2020 – 28.08.2020
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Booking fee£55
Terms and conditions


After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  • A pre-course questionnaire to enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds                   
  • Information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  • Information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience


The aim of this course is to:

  • help teachers reflect on their own teaching methods in relation to technology in the classroom today
  • enable better skills in technology and ICT
  • introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today and ways of integrating ICT with teaching methodologies, using hands-on and experiential methods
  • help participants experience hands-on a range of interesting tools, software and programmes which are available as freeware and to set up activities linking contemporary methodology with technology
  • further develop participants’ own language skills
  • experience the cultural heritage of York with its rich environment


This course is taught interactively, with input sessions, collaborative and group project work. Participants are actively involved in all sessions.  Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and could involve brain-storming, analysis and problem-solving. Sessions help participants to set up tools such as blogs and websites and apply online tools in a supported setting.

Participants are asked to reflect on the tools and activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own knowledge and skills, their approach to teaching today’s students and on adaptation of the use of tools to their teaching and learning situations and contexts.

  • Exchange of participants’ ICT and pedagogical knowledge is encouraged through discussion.
  • Participants’ own language skills are developed and feedback given where appropriate.
  • Participants are also introduced to appropriate websites related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development.

Follow Up

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course and its usefulness to them, create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes.

They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

Sample Course Programme

Week 1
Session OneSession Two

Session Three

Introductions. Needs/Hopes

Education Technology: Introduction
1.2 Software suite: GOOGLE APPS
Introduction to collaborative tasks and blogging
1.3 Blogging: creating and posting a blog
TUESDAY2.1 Using Mobile devices:
Strategic and discrete use,
classroom and organisational issues
2.2 Using images: 
libraries, creating galleries,
free sources, copyright issues, etc
2.3 Authoring software:
quizzes, word searches, crosswords and language testing
WEDNESDAY3.1 Using video: YouTube and its applications:
editing, subtitling, curation
3.2 Video editing: text, transitions, animation, titles audio
3.3 Digital citizenship: digital literacy in the post-truth world
THURSDAY4.1 Podcasting (1) Uses, programmes, issues to bear in mind4.2 Podcasting (2)
creating and publishing a podcast
4.3 Field trip (project task)

FRIDAY5.1 Creating and using websites
5.2 Project activity:
Planning and creating a project (field trip follow-up)
5.3 Project Presentations
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