Take part in our Virtual Exchanges in spring 2022

The VALIANT team will be runnning the following Virtual Exchanges for school teachers from all over Europe in the spring of 2022. If you are a school teacher and would like to take part in one of the exchanges together with fellow teachers as well as student teachers, choose the ones below which you find most interesting and then complete this short registration form. Teacher trainers who would like to involve their classes of students of Initial Teacher Education are also welcome to sign up.

You can learn more about the VALIANT project and what we are aiming to achieve by watching this short video.

Name of Virtual Exchange Short description of the Virtual Exchange How long will the Virtual Exchange run? Who might be interested?
Virtual Exchange 1:

“Teaching foreign languages online”

The goal of this Virtual Exchange project is to give foreign language teachers first-hand experience of using online technologies to collaborate with other language teachers and student teachers and to explore new approaches to language teaching. To do this, classes of student teachers from different European universities will work together with teachers from around Europe to compare their experiences of teaching online during the COVID pandemic and to explore new tools and methodologies related to teaching foreign languages online. The virtual exchange will run for 6 weeks spring 2021. In-service teachers will have one video conferencing meeting per week as well as various asynchronous activities in discussion forums. This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to secondary school teachers of foreign languages from across Europe. We are also opening this VE to teacher trainers who want to involve classes of student teachers preparing to be foreign language teachers. 
Virtual Exchange 2:

“Integrating technologies in the foreign language classroom”

The aim of this collaborative VE project is to give foreign language pre-service and in-service teachers the opportunity to work together with fellow teachers and students from across Europe using online technologies. Participants get the chance to bring in their personal experiences with technology, explore new tools and methods, benefit from different approaches, and further professionalise their teaching and lesson planning. The virtual exchange will run for 6 weeks in May-July 2021. In-service teachers will have one video conferencing meeting per week as well as various asynchronous activities in discussion forums. This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to secondary school teachers of foreign languages from across Europe. We are also opening this VE to teacher trainers who want to involve classes of student teachers preparing to be foreign language teachers.
Virtual Exchange 3 :

“Developing CLIL lessons and materials for primary and secondary classrooms”

The aim of this collaborative Virtual Exchange is to bring together in-service primary and secondary foreign language school teachers as well as content subject teachers from across Europe experienced in working with CLIL pedagogy. The teachers will partner up with pre-service Master students specializing in English as a Foreign Language. The students will develop customized materials for the teachers’ specific teaching contexts, and who will in turn test the materials in their classes. Through this exchange, in-service teachers and students will have the opportunity to establish a working CLIL network.

 

This virtual exchange will run for 7-8 weeks from March through June 2022. The course will involve approximately 14 hours of activities. These will include ca. 1 Zoom session per week as well as various asynchronous activities. This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to primary and secondary foreign language school teachers as well as content subject teachers from across Europe experienced in working with CLIL pedagogy.
Virtual Exchange 4:

“Setting up a Virtual Exchange for your pupils”

This Virtual Exchange brings together secondary school teachers from all over Europe to learn how to set up and run their own Virtual Exchange projects for their own pupils. The participants will learn about the issues of task design, technologies, and assessment in online collaborative projects. They will also collaborate together with their European colleagues and explore possibilities of setting up international projects together between their classes. Special invited experts will give participants insights into how virtual exchange can most successfully be integrated into secondary school education. The virtual exchange will run for 6 weeks in April-May 2022. The course will involve approximately 25-hours of activities. These will involve one zoom session per week as well as reading and various asynchronous activities in discussion forums. This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to secondary school teachers of different subject areas from across Europe.
Virtual Exchange 5:

“Diversity and inclusion in our secondary classrooms”

The topic for the Virtual Exchange is ‘Diversity and Inclusion from the perspective of integration of all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, educational background, or achievement level’. In this exchange, secondary school teachers from across Europe will share challenges and problems on diversity and inclusion from their classrooms. They will compare how these are being dealt with in different countries and contexts and they will create a presentation for other teachers who may experience similar problems or issues in their classrooms. This Virtual Exchange will last for a total of 17 hours over 7 weeks. There will be 4 videoconferencing sessions during this period as well as reading and various asynchronous activities in discussion forums. This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to secondary school teachers of different subject areas from across Europe.
Virtual Exchange 6:

“Learning during teaching practice”

This Virtual Exchange aims at connecting in-service teachers with students of Initial Teacher Education who are completing their teaching practice (practicum). During the trans-national mentoring sessions with in-service teachers, practicum students will learn about strategies of classroom management and will receive just-in-time teaching and mentoring in response to challenges they face in their practicum classes. In-service teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with practicum students of ITE towards working out solutions to common problems that arise in their classes. This Virtual Exchange will run for 6 weeks in March and April 2022. The module will involve 3 video conferencing sessions and approximately 10 hours of asynchronous activities. This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to school teachers of different subject areas from across Europe who are interested in working with student teachers who are beginning their teaching careers.

 

Virtual Exchange 7:

“Diversity and inclusion in our primary classrooms”

 

The topic of this Virtual Exchange is ‘Diversity and Inclusion from the perspective of Integration of all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, educational background, or achievement level’. In this exchange in-service primary teachers from across Europe will share challenges and problems on diversity and inclusion from their classrooms. They will compare how these are being dealt with in different countries and contexts and they will create a presentation for other teachers who may experience similar problems or issues.

 

This Virtual Exchange will last for a total of 17 hours over 7 weeks. There will be 4 video conferencing sessions during this period as well as reading and various asynchronous activities in discussion forums.

 

This Virtual Exchange will be of interest to primary school teachers of different subject areas from across Europe.

 

Virtual Exchange 8:

“Defining Professional Spaces in Different Educational Culture”

The aim of this collaborative VE project is to facilitate understanding and development of research and experience-based classrooms. This project brings together in-service teachers across Europe and ESL pre-service teachers in Sweden and offers them opportunities to discuss and explore how their different educational cultures define their professional spaces. This entails reading a theory and practice-oriented book together to examine what didactic choices are available in different educational contexts, what theoretical underpinnings these didactic choices have and how personal teaching and learning experiences shape teachers’ beliefs and practice. This virtual exchange will run for 6 weeks from 28th of February to 27th of March, 2022. The project consists of continuous asynchronous and one synchronous meeting per week.  This VE will be of interest to upper secondary school teachers who are particularly interested in professional development, honing their teaching practice and forming a transnational professional network.