Interview a trainer – Jesús Espinosa
7 de June de 2016

With a mechanical engineer background, he teaches secondary school specialty of Technology since 1999. The last 8 courses he has been working as training consultant in the CEP of Cordoba, Spain, belonging to the management team since two years ago. He has also participated as a teacher in the Master of Secondary Education taught at the University of Cordoba, Spain.



Training centers is a growing trend. Could you explain us, what does it consist of?

Broadly speaking, the Training Centers is a form of self-education where a significant group (more than 50% of the cloister) of a center conducts training which may have one or more lines of interest to teachers and to be performed forming a others, having the possibility if required, to ask the CEP for external support in the form of experts.


Is there anything in your personal or professional experience that is meaningful to your experience as a trainer?

If you love teaching, teach students is gratifying on numerous occasions; when you teach classmates, it can still be richer, it is different.


Do you follow any particular methodology?

Time advance and in a few years society changes therefore likewise have to change methods.

“The methodology must be adapted, participatory, where students are part of their learning. the lectures are over;) now I see very interesting the concept of Flipped Classroom.”


Do you have any anecdote?

After sixteen years working in education, I have many anecdotes; although there is one that caught my attention at the time and now, after more than ten years, I still find it striking; That was when the first center ICT were implanted in Andalusia back in 2004, I was fortunate to be in the “ICT Team” one of the four pioneer centers in my city, IES Averroes, where more than 600 computers installed and equipped themselves of these resources in every classroom. many teams, so many cables, mice, keyboards … You have to imagine in the hands of teenage boys and girls. Well, after months of installation just had incidents regarding deterioration of the material. Responsible use and above all, the awareness of over a thousand students who fill the center was key and remains still a center of reference.



What trends are perceived in the future of training?

Training has been passed fully face towards a future increasingly undeniable distance, perhaps with some face-to-face session, but basically teachers prefer to better manage their time this way.


What are the most demanded tools for training by teachers?

“We have always with the scientific and pedagogical updating, but increasingly the requests are focused on innovative training, short-term, which is directly applicable in the classroom.”


What technology tools or gadgets do you recommend in your day to day as a trainer?

Undoubtedly, everything related to online applications, work in the cloud that allows to work on multiple devices which nothing is located on a local hard disk: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Evernote and Additio are some of my favorites.


How do you imagine the classroom over the next five years behind the technological advances that may occur?

Five years is a lot in my opinion, we have a “bottleneck” in the centers with connectivity issues. It is undeniable that more and more teachers use online resources and for this you need to have a bandwidth to connect to the Internet to give guarantees to work in the classroom. A good connection and cloud applications will be the dominant believe in technological advances for the classroom in the very near future.



You commented us about an increase in interest by teachers by digital gradebooks. How do you rate it?

When a teacher is asking about training in digital gradebooks, it doesn’t as a matter of snobbery, they are much more practical; with the use of digital notebooks is intended to save work and have a wealth of information to process and easy storage. The use of the paper is decreasing. In the centers I know, many professors have been buying digital tablets only by using a digital notebook.


Do you consider Additio as a key tool for teacher 2.0? Why?

Before leaving the direct teaching in the classroom for eight courses, I’d already been using a rudimentary spreadsheet that allowed me to speed up my day job and now, for the next course back to the classroom, I see that there is digital tools that without being indispensable, they are a great help for daily work; the more I study them, more possibilities I see on them.

“I bought several apps and I decided for Additio in principle for four main reasons: the Web application that makes compatible the iPad with a computer, simplicity in its design, being a multiplatform and fast and personalized customer support.”

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