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About iTEC

Updated October 2013

iTEC (Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms) is a four-year project in which European Schoolnet is working with education ministries, technology providers and research organisations to transform the way that technology is used in teaching and learning. With 26 project partners, including 14 Ministries of Education, and funding of €9.45 million from the European Commission’s FP7 programme, iTEC is the largest project undertaken by European Schoolnet to date, and the largest initiative yet on the design of learning and teaching for the future classroom.

Within iTEC, educational tools and resources have been piloted in over 2,000 classrooms across 19 European countries with the key objective of providing a sustainable model for fundamentally redesigning teaching and learning. iTEC’s aim is to bring about systemic change, not through radical technological advances, but through progressive adoption of innovative Learning Activities that effectively use and exploit both existing and emerging technologies in order to better equip the children of Europe for the challenges of work and society through the 21st century.

See here below a summary of iTEC results up to date and download the iTEC magazine with insight articles.

Evaluating the impact of iTEC Learning Activities in schools

The volume of data collected during the evaluation of the iTEC school pilots has provided a unique opportunity to measure the real impact that the project is having in classrooms.

‘Evidence of the impact of iTEC on learning and teaching’ provides a detailed meta-analysis of all evaluation data relating to the iTEC project, with a particular focus on  students’ learning outcomes and engagement, and teachers’ digital competence and pedagogical use of ICT. The report, carried out by project partner Manchester Metropolitan University, found that both teachers and students responded overwhelmingly positively to the introduction of iTEC’s innovative Learning Activities, and that Learning Activities brought a positive and measurable impact to the classroom.

Providing the tools for innovation

The iTEC project has been able to produce some impressive results through its work in providing teachers with innovative and inspiring Learning Activities. But the real objective of the project is to bring this change to schools across Europe, not just those involved in pilots. How can this be achieved?

iTEC has established a set of processes to help schools and other key stakeholders in educational reform to create and deliver a viable vision for teaching and learning in the future classroom. These processes have been packaged as a series of toolkits which can be adapted and used in reforming education – from national, policy level, to school and classroom level – taking into consideration the social, political and technical diversity across Europe.

Mainstreaming the results of the iTEC project

Over the past three years, the iTEC consortium has been developing a new process that allows schools to rethink how they are currently using ICT. In its final year, the project is now entering a phase where it can provide concrete guidance and toolkits to help schools and Ministries of Education close what is increasingly being termed the ‘mainstreaming gap’ - where technology is not yet fully harnessed as a systemic part of classroom practice, integrating learning both in and out of school.

Together with the Future Classroom toolkits (Eduvista, Edukata and Eduteka), the iTEC project has proposed a number of initiatives that can support change at national and international level. These include the introduction of self-review programmes for schools, teacher training and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) initiatives and advanced teacher ambassadors. All of these approaches have seen success in one or more countries. In the final year of the project, the ITEC exploitation plan will outline a strategy for how these effective models can be spread to other countries and how iTEC tools can support the educational reform process at European level.

Read more at the iTEC magazine