What the iTEC project is about?
This flagship, four-year project involving 27 partners, including 14 Ministries of Education, is focused on the design of the future classroom in Europe. With funding of 9.5 million euros from the European Commission’s FP7 programme, iTEC is investigating how established and emerging technologies can be used effectively in classrooms in the in next 5-10 years and particularly how scenarios for the future classroom can move beyond small scale pilots and be really taken to scale. Read more here
How is iTEC different from other “ICT in school” projects?
iTEC will be piloting learning and teaching scenarios using integrated technology solutions in over 1,000 classrooms in 15 countries, making it by some margin the largest pan-European validation of ICT in schools yet undertaken.
While iTEC will develop ambitious scenarios for the future classroom, it will also recognise the realities and pace of the educational reform process. iTEC will explore a vision of the future where schools will remain the key location for learning and assessment as part of a wider network of physical and virtual learning locations. In doing so, the project recognises that the learning process will increasingly engage with other stakeholders including parents and cultural and business sector members and draw in adult and informal learning. The project will not only examine how innovative technologies can be deployed but also the underlying change processes that are required in order for innovative teaching and learning practices to be mainstreamed and taken to scale.
What is the expected impact?
iTEC aims to develop more meaningful visions and scenarios for the future classroom by putting in place a user-centred design process and rigorous testing methodology. All learning activities and proposed designs for the future classroom will be co-developed with teachers and will be validated in large-scale pilots in order to determine whether they can have the potential to be widely adopted by schools in Europe. The direct involvement of 15 Ministries of Education in scenario development, school piloting and dissemination activities will also ensure that iTEC results can be adopted by policy makers in different countries and in schools that have reached different levels of ICT implementation and use.
iTEC scenarios and cycles
What are the iTEC scenarios?
iTEC scenarios are short narrative descriptions of preferable learning contexts which are set within a model learning environment. The intention is to both inspire teachers and provide them with the tools and training to carry out new practices which facilitate more engaging classrooms. The scenarios take account of the different elements within the learning environment such as the resources, tools and services they use, the interactions they have, the tasks they encounter and the aims of their activities. Read more here
What are the iTEC cycles?
The iTEC school pilots will be delivered in five overlapping 18-month cycles. Each cycle includes the following steps:
What are the Participatory Design workshops/sessions?
Participatory Design (PD) is a design methodology that emphasises the involvement of actual customer (in this case, educator) in all phases of design. The Participatory Design workshops are one of the ways iTEC aims to ensure that the views of practicing teachers are taken into account and that the innovative new tools and practices that iTEC develops are meaningful and useful for them and their pupils. The PD sessions are organised in at least five countries, preferably in all, in order to get early feedback from teachers.
Is it possible to participate in the scenario development?
Participation is possible in the following ways:
Please note that we don’t accept new scenario proposals since we can’t unfortunately give them the attention they would deserve.
Which countries are involved in school piloting?
The iTEC school pilots will be carried out in the following 14 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia and Turkey.
Furthermore, some other European countries are involved through SMART, Promethean and iTEC Associate Partners. These countries may be different in each cycle.
Is participation in other countries possible?
The school pilots are organised by the Ministries of Education and industry partners in the indicated countries. Unfortunately it is not possible to accept individual schools from outside of the mentioned countries.
iTEC schools should:
When the pilot cycles are carried out?
Here you see the schedule for the five cycles:
The national coordinators are appointed by the Ministries of Education. There are two different roles:
How can I get involved in iTEC?
There are different ways to get involved in iTEC: