iTEC: Designing the Future Classroom iTEC: Designing the Future Classroom

In iTEC (Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms, 2010-2014), European Schoolnet worked with education ministries, technology providers and research organisations to transform the way that technology is used in schools.

Over the course of the project, educational tools and resources were piloted in over 2,500 classrooms across 20 European countries, with the goal of providing a sustainable model for fundamentally redesigning teaching and learning. The project involved 26 project partners, including 14 Ministries of Education, and funding of €9.45 million from the European Commission’s FP7 programme. The project ended in August 2014.

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Visualising the planet surface: virtual school trip

Francesca Panzica is a primary school teacher from Florence, Italy. When her school, Lastra a Signa, became involved in the iTEC project, she decided to use iTEC’s Learning Activities to teach her class about different cities around the world

The Learning Activity, 'Visualising the planet surface', took the form of a virtual school trip to London. Francesca first divided her class into groups, using the TeamUp tool. Pupils then researched the city, using Google docs to share their findings. Once their research had been gathered and collated, students then worked together to create multimedia presentations for the assignment, involving images, interactive maps, and audio recordings.

According to Francesca, the activity had a very positive affect on the on the pupils:

“There was a change in the students’ working methods: they worked in groups and discussed in a new way, and the students started to collaborate with new classmates”.

She also felt that the students were not the only ones to benefit from the new classroom practices: “With this scenario, I have used the interactive whiteboard in a new way”.

To learn more about iTEC Learning Activities, click here.

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