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Aulainnova - Innovation inspired by iTEC

Innova & Educación - iTEC associate partnerIn June 2013, Innova&Educación started a project with Promethean to involve 10 schools from across Spain to work using the iTEC resources. The project was advertised through social networks, a video on PowToon, and school visits, resulting in about 40 schools applying out of which 10 were selected.

To their credit, the schools involved in the project turned out to be very open-minded and prepared to try out innovative approaches to develop their teaching. Some schools undertook even deeper transformations in their practices. For example the school Nuestra Señora de Las Victorias in Madrid decided to develop interdisciplinary work and give teachers the freedom to organise their schedules with more freedom. They also wanted to measure student competences and skills in different subjects like informatics, art and English. The developed a project about life in the XIX Century, during which the students developed their audio-visual, reflection and English-language skills, and communicated with outside experts.

Another inspiring example is the Colegio Base in Madrid that participated in English and mathematics projects. In mathematics the school were chosen to attend the Euromaths Competition in Sweden where they could show their work on creating games with ActivInspire and Scratch. The technique was used subsequently to create games for geometry and robotics.

Another school, CEIP San Julián in Andalucía, also worked with geometry and games, and invited students’ families to play them.

The English International College in Marbella participated through geography and languages. They carried out data collection during field trips and imported data into the classroom systems through apps like MyTracks and Google Earth. They also used data sensors outside with tablet software like ClassFlow. In languages they experimented with Augmented Reality by using Aurasma together with ClassFlow.

To communicate and share, the teachers in the project used groups in Edmodo and Facebook, Twitter (#Aulainnova), shared files at Google Drive, chats in Google Hangout, and other tools like TeamUp, VoiceThread and Flipgrid.

Several teachers have commented on the positive effects of the project, for example Chris Long, Head of Humanities EIC Marbella, Spain, tells that “the impact of the iTEC project has been immense as it gave a number of departments the confidence to develop scenario based learning as a way to incorporate and develop the technology”. 

Article by María Florenzano, Educational Technology Consultant, Innova&Educación, Spain

 

Future Classroom Scenarios online course - 2nd edition will start in July!

Future Classroom Scenarios course - FeedbackThe 2nd edition of the Future Classroom Scenarios course, by the European Schoolnet Academy will start on 28 July 2014. The enrollment for the course will open on 20 June. 

1st edition - a resounding success

The 1st edition of the course was unquestionably a huge success: over 80% of respondents to the course evaluation survey rated the course “very good” with another 19% rating it “good”.  “This course has given me new energy and inspiration. I love my job, but every once in a while you need a professional development that gets you reenergized.  So thank you. I also learned [about] many new tools such as Aurasma, Padlet, Tricider etc. that I plan to use in my classroom. I also started to approach my planning process in [the] light of the new ideas from the course”, one of the participants commented.

Completion of the course’s modules was very high, at 90%, while 55% of those who started the course also completed it. Almost 70% of teachers reported having changed their classroom setup since completing the course. Read more about the evaluation of the first course here.

2nd edition starting in July - sign up now!

The Future Classroom Scenarios course aims to introduce teachers, headteachers and ICT coordinators in schools to concepts, tools, and exchanges about the future classroom. The course is designed in response to the increasing challenges faced by educators around the world to accommodate the rising importance of technology in education and the impact this has on teaching and learning. The 2nd edition will start in 28 July.

The course covers six modules which introduce you to key concepts like 21st century skills and allow you to exchange with your peers about your own experiences of trying out new activities and technologies in the classroom. During the course we will also reflect and discuss the role of technology tools in the future classroom and your current teaching and learning environments. A number of tools are introduced which help the process of innovation in the school and classroom but are equally useful for your everyday teaching practices.

Read more and get enrolled here

If you are a science teacher, don't miss out the 2nd edition of another EUN Academy course "Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching" which will re-start on 18 August.

Prototype of iTEC's People & Events directory launched

The People and Events Directory offers a community where teachers and educationalists can find others with similar interests and share knowledge and experiences of using Learning Activities. The platform has been developed within the EC-funded iTEC project and is being tested currently as a prototype. To further develop the directory, the users' are invited to submit their feedback.

Read more about P&E directory here or access it here (login required)
 

 

Interactive local history project - iTEC in Spetalan school, Norway

Pupils at Spetalen School in Norway created an interactive walking trail as part of local history project. The pupils had studied myths and legends associated with their local area, and then created multimedia presentations on their chosen story. The pupils' presentations were then uploaded on the class blog, and a QR code was generated for each individual story. The QR codes were then printed off and left at the various points around the local area where the legends supposedly took place. Pupils were then able to walk the trail, scan the QR codes and view one another’s' presentation at the 'scene of the crime', so to speak.

The project was carried out with iTEC's partner in Norway, the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education. "I think the project is very interesting, the technical set-up was easy, and the students loved it", said Jørund Høie Skaug, who leads the iTEC project in Norway.

 

 

Final iTEC school pilot - 2,500 classrooms reached during four years

Classrooms from 16 countries are taking take part in the fifth and final cycle of the iTEC school pilots which has been underway since the beginning of this year. When the iTEC project was launched in 2010, the goal was to involve 1,000 classrooms across Europe in the pilots. Now, as the project draws towards the end of the piloting phase, it has reached almost 2,500 classrooms.

The last cycle is special also in the way it’s being implemented: the project’s National Pedagogical Coordinators will design Learning Activities tailored specifically to teachers in their country.

One activity that has been developed for teachers in Finland is ‘Ten sticks on a tablet’: children visit a retirement home to learn about the games that were played by children in previous generations, and also engage in exchange by teaching older people how to use and play games on tablet computers.

According to one of the teachers who reviewed the activity, “The concept looks excellent, it is well-described and has lots of potential for innovation, in particular the role given to the students includes good potential for change in student’s attitudes towards learning”.

Further details on the ‘Ten sticks on a tablet’ activity can be found at http://www.itec-sde.com/en/activities/68 (registration is required, but everybody is free to register).

New teacher training courses at the Future Classroom Lab - Apply for funding through ErasmusPlus

Are you looking for courses and workshops for yourself or for your school's teachers? Popular two-day workshops on different topics as well as comprehensive five-day courses will be organised at the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels. The workshops and courses are open to teachers from across Europe, so view here our training programme for 2014:

Five-day courses 2014-2015

  • Programming for the 21st century classroom, 13-17 October 2014
  • Collaboration and innovative learning scenarios, 30 March – 3 April 2015
  • Interactive technologies for the future classroom, 29 June – 3 July 2015
  • Creative use of multimedia, games and tablets in school (no date confirmed)

Two-day workshops 2014

  • Collaborative projects in the future classroom, 14-15 April
  • Creative use of multimedia and games in the classroom, 29-30 April
  • Future Classroom Scenarios, 2-3 June
  • Interactive classroom, Sep/Oct
  • Collaborative projects in the future classroom, October
  • Developing an eSafe classroom, November
  • 1:1 pedagogy and devices, December

Read also about Erasmus+ funding for school staff mobility projects, application deadline 17 March 2014

Classroom of 2025

European Schoolnet spoke to some of the leading thinkers in European education to get their ideas on how develops in society and technology would impact on how we teach and learn.

EMINENT 2013 | Teacher training for the 21st century

How are emerging trends in technology and education impacting on how we train teachers? What needs to be put in place to allow teachers to innovate within their professional development? These were some of the questions discussed and explored at the European Schoolnet’s annual conference, EMINENT, on 4-5 December 2013 in Helsinki, under the theme of ‘Teacher training for the 21st century’. As in previous years, the conference brought together over 130 policymakers, researchers, teachers, and industry providers from across the entire education spectrum. 

The opening address of EMINENT 2013 was delivered by Krista Kiuru, Finnish Minister for Education and Science. The keynote address was delivered by Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, University of London, on the theme of teaching as a design science.

To view all of the conference videos, go to the EMINENT 2013 playlist on Youtube.

 

New Associate Partners join iTEC

As part of its mainstreaming activities, the iTEC project has been entering into new collaborations with educational institutions and organisations around Europe to facilitate the uptake of iTEC Learning Activities and technologies on a wider scale. Four new organisations have joined iTEC as Associate Partners, to share their expertise, and help make the future classroom a reality.

The new Associate Partners are:

  • Applied and Research Group of Education and Technology (ARGET) - Rovira i Virgili University
  • Faculty of Science and Technology – New University of Lisbon
  • PedSmia, a Norwegian education think-tank with a focus on using games and technologies for learning
  • RIKT AS, a Norwegian education and training organisation

 To learn more about the partners involved in the iTEC project, click here.

Aula Innova - looking back on life in the 19th century

When Gloria Huerta decided to implement the iTEC's 'Tell a story' with her students, she wanted to do an inter-disciplinary project, to measure student competences and skills in a number of areas.

For the project, teachers Gloria Huerta, Araceli Catón and José Carlos Sánchez and their Year 8 class decided to create comics which illustrated the differences between life in the 19th and 21st centuries. During the project, students used online tools such as Mindomo and TeamUp, used their audio-visual skills to build narratives, improved their English-language skills, and used the class blog to reflect on their progress. The students also received from feedback from outside experts, including from Marta Herranz Calvo, a past-pupil of the school who has studied History of Art.

The project was carried out with iTEC partners Promethean and Innova&Educación. The class blog is available to view here (Spanish language).

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