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In this section you can read about other projects whose work is supporting iTEC and vice versa.
CPDLab - Continuing Professional Development Lab
This two-year project, supported by the Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, commenced in October 2011. Its aim is to improve the quality of ICT-related Continuing Professional Development available to teachers, school leaders and other school staff and help schools become effective learning environments by offering a portfolio of training courses directly related to the needs of teachers in the future classroom. The project is coordinated by European Schoolnet,
In particular, the project will design, test and disseminate three, five-day CPD courses that support:
Each five-day course developed in the project will be delivered in the new Future Classroom Lab.
Support and CPD being provided to national coordinators and teachers in iTEC is primarily carried out using online tools. The CPDLab project will make it possible to develop a suite of iTEC modules and training materials that can be delivered face-to-face within a reconfigurable physical space that contains all the technology that is needed to deliver any iTEC scenario. The aim is that these face-to-face courses can also be localised and adapted for use at national and local level by iTEC Ministries of Education and other partners.
Future Classroom Lab
The initial response to project dissemination activities from Ministries of Education, regional education authorities and ICT vendors indicates that iTEC has the potential to become a more permanent ‘Living Lab’ or ‘Ideas’ Lab’, a platform that enables key stakeholders to rethink teaching and learning in 21st century classrooms.
The Future Classroom Lab, a European Schoolnet initiative, consists of a room designed as an interactive classroom to illustrate how a traditional classroom setting can use technology to enhance interactivity and student participation, plus a large reconfigurable open space (divided into five learning ‘zones’) equipped with technology. In particular, the Future Classroom Lab will be used as an environment to:
One of the first companies to support the Future Classroom Lab is RM Education, a leading provider of ICT software, infrastructure and services in the UK which has set up the REAL (Rethinking Education and Learning) Centre at its headquarters in Abingdon.
iTILT (itilt.eu) stands for Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching, and is a European project which aims to promote best practice in communicative language teaching using interactive whiteboards. Interactive whiteboards may look like normal whiteboards, but they can facilitate the integration of new media in the classroom, enhance learner engagement, support new electronic literacies and meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles.
iTILT is developing training materials for teachers specifically around the use of interactive technologies to support language education. iTILT's work feeds into the CPDLab training programmes and this will potentially support the teacher training aspects of iTEC in support of the implementation of innovative scenarios using these technologies. Moreover, the learning and teaching activities described by the iTILT project will feed into the iTEC scenario development process. The projects are also planning a collaboration on the piloting of iTILT implementation in schools and iTEC scenarios.