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iTEC Newsletter N°11 - September 2013    

Mainstreaming iTEC – October 10-11, Brussels

This year witnessed the iTEC project passing a significant milestone: the project has now been piloted in over 2,000 classrooms. As the project approaches the final cycle of the pilot stage, iTEC is moving towards the next stage for the project: mainstreaming iTEC’s innovative practices across education systems as a whole.
 
This October, European Schoolnet, the network of European Ministries of Education that is coordinating the iTEC project, will host the ‘Every Classroom a Future Classroom’ event in Brussels. The event will host representatives from each stage of the education process, and will focus on developing strategies to mainstream iTEC’s innovate practices and pedagogical tools across Europe. Representatives from Ministries of Education, academia, and education technology providers will come together to discuss how best to integrate iTEC’s Learning Activities into national curricula, and how to make future classroom scenarios a reality.
 
To learn more about this event, and how iTEC is working towards making the future classroom a reality, click here.

Evaluating the impact of the iTEC project

When piloting an education project like iTEC, it is important that we can measure the real impact that the project is having in classrooms; project stakeholders want to know that the outcomes of the pilots are effective, measurable, and scalable.

The ‘Evidence of the impact of iTEC on learning and teaching’, carried out by project partner Manchester Metropolitan University, found that both teachers and pupils responded overwhelmingly positively to the introduction of iTEC Learning Activities to their teaching and learning. Over 80% of teachers agreed that the pilot enabled pupils to engage in active and independent learning, and 89% responded that students found new ways to express their ideas.

To learn more, click here.

Exploring Future Classroom Scenarios


At the end of August, the iTEC project hosted workshop on Learning Activities for the future classroom. Teachers from 13 countries across Europe came to the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels to collaborate on creating future classroom scenarios. The teachers worked in groups to produce innovative classroom activities using methods such as the flipped classroom, bring your own device, and environmental learning. 

Click here to learn more.

Promoting iTEC outputs with the help of Associate Partners

In recent months, the iTEC project has begun to develop new strategies to mainstream the project’s Learning Activities and educational tools across Europe, in order to maximise the number of pupils benefiting from the project. One element of the project’s upscaling phase is increasing the number of education authorities and institutions joining the project as Associate Partners.
 
The most recent organisations to join the project are Galicia’s Department of Education, Culture and Universities, Tallinn University, Innova & Educación (a Spanish technology training provider), London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid.
 
To learn more about joining the iTEC project as an Associate Partner, click here.

New iTEC teacher stories: creating HTML5 learning games

When Jan Lindsø began to use iTEC Learning Activities with his pupils, they decided to create educational games in HTML5. Jan’s pupils designed games that tested users’ maths, English-language, and ICT skills.

To view Jan’s presentation on this classroom activity, and read other teacher stories, click here.
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iTEC (Designing the future classroom) is co-ordinated by European Schoolnet and co-funded by the European Commission's FP7 Programme. The content of this newsletter is the sole responsibility of the consortium members and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission and the Commission is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained herein.