Newsletter Nº8 - February 2015
Future Classroom Toolkit - Supporting schools change management process
The Future Classroom Toolkit provides a range of guidance materials, ICT tools and other resources to guide schools through a complete change management process. This methodology ensures that the deployment of ICT in schools is informed by a reliable vision of the future classroom and that users make effective use of ICT to support advanced pedagogical approaches. The toolkit was developed within the pan-European iTEC project which piloted and evaluated its Learning Scenario and Activity methodologies in over 2,500 classrooms in 19 countries. Read more here
Interview: Learning environment design for future classrooms
Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, Director of Education Environments at Steelcase Inc., talks about design resolutions that empower learning. See the interview to find out how evidenced-based design methodologies and knowledge of how we learn can be used to create better learning environments. See the interview here
Tablets, computing, creative thinking... Which online course will you join in?
New online European Schoolnet Academy courses will be available for teachers in 2015. The upcoming courses include topics like Using Tablets in Schools, Teaching computing in primary schools, and Teaching Creative Thinking. The courses are free-of-charge and open to all those interested. More information on the European Schoolnet Academy website.
New partners joining the Future Classroom Lab
Within the past months many new industry partners have joined the Future Classroom Lab. With their innovative solutions and expertise, these companies allow European Schoolnet to further extend their outreach to teachers, educational institutions and other relevant stakeholders. The latest partners to join the Future Classroom Lab include Texas Instruments, Steelcase, Polycom, Vernier, Sensavis, Ricoh, HP and Google for Education. For more information on the FCL partners please visit our website
Living Schools Lab final results
With the participation of 15 partners, including 12 education ministries, the two-year Living Schools Lab project developed a strategy for mainstreaming whole-school approach ICT use, based on ‘connected’ schools with various levels of technological proficiency scaling up best practices in the use of ICT.
The main LSL results include:
Find all the Living Schools Lab results and materials here
- Sharing best practice - Over 70 good practice videos by LSL schools and articles giving a more in-depth insight in some of the network's schools.
- Observations visits - Sharing the methodology used and insights from the observation visits, revealing snapshots and profiles how 'connected schools' are working in 12 countries including the Observation Blog, Link Observation Visits report, and the country case studies.
- Professional Development - A library of over 30 short, online learning events for teachers and schools called 'Learning Snacks' and a Collaborative Schools Professional Development course.
- Validation service for school pilots - Validation Manual for EC projects, companies and organisations interested in running validations in schools in Europe and information on the Future Classroom Lab Validation Service.
Creative Classrooms Lab on the home straight
The Creative Classrooms Lab project will come to its close in spring 2015. Therefore, some very interesting events are coming up: An open online course on 1:1 learning with tablets
will be available through the European Schoolnet Academy
; the project’s final conference
will be held in Brussels on 25 March, and the final evaluation report and other publications
will be available soon. Stay tuned!
How often are students engaged in collaborative work in the classroom?
The recent EUN Briefing Papers looks into the questions around technology-enhanced collaborative learning, with a special focus on the Creative Classrooms Lab project. To what extent are students in Europe engaged in group work? How is the use of computers linked to it? And what are the opinions of education stakeholders towards the role of ICT in students’ collaboration? Results from the Survey of School: ICT in Education can help us answering some of these questions. Read more here
New scenarios for the CCL teachers
Since October 2014, CCL teachers base their experimentations with tablets on three scenarios: Liberating Learners - independent learners (Lithuania, Portugal and the UK), school-to-school collaboration (Belgium and the Czech Republic), and collaboration & assessment (Austria, Italy and Slovenia). All three topics deepen aspects of year 1 scenarios that CCL policy makers found particularly relevant. The two new collaboration scenarios focus on particular aspects: how to assess collaborative work and how different schools can collaborative. Read more here
Interview: What changes are necessary to enable innovative teaching with tablets?
Policy-makers involved in the CCL project talk about changes necessary to enable innovative teaching with tablets, based on the experiences during the first round of CCL tablet pilots. See the interviews here
Find more events here
- FCL/Scientix workshop: Science Projects in the Future Classroom Lab, 21-22 Feb 2015, Brussels
- FCL Ambassador workshop, 23-24 March 2015, Brussels
- Creative Classrooms Lab Final Conference, 25 March 2015, Brussels
- FCL workshop: 1:1 pedagogy and devices, 26-27 March 2015, Brussels
- FCL course: Collaboration and learning scenarios, 30 March - 3 April, Brussels
The Future Classroom Lab in Brussels is a fully equipped, reconfigurable, teaching and learning space developed by European Schoolnet, its 30 supporting Ministries of Education and leading educational technology providers. To know more, please see our website at http://fcl.eun.org
Creative Classrooms Lab (2013-2015) projecs is funded with support from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
For more information visit our websites: CPDLab http://cpdlab.eun.org; Creative Classrooms Lab http://creative.eun.org
The iTEC (2010-2014) and Living Schools Lab (2012-2014) projects is funded with support from the European Commission’s FP7 Programme. For more information visit our website at http://lsl.eun.org.
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