Session 2: The iTEC project and the classroom of the future

1. Will Ellis, iTEC Project Manager, iTEC update – the first project scenarios now being validated in classes across Europe

Presentation:   ITEC update

The core of iTec’s project are the learning and teaching scenarios . Will Ellis presented the future class room and challenged the audience to visualise how does the future classroom looks ?

“As for the future your task is not to foresee  but to enable it”

Will Ellis presented the  iTec project and the projct’s life cycle. The iTec project aims to identify good practices, trends in culture,  trends in education and what’s the new and emerging technology. The iTec project combines all these elements.

A video of a typical learning scenario was presented also available through the following link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLeIqa8h4eo
For more information on the iTec classroom scenarios visit the iTec website:  http://itec.eun.org

2. Patricia Wastiau, Senior Adviser – Research and Studies, European Schoolnet, What we know from research about innovation process

Presentation: What we know from research about innovation process

In her presentation Patricia Wastiau highlighted that there are several  definitions on innovation in education.

Patricia Wastiau  emphasised that innovation in the daily school reality is about the following 4 elements:

  • Energy,
  • Trust,
  • Empowerment; and
  • Skills.

Innovation is a process and thus has several definitions, however all definitions point to one key factor “ADAPTABILITY”.

The three gaps of innovation in education:
1. Policy gap
2. Identification gap
3. Evidence gap

Food for thought:
– Is scaling up the right challenge to look into?
– What is transferable?

The overall all message of this presentation highlighted the need for “a change in attitude and values…at all levels”.

3. Responses from a panel

a. Bálint Magyar, member of the Governing Board, European Institute of Technology

Presentation by:Balint Magyar

In his presentation Bálint Magyar,  focused on the challenges of best practice and that the challenge is on the ” prediction of the spreading” of best practices.
The following three elements need to be addressed for the spreading of best practices :

  1. Institutional ( paper based content vs digital content)
  2. Financial (the different financial cycles of amortisation in education) and
  3. Pedagogical.

b. Øysten Johannessen, Chief Strategy Officer Cerpus AS

Presentation by: Oystein Johannessen

During the presentation Øysten Johannessen  focused on the 2011 Horizon  Report K-12, a publication entitled “Inspired by technology, Driven by pedagogy” and the 6 elements that were concluded from this publication. Furthermore, Øysten Johannessen presented a project entitled NDLA, more information on the project  is available through the following link: http://ndla.no/

Øysten Johannessen  conceded his presentation by presenting  several ways on how to addressing the policy gap, scenario deployment and the challenge of budgetary issues.

c. Richard Galvin, Director of the European school Brussels II

Presentation by:Richard Galvin

Richard Galvin,  presented practical ways on how to mainstream the scenarios in all classrooms and how to engage our digital natives.

The key note message delivered by Richard Galvin focused on “Putting the focus on the teacher having the knowledge, skills, creativity and confidence to select and blendfrom a range of classroom teaching and learning technologies, appropriate for the learning event being created, is essential”

4. Lieve Van den Brande, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Education and Cuture – Creative Classrooms in an innovative Europe – A new European initiative

Presentation: Creative Classrooms for an Innovative Europe

Lieve Van den Brande  highlighted in her presentation that a lot is happening in terms of  use of ICT in schools and that the next challenge is to address the systemic integration and mainstreaming in formal education and the link between formal and informal education.

Lieve Van den Brande  highlighted that the Objectives linked to Europe 2020 & ET2020 are:

  • e-literacy for all – digital competence
  •  ICT enhancing innovation of E&T

Leading to creative classrooms.

Furthermore Lieve Van den Brande, concluded that the overall objective is to Support to Member States to integrate/mainstream ICT use in educational policies and practices.

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