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  • 1. 527399-LLP-1-2012-1-SE-LEONARDO-LMP News article IPON Revalento, march 2014 Innovation in education at IPON Conference in Utrecht On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of March 2014 the IPON fare was held at the Jaarbeurs Conference Centre in Utrecht. In the Netherlands IPON is THE fare and conference on ICT supported innovation in education, covering primary and secondary as well as initial vocational education. At the Conference a large amount of innovations is presented regarding the use of ICT not only in the primary process, but also in class management, administrative and financial management thus covering major areas of Quality Assurance. Presentations address the future profession of the teacher, the use of apps, smartphones, tablets etc. in teaching, the teaching in key qualifications areas like ICT, Literacy and Numeracy, student administration, monitoring etc. etc. The Conference is visited by managers as well as teachers from all over the country, up to an amount of 3500 visitors per day. Revalento has visited the Conference and has promoted the EU project Expanding the Quality in VET, addressing the amount of involvement of teachers in quality initiatives in education. The conference highlights the current innovation focus in NL on teaching Mathematical competences (numeracy), as well as Communication in mother tongue (Writing in NL).
  • 2. 527399-LLP-1-2012-1-SE-LEONARDO-LMP News article IPON Revalento, march 2014 The promotion of these issues is a consequence of the political choice and current dominant thinking regarding the importance of these areas: upgrading language and numeracy skills as the basic and most important knowledge base for all youngsters. Educational innovation and solutions are offered by publishers as well as ICT companies, each one strictly promoting their own learning method. Quality assurance for all the offered training programs is arranged through formal Inspection standards, which are required to be met by all students in an official assessment. For NL the Conference demonstrates the way how innovation forces are posed on Education. A political choice has been made for a refocus of all education, the Inspection translates this choice into criteria, and the educational institutes need to meet the new criteria, although they themselves often are not happy with the choices made and the way they are imposed.Options offered are governed by commercial interests of publishers and ICT companies. And in many cases education does not feel ownership of the problem as well as of the solution.