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  • 1. Maria Fojk EDULearn09 Conference Barcelona, Spain 7 July 2009 Enancing learning experiences through Web 2.0 technologies FIT Ltd. Experiences from European projects
  • 2. Fast Track into Information Technology Ltd
    • Registered charity funded by the ICT industry and Irish government
    • Dedicated to helping people within disadvantaged communities progress through access to ICT training and subsequent employment
    • Active promoter of IT literacy, digital inclusion and innovation in education
    • Successful track record of management of EU funded projects
    • www.fit.ie
  • 3.
    • Share experience and present findings from four projects that investigate how ICT and Web 2.0 can support lifelong learning experiences of Teachers, Migrants and Senior Citizens
    • All projects are funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission
    Aim of this presentation
  • 4. Background and Context Web 2.0 Education Change New experience Teacher Learner
  • 5.
    • Research reports and EU priorities highlight the new role of teachers in knowledge based and technology-driven society
    • Teachers poor ICT competence, low motivation and lack of confidence in using new technologies are significant determinants of their level of engagement in ICT
    • FIT has initiated 2 projects that develop tools and programmes to support teachers professional development in the use of ICT
    Web 2.0 and Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development
  • 6.
    • The project aims at developing a framework for teachers’ pedagogical ICT competencies and qualifications as a tool for continuous professional development
    • The framework is supported by programmes and tools that help teachers to progress on the ICT competency ladder
    • Web 2.0 online Community of Practice website - a reference point for teachers and a virtual space for learning, sharing experiences and ideas around the pedagogical use of ICT in education – ww.eteachnetwork.eu
    Web 2.0 and Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development
  • 7. News from other sites www.eteachnetwork.eu Discussion forums initiated and run by teachers ICT tutorials Groups for disciplines and themes
  • 8.
    • The project aims to increase the propensity of teachers in the use of ICT in Vocational Education and Training through a programme that delivers competency, instills confidence and builds motivation  eCert in VET Programme
    • Uses social networking as a platform for improving ICT proficiency and competencies of teachers that refers to vocational subjects e.g. hairdressing, catering, etc.  www.etuitionnetwork.eu
    Web 2.0 and Teachers’ ICT proficiency
  • 9.
    • ICT can support migrants as a bridge to access services and learning opportunities
    • MigrantICT project developed a model, programme and tools for adult education providers to attract migrants into education and assist them in integration and progression
    • “ START Progressive Learning in a New Culture” programme
      • embeds ESOL and ICT across all modules
      • promotes the use of Web 2.0 social networks to support communication with family, friends and the tutor
    • Programme very successful but face to face communication with tutors preferred
    Web 2.0 and integration of migrants
  • 10.
    • Aims at addressing the needs of the older population in relation to ICT
    • Developed a methodology to deliver ICT training, programmes and tools for older learners that are cognisant of learning capacity, require no prior knowledge, are delivered in a relaxed, informal and fun environment
    Internet and Email Social Networking Discover the web Seniors Curricula Web 2.0 and digital inclusion of senior citizens
  • 11. Almost 500 members joined English, Bulgarian and Italian My Past My Present websites My Past My Present  learning tool & hosting site for life experiences Social Networking for Senior Citizens
  • 12. “ I am glad to see that we older people are being treated like the young website users.“ Student of My Past My Present Course
    • Big interest in the Social Networking programme across all pilot countries (Ireland, Bulgaria and Italy)
    • Social networking can act as a substitute for the lack of physical contact with peers or family
    • Various learning scenarios for different age groups within the older population
    Social Networking for Senior Citizens – pilot testing results
  • 13. User motivation – members must see benefit of active involvement in the community/network, it must address their needs e.g. for professional development (teachers), for social interaction (migrants and senior citizens) User friendliness – easy navigation and clear structure and layout Moderation – ideally from the peer group e.g. teacher expert in ICT, senior learner or trainer Sustainability – members and their active involvement but there is a role for education providers as well WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGIES CAN BENEFIT MANY BUT DIFFERENT METHODOLOGIES MUST BE APPLIED Challenges around building online communities in education
  • 14. [email_address] Tel: +353 1 8825570 www.fit.ie Thank you for your attention! CONTACT DETAILS