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VIsion, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality for all (VISIR) ...

VIsion, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality for all (VISIR)

The aim of the VISIR network is to contribute to the full exploitation of the potential of ICT to transform and innovate European lifelong learning and to equip European citizens with digital competencies and other key transversal competencies for life and employability in Europe.The project will analyse the existing trends on ICT for learning in Europe and draft a long term vision on the contribution of ICT for transforming education and training systems and catalogue successful ICT-for-learning micro-innovation practices. It will facilitate exchange of ideas and concerns around these practices through the organisation of six transnational seminars connected to major conferences focusing on specific “sectors in change” of ICT-for-learning and through a web2.0 “online showcase”. The project also aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of these practices both towards E&T policy makers and towards learning communities and provide research-grounded recommendations for policy making and for innovative practices large scale scalability and transferability.

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  • the MENON Network the European Association for Adult Learning (EADL) the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) the European Interest Group on Creativity and Innovation (EICI) The European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) K.U. Leuven
  • Apps for Good is the brainchild of non-profit organisation CDI Europe (part of the CDI global network – CDI was founded with the vision to empower young people to use technology to change the world- ), in partnership with Dell and supported by people and businesses in the tech and creative world including O2, ThomsonReuters and Ogilvy. Apps for Good develops talented and employable young people in an industry with plenty of room for creativity, prosperity and employment. Apps for Good aims to: • Ignite a passion for technology and social enterprise in young people in the UK; • Encourage young people to use technology to tackle problems for social good; • Increase the entrepreneurial skills and confidence of young people; • Bridge the gap between young people and the business networks and knowledge that can help them; • Build a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to solve problems and succeed through the wonders of mobile technology; During the Apps for Good course, students go through a kind of entrepreneurial process whereby they identify what is wrong with their world before designing a way of fixing it with a mobile app. We combine a broad range of areas in the course, giving young people a foundation in entrepreneurship, community involvement, problem-solving and team work, as well as design and some technical skills. - See more at: http://visir-network.eu/innovations/apps-for-good/#sthash.SLUFvgCR.dpuf
  • Imagine a school where students are committed to reduce pollution… how comes? The sentinel is a real energy saving system which puts students in control. The sentinel is a monitoring system for gas, electricity and water, specifically designed for schools. It combines an innovative real-time reading of meters with an exciting training program for professors and students. Because a building can be ancient or modern, efficient or wasteful, primitive or hi-tech. But it is mainly frequented by PEOPLE. And their habits matter a lot. Especially if they are boys and girls, energy consumers of tomorrow. Sensors are based on an Arduino/Raspeberry-like motherboard. They can recognize a led blink (typical of many electricity meters) but can also “read” a mechanical meter (mainly used for gas and water) by means of a camera and an OCR system. They communicate via a dedicated SIM, so they don’t need access to the building LAN or wi-fi. Real-time data acquisition allows interactive session with students. Lights, heating, air conditioning systems can be turned on/off for few minutes at programmed time during the lesson, so students can immediately see the consumption curve changing. Data are visualized via web without any specific software (any internet browser is ok) thus reducing costs and increasing the chance of diffusion (visualization at home or via mobile devices). An Educational kit is provided, tailored on students’ age and level. The Educational kit is composed of 3 parts: Facts About Energy, Energy in My School, Let’s Save Energy!. The last one is achieved by a gaming approach that will engage different schools via social networks, and communication material like stickers, flyers (see video). Finally, data collected allow to detect major energy waste, micro-manage the energy use during the day (if possible) and choose the best (cheapest) energy tariff plan for the school. - See more at: http://visir-network.eu/innovations/the-sentinel/#sthash.sPPHMusS.dpuf
  • The project, run in the framework of the Italian Ministry of Education CL@SSI 2.0 plan, deals with students producing audio/video podcast that describes the city of Asti. Students, by the slogan of “Know, live and tell your own city”, run a number of activities: • Production of audio and video podcasts related to geographical, historical, artistic, environmental and cultural aspects of the city; • Usage of the developed products to promote tourism • Dissemination of the products via “guidance totems” placed in strategic points of the city At the core of the project lied the observation of regular and casual use but often not really conscious of the technological tools by young people. The project aims to promote a strong learning culture able to foster the use of multimedia languages and communication technologies in school activities, with a critical and proactive attitude. The core idea is to integrate traditional knowledge transmission in classroom settings with new practices of shared collaboration and networking, going beyond the usual teaching activity, and to start a process of cultural mediation able to catch every learning occasion (formal and informal) putting young people at the centre main character of the learning process through the development of today required competences. - See more at: http://visir-network.eu/innovations/podcasting/#sthash.cM4p0Ni8.dpuf
  • In the context of biology, a module had to be developed that could be used any time, anywhere and in particular in the school’s wetlands. Books were not an option, because books become dirty, the correct page will not lie open and they’re heavy. By working with Augmented Reality the right information is at the right spot within reach and easily retrievable. The student learns a lot by reading websites, a wiki supplement and viewing photographs, film material and animation. This material will also enable the student with more than just words and help in making practical assignments for hand in their learning platform. Using Layar technology the students are able to get all the different content (i.a. Wiki, photo, animation) they need and hand in assignments digitally in their learning platform. This all by just using a tablet. The students work with Layars, tablets, a wiki and QR tags. This means that the students don’t need books / materials outside and yet have all the information at hand. The learning effects are far greater, because the students can learn ‘on the place’ and are not attached to a classroom.Moreover, the learning module is about the two wetlands that are placed in the garden of the school. But the initiative can be easily used to develop other learning modules; the teachers are trained and the platform and guidance documents are available.- See more at: http://visir-network.eu/innovations/ecologically-intelligent/#sthash.xOJiAZRa.dpuf
  • The aim of the project is to develop an online revision video to take students through the course in a 15 minute session giving them a tool through which they can identify the buzzwords and key points of a topic or module in preparation for the examination.Students use a variety of techniques through which to prepare for examination. The usual route in preparing for an exam is to read over and over the slides / notes for a module. This method ignores the valuable gains in learning via listening to material again and visually absorbing material through video. This tool aims to fill the gap.The video was developed using Camtasia screen capture and by highlighting the slides from the module across the whole semester in a shorter form.the idea was to produce a crisp clear audio and video product but without the visual lecturer / tutor. This could be improved upon by using a laptop with camera to include the lecturer enabling a more animated communication with the students if necessary.

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  • TechnologyEnhanced Micro-Innovations in European Education Presenter Berlin Online EducaName 2013 Event Name
  • VISIR addresses three main gaps “Understanding gap” the theories of changes and the intervention logics utilised in the different LLL sectors must be analysed and coherently integrated in some common scenarios and recommendations for change targeted both to policy and practice “Networking gap” flows of information among ICT-for-learning experts and practitioners from different fields and across European Members states must be made smoother and must be based on recognized “good practices which work” “Mainstreaming gap” the micro-innovation practices that exist around Europe must be made visible as ways to mainstream a meaningful bottom-up use of ICT for learning and must be the basis on which future scenarios and visions of European ICT for learning are built and discussed www.visir-network.eu
  • VISIR: activities and impacts Collection, analysis and assessment of 100 micro-innovation practices (open web showcase) www.visir-network.eu New vision on ICT in education Seven workshops Desk research and experts validation Four stakeholders consultations Better networking on meaningful ideas Network of grassroots innovators Influence policy and foster change at system level
  • Who is behind VISIR • • • • • • • • the MENON Network the European Association for Adult Learning (EADL) the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) the European Interest Group on Creativity and Innovation (EICI) The European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) K.U. Leuven www.visir-network.eu
  • Looking at education today: Incentive to change Limits of Current Approach Availability of tools Vision of a Better future DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION www.visir-network.eu
  • Micro-Innovations implementation scope micro due to size of idea-generator degree of actual change not due to impact potential www.visir-network.eu
  • Micro-innovations database • 120 collected cases • Reflecting 25+ trends • Top 20 cases selected www.visir-network.eu
  • Five examples of VISIR Section micro-innovation Heading practices Micro-Innovations
  • Apps for Good Apps for Good http://goo.gl/ZxtmV Learn App Programming help change the world Innovative for: learning by doing, student motivation www.visir-network.eu Innovator: Iris Lapinski Place: United Kingdom Type: Public Private Partnership
  • The Sentinel The Sentinel http://goo.gl/jZEvc Teach Energy Saving by putting students in control of their school Innovative for: learning by doing, student motivation, use of technologies & visualisation, school governance models www.visir-network.eu Innovator: Paolo Ferri Place: Reggio Calabria, Italy Type: Private Initiative
  • Podcasting – vivere la citta’ Podcasting http://goo.gl/FhifV Teach History & Geography by turning students into virtual tour guides Innovative for: learning by doing, student motivation, student-centred learning www.visir-network.eu Innovator: Cinzia Chelo Place: Asti, Italy Type: Private Initiative
  • Ecologically Intelligent Podcasting http://goo.gl/BAxH4 Teach Biology On-Site Through the use of augmented reality technologies Innovative for: learning by doing, full-immersion learning, augmented reality www.visir-network.eu Innovator: Yvette van den Bersselaar Place: Espoo, Finland Type: Public-Private Partnership
  • QUB Exam Revision QUB Exam Revision http://goo.gl/jr8TS Exam Revision by creating a video-summary of the course Innovative for: Student-centred learning, new pedagogies www.visir-network.eu Innovator: Colin O’Hare Place: Queens University Belfast, Ireland Type: Public-Private Initiative
  • Section emerging Some Heading observations
  • Observation 1 Innovators are not replicating current approaches www.visir-network.eu
  • Observation 2 Innovators are prizing interactive approaches www.visir-network.eu
  • Observation 3 Technology works as an enabler… it is a www.visir-network.eu means to an end
  • Observation 4 Public-Private Partnerships encourage innovation www.visir-network.eu
  • Observation 5 Many innovations arise from integration www.visir-network.eu
  • Observation 6 The lone inventor is alive and well www.visir-network.eu
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  • Thank-you for your attention Questions? Fabio Nascimbeni (fabio.nascimbeni@menon.org) Presenter Berlin Online EducaName 2013 Event Name