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Enlarging AEC-NET’s scope:partnership and school networks in Europe Enlarging AEC-NET’s scope: partnership and school networks in Europe Presentation Transcript

  • Enlarging AEC-NET’s scope: partnership and school networks in Europe Alexa Joyce Communications & Development Manager European Schoolnet
  • Today’s presentation
    • About European Schoolnet, its objectives and networks
    • Short history of school cooperation in Europe
    • New challenge: web 2.0
    • Zoom in: eTwinning
    • Next steps
    • About European Schoolnet
    Dedicated to Support schools in bringing about the best use of technology in learning Promote the European dimension in schools and education Improve and raise the quality of education in Europe Network of 31 Ministries of Education in EU and neighbouring countries A successful partnership cooperating on school issues for over 10 years
  • Specific objectives Contributes to development of technology-enhanced learning in schools Disseminates good practice and investigates new models for schooling and learning Provides services, content and tools based on ICT to members and partner networks Offers pedagogical and information services with European added value to schools in Europe Supports professional development of teachers Fosters and supports collaboration and cooperation among schools in Europe
  • Ministries of Education IT Industry and Suppliers European Commission Schools Experts Policy makers Researchers Developers School Leaders Teachers, Pupils European Schoolnet Stakeholders Target groups
  • Our Activities Innovation and exchange on ICT policies and practice School networking and services Interoperability and content exchange
  • Teachtoday.eu campaign on emerging technology eSkills career portal eLearning Awards Futurenergia campaign on energy Xperimania campaign on chemistry
  • International education networks
    • EU cooperation & citizenship
    • eTwinning
    • Spring Day
    • Global issues
    • DYP
    • GENIE
    • eSafety
    • Teachtoday
    • Insafe
    • Competitions & campaigns
    • eLearning Awards
    • Euro
    • MST actions
    • eSkills
    • Xplora
    eTwinning is the largest network: over 50, 000 schools registered!
  • Short history of school cooperation in Europe
    • Schools cooperating internationally for long time, especially in languages. Some global projects like i*EARN since 1988
    • Perhaps even started as long ago as the 16 th century …
    • But the 90s brought a big change: the birth of the internet and ICT
    • Suddenly cheaper and easier to cooperate
    • Mid-90s:
      • Comenius launched by European Commission
      • Nordic countries established ODIN at same time
      • Web for Schools initiative
    • European Schoolnet set up shortly after including:
      • Virtual School, Comenius Space
      • Communities + partner finding tools
      • Other projects for school heads, eSafety, etc.
    Short history of school cooperation in Europe
    • AEC-NET established in 1998
    • 2000s:
      • Launch of the eTwinning initiative – skepticism at first…
      • Establishment of ESP-net (but active since 1998)
      • Launch of Global Gateway
      • Industry + private sector initiatives too
    Short history of school cooperation in Europe
  • Now many initiatives in Europe
  • … and beyond
  • Why so many?
    • Proven benefits for schools:
      • L anguage learning + intercultural knowledge
      • Motivation for subjects studied
      • Authentic learning contexts
      • Evolution of pedagogy towards more student-centred model (constructivism, computer-supported collaborative learning)
      • Improved ICT skills, ICT embedded in individual subjects rather than standalone
      • Impact on motivation of students and teachers
      • Whole school involvement + community (parents)
    International school cooperation – despite obstacles of culture, curriculum, etc. – Is enriching and most of all FUN!
  • Zoom in: eTwinning
    • Officially launched by the European Commission as part of the eLearning programme on 14 Jan 2005
    • Promotes school partnerships in Europe
      • European Schoolnet is Central Support service
      • National Ministries of Education or affiliated agencies are National Support Services
    • Aim was to have 30,000 twinned schools by 2007
  • eTwinning back in 2005
    • The eTwinning Portal was designed to create, manage and run projects.
    • The only incentive for teachers was recognition, visibility and free tools and support
    • Training and partnership-finding workshops were organised, plus annual conference
    • More than 50 000 members from 43 000 schools have registered
    • More than 10 000 projects have been registered (more than 4000 active)
    • More than 100 000 pupils have been invited to TwinSpaces
    • More than half a million messages have been exchanged on the Desktop
    eTwinning was launched in 2005.. And since then..
  • eTwinning was launched in 2005.. And since then..
    • More than 1500 message have been posted on the forum each month
    • More than 8000 members have been using the Desktop every day
    • More than 200 000 files have been shared in TwinSpaces
  • Increasing level of participation
  • eTwinning in a teacher’s words…
    • Watch the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFxHV3XEWjk
  • But we found a challenge…
    • Many teachers and schools were registering without joining an eTwinning project.
    • So why were they registering?
  • .. work in registered projects .. are looking for a partner … found a partner but did not register the project (yet) … registered to find partners for other Comenius actions … are waiting for the right moment and looking for inspiration Schools…
  • And then another challenge…
    • ICT tools and approaches themselves had evolved…
    • The web had changed
    • Children were already cooperating and communicating online everyday through MSN, MySpace, Facebook – and school had to catch up!
  • Web 2.0 Watch the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g
  • So we rethought eTwinning - under the surface many good things were happening. Comenius Partnerships informal collaboration Peer learning Shaing of resources And ideas Community building eTwinning Projects eTwinning went Beyond projects
  • Many things were happening In eTwinning.. … also outside the eTwinning Portal Comenius Partnerships informal collaboration Peer learning Shaing of resources And ideas
  • eTwinning has evolved
    • Critical Mass
    • Beyond Projects
    • Activities outside the Portal
    eTwinning becomes social
  • New eTwinning Portal
    • More focus on user generated content
      • Members Profiles
      • Schools Profiles
      • Projects Profiles
      • TwinBlog
  • Members and Schools Profiles
  • Projects Profiles
  • eTwinning is opening up to AEC-NET
    • European Schoolnet signed an MoU with ASEF
    • We analysed how cooperation could take place – based on the Medtwinning example – to run a pilot
    • AEC-NET projects can register on eTwinning as long as have 2 EU schools
  • Beyond eTwinning
    • European Schoolnet has two new projects planned for 2009, and Asian and EU schools are both going to be invited:
      • E nvironmental community of practice for teachers
      • Cooperation with Cisco Networking Academy network
  • Thanks for your kind attention.
    • We will be glad to have closer cooperation in 2009!
    • Contact: [email_address]
    • Our websites: www.eun.org , www.europeanschoolnet.org , www.etwinning.net
    • My blog: http://elearning-global.blogspot.com - there you can download this presentation and the background paper on the topic.