The eMature School in Europe Alexa Joyce Development Manager KERIS Annual Symposium
<ul><li>Today’s presentation </li></ul>1. European Schoolnet: role and approach 2. The impact of ICT in education 3. Aiming for eMaturity: Schools, systems, teaching & learning 4. Examples from around Europe
<ul><li>What is European Schoolnet (EUN)? </li></ul>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 28 Ministries of Education in Europe
<ul><li>Our stakeholders and target groups </li></ul>Ministries of Education IT Industry and Suppliers European Commission Schools Experts Policy makers Researchers Developers School Leaders Teachers, Pupils European Schoolnet Stakeholders Target groups
Three strands of activity EUN Activities Knowledge building and Exchange on ICT policies and practice School networking and services Interoperability and content exchange
EUN Activities ICT policies and practice Peer Learning ICT Cluster eTwinning School Innovation Internet Safety School Validation … Xplora Xperimania School networking and services Spring Day Development Youth Prize eLearning Awards Insight Portal PIC LIFE TRIANGLE … Interoperability and content exchange LRE MELT CALIBRATE Range of projects and services
<ul><li>EUN adviser to ICT Cluster set up by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) </li></ul><ul><li>September 2005 - December 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>EUN carried out meta-analysis of 17 recent impact studies </li></ul><ul><li>Large scale impact studies (eLearning Nordic, Impact 2) </li></ul><ul><li>National evaluations of ICT initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Inspection/ ICT monitor reports </li></ul><ul><li>Large and small scale technology interventions </li></ul><ul><li>National research reviews </li></ul><ul><li>International and European comparisons (OECD, Benchmarking survey) </li></ul><ul><li>European case studies </li></ul>ICT Impact study
<ul><li>Key areas of ICT Impact </li></ul>Impact on learning and learning outcomes Impact on pedagogy Impact on pupils engaged in the teaching and learning process and their achievements Impact on teachers in terms of their own practice and career development.
Impact on learners and learning outcomes The impact is generally positive, although much of the evidence conflicts in terms of exactly what the outcome is and in which subject. <ul><li>Improves attainment levels of school children in native language (above all), Science, Design and technology at age 7-16, particularly in primary schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive association between the length of time of ICT use and students’ performance in mathematics tests . </li></ul><ul><li>Schools with higher levels of e-maturity demonstrate a more rapid increase in performance scores; </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils, teachers and parents consider that ICT has a positive impact on pupils’ learning. </li></ul>
<ul><li>90% of teachers in the EU use ICT to prepare their lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers use ICT to plan lessons more efficiently due to a more collaborative approach with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Exploitation of Information Management systems leads to more formalised planning </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband is a major factor in increasing collaboration between teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive whiteboards make a difference to classroom interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers report an improved student-teacher relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Highest impact with experienced users (project-oriented, collaborative and experimental way) </li></ul>Impact of ICT on pedagogy ICT helps teachers to plan and execute lessons effectively
<ul><li>“ when organisations make strategic and effective use of ICT to improve educational outcomes.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Other countries, depending on their policy goals for education, might have different focus e.g. on improved learning and teaching processes or the acquisition of a variety of “new” skills and competences enabled through adequate and strategic use of ICT.” </li></ul>What is eMaturity? Becta definition
Relationships in the eMature educational system <ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning process </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Multi-stakeholder partnerships: no single agency has all the answers about ICT in education. Partnerships are needed between government agencies, Ministries, schools, the private sector and other relevant bodies. </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of infrastructure and networking opportunities for schools and teachers: the education system needs to ensure that there are appropriate infrastructure, resources, training and networking opportunities available for schools and teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Core values : a set of core values are needed to ensure guiding principles are implemented throughout programmes and initiatives. </li></ul>General features of an eMature education system
<ul><li>Learner-centred: address the learner at his/her stage of development, and facilitate personalised approaches. Integrate informally-acquired skills; </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive and egalitarian : enable eParticipation to diminish the discrepancy between high and low eMaturity schools. Offers eLearning for all type of learners (special needs, talented, students from socio economic deprived regions); </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive to societal needs and promoting active citizenship: reflects the needs of society as and encourages active citizenship; </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility in terms of access and location that allows for variety of settings and access methods. </li></ul>Core values of an eMature education system Values underpinning the system should guide policy-makers in making appropriate operational decisions.
<ul><li>Policy Innovation Committee: group of key decision makers in ICT in education from across Europe, to share, exchange and discuss policy approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Annual conference : EMINENT conference every year brings together Ministries of Education, EU-level government and industry partners to focus on issues of key importance </li></ul><ul><li>Insight portal ( http://insight.eun.org ) : publishes policy examples, country case studies and special issue papers on topics relating to ICT in education. </li></ul>Facilitating an eMature system European Schoolnet offers services for Ministries of Education and other agencies to help head towards an eMature system.
<ul><li>Leadership: have a clear vision and strategy deployed in approaching ICT; </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure and resources : have appropriate ICT-based resources and support mechanisms to ensure their proper use; </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum planning: meet (or exceed) national/international standards in curriculum planning using ICT, and has a coherent and innovative approach; </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance and improvement: demonstrate clear planning and review procedures, with a mechanism for ongoing improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative use: use ICT to identify issues impacting learning and teaching and to support communication with school stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogical use: eMature schools use ICT to improve standards of teaching and learning: increasing learner achievement, attainment and motivation; </li></ul>Indicators of an eMature school Based on the results of European Schoolnet P2P project
<ul><li>Developing pupils’ ICT capabilities: stimulate pupils to develop their ICT skills, cover the core ICT curriculum, ensure balance in the kind of learning activities provided; </li></ul><ul><li>Use ICT to enhance teaching: ensure ICT is used across subjects, in a variety of modalities, based on networks; support teacher-pupil communication and increase exposure to authentic learning experiences via ICT and personalise the learning experience; </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching staff competence and eConfidence: display reflective practice based on use of ICT devices, connectivity, creation and sharing of materials; select a variety of appropriate pedagogies and technical tools. </li></ul>eMature Teaching and Learning The eMature Teacher
<ul><li>Development of ICT skills: show continuous improvement of their ICT skills, with reflective, eConfident behaviour; select appropriate ICT tools and resources to complete their tasks and projects. Demonstrate awareness of safety and copyright issues, know how to use devices, and obtain, share and edit digital resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancement of learning: use ICT to work in teams, and share knowledge with others, and for independent learning. Work at a fast pace due to efficiency gains of using ICT effectively, and demonstrate creativity. Demonstrate their learning outcomes to others using ICT and communicate with a wider learning community both in and outside of the school. </li></ul>eMature Teaching and Learning The eMature Learner
<ul><li>Project focused innovative school activities based on ICT: eTwinning across all subjects, specific school subjects e.g. science via Xperimania </li></ul><ul><li>Training workshops : organised through a variety of projects such as eTwinning (general topics), Insafe (eSafety), Xplora (science). </li></ul><ul><li>Practice examples and guides: published via a variety of projects such as eTwinning, Insight, European School Leadership Network </li></ul><ul><li>Digital learning resources: access to a huge network of repositories offering open and free content via the Learning Resource Exchange. </li></ul>Supporting schools in becoming eMature European Schoolnet offers a range of services for schools to help in this process.
Examples Cases of innovation in ICT in education, which demonstrate the impact of ICT and illustrate approaches to eMaturity. <ul><li>Initiative to rebuild schools in UK to provide modern, ICT-enabled environments </li></ul><ul><li>Forging public private partnerships including both local and national government and agencies for schools </li></ul>UK Partnership for schools <ul><li>Primary schools in France have access to a new database of school scenarios based on ICT use </li></ul><ul><li>More than 900 scenarios from experienced teachers all over France are offered in a searchable database </li></ul>France PrimTICE <ul><li>Project combining learning of immigrants’ mother tongues with social integration </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative tools for creativity and presentation are used so that pupils and teachers of a range of nationalities can easily cooperate </li></ul>Norway eMigrants Mother Tongue project
Examples Cases of innovation in ICT in education, which demonstrate the impact of ICT and illustrate approaches to eMaturity. <ul><li>All schools equipped themselves with Learning Management Systems by the end of 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Funding onus shared between national and local government </li></ul>Denmark Learning Management System and PCs in school <ul><li>New legislation requires schools prepare a development plan for all students aged 7-16 </li></ul><ul><li>The development plans give pupils increased responsibility over their own learning, and include a component assessing ICT skill </li></ul>Sweden Individual development plans for students <ul><li>EU-wide infrastructure for schools to organise cooperative ICT based pedagogical activities </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive training programme combined with dissemination of practice examples </li></ul>EU eTwinning
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