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0.1    About this document

This METASCHOOL project Deliverable is D1.2 Europea...
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0.3. Table of contents

0.1 About this document...................................
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  3.2 Repositories................................................................
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    5.4.4. Technology ............................................................
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Figure 12: Screen Capture "Fagenes Infoguide" ....................................
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Figure 51: Davindi ...............................................................
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1.     Introduction

1.1.   Scope
This METASCHOOL project Deliverable is D1.2 E...
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2.     An overview of educational digital repositories in Europe

This report i...
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Bildung.at (http://www.bildung.at) is a portal whose audience includes teachers...
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                            Figure 1: Screen capture"bilding.at"



The portal,...
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oncurrent elearning events. Lately the portal has secured the support of a numb...
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                          Figure 2: Screen capture "Bildungspool"



On the hom...
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extending a repository especially designed for students and teachers who are ex...
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                              Figure 4: Screen capture "edumoodle"



Virtuelle...
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                         Figure 5: Screen capture "Virtuellen Schule"

Virtuell...
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    !   the Subject Oriented Portal (Gegenstandsportal) was established in 1997...
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                       Figure 6: Screen capture "Education Highway"



The form...
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                             Figure 7: Screen capture "LearnMit"

The repositor...
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Burgenländischer Bildungsserver: http://www.bildungsserver.com
Vorarlberger Bil...
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                          Figure 8: Screen capture "KlasCement"



Each item co...
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Enseignement.be (http://www.enseignement.be/) is a complete portal dedicated to...
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2.1.4. Cyprus

Eyliko

In Cyprus there are no dedicated repositories with digit...
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There are three major repositories in Denmark. According to EdReNe5 the three
r...
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Fagenes Infoguide

Fagenes Infoguide (http://infoguide.emu.dk) is an initiative...
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Materialeplatformen (http://materialeplatform.emu.dk) is another initiative of ...
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                      Figure 13: Screen Capture "Materialeplatformen"

It is wo...
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                           Figure 14: Screen Capture "E-museum"

The E-museum r...
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The educational national portal, “Koolielu” (http://www.koolielu.ee/) provides ...
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Tiger Leap Foundation (TLF), that manages the Koolielu portal, has been an acti...
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tools. DiPo is The DiPo software is built as an add-on module for Plone CMS
(ht...
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It supports IEEE LOM and Dublin Core metadata standards, but these schemas can ...
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Peda.net Schoolnet (http://www.peda.net/) is a research and development project...
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Vetamix is the result of a joint initiative of the Finnish National Broadcastin...
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to serve teachers' further education and professional development. Most Opettaj...
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The website offers a large qualtity of audiovisual teaching material and tools ...
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                         Figure 19: Screen Capture "Opetushallitus"

WSOY, Sano...
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                            Figure 20: Screen Capture "WSOY"



2.1.8. France

...
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Éducasources (http://www.educasources.education.fr/) is a national repository h...
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                             Figure 21: Screen Capture "Éducasources"



In ter...
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Sialle

Sialle (http://www.sialle.education.fr/) is a repository that provides ...
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MURENE (http://murene.education.fr/) is a federated search engine managed by th...
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According to EdReNe12 there are about 11,000 digital which are described accord...
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(states) are independent from the federal government. Despite of that and despi...
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                   Figure 24: Screen Capture "Deutscher Bildungsserver"



Apar...
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                             Figure 25: Screen Capture "SODIS"



Lehrer Online...
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                         Figure 26: Screen Capture "Lehrer Online"



The porta...
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sector “school”. It has also contributed educational content to European School...
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                           Figure 27: Screen Capture "e-yliko.gr"

www.pi-schoo...
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                       Figure 28: Screen Capture "www.pi-schools.gr"



Greek S...
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The current design and implementation of the Greek Schools Network focuses in
p...
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epaideia.net

epaideia.net (http://www.e-paideia.net/) is an educational websit...
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Network (EDEN) and the pioneering MENON Network of European education & e-
lear...
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                          Figure 31: Screen Capture "eclass.sch.gr"



hellenic...
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                         Figure 32: Screen Capture "hellenichistory.gr"



It h...
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    !   for the productive use of Information and Communication Technologies in...
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                                Figure 34: http://isocrates.gr

http://odysseus...
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www.medialiteracy-iom.gr




                           Figure 36: www.medialit...
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                               Figure 37: http://www.ekebi.gr
                 ...
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                               Figure 38: http://www.epyna.gr/

2.1.11. Hungary...
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                                   Figure 39: Sulinet



Sulinet Digital Knowle...
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With the support of leading experts, teachers, the Ministry of Education and ot...
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                                   Figure 40: Scoilnet

Resources referenced fr...
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ImageBank (http://www.scoilnet.ie/imagebank) is a photo library website where p...
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Government through the Information Society Fund and The Heritage Council. The
w...
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Digital Content Creation: http://www.ucd.ie/ivrla/workbook/wrepintroduction.htm...
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Innova Scuola

Innova Scuola (http://www.innovascuola.gov.it/) is the public ac...
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                                 Figure 44: Innova Scuola



The portal also ma...
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                                   Figure 45: Skolotajs

2.1.16. Lithuania

Mok...
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                   Figure 46: Mokymosi object! metaduomen! saugykla



Related ...
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educational information, anywhere and anytime, through a browser environment, w...
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The portal covers three main issues: Information and knowledge distribution;
Co...
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                                   Figure 48: EDUREP



EDUREP connects a numbe...
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                                   Figure 49: ENTRÉE



Teleblik

Teleblik (htt...
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                                         Figure 50: Teleblik

According to EdRe...
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Davindi

Davindi (http://www.davindi.nl/) is a portal that is a joint effort of...
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Utdanning.no

Utdanning.no is managed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education an...
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                                      Figure 52: Utdanning.no

According to EdR...
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fedora GUI and more. The Utdanning.no portal is being completely redesigned at ...
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GREP also serves in the process of labeling and retrieval of educational resour...
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2.1.20. Poland

Interklasa

Interklasa (http://www.interklasa.pl) is one of the...
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Young Digital Planet (http://www.ydp.eu/en/) is a private educational eContent ...
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According to the statistics published by Young Digital Planet16 the portal prov...
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                                 Figure 57: Escolavirtual

Repositório e-Learni...
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                            Figure 58: Repositório e-Learning

The purpose of t...
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With support from European Schoolnet, and as a result of the Ministry’s partici...
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                                Figure 59: AeL Educational

The portal harvests...
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According to SIVECO17 over seven million people benefit directly or indirectly ...
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  1. 1. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS- Metaschool: Towards Teacher Competence CMP on Metadata and Online Resources D1.2 “European State-of-Art Report” Project: No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Work package: WP 1 Current Needs Analysis Lead Participant: EA Authors: Petru Dumitru, Jim Ayre, Roger Blamire, Riina Vuorikari Document Type: Document Distribution: Project consortium / Restricted (Project and EC) / Public Status: Draft / Final / Submitted Document file: Metaschool_DeliverableTemplate.doc Version: 1.0 Date: 28 February 2009 Number of pages: 80
  2. 2. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 0.1 About this document This METASCHOOL project Deliverable is D1.2 European state of the art report. It arises from Task1.2.1 of the project: review state of the art in metadata and repositories for school resources, to include training programs existing that include modules on relevant subjects, leading to D1.2 European state of the art report. The report presents the state-of-the-art in Europe concerning learning repositories and metadata tools and relevant modules in teacher training. Furthermore, it includes a feasibility analysis concerning the implementation of the project in participating countries in terms of equipment and other constraints. This concludes with suggestions for the Training Framework. 0.2 Version Version Date / Contributor Summary of Changes 1.0 February 2009/ PD Basic structure 1.1 February 2009/RB Enhanced structure 1.2 March 2009/PD Country Overview 1.3 March 2009/RB Implementation prospects 1.4 March 2009/JA Update on country overview and pan-European repositories 1.5 March 2009/RV Metadata and methodology 1.6 April 2009/RB Introduction and conclusion added 1.7 April 2009/PD Editing and adding partner contributions/comments 1.8 April 2009/PD Integrating final updates and screen captures European State-of-Art Report 2
  3. 3. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 0.3. Table of contents 0.1 About this document.............................................................................................. 2 0.2 Version .................................................................................................................... 2 1.1. Scope .................................................................................................................... 8 1.2. Audience............................................................................................................... 8 1.3. Definitions............................................................................................................ 8 1.4. Structure ............................................................................................................... 8 2. An overview of educational digital repositories in Europe ................................... 9 2.1. Current national digital repositories..................................................................... 9 2.1.1. Austria........................................................................................................... 9 2.1.2. Belgium: Flemish community..................................................................... 20 2.1.3. Belgium: French community ...................................................................... 21 2.1.4. Cyprus ......................................................................................................... 23 2.1.5. Denmark...................................................................................................... 23 2.1.6. Estonia......................................................................................................... 28 2.1.7. Finland ........................................................................................................ 32 2.1.8. France.......................................................................................................... 38 2.1.9. Germany...................................................................................................... 43 2.1.10. Greece...................................................................................................... 48 2.1.11. Hungary................................................................................................... 60 2.1.12. Iceland ..................................................................................................... 61 2.1.13. Ireland...................................................................................................... 62 2.1.14. Italy.......................................................................................................... 66 2.1.15. Latvia....................................................................................................... 68 2.1.16. Lithuania.................................................................................................. 69 2.1.17. Luxembourg ............................................................................................ 70 2.1.18. The Netherlands ...................................................................................... 72 2.1.19. Norway .................................................................................................... 76 2.1.20. Poland...................................................................................................... 81 2.1.21. Portugal ................................................................................................... 83 2.1.22. Romania .................................................................................................. 86 2.1.23. Slovenia................................................................................................... 88 2.1.24. Spain........................................................................................................ 89 2.1.25. Sweden.......................................................................................................... 91 2.1.26. Switzerland ................................................................................................... 97 2.1.27. United Kingdom............................................................................................ 98 3. Pan-European Repositories.................................................................................. 103 3.1 Background information .................................................................................. 103 European State-of-Art Report 3
  4. 4. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 3.2 Repositories...................................................................................................... 103 3.2.1. CELEBRATE ........................................................................................... 103 3.2.2. CALIBRATE ............................................................................................ 104 3.2.3. MELT........................................................................................................ 104 3.2.4. ASPECT.................................................................................................... 105 3.2.5. The Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) ................................................. 105 3.2.6. Xplora ....................................................................................................... 108 3.2.7. myEUROPE.............................................................................................. 109 3.2.8. COSMOS .................................................................................................. 110 3.2.9. Organic Edunet ......................................................................................... 112 3.2.10. Discovery Space.................................................................................... 113 4. Metadata ................................................................................................................ 114 4.1. Background information .................................................................................. 114 4.1.1. Metadata role and purpose ........................................................................ 114 4.2. Metadata in the context of pan-European repositories..................................... 115 4.2.1. Practice examples...................................................................................... 115 4.2.2. International standardisation bodies active in e-learning.......................... 117 5. Implementation prospects for the METASCHOOL project in participating countries......................................................................................................................... 118 5.1. Introduction and scope ..................................................................................... 118 5.2. Analytical Framework...................................................................................... 120 5.2.1. Systemic.................................................................................................... 120 5.2.2. Institutional ............................................................................................... 121 5.2.3. Pedagogical ............................................................................................... 121 5.2.4. Technological............................................................................................ 121 5.2.5. Economic .................................................................................................. 121 5.2.6. Cultural ..................................................................................................... 121 5.3. Austria .............................................................................................................. 127 5.3.1. System....................................................................................................... 127 5.3.2. School ....................................................................................................... 129 5.3.3. Teaching.................................................................................................... 129 5.3.4. Technology ............................................................................................... 131 5.3.5. Economic .................................................................................................. 133 5.3.6. Cultural ..................................................................................................... 133 5.3.7. Recommendations..................................................................................... 133 5.4. Czech Republic ................................................................................................ 133 5.4.1. System....................................................................................................... 133 5.4.2. School ....................................................................................................... 135 5.4.3. Teaching.................................................................................................... 135 European State-of-Art Report 4
  5. 5. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 5.4.4. Technology ............................................................................................... 137 5.4.5. Economic .................................................................................................. 139 5.4.6. Cultural ..................................................................................................... 139 5.4.7. Recommendations..................................................................................... 139 5.5. Germany ........................................................................................................... 140 5.5.1. Teaching.................................................................................................... 140 5.5.2. Technology ............................................................................................... 142 5.5.3. Economic .................................................................................................. 143 5.5.3. Cultural ..................................................................................................... 144 5.5.3. Recommendations..................................................................................... 144 5.6. Greece............................................................................................................... 144 5.6.1. System....................................................................................................... 144 5.6.2. School ....................................................................................................... 146 5.6.2. Teaching.................................................................................................... 146 5.6.3. Technology ............................................................................................... 149 5.6.4. Cultural ..................................................................................................... 151 5.6.5. Recommendations..................................................................................... 151 5.7. Sweden ............................................................................................................. 151 5.7.1. System....................................................................................................... 151 5.7.2. School ....................................................................................................... 153 5.7.3. Teaching.................................................................................................... 153 5.7.4. Technology ............................................................................................... 155 5.7.5. Cultural ..................................................................................................... 157 5.7.6. Recommendations..................................................................................... 157 6. Conclusion ............................................................................................................. 157 List of figures Figure 1: Screen capture"bilding.at"................................................................................. 11 Figure 2: Screen capture "Bildungspool" ......................................................................... 13 Figure 3: Screen capture "e-teaching" .............................................................................. 14 Figure 4: Screen capture "edumoodle" ............................................................................. 15 Figure 5: Screen capture "Virtuellen Schule" ................................................................... 16 Figure 6: Screen capture "Education Highway" ............................................................... 18 Figure 7: Screen capture "LearnMit" ................................................................................ 19 Figure 8: Screen capture "KlasCement" ........................................................................... 21 Figure 9: Screen capture "Enseignement.Be" ................................................................... 22 Figure 10: Screen Capture "Eyliko" ................................................................................. 23 Figure 11: Danish Model .................................................................................................. 24 European State-of-Art Report 5
  6. 6. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 12: Screen Capture "Fagenes Infoguide" .............................................................. 25 Figure 13: Screen Capture "Materialeplatformen" ........................................................... 27 Figure 14: Screen Capture "E-museum"........................................................................... 28 Figure 15: Screen capture "Koolielu" ............................................................................... 29 Figure 16: Screen Capture "Edu.fi" .................................................................................. 33 Figure 17: Screen Capture "Vetamix" .............................................................................. 34 Figure 18: Screen Capture "Opettaja.tv" .......................................................................... 35 Figure 19: Screen Capture "Opetushallitus" ..................................................................... 37 Figure 20: Screen Capture "WSOY" ................................................................................ 38 Figure 21: Screen Capture "Éducasources" ...................................................................... 40 Figure 22: Screen Capture "Sialle" ................................................................................... 41 Figure 23: Screen Capture "EDU'bases"........................................................................... 42 Figure 24: Screen Capture "Deutscher Bildungsserver"................................................... 45 Figure 25: Screen Capture "SODIS"................................................................................. 46 Figure 26: Screen Capture "Lehrer Online"...................................................................... 47 Figure 27: Screen Capture "e-yliko.gr" ............................................................................ 49 Figure 28: Screen Capture "www.pi-schools.gr".............................................................. 50 Figure 29: Screen Capture "Greek Schools Network"...................................................... 51 Figure 30: Screen Capture "epaideia.net" ......................................................................... 52 Figure 31: Screen Capture "eclass.sch.gr" ........................................................................ 54 Figure 32: Screen Capture "hellenichistory.gr" ................................................................ 55 Figure 33: Screen Capture "www.greek-language.gr" ..................................................... 56 Figure 34: http://isocrates.gr ............................................................................................. 57 Figure 35: http://odysseus.culture.gr................................................................................. 57 Figure 36: www.medialiteracy-iom.gr.............................................................................. 58 Figure 37: http://www.ekebi.gr......................................................................................... 59 Figure 38: http://www.epyna.gr/....................................................................................... 60 Figure 39: Sulinet.............................................................................................................. 61 Figure 40: Scoilnet............................................................................................................ 63 Figure 41: ImageBank....................................................................................................... 64 Figure 42: Ask About Ireland ........................................................................................... 65 Figure 43: Gold ................................................................................................................. 66 Figure 44: Innova Scuola .................................................................................................. 68 Figure 45: Skolotajs .......................................................................................................... 69 Figure 46: Mokymosi object! metaduomen! saugykla .................................................... 70 Figure 47: MySchool! ....................................................................................................... 71 Figure 48: EDUREP ......................................................................................................... 73 Figure 49: ENTRÉE.......................................................................................................... 74 Figure 50: Teleblik............................................................................................................ 75 European State-of-Art Report 6
  7. 7. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 51: Davindi ............................................................................................................ 76 Figure 52: Utdanning.no ................................................................................................... 78 Figure 53: Skolenettet.no .................................................................................................. 79 Figure 54: DigLib ............................................................................................................. 80 Figure 55: Interklasa ......................................................................................................... 81 Figure 56: Young Digital Planet ....................................................................................... 82 Figure 57: Escolavirtual.................................................................................................... 84 Figure 58: Repositório e-Learning.................................................................................... 85 Figure 59: AeL Educational.............................................................................................. 87 Figure 60: ISFTIC............................................................................................................. 90 Figure 61: EDU365........................................................................................................... 91 Figure 62: Länkskafferiet.................................................................................................. 92 Figure 63: Multimediabyrån ............................................................................................. 94 Figure 64: Svenska Museifönstret .................................................................................... 95 Figure 65: Kunskapsnavet................................................................................................. 96 Figure 66: Digital School Library..................................................................................... 98 Figure 67: BECTA............................................................................................................ 99 Figure 68: TDA............................................................................................................... 100 Figure 69: Teacher Resource Exchange ......................................................................... 101 Figure 70: Inclusion ........................................................................................................ 102 Figure 71: LRE for schools............................................................................................. 107 Figure 72: myEUROPE LLE Repository ....................................................................... 110 Figure 73: COSMOS - Users' Distribution ..................................................................... 112 European State-of-Art Report 7
  8. 8. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 1. Introduction 1.1. Scope This METASCHOOL project Deliverable is D1.2 European state of the art report. It arises from Task1.2.1 of the project: review state of the art in metadata and repositories for school resources, to include training programs existing that include modules on relevant subjects, leading to D1.2 European state of the art report. The report presents the state-of-the-art in Europe concerning learning repositories and metadata tools and relevant modules in teacher training. Furthermore, it includes a feasibility analysis concerning the implementation of the project in participating countries in terms of equipment and other constraints. The Deliverable concludes with suggestions for the Training Framework. 1.2. Audience This report is addressed to project partners in the first instance but is relevant to a wider audience of ICT decision-makers in Europe. 1.3. Definitions Terms are defined when first used throughout. 1.4. Structure Chapter 1: is the introduction to the study, containing an overview of this document, providing its Scope, Audience, Structure and References. Chapter 2: describes existing digital learning resource repositories in Europe. The chapter is divided into 27 sections describing the repositories in each country. Chapter 3: provides an overview of seven pan-European repositories. Chapter 4 examines metadata and discusses them in terms of educational resource repositories. Chapter 5 moves on to describe a validation framework and to apply it to assess the conditions and prospects for the uptake of repositories in schools in the countries taking part in the METASCHOOL training, i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Greece. Chapter 6 draws some conclusions from this report. European State-of-Art Report 8
  9. 9. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 2. An overview of educational digital repositories in Europe This report is based on the information that is available on the Web as well as on the information existing in the referential literature. The report team took also into consideration a review which was published by Maybe you should include a paragraph here saying that the deliverable draws upon an existing survey of repositories carried out by the EdReNeThematic Network, whose work is available on the Web at the following address: http://edrene.org/ The team performed a review on the existing digital repositories in European countries. The report features basic information such as a description of each repository, its URL and its basic attributes. The report also defines the national context, the purpose of the repository as well as which audience it addresses. 2.1. Current national digital repositories 2.1.1. Austria In Austria, educational content and services are available distributed via a number of online repositories and online services that are managed by nine regions. The content stored in the digital repositories is classified based on a set of standards such as IEEE LOM, SCORM and Dublin Core (including use of the LOM-based application profile from European Schoolnet) to make the latest repositories in Europe compatible and enable sharing content at European level. Bildung.at European State-of-Art Report 9
  10. 10. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Bildung.at (http://www.bildung.at) is a portal whose audience includes teachers, students, administrators and other educationalists. According to EdReNe1 the portal provides access to information and services to about 500,000 registered users who can access online content which is structured according to three main areas: Education, Higher Education and Adult Education. The portal is available in German and enables users to search for content which is located on a number of servers in Austria which are interconnected and share information. 1 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/austria.html!! European State-of-Art Report 10
  11. 11. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 1: Screen capture"bilding.at" The portal, which is designed by “bit media” Austria, also lists a set of services grouped around curriculum-related subjects and levels and allows searches to be filtered according to multiple criteria . In addition to the more conventional educational content, the portal provides news services focusing on the latest research outcomes in education and also European State-of-Art Report 11
  12. 12. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP oncurrent elearning events. Lately the portal has secured the support of a number of sponsors such as Sun andOracle, with the aim of supporting and enhancing its content and services. Bildungspool Bildungspool (http://bildungspool.bildung.at) is a gateway that enables users to access digital content via a federated search facility to the Learning Resource Exchange service developed by European Schoolnet within two EU co-funded projects, CALIBRATE2 and MELT3. The gateway provides access to digital content stored on a number of servers in Europe that are interconnected with the aim of encouraging multilingual content sharing. On "Bildungspool", teachers and other potential users can download content resulting from a number of e-content programmes managed by the Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture. The programmes are directly focused on responding to the needs and expectations of Austrian schools. The digital content is structured according to existing languages of the objects, curriculum subjects, classroom activity, as well as the source and location of the objects. 2 !http://calibrate.eun.org/!! 3 !http://info.melt"project.eu/!! European State-of-Art Report 12
  13. 13. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 2: Screen capture "Bildungspool" On the home page, the portal administration states that the Bildungspool provides access to 62,901 teaching and learning digital resources. According to EdReNe, "Bildungspool" features "AEIOU", an online encyclopaedia comprising about 15,000 digital entities - texts, pictures, sounds and videos. The encyclopaedia also harvests approximately 15,000 pictures (assets) from the Institute for Cultural Sciences of the Medieval Age and around 8.000 pictures (assets) in low resolution from the art gallery "Albertina". eTeaching Austria eTeaching Austria (http://www.e-teaching-austria.at) has been designed, developed and maintained to support the notebook classes initiative that is currently enabling about 1,000 teachers and 10,000 pupils/students to use their personal notebook computers in school for all subjects (Source: EdReNe). The website focuses on developing and European State-of-Art Report 13
  14. 14. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP extending a repository especially designed for students and teachers who are exploring a number of methods and strategies on how to best use a notebook computer for teaching and learning purposes in classes. Figure 3: Screen capture "e-teaching" EDUMOODLE EDUMOODLE (http://www.edumoodle.at) is a portal that mainly promotes Moodle as a learning and teaching medium in schools. The portal also provides guidance on how to integrate open source solutions in schools. According to EdReNe there are more than 2,200 schools that benefit from the services of EDUMOODLE. European State-of-Art Report 14
  15. 15. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 4: Screen capture "edumoodle" Virtuelle Schule Österreich Virtuellen Schule Österreich (http://www.virtuelleschule.at/) is the Austrian section of the European project Virtual School, one of the pioneer projects dedicated to teachers who were encouraged to integrate ICT into the curriculum since 1997. The Austrian section continues the European tradition of this long-standing project. The purpose of the project is to select, recommend and adapt existing digital resources to teaching. The resources are managed by a group of experienced teachers that is organised in teams representing all school subjects at all school levels, from primary to upper-secondary school and even in higher education. European State-of-Art Report 15
  16. 16. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 5: Screen capture "Virtuellen Schule" Virtuellen Schule Österreich also features project opportunities at national and European level, by encouraging collaborative work where teachers can integrate tools and services provided on the portal. The project encourages the production of user-generated content resulting from classroom-based project, an outcomes that, according to the project philosophy, may serve as practice examples to inspire fellow teachers to make use of modern tools and technologies while teaching. National subject orientated portals The subject related portals refer to the education ministry‘s guideline Electronic Content for Austrian Schools: Creation, Distribution and Maintenance from 2003 and to the eContent initiative of the Ministry of Education. The Subject Oriented Portal is organised by BM:UKK and Eduhi European State-of-Art Report 16
  17. 17. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP ! the Subject Oriented Portal (Gegenstandsportal) was established in 1997 and is financed now by the Ministry of education ! there are 40 subject oriented portals: http://www.schule.at/gegenstand ! they publish and link quality proved content ! one part of the national subject oriented portal is ViS:EU an EXCHANGE Portal for eContent between Austrian Eductional Platforms and EU Projects; Its purpose is: to exchange existing materials between regular subjects and projects, to disseminate results and information in standard/regular subjects; to encourage networking with other initiatives in eLearning and to use, re-use und enrichment of existing eContent. Education Highway According to the EdReNe Report4 Education Highway (http://www.eduhi.at) is “by far the biggest educational repository in Austria”. The portal offers a set of complete tools and services such as: searching content by categories; Intranet service; a set of links pointing to the latest developments in the field of eLearning; different types of educational software. All the content is managed and maintained by a group of teachers and other educationalists. There are more than 80,000 items that are also interconnected to and shared via the Schule.at, a portal managed in cooperation of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Federal Government of Upper Austria. 4 !http://edrene.org/results/deliverables/EdReNe%20D%202.6%20SoA%20"%20II.pdf!! European State-of-Art Report 17
  18. 18. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 6: Screen capture "Education Highway" The format of the digital content varies from text-based to visual resources. Most of the digital content is enhanced with basic pedagogical elements which encourage users to find quick and appropriate solutions of integrating it into their daily teaching practice. Lernmit Lernmit (http://www.edumoodle.at/lernmit/) proposes another model for an online digital repository which features a large number of best practice examples in the field of e- learning that may inspire teachers and students to enhance their curriculum in all levels, from primary to lower and upper secondary schools. European State-of-Art Report 18
  19. 19. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 7: Screen capture "LearnMit" The repository is organised around specific school subjects and for each proposed content category there are suggestions on how to handle the online content and which educational objectives are expected to be accomplished during a lesson. Each unit was proposed and maintained by a teacher who was willing to share concrete steps on how to deliver such a lesson in the classroom. It is suggested that teachers will be more motivated to use content embedded into a pedagogical framework like this because they see the immediate benefits of enhancing traditional teaching with new approaches using digital resources. The portal also incorporates a searching tool which, when displaying the searched items, lists all the related metadata and information such as curriculum, age group, language and the curriculum category. Other digital repositories in Austria European State-of-Art Report 19
  20. 20. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Burgenländischer Bildungsserver: http://www.bildungsserver.com Vorarlberger Bildungsservice: http://www.vobs.at Tiroler Bildungsservice: http://content.tibs.at/ Padagogische Hochschule Salzburg: http://schule.salzburg.at Bildung4you: http://www.bildung4you.at Wiener Bildungsserver: http://www.wiener-bildungsserver.at Styrian Education Server: http://www.asn-graz.ac.at Bildungsland: http://www.bildungsland.at 2.1.2. Belgium: Flemish community KlasCement KlasCement is part of European Schoolnet’s Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) federation of repositories. All KlasCement content is collected, described and shared by users of the educational portal of Flanders in Belgium. It covers virtually all curriculum subjects and can be freely used by anyone and in some cases resources can also be adapted and redistributed. European State-of-Art Report 20
  21. 21. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 8: Screen capture "KlasCement" Each item contains licensing information that provides details on how to use and acknowledge the source of the resources. Some digital resources are tagged as being 'universal', which means that they can “travel well across all European countries”. The portal also contains an innovative “points” system. Teachers receive 500 points when the join and subsequently lose two points every time they click on a resource. Once they have exhausted their initial allocation of points, they then can only continue to use the portal if they gain additional credits by sharing resources and links to web sites. 2.1.3. Belgium: French community Enseignement.be European State-of-Art Report 21
  22. 22. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Enseignement.be (http://www.enseignement.be/) is a complete portal dedicated to school life in the French Community of Belgium. It does not have a repository format, but it collects curriculum-based news, features teacher training opportunities and provides external links to existing repositories with learning objects in other French speaking countries such as France, Switzerland and Canada. These links are periodically advertised in relation to school subjects and online and offline events. Figure 9: Screen capture "Enseignement.Be" A special section of the portal is dedicated to ICT in education (TICE), which features a number of online resources that are classified in different categories: open source software, project opportunities, latest news in the field of elearning, online communities where teachers can get support and training, as well as a set of digital teaching modules. European State-of-Art Report 22
  23. 23. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 2.1.4. Cyprus Eyliko In Cyprus there are no dedicated repositories with digital content addressing teachers. The Ministry of Education manages an educational portal where teachers are encouraged to share teaching and learning resources in a dedicated area. Figure 10: Screen Capture "Eyliko" The portal (http://www.schools.ac.cy/eyliko/mesi/) features lessons plans and other related materials that are created by a number of teachers and supervised by the Ministry’s advisors. 2.1.5. Denmark European State-of-Art Report 23
  24. 24. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP There are three major repositories in Denmark. According to EdReNe5 the three repositories are interconnected and complement each other. The content is classified according to the Dublin Core set of metadata standards. The managing team is composed of educators and content providers, who add, describe and maintain a large library of digital resources. Some external collections of digital resources are involved and their related metadata is automatically transferred to the system. Figure 11: Danish Model Source: EdReNe http://edrene.org/results/currentState/denmark.html 5 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/denmark.html!! European State-of-Art Report 24
  25. 25. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Fagenes Infoguide Fagenes Infoguide (http://infoguide.emu.dk) is an initiative of the Danish Ministry of Education. The repository’s primary purpose is to harvest Web links that are recommended for use in the Danish schools. At the moment there are about 10,000 items. A team of 45 people enhance and maintain the repository. The reason for collecting and storing Web links into this repository is to save teachers’ time by organising the links according to the Danish curriculum. Figure 12: Screen Capture "Fagenes Infoguide" Materialeplatformen European State-of-Art Report 25
  26. 26. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Materialeplatformen (http://materialeplatform.emu.dk) is another initiative of the Danish Ministry of Education. The repository was implemented together with a number of Danish publishers. The Materialeplatform was launched in April 2006. According to EdReNe6 there were about 20,000 Danish learning resources and 4,000 media clips in November 2008. 6 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/denmark.html!! European State-of-Art Report 26
  27. 27. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 13: Screen Capture "Materialeplatformen" It is worth mentioning that the repository stores both digital and analogue resources such as books, chemistry sets, exhibitions and others. The contributors are obliged to recommend relevant metadata and a description for each item. E-museum emuseum.dk (http://emuseum.dk) is a joint initiative of the Danish Ministry of Education and The Danish Ministry of Culture. The portal was launched in October 2006 and aims to harvest digital units that focus on a large number of subjects: history, environment, ethnography, archaeology, languages and literature and others. European State-of-Art Report 27
  28. 28. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 14: Screen Capture "E-museum" The E-museum repository is interconnected to the “materialeplatform.dk” and this enables visitors to retrieve all the E-museum items via this portal. In addition to a classic search interface, the E-museum also enables users to access resources based on a map that visualises the Danish regions and the related information which is organised according to this criterion. More information about the Danish experience in the field of educational digital resources: http://edrene.org/results/currentState/denmark.html 2.1.6. Estonia Koolielu European State-of-Art Report 28
  29. 29. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP The educational national portal, “Koolielu” (http://www.koolielu.ee/) provides day-to- day information to schools in Estonia and includes over 5,000 resources created by teachers. Figure 15: Screen capture "Koolielu" Koolielu (meaning‘school life’) is also an electronic meeting place for school staff, students and parents, and anyone else with an interest in schools. It contains information about different events in the educational life in Estonia and elsewhere: conferences, competitions, the possibilities of supplementary education and leisure activities. The portal is available in both Estonian and Russian since more than 30% of schools in Estonia use Russian as a main language. European State-of-Art Report 29
  30. 30. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Tiger Leap Foundation (TLF), that manages the Koolielu portal, has been an active partner of European Schoolnet in a number of projects such as CALIBRATE 7and MELT8. Both projects were been designed to provide users of learning content in schools with access to more useful types of metadata that will allow them to find resources that fit their needs, language, cultures and preferred ways of teaching and learning. Work is also currently underway to build a more sophisticated Learning Object Repository. The EdReNe Report9 states that: TLF looked at open source systems with the possibility to connect to the EuN systems. Several platforms support the needs TLF have. They tested the "Minor" system suggested by EUN (minor.sourceforge.net [http://minor.sourceforge.net]). However, half a year ago it was not possible to mass upload metadata to it. The solution was therefore based on SCAM-Nimble from Sweden (www.skolutveckling.se/wiki/display/SLASK/Home). SCAM-Nimble is LOR management system compatible with standards and federation of LOR’s. Because the development of metadata harvesting was late TLF decided to develop its own LOR Waramu. Waramu is connected to the LRE network of repositories and supports metadata harvesting. The next steps include user management and integration of the LOR with the educational portal (Koolielu.ee) interface. DiPo DiPo (http://htk.tlu.ee/dipo) eportfolio system is provided as a free service to all teacher students, in-service teachers and teacher educators nationwide in Estonia. DiPo has been integrated with social learning object repository LeMill (http://lemill.net), social bookmarking tool Del.icio.us, photo sharing tool Flickr, and some other social sofware 7 !http://calibrate.eun.org/!! 8 !http://info.melt"project.eu/!! 9 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/estonia.html!! European State-of-Art Report 30
  31. 31. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP tools. DiPo is The DiPo software is built as an add-on module for Plone CMS (http://plone.org). DiPo integrates personal ePortfolios and the community portal at organizational level. Personal ePortfolios are used for storing individual data, evidences of person’s competences and EuroPass-styled Curriculum Vitae. The owners of DiPo portfolio can reflect regularly on personal learning experiences using blog-based Diary tool and get feedback from the mentor or peers. All knowledge-objects in DiPo are tagged and can be linked to certain competency in the professional qualification standard. The institution- and community-based functionalities of DiPo are different retrieval and aggregation tools for knowledge-objects, persons and networks. Within DiPo system, teachers can form virtual communities that are based either on institutional hierarchies (e.g. teachers from one school), job profile, geographical location or even hobbies. DiPo has been used nationwide in Estonia as a support system for cross-institutional learning in the context of all three levels of teacher education: pre-service studies in the university (especially school practice), induction year and continuous professional development of in-service teachers. DiPo has been systematically implemented in the context of teacher education, having almost 1000 registered users (about 7% of all teachers in Estonia). The implementation of DiPo comprises the possibility to provide the ICT support for new teachers adopting the innovative methods at science classrooms. The tool can be used for intermediate communication between the teachers’ community, as well as, for reflective activities of teachers’ and teacher training organizations. Potentially the tool enables teachers to evaluate their competences related to innovative teaching practices. Distributed learning environments - with the arrival of Web 2.0, the social software and services and social media tools have become mainstream technologies in the web environments and can be effectively used in science teacher communication and in the reflective and argumentative inquiry practices at schools. CET has been investigating the applicability and interoperability of social media tools as distributed learning systems in teacher education in national and cross-cultural international settings and in the inquiry practices at basic and secondary schools. The distributed learning management systems can be used as the democratic and user-managed medium for teachers’ collaborative action to implement inquiry-based innovative methods into science classrooms and enhancing dialogic teaching and self-reflection practices of teachers and students. Waramu Waramu is an open-source repository for learning objects. It is licensed under BSD license. Waramu is developed using Java, it runs on Glassfish using Mysql database. European State-of-Art Report 31
  32. 32. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP It supports IEEE LOM and Dublin Core metadata standards, but these schemas can be expanded/adapted or alternative metadata schemas can be added. It interacts with other applications (e.g. Virtual Learning Environments) through SOAP Webservice. The repository is connected to FIRE federation (European Learning Resource Exchange, see http://fire.eun.org), which makes it possible to search Learning Objects from Waramu via Calbrate LRE portal http://calibrate.eun.org. The repository supports OAI-PMH protocol for metadata harvesting. In terms of metadata Waramu itself does not have an UI, full-featured client is being developed. MetadataPortal is a portal where people can put their resources only, manage metadata, browse content that is in Waramu etc. More information on Estonian attempts to standardise digital content: EdReNe Report on Estonia: http://edrene.org/results/currentState/estonia.html Tiger Leap Foundation (TLF): http://www.tiigrihype.ee/?setlang=eng Tallinn University of Technology (TLU): http://htk.tlu.ee/htk/in-english/ - LOR-EST LOs Repository in Estonia: http://edrene.org/presentations/Estonia-TLF- part2.ppt Tallinn University, C Ed. Technology: https://files.itslearning.com/data/826/open/CO15/361.pdf LeMill & Waramu Projects: https://files.itslearning.com/data/826/open/CO15/353.ppt 2.1.7. Finland National Board of Education has made learning resources available to primary and secondary education based on Finnish curriculum through http://www.edu.fi/SubPage.asp?path=498,1329 and http://www.edu.fi/oppimateriaalit/peruskoulu/ Yle, the Finnish National Broadcasting company offers a portal with learning resources at http://oppiminen.yle.fi/ and specific portal for teachers: http://opettajatv.yle.fi/ Resources can be either independent study material or they are support material to some of the educational programmes ran on TV. Peda.net Schoolnet European State-of-Art Report 32
  33. 33. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Peda.net Schoolnet (http://www.peda.net/) is a research and development project coordinated by University of Jyväskylä, Finland and offers resources for teachers, like this http://www.peda.net/img/portal/591316/moon.swf National Finnish Educational Portal: Edu.fi The National Finnish Educational Portal (http://www.edu.fi/) is a gateway that provides access to all the existing repositories with digital content in Finland: Vetamix, Opettaja.tv, Opetushallitus and some others. Figure 16: Screen Capture "Edu.fi" Vetamix European State-of-Art Report 33
  34. 34. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Vetamix is the result of a joint initiative of the Finnish National Broadcasting Company (http://svenska.yle.fi/) and the National Board of Education (http://www.oph.fi/svenska). The portal is intended to harvest both educational content and tools which are organised in three main areas: storage, a virtual desktop with related tools, and a social hub for educators. Figure 17: Screen Capture "Vetamix" Opettaja.tv Opettaja.tv is a service for teachers both on TV and on-line, a joint effort of head teachers and the Finnish National Board of Education. YLE Teema is broadcasting Opettaja.tv for a few hours on five days of the week, offering teaching material for class work as well as European State-of-Art Report 34
  35. 35. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP to serve teachers' further education and professional development. Most Opettaja.tv TV programmes are also available online. Figure 18: Screen Capture "Opettaja.tv" European State-of-Art Report 35
  36. 36. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP The website offers a large qualtity of audiovisual teaching material and tools for its use in class. It also serves as a discussion forum for teachers and as a platform for the exchange of teaching material. The repository comprises more than 7,300 digital resources such as media clips and learning objects published by YLE’s educational broadcasting division in the following formats: sound clips, video clips, photos, pictures, exercises and recommended websites. According to the EdReNe Report10 “the resources are indexed based on a Finnish version of LOM metadata. The search can be made based on a keyword, a subject (or subject area) and the level of school”. Opetushallitus Opetushallitus (http://www.oph.fi/SubPage.asp?path=1,436) features a set of digital units that are indexed according to the Finnish educational metadata model (FEM) that is based on Dublin core but also mappable with LOM. The indexing started with the resources of FNBE but will be broadened to include also materials of other publishers and organizations. Commercial materials are not included. The indexing is in progress and the database includes at the moment 3.500 resources. Most of these are either pictures and photos or online learning materials (from learning objects to wider educational web sites). The searches can be either simple Google-type searches targeted on all indexing text or a more refined search on certain fields of the metadata model. 10 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/finland.html!! European State-of-Art Report 36
  37. 37. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 19: Screen Capture "Opetushallitus" WSOY, Sanoma Learning and Literature WSOY, Sanoma Learning and Literature, a private publisher, has launched three combined repository Web services: 1) Company home pages & web shop [http://www.wsoy.fi/]; 2). Koulukanava [http://www.koulukanava.fi/] (School channel) with free material, closely connected to the company’s books. Pupils’ content is open, but the access to teachers’ content requires a password; 3) OPIT e-learning service [http://www.opit.fi/] on an annual subscription basis. The e-learning service is provided through a virtual learning environment (VLE), and includes web2, GSM, GPS, content (more that 24 mill. LOs, other materials, curriculum based), and services (hosting, training, call centre). European State-of-Art Report 37
  38. 38. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 20: Screen Capture "WSOY" 2.1.8. France The French Ministry of Education has been encouraging and promoting the use of new technologies in schools and related standards since 2003. A number of French institutions expressed their interest in setting up and maintaining digital repositories: the national agency of ICTE, universities, professional training institutions and publishers. The repositories managed by Centre national de documentation pédagogique (CNDP) Éducasources European State-of-Art Report 38
  39. 39. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Éducasources (http://www.educasources.education.fr/) is a national repository hosting digital online resources that are selected and described by the SCÉRÉN Network in France. The resources are compatible with LOM, LOM-FR and Dublin Core Standards. Éducasources does not work as a search engine, but it manages resources that are selected and inserted by specialised teams at CNDP and CRDP. The resources are selected according to the French curriculum with the aim that they can be used in connection for school subjects. European State-of-Art Report 39
  40. 40. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 21: Screen Capture "Éducasources" In terms of metadata interoperability, Éducasources makes the resources compatible with LOM-FR, at national level, and with LOM and Dublin Core at European level. According to EdReNe Report11 the Éducasources repository harvests around 7,000 online references. 11 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/france.html!! European State-of-Art Report 40
  41. 41. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Sialle Sialle (http://www.sialle.education.fr/) is a repository that provides schools with free access to trusted, open source software that has been evaluated as being suitable for teachers. Figure 22: Screen Capture "Sialle" The software resources are for classroom use and allow students to experience a variety of learning opportunities such as discovering information, learning to structure it, evaluation and self-evaluation. The resources combine text, audio and video and require a certain degree of interaction. MURENE European State-of-Art Report 41
  42. 42. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP MURENE (http://murene.education.fr/) is a federated search engine managed by the French Ministry of Education. The service is intended to be a gateway to a number of thematic repositories as well as to a number of websites publishing digital content that can be used for cross-curricular approaches in schools. The metadata is based on LOMFR. At present the portal is under construction and will be ready for use in 2009. EDU'bases EDU'bases (http://www.educnet.education.fr/secondaire/usages/edubases/) is a collection of educational materials coming from different sources that are expected to encourage teachers to integrate practice examples, teaching scenarios, suggestions for lessons and guidelines into teaching. Figure 23: Screen Capture "EDU'bases" European State-of-Art Report 42
  43. 43. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP According to EdReNe12 there are about 11,000 digital which are described according to the LOM FR application profile. Other repositories in France Lesite.tv: http://www.lesite.tv/ Correlyce: http://www.regionpaca.fr/index.php?id=correlyce PrimTICE: http://primtice.education.fr/ UNIT: http://www.unit.eu/ AUNEGE: http://www.aunege.org/infos/search_XML?schemaID=LOM UNISCIEL: http://trouver.unisciel.fr/ UMVF : http://www.umvf.prd.fr/index.php UOH: http://www.uoh.fr/ UVED: http://www.uved.fr/index.php?id=412 Canal-U: http://www.canal-u.education.fr/ CERIMES: http://www.cerimes.education.fr/ Edumedia: http://www.edumedia-sciences.com/ Presentations Scérén – CNDP: http://edrene.org/presentations/France-CNDP.ppt Educasources repository: https://files.itslearning.com/data/826/open/CO19/508.ppt 2.1.9. Germany According to its federal structure and the educational policy, no national repository aiming exists with a focus to unify and standardize contents. In education, the Länder 12 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/france.html!! European State-of-Art Report 43
  44. 44. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP (states) are independent from the federal government. Despite of that and despite of any lack of power, there is still a Federal Ministry of Education including a minster. In terms of digital resources for schools, the major repositories are as follows: Deutscher Bildungsserver, SODIS Online Content Pool and Lehrer Online. Deutscher Bildungsserver The Deutscher Bildungsserver (http://www.eduserver.de/, German Education Server) is the main internet guide to education related information on the internet, providing high quality information on internet resources to all those concerned. As a meta-server it primarily refers to resources on the German education system, which are mainly provided by the federal (Bund) and state (Länder) authorities, the European Union, higher education institutions, schools, state institutes, non-university research or service institutes, scientific societies, media providers and libraries. The German Education Server is a joint service by the federal government and the states. European State-of-Art Report 44
  45. 45. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 24: Screen Capture "Deutscher Bildungsserver" Apart from research options in several data bases, the information pool can be accessed via two structured types of entry: subject catalogues and target groups. There are about 30,000 entries which are indexed according to Dublin Core. SODIS Online Content Pool The SODIS Online Content Pool gathers together digital content, about 66,812 resources, which come from four major online sources: MELT (FWU contribution to the MELT Project of European Schoolnet), Lehrer Online, Contake - a collection of learning objects in Austria - and Elixier. European State-of-Art Report 45
  46. 46. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 25: Screen Capture "SODIS" Lehrer Online Lehrer Online is an online platform that offers different services and tools to teachers. In addition to news, newsletters, open source software recommendations, the portal provides access to about 1,500 non-commercial lessons plans which come mainly from teachers that are willing to share them online. European State-of-Art Report 46
  47. 47. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 26: Screen Capture "Lehrer Online" The portal also maintains a powerful search engine which enables visitors to look for items that are not necessarily highlighted, but stored in different sections of the portal. FWU FWU http://www.fwu.de/ is Germany’s leading producer of media for schools and other educational organisations. It produces educational video-films, didactic DVDs and learning software on CD-ROMs as well as internet applications and keeps on stock approximately 2,200 titles for almost all school subjects and cross-area topics, as well as fictional movies for children and young people. All productions are accompanied by handbooks for teachers and educators. Every year about 100 new titles are produced. FWU is cofounder of the German Education Server and responsible for the content of the European State-of-Art Report 47
  48. 48. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP sector “school”. It has also contributed educational content to European Schoolnet’s Learning Resource Exchange service in the CALIBRATE and MELT projects. Related information Connecting Different German Metadata Communities - Towards a National LOM Available at: http://melt.fwu.de/080108_EdReNe.html 2.1.10. Greece Official sites e-yliko.gr e-yliko (http://www.e-yliko.gr) is the official Educational Portal of the Greek Ministry of Education. It has been established in 2002 and comprises a network based environment that supports the educational practice and comprises a meeting point of all members of the educational community (e.g. students, teachers, parents, administrators and other educationalists). The portal is available in Greek and enables users to search for proposals of teaching, educational software, educational material (educational proposals, articles, texts of pedagogic concern, information about educational software as well as links to educational sites), related congresses, events, statements and competitions. On "E-yliko" teachers and other potential users can download content resulting from a number of e- content programmes managed by the Ministry for Education. European State-of-Art Report 48
  49. 49. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 27: Screen Capture "e-yliko.gr" www.pi-schools.gr pi-school (www.pi-schools.gr) is the official Educational Portal of the the Pedagogical Institute. It is called upon to national demands for an educational reform that will meet the challenges of the 21st century, as well as those inherited by the historical role of Greece. It contains all the official lessons and books of the Greek schools. European State-of-Art Report 49
  50. 50. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 28: Screen Capture "www.pi-schools.gr" Greek Schools Network The Greek Schools' Network (GSN - www.sch.gr) is the educational intranet of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (www.ypepth.gr), which interlinks all schools and provides basic and advanced telematics' services. Thus, it contributes to the creation of a new generation of educational communities, which takes advantage of the new Informatics' and Communication Technologies in the educational procedure. The implementation of the Greek Schools' Network is funded by the Framework Programme for the Information Society (www.infosoc.gr), in close cooperation between the Ministry of Education as well as 12 Research Centers and Highest Education Institutes, specialized in network and Internet technologies. Educational Exploitation of the Greek Schools Network European State-of-Art Report 50
  51. 51. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP The current design and implementation of the Greek Schools Network focuses in providing useful services to all members of the basic and middle education community, fulfilling among others the following goals: * Access to telecommunication and informatics services * Access to digitized educational material * Distance learning, e-learning * Encourage collaboration * Information and opinion exchange * Conduct of thematic discussions, seminars, lectures, etc. * Access to digital library services * Communication and Cooperation of all educational degrees * Communication with European educational networks * Facilitate complimentary educational programs * Provide education to individuals with special needs or disabilities * Inform, educate, and entertain Figure 29: Screen Capture "Greek Schools Network" Figure xx European Programs or private initiative European State-of-Art Report 51
  52. 52. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP epaideia.net epaideia.net (http://www.e-paideia.net/) is an educational website that has been specially designed to serve the current needs of the school communities in Greece making use of recent developments in education. It seeks to make classroom learning more interesting and more effective for children, while helping them become more familiar with new technology and deepen their understanding of Greek culture. It aims to continuously evolve in order to meet the ever-changing needs and changes within the educational system. Figure 30: Screen Capture "epaideia.net" The e-paideia.net portal is a project of the Lambrakis foundation whose Greek and European partners include the Greek Ministry of Education, the European Experts Network for Educational Technology (EENet), the European Distance Education European State-of-Art Report 52
  53. 53. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Network (EDEN) and the pioneering MENON Network of European education & e- learning research bodies, of which the foundation is a founding member. The portal offers educational material in the form of: lesson plans; suggestions for using modern technological tools for inter-school collaboration; communication between schools-teachers and students; information on issues of interest for prospective university applicants; and detailed outlines of lifelong-learning opportunities and careers in Greece. It also provides useful information on how young people and adults can take advantage of their free time. Moreover, a daily news service keeps the school community (teachers and parents) very well informed on current educational issues in Greece and the world. The e-paideia.net metadata comply with IEEE LOM and SCORM standards. eclass.sch.gr eclass.sch.gr (http://eclass.sch.gr) is an educational portal whose audience includes students and basic and middle education teachers. It provides access to educational content according to the national curriculum. E-class is a service of the Greek Schools Network (GSN-www.sch.gr) based on asynchronous e-learning. Up till now, it supports 5,407 registered teachers from 2,582 different schools all around Greece. For the school period of 2008-2009 2,088 registered electronic courses are provided. The portal provides free access to students. European State-of-Art Report 53
  54. 54. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 31: Screen Capture "eclass.sch.gr" hellenichistory.gr hellenichistory.gr (http://www.hellenichistory.gr) is an educational portal which has been produced to present Hellenic history on the Internet to students and teachers of schools in Greece and to adapt its content to their educational needs, so that they can derive the maximum possible gain from historic information. European State-of-Art Report 54
  55. 55. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 32: Screen Capture "hellenichistory.gr" It has been produced by the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW - www.ime.gr) and can be utilised by the Greek educational system and abroad. Its content has been created by distinguished historians, researchers, archaeologists and information scientists of Greece. It deals with all aspects of the Greek activity: politics, military, history, literature, culture, private life, society, economy etc, from Prehistory to the present day. It is also accompanied by extensive bibliography, timetables and abundant photographic material. www.greek-language.gr The Centre for the Greek Language (www.greek-language.gr) has designed and implemented this Internet portal to support the study and teaching of the Greek language. It is addressed to researchers, university students, teachers, pupils, and everyone interested in the Greek language, within and outside of Greece. It attempts to cover the Greek language both diachronically and synchronically (Ancient Greek, Medieval Greek, and Modern Greek). Our aim is for the Portal to constitute a useful, reliable, and effective environment: ! for the support and dissemination of the Greek language in the digital age, ! for the teaching of Greek as a native and second/foreign language, ! for the support of research, European State-of-Art Report 55
  56. 56. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP ! for the productive use of Information and Communication Technologies in the teaching of the Greek language. Figure 33: Screen Capture "www.greek-language.gr" Teachers Portals Other related educational portals in Greece: http://isocrates.gr European State-of-Art Report 56
  57. 57. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 34: http://isocrates.gr http://odysseus.culture.gr Figure 35: http://odysseus.culture.gr European State-of-Art Report 57
  58. 58. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP www.medialiteracy-iom.gr Figure 36: www.medialiteracy-iom.gr http://www.ekebi.gr European State-of-Art Report 58
  59. 59. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 37: http://www.ekebi.gr Figure xx http://www.epyna.gr/ European State-of-Art Report 59
  60. 60. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 38: http://www.epyna.gr/ 2.1.11. Hungary Sulinet Digital Knowledge Base The Sulinet Digital Knowledge Base (SDT) (http://sdt.sulinet.hu) provides Internet connection and computer labs for schools, teaching materials on the Sulinet Educational portal and trainings for teachers. European State-of-Art Report 60
  61. 61. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 39: Sulinet Sulinet Digital Knowledge Base is a digital curriculum database which is managed through a content management system that allows development of e-learning materials according to the knowledge areas and subjects specified by the National Core Curriculum and customization of content for the Hungarian educational system. 2.1.12. Iceland Skólavefurinn The Skólavefurinn website (http://www.skolavefurinn.is) was founded by a group of Icelandic teachers in 1999 with the objective of producing online teaching material and learning resources for teachers and students equally available throughout the country. European State-of-Art Report 61
  62. 62. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP With the support of leading experts, teachers, the Ministry of Education and other non- profit organizations, as well as private companies, Skólavefurinn has become the leading provider of online teaching material in the country. Although Skólavefurinn is a paid subscription site, it offers around 30% of its material as ‘open content’ that is freely available to everyone. Skólavefurinn produces online educational material in all categories – web pages, audio books, multimedia and interactive exercises, video, printed material, books and CD’s. 2.1.13. Ireland Scoilnet Scoilnet (http://www.scoilnet.ie/) is the education portal of the Department of Education and Science (DES) in Ireland. Launched in 1998, the website is managed on behalf of the DES by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). Scoilnet’s current interface was launched in March 2003. European State-of-Art Report 62
  63. 63. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 40: Scoilnet Resources referenced from Scoilnet mainly comprise lesson plans, interactive and printable worksheets, notes and multimedia content. These are aimed at students, teachers, school managers and parents. Resources are also curriculum focused and have been selected and reviewed by curriculum specialists and teachers. Scoilnet actively promotes the integration of ICT in teaching and learning and as a result has been involved in developing a number of sites with specific relevance to the Irish curricula. Sciolnet has also been a partner in the European Schoolnet MELT project and is providing content to the Learning Resource Exchange service for school. It is also the first organisation to have implemented a federated search of the LRE from within a national school portal. ImageBank European State-of-Art Report 63
  64. 64. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP ImageBank (http://www.scoilnet.ie/imagebank) is a photo library website where people can search for and share photos for educational use. It has been developed by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) and Scoilnet, the portal for Irish education ImageBank focuses on providing photos of Irish places and spaces but other subjects are also included. ImageBank is intended as a supportive resource for students and teachers in Irish education. NCTE use Creative Commons licensing to allow users to share their photos and specify how others may use them. Figure 41: ImageBank Ask About Ireland “Ask About Ireland” (http://www.askaboutireland.ie/) is an initiative of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local European State-of-Art Report 64
  65. 65. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Government through the Information Society Fund and The Heritage Council. The website is design by the Digital Media Centre, DIT. Figure 42: Ask About Ireland According to a statement on the website, “Ask About Ireland” provides an unique access to new information, rare images and documents from Irish public libraries, museums and archives. Copyright material loaded onto the website is available for the purposes of research and private study or criticism or review within the terms of individual licenses for each page on this site. All users must acknowledge that the contents of this website will not be extracted or re-utilised for any competing or commercial purpose without the written consent of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna and the copyright holder. Further information: NCTE: http://www.ncte.ie/ European State-of-Art Report 65
  66. 66. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Digital Content Creation: http://www.ucd.ie/ivrla/workbook/wrepintroduction.html 2.1.14. Italy Gold Gold (http://gold.indire.it/) is an educational repository which is managed by Indire, the Italian national agency responsible for teachers’ training in the field of new technologies. Figure 43: Gold The GOLD team encourages teachers to share experiences and digital material by offering periodic awards to contributors. The contributors are familiarised with the metadata and the repository entries are indexed according to LOM. European State-of-Art Report 66
  67. 67. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Innova Scuola Innova Scuola (http://www.innovascuola.gov.it/) is the public access point to online platform which is promoted and financed by the Cabinet’s Department for Innovation and Technology (DIT) with the collaboration of Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). It belongs to a series of initiatives for the promotion and integration of the use of new technologies in teaching. The didactic digital content library (Libreria Digitale Aperta, Open Digital Library) allows teachers to seek the desired digital content among those offered upon payment by publishers through the marketplace and those freely accessible and re-usable available both on the platform and other public portals, whether national or not. The library also harvests text-based entries which can be accessed in eBook format. European State-of-Art Report 67
  68. 68. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 44: Innova Scuola The portal also maintains a set of tools that help teachers collaboratively create digital content by combining existing resources available on the marketplace with free material. 2.1.15. Latvia There are no digital repositories in Latvia, but an attempt has been made to organise some user-generated digital content within a portal dedicated to teachers. Skolotajs Skolotajs (http://www.skolotajs.lv) is a portal managed by Microsoft Latvia and addresses teachers. The portal has three major areas: teaching materials; books; and different teaching examples as best practice solutions. Teachers can also find other related information for teaching purposes, events connected with teacher life, different competitions and a forum. European State-of-Art Report 68
  69. 69. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 45: Skolotajs 2.1.16. Lithuania Mokymosi object! metaduomen! saugykla Mokymosi object! metaduomen! saugykla (in English Central LOM repository for schools http://lom.emokykla.lt) is the Lithuanian LOM content repository which is part of national ICT in Education Strategy and Program for 2008-2012. The aim is to create a content repository consisting of reusable Learning Objects (based on international standards) and to allow teachers to create, modify and reuse these resources in open source learning platforms. European State-of-Art Report 69
  70. 70. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 46: Mokymosi object! metaduomen! saugykla Related information Centre of Information Technologies of Education: http://www.ipc.lt/english.htm A presentation of the Lithuanian library: http://edrene.org/presentations/Lithuania- ITC.ppt 2.1.17. Luxembourg MySchool! The MySchool! (http://www.myschool.lu/) portal developed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Education includes workspaces, documents, reference works, communities, personal web sites and school intranets. MySchool! allows both students and teachers to access European State-of-Art Report 70
  71. 71. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP educational information, anywhere and anytime, through a browser environment, without having to install any client software on their PCs. Figure 47: MySchool! European State-of-Art Report 71
  72. 72. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP The portal covers three main issues: Information and knowledge distribution; Communication and collaboration, for both students and teachers; and application sharing. According to the portal manager, Daniel Weiler,13 the management team tries to better optimise searching functions to help user to find what they need easier. The portal in figures: 122,738 online books, 3,163 LOs, 71,604 multimedia files, 585 communities, 50,733 documents, 11,484 virtual working spaces, 1,086 shared forums. It is estimated that 20,086 active users benefit from the services and content provided by the portal. 2.1.18. The Netherlands EDUREP EDUREP (http://edurep.kennisnet.nl/) is an online service managed by Kennisnet (http://www.kennisnet.nl/) which is a public ICT support organization in the Netherlands. Kennisnet aims at national and regional cooperation with schools, branch organizations and governments to provide tailor-made ICT support within a broad spectrum of educational target groups in primary, secondary and adult education. 13 !http://www.myschool.lu/home/Downloads/Press/Oct%2002%20Intranet%20Strategist%20" %20mySchool!.pdf!! European State-of-Art Report 72
  73. 73. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 48: EDUREP EDUREP connects a number of electronic libraries such as museums or other Dutch cultural heritage institutions as well as repositories from schools featuring teacher- developed content. It is essentially a metadata exchange platform connecting repositories that have an OAI-PMH interface and that provide metadata based on a national LOM- based application profile. ENTRÉE ENTRÉE (http://entree.kennisnet.nl/) is a federated authentication and authorization services that enables users to access educational portals based on their personal profile. Certain content can be accessed only by authorised users. European State-of-Art Report 73
  74. 74. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 49: ENTRÉE Teleblik Teleblik (http://www.teleblik.nl/) provides schools with access to cultural heritage resources. The service has evolved partly as a reaction of teachers to the low quality and the restricted IPR of commercially available resources. European State-of-Art Report 74
  75. 75. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 50: Teleblik According to EdReNe14, currently Teleblik, contains 15.000 hours of Dutch streaming media heritage selected for the educational field. The service is behind login but free for schools because it is paid by the Ministry of Education. Teleblik has won already several prices and the quality content is a key element that attracts schools. 14 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/netherlands.html!! European State-of-Art Report 75
  76. 76. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Davindi Davindi (http://www.davindi.nl/) is a portal that is a joint effort of Kennisnet and the Dutch Public Libraries. Davindi publishes more than 40,000 objects and is interconnected with EDUREP. Figure 51: Davindi Other repositories in The Netherlands Digischool: http://www.digischool.nl/ Repositories in the Netherlands: http://edrene.org/presentations/TheNetherlands- Kennisnet.ppt 2.1.19. Norway European State-of-Art Report 76
  77. 77. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Utdanning.no Utdanning.no is managed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and is the national educational gateway providing access to a number of services and tools: a national repository covering all school subjects; a national repository of learning object metadata; and a framework for learning content publishing. The repository features about 5,700 objects organised according to school level, school subjects and type of learning. European State-of-Art Report 77
  78. 78. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 52: Utdanning.no According to EdReNe15 Utdanning.no is completely based on open source software where the key software used is: Fedora.info repository software, Drupal CMS, FEZ 15 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/norway.html!! European State-of-Art Report 78
  79. 79. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP fedora GUI and more. The Utdanning.no portal is being completely redesigned at the beginning of 2009. Skolenettet.no The Norwegian Schoolnet, Skolenettet.no (http://www.skolenettet.no/) is a service provided by the Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education in Norway. The portal benefits from GREP, an initiative, which provides the national curriculum online as a common, controlled vocabulary. In terms of storage, the GREP initiative considers the structure of the various subject curriculums very similar and therefore they can be unified in a common data structure. Figure 53: Skolenettet.no European State-of-Art Report 79
  80. 80. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP GREP also serves in the process of labeling and retrieval of educational resources to ensure consistency. DigLib DigLib (http://www.diglib.no/) is a joint activity of a number of digital content producers that are committed to providing free access to primary, lower, upper secondary schools and in higher education. Figure 54: DigLib The portal content is indexed by using international standards like SRU/SRW, OAI- PMH, NORLOM, Dublin Core, SCORM, IMS Content Packaging and others. European State-of-Art Report 80
  81. 81. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP 2.1.20. Poland Interklasa Interklasa (http://www.interklasa.pl) is one of the most popular portals for teachers in Poland. The portal does not contain a content repositories, but features educational information on all school subjects including teaching materials, tests, school competitions, lesson plans, guidelines for new teachers, information for parents and students. Figure 55: Interklasa The purpose of the portal is to support teachers by providing them with ideas and best practice examples in the field of ICT at school. Young Digital Planet European State-of-Art Report 81
  82. 82. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Young Digital Planet (http://www.ydp.eu/en/) is a private educational eContent publisher and eLearning technology provider. The YDP portal, among other things, offers educational digital content for teachers in schools and colleges, with an important focus on Science and Maths teaching and digital language learning courses for schools and home-based learners. Figure 56: Young Digital Planet yTeach is a Web service is incorporated into Young Digital Planet and is an initiative addressing teachers' needs. Based on the YDP Universal Curriculum's resources covering Science, Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics, the portal provides teachers with access to thousands of high quality digital resources. The resources also give teachers the opportunity to create their individual presentations and create assignments for students. European State-of-Art Report 82
  83. 83. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP According to the statistics published by Young Digital Planet16 the portal provides: 30,000, high-quality, interactive, curriculum mapped resources from Maths and Science; variety of search tools; home access; an easy-to-use presentation builder; online assignments and results verification; editing tools; advanced interactive whiteboard presentation tools and VLE interoperability. Scholaris Scholaris http://www.scholaris.pl is a free, publicly available portal created by the Polish Ministry of Education with Young Digital Planet and contains some educational content based on YDP’s Universal Curriculum content. Scholaris is also currently the largest database of teaching aids, multimedia resources for teachers, students and parents. The repository was partly developed within the European Schoolnet CALIBRATE project and will be subject to further revisions during 2009. 2.1.21. Portugal Escolavirtual Escolavirtual (http://www.escolavirtual.pt/index), in English Virtual School, is managed by Porto Editora, which is one of the major Portuguese educational publishers. The publisher produces and updates a number of multimedia products and one of them is the Portuguese digital encyclopaedia. Porto Editora also maintains the largest collection of digital resources covering all school subjects in the Portuguese curriculum under Escolavirtual. 16 !http://www.ydp.eu/en/education/yteach/!! European State-of-Art Report 83
  84. 84. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 57: Escolavirtual Repositório e-Learning Repositório e-Learning (http://e-repository.tecminho.uminho.pt/) is a large database of educational resources that are managed and maintained by the University of Minho. European State-of-Art Report 84
  85. 85. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 58: Repositório e-Learning The purpose of the repository is to promote digital resources designed in-house and which can be used by external users free of charge. Other repositories Instituto Camões: http://www.instituto-camoes.pt/ Biblioteca Nacional Digital: http://bnd.bn.pt/ DGEMN: http://www.monumentos.pt/Monumentos/forms/000_B.aspx?Idioma=en-GB Directorate-General for innovation & Curriculum Development /Ministry of Education The web site of the Directorate-General for innovation & Curriculum Development of the Ministry of Education currently has a basic central repository of resources http://sitio.dgidc.min-edu.pt/Recursos/Paginas/default2.aspx. European State-of-Art Report 85
  86. 86. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP With support from European Schoolnet, and as a result of the Ministry’s participation in the ASPECT project, a more fully featured repository (using international standards) is being developed in 2009. 2.1.22. Romania AeL Educational AeL Educational (http://advancedelearning.com) is a portal in Romania which is managed by SIVECO. AeL is a national program for introducing IT into pre-university education and provides schools with both equipment and econtent which is stored on a local school server. The aim is that the quality of the learning process will increase as a result of teachers and students using intuitive and interactive didactic materials. European State-of-Art Report 86
  87. 87. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP Figure 59: AeL Educational The portal harvests all learning objects and is enriched and updated regularly. Teachers, parents and students all have access to the portal which includes 1,700 AeL multimedia lessons, dictionaries and encyclopaedia, interactive materials, tutorials, exercises, simulations and educational games. European State-of-Art Report 87
  88. 88. No 141942-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP According to SIVECO17 over seven million people benefit directly or indirectly from the services they provide including: 3 million pupils; over 11,000 teachers and instructors; 4,800 IT laboratories. 2.1.23. Slovenia The Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (Arnes, http://www.arnes.si) is a public institute which provides network services for research, educational and cultural organizations and enables them to connect and cooperate with each other and with related organizations abroad. In 1994, the Slovenian government started a six-year project (RO) aiming to contribute toward problem oriented, more efficient and friendlier schools18. The following factors were identified as crucial for the success of the project: informatization of curricula, networking and multimedia, teachers' education, staff support for the IT at schools and establishing the lifecycle of IT equipment. According to the EdReNe Report19, the RO project coordinators in Slovenia managed to find a solution to merge existing metadata into a new scheme as a result of their participation in the European Schoolnet CALIBRATE Project20: “After the end of the RO programme there was no regular funding provided for functioning of SIO. Only occasional actions to maintain certain sections and perform quality checks were performed. As a result of the lack of regular maintenance quite a lot of resources are outdated and without quality control. The metadata consists of three level descriptions: basic data, detailed technical and pedagogical description and evaluations. Also metadata scheme was not totally 17 !http://portal.edu.ro/index.php?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=2813!! 18 !http://www.educa.fmf.uni"lj.si/ro/izomre/novice/html/sen96.htm!! 19 !http://edrene.org/results/currentState/slovenia.html!! 20 !http://calibrate.eun.org/!! European State-of-Art Report 88

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