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London Smart Jan 08

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  • 1. Learning Matters: ICT Strategies for Success Roger Blamire European Schoolnet (EUN) London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 2. What is European Schoolnet (EUN)? Network of 28 Ministries of Education in Europe, based in Brussels Dedicated to Support schools in Promote the European bringing about the best use dimension in schools of technology in learning and education Improve and raise the quality of education in Europe London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 3. Our stakeholders and target groups Stakeholders Target groups Ministries Teachers, Pupils of Education IT Industry and Suppliers School Leaders European Schoolnet European Commission Policy makers Schools Researchers Developers Experts London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 4. Three strands of activity Knowledge building and Exchange on ICT policies and practice EUN Activities School networking Interoperability and and services content exchange London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 5. The ICT Impact Report • ICT allows for greater differentiation (especially in primary schools), with programmes tailored to individual pupils’ needs • Pupils do assignments more their own way when using a computer and their parents consider that they solve assignments more at their own level • Teachers consider that pupils work more in cohesion with their own learning styles, resulting in an impact on both academically strong and weak students • Pupils with special needs gain in different ways from ICT • Students assume greater responsibility for their own learning when they use ICT, working more independently and effectively • ICT offers learners assignments better suited to individual needs and makes it easier to organize their own learning, through the use of, for example, digital portfolios London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 6. Personalised learning • Definition: – Personalised learning and teaching means taking a highly structured and responsive approach to each child's and young person's learning, in order that all are able to progress, achieve and participate. It means strengthening the link between learning and teaching by engaging pupils - and their parents - as partners in learning. – “Choice and voice” • Spread in Europe – Haven’t teachers always differentiated? – Child-focused systems • Example: – iClass – P2V London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 7. Mobile learning • Disruptive to schools: – quot;Every year some youngsters arrive back at school with MP3 players, mobile phones and electronic games. quot; This can be a real headache for teachers when they are trying to get everyone settled down to start learning. Teachers would be grateful if pupils just brought a pen.quot; – “Mobile phones to be treated as potentially offensive weapons” Chris Keates, General secretary of UK teaching union • But does learning have to be contained in schools? – “It is the world which is our school.” Jan Comenius. b. 1592 • Spread in Europe • Example: – eMAPPS.com London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 8. Games and mobiles in Poland London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 9. So the garden is rosy? • Mainstreaming small-scale success • Assessment regimes • Pedagogies • The usual inhibitors • A solution: peer learning? London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice
  • 10. Where’s the teacher? Where’s the ‘classroom’? info@eun.org Insight knowledge base London, Roger Blamire 11 January 2008 Insight into policy and practice

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