Networking learning
     communities: skills, platforms
           and contents
                        Riina Vuorikari
  ...
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        European Schoolnet (EUN)
• 31 Ministries of Education (MoE) in Europe

• Created in 1997

• Major European e...
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Lisbon
December 12 2008
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Lisbon
December 12 2008
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Lisbon
December 12 2008
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            LRE provides content by
                                    Publishers
  Ministries of Education (MoE)
 ...
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Lisbon
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Lisbon
December 12 2008
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   What is a tag?

       Personal metadata by a user, not a
   •

       librarian or other expert indexer

       ...
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Lisbon
December 12 2008
Skills needed: to navigate through a
       variety of learning resources
              Other sources of content creation
...
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 Skills needed: collaborate and navigate
              the networks
Increasingly, educational activities in both
  ...
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                   eTwinning for schools
• 49 500 active members in Europe

• Learning 2.0 enables that people,
  t...
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                      eTwinning schools
              nodes


eTwinning projects




Lisbon
December 12 2008
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Lisbon
December 12 2008
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Lisbon
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       What type of information do
        social networks reveal?



Lisbon
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       What type of information do
        social networks reveal?



Lisbon
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           tightly connected nodes in the central




Lisbon
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     isolated groups interacting mostly amongst
                     themselves




Lisbon
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    “singletons” with no connection, least central




Lisbon
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                   What more?




Lisbon
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  closeness: the shortest distances between each individual and every other
                             person in th...
Reach: the degree any member of a network can
reach other members of the network
Betweenness: Degree an individual lies between other
individuals in the network: an intermediary; liaisons; bridges
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New skills needed for teachers?
Educators should be able to perceive the Internet
  and its different networks as a...
Paradox: young people have falling
  interest in maths, science and
       technology in general
 Yet young people are kee...
e-Skills career portal
Targets IT skills for:
     –      Students at secondary and tertiary level
     –      Early caree...
Visit the portal
• http://eskills.eun.org




Lisbon
December 12 2008
Learning Resource Exchange
                    http://lreforschools.eun.org

                             eTwinning
      ...
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Networking learning communities: skills, platforms and contents

  1. 1. Networking learning communities: skills, platforms and contents Riina Vuorikari Senior Research Analyst European Schoolnet Lisbon December 12 2008
  2. 2. 2 European Schoolnet (EUN) • 31 Ministries of Education (MoE) in Europe • Created in 1997 • Major European education portals for learning resources, collaboration and skills • Leads the way in bringing about change in schooling through the use of new technology Lisbon December 12 2008
  3. 3. 3 Lisbon December 12 2008
  4. 4. 4 Lisbon December 12 2008
  5. 5. 5 Lisbon December 12 2008
  6. 6. 6 LRE provides content by Publishers Ministries of Education (MoE) – FWU – In 2009 also – – Austria Cambridge-Hitachi MoE of – – Estonia Cambridge University Press Portugal! – – Finland Skolavefurinn – Lithuania – – Flanders Contento – Norway (Belgium) – Promethean – Poland – France – Young Digital Planet – Region of – Hungary – Siveco Catalonia – Iceland – Dunlem e-Learning – Slovenia – Israel Others – Spain – Ireland – OERcommons – Sweden – Italy – Cité des Sciences – Open University (UK) Lisbon December 12 2008
  7. 7. 7 Lisbon December 12 2008
  8. 8. 8 Lisbon December 12 2008
  9. 9. 9 What is a tag? Personal metadata by a user, not a • librarian or other expert indexer Personal marker to help associate with • the resource Can be used for sorting or managing • - keep found things found! Lisbon December 12 2008
  10. 10. 10 Lisbon December 12 2008
  11. 11. Skills needed: to navigate through a variety of learning resources Other sources of content creation (e.g. school book publishers, museums, websites..) Institutional sources Community driven content (e.g. Ministry of education, universities) Teacher-created content
  12. 12. 12 Skills needed: collaborate and navigate the networks Increasingly, educational activities in both schools and higher education involve collaboration with other institutions, teachers and learners. Collaboration and networking serves as a “new resource” to support and enhance specific learning goals! Lisbon December 12 2008
  13. 13. 13 eTwinning for schools • 49 500 active members in Europe • Learning 2.0 enables that people, teachers, peer learners, subject experts, etc. can help build new ‘communities of practice’ on local and global scale Lisbon December 12 2008
  14. 14. 15 eTwinning schools nodes eTwinning projects Lisbon December 12 2008
  15. 15. 16 Lisbon December 12 2008
  16. 16. 17 Lisbon December 12 2008
  17. 17. 18 What type of information do social networks reveal? Lisbon December 12 2008
  18. 18. 19 What type of information do social networks reveal? Lisbon December 12 2008
  19. 19. 20 tightly connected nodes in the central Lisbon December 12 2008
  20. 20. 21 isolated groups interacting mostly amongst themselves Lisbon December 12 2008
  21. 21. 22 “singletons” with no connection, least central Lisbon December 12 2008
  22. 22. 23 What more? Lisbon December 12 2008
  23. 23. 24 closeness: the shortest distances between each individual and every other person in the network Lisbon December 12 2008
  24. 24. Reach: the degree any member of a network can reach other members of the network
  25. 25. Betweenness: Degree an individual lies between other individuals in the network: an intermediary; liaisons; bridges
  26. 26. 27 New skills needed for teachers? Educators should be able to perceive the Internet and its different networks as a rich resource that can support and enhance learning and teaching of the future generations. Message for policy makers: This type mindset should be explicitly supported by leadership at the institutional and system level! Lisbon December 12 2008
  27. 27. Paradox: young people have falling interest in maths, science and technology in general Yet young people are keen users of IT tools – Majority use a blog, Facebook or MySpace account, or other IT tool regularly (particularly girls) – Majority play computer games in some form – Now spend more time on YouTube than watching TV Lisbon December 12 2008
  28. 28. e-Skills career portal Targets IT skills for: – Students at secondary and tertiary level – Early career IT professionals – Educators – IT stakeholders: companies, EU level actors, etc. Lisbon December 12 2008
  29. 29. Visit the portal • http://eskills.eun.org Lisbon December 12 2008
  30. 30. Learning Resource Exchange http://lreforschools.eun.org eTwinning http://www.etwinning.net e-Skills portal: http://eskills.eun.org Lisbon December 12 2008
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