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Speech by Henk Sligte at the opening of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Schools Project, March 10th, 2011

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  3. 3. Innovating EducationthroughInternational ICT-CollaborationSuccessful practice from the history of ESPto meet future educational challenges<br />The 25th Anniversary Conference of the<br />European Schools Project Association <br />Helsingør– Denmark<br />
  4. 4. Henk Sligte – NederlandUniversity of AmsterdamKohnstammInstituteforEducational Research Board of the ESP Association <br />Henk.Sligte@UvA.NL<br />The Skinny Bridge Amsterdam 1840 AD<br />
  5. 5. Welcome<br />Wilkommen<br />Welkom<br />Benvenuti<br />PLUS <br />MANY <br />MORE <br />LANGUAGES<br />to <br />Helsingør<br />
  7. 7. GreetingsfromRomania<br />Dear Henk<br /> <br />With a part of my soul I will be in Denmark. Please send my best regards to all the ESP friends.<br /> <br />Wish you one of the best conferences ever had and an enchanting spring to everyone!<br /> <br />I am looking forward to hearing the Conferece news next week.<br /> <br />My best wishes and all my kisses to ESP!!<br /> <br />See you soon,<br /> <br />Claudia<br />
  8. 8. Innovating EducationthroughInternational ICT-Collaboration <br />Schools as Vital Learning Centres <br />having meaningful and sustainable<br />international Connections with other schools and with the World <br /><ul><li> as Information Society (resources) and
  9. 9. as Global Village (communication & collaboration)</li></li></ul><li>From 1900: ‘In the year 2000’<br />
  10. 10. 2011: the connected school<br />
  11. 11. You in classroom<br />Rememberyourfirst time?<br />Whatyoudidthen?<br />Whatyou do now?<br />Whatyou want to do?<br />Whatchances?<br />Whatobstacles?<br />Whatwouldyour ‘ideal’ teaching and school be?<br />Dreams? <br />
  12. 12. How time flies....<br />Your first PC<br />Your first e-mail<br />Your first surf on the Web<br />Your first digital photo<br />Your first mobile phone, first SMS<br />When you used it for the first time, and when in your education?<br />Is it all not longer ago than 15 (10) years?<br />What about 2020? Will we learn & teach differently? Will schools be the same?<br />
  13. 13. Innovating Education throughInternational ICT-Collaboration <br />FACTORS THAT SHOULD BE IN BALANCE WITH EACH OTHER<br />
  14. 14. Successful practice from the history of ESPto meet future educational challenges<br />
  15. 15. ESP-Conferences<br />1. London<br />2. Amsterdam<br />3. Groburgwedel<br />4. Humlebaek<br />5. Lenham<br />6. Toledo<br />7. Schwerte<br />8. Amsterdam<br />9. Cambridge<br />10. Leuven <br />11. Portoroz<br />12. Copenhagen<br />13. Tartu<br />14. Haugesund<br />15. Rendsburg<br />16. Malmö<br />17. Roma<br />18. Prague<br />19. Järvenpää<br />20. Amsterdam<br />21. Piešt’any<br />22. A Coruña<br />23. Tartu<br />24. London<br />25. Helsingør<br /><ul><li>Working conferences for and by Educators
  16. 16. Creating Innovative Collaborative projects with ICT
  17. 17. Improving & extending community of learners</li></li></ul><li>Amsterdam - Telegraph Creek<br />1987<br />Two schools<br />Geography<br />English Language<br />6 teachers<br />80 pupils<br />One of the first experiments in the world<br />Pre-Internet<br />TELETRIP<br />Conversation Theory<br />
  18. 18. Fidonet, EARN, JANET, BITNET<br />
  19. 19. From Peter Hyde at Tahltan School in Telegraph Creek, British Columbia, Canada<br />6 years ago we didnt even have telephones here and we had to rely on short wave radio, so to be able to send messages in this manner is a big change for us. We only get mail trucked in here once a week, so electronic mail is certainly faster than the regualr mail!!<br />The first concept which is very difficult for Europeans to understand about northern B.C. is distance. Our nearest neighbour is a village, 120 km from here. Our population in this village is 350, and our neighbour, Dease Lake, has a population of 400. It is a 770 km drive to our nearest town, called Terrace. It has a population of only 16,000. Along the drive to Terrace you only pass through 3 villages, non with more than 500 people living in them. This is so different from Europe! Imagine driving 770 km from Amsterdam and only passing through three little villages!<br />
  20. 20. the first ‘electronic fieldtrip’ with this first ‘letter’ from Donna. <br />Hi! My name is Donna. I am 17 and in Grade 9.<br />Pretty bad eh?! <br />There are no guys or girls my age in this school. As a matter of fact there are only 50 students in this school form age 5 to my age. Just like some of you guys, "I don’t like some of the teachers in this school", but I do like my Teacher, David.<br />One thing I don’t like about school is that it starts at 8:45 in the morning.<br />My birthday is in January, and I have one brother and a sister who has a son and new baby girl. My mom is in my home town, so my boy friend (21) lives with me at my place. In the future I would like to graduate, then get married and have children, all within the next 3 or 4 years.<br />There is not much excitement around this little village, so there is a lot of drinking (I don’t drink any more), so it's nice to have a motorbike or something to keep you amused.<br />Bye, Donna.<br />P.S. Write soon!!! This is neat!!! Like really Rad!<br />
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  22. 22. 1988<br />The first European Triangle<br />Ecology<br />Poetry<br />Amsterdam<br />Großburgwedel<br />Lenham<br />
  23. 23. First lessons<br />When one school uses the mother tongue, and other schools use a foreign language, there is an imbalance. Better is it to use a mutual foreign language: learning effects at all sites.<br />Good appointments for frequency of messages<br />Balance in ages, in prior knowledge<br />Interaction: not only sending messages<br />thinkwritereadagainsend|||||<br />readreactposequestionssend<br />Netiquette: Golden Rules <br />
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  26. 26. Started in Groburgwedel 1989<br />by Lone Hagen & Thomas Peters<br />CONTENT<br />
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  32. 32. TeleprojectsInternational (CSC)Learning<br />Making meaningful connections between:<br />Pupils,Teachers, Schools, Cultures<br />Put clear subjects central<br />Make sure pupils can have interesting conversations on the subjects<br />Using languages:<br />Mutual foreign language<br />Using different forms and tools of ICT and Media:<br />Asynchronous (e-mail etc)<br />Synchronous (chat, videoconferencing etc)<br />Integrated in environments (eJournals, Moodle etc)<br />Meaningful= for learning + for teaching + for schools<br />
  33. 33. Glimpses from the 9th ESP Conference in Cambridge, England, 1995<br />
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  40. 40. COMENIUS3<br />2001 - 2004<br />
  41. 41. eJournalism<br />
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  43. 43. eJournal<br />Cecilia Estoque: Microsoft Award Most Innovative Teacher of the Year<br />
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  45. 45. The ESP Association Founded in 2005to sustain Comenius 3 networks plus ESP<br />
  46. 46. The association aims at the improvement, and the promotion of (ICT-based) innovation of education in Europe and beyond. It attempts to achieve its aims, by:•    promoting collaboration and cooperation between pupils, students, educators and researchers,•    availing access to international networks, •    promoting and supporting professional development of teachers and educators,•    developing innovative concepts, instruments and content,•    performing research,•    and in addition by (helping) generating all ideas to make and keep our schools good places for children and adults to be in, for continuously educating responsive and responsible participants in future society.   <br />
  47. 47. ESP<br />Association<br />2005<br />COMP@CT<br />ECOLE<br />European Schools Project<br />2001<br />1997<br />2011<br />2004<br />1987<br />ESP as Umbrella Organisation<br />For many many collaborative projects <br />For many many initiatives<br />Connecting networks<br />Connecting countries, schools, teachers, pupils<br />Learning of human beings in all their diversity with technology as medium<br />
  48. 48. ESP needs active members!!<br />A learning Community of Practitioners in Education<br />ESP is open to all kinds of bottom-up initiatives around ICT-innovation of education<br />Help improve and extend websites<br />Develop new and enhance existing content<br />Collect new applications of ICT and help spread the news<br />Find and motivate new teachers to join<br />Become famous <br />Talk to the Board!!!<br />
  49. 49. ESP is a network organisation in which international computer supported collaborative learning(CSCL) and teaching is the heart<br />
  50. 50. Innovating Education through International ICT-Collaboration<br />Schools need to cater for more than the transmission of knowledge, in order to enable young people’s participation in the diverse world in which they live.<br />Methodology in Schools needs to be more versatile.<br />Every student’s diverse talents need recognition and development.<br />Creative collaborative learning supported by ICT.<br />Increase motivation by Collaborative International projects for students and teachers.<br />Similarities and differences between countries, languages and cultures enable positive life long learning.<br />You learn the most of diversity<br />
  51. 51. Bridging Intercultural Diversity through Global (CSC)Learning<br />1) Schools need sustainable (continuous) innovation to keep in pace with the evolving society (ICT)<br />2) Schools need to remain/become high quality places young people like to be in for learning: evidence-based practice<br />3) Schools need to educate young people for responsible participants in society<br />Different literacies for participation in society<br />Ecological consciousness about school, nature, culture and society<br />
  52. 52. Evolution of the Media accelerates<br />Technology as extension of our senses, our bodies, our minds..........<br />We always needed media for our human processes of learning and communication:<br />From Growling, to Gesture, to Talking, to Handwriting, to Printing, to Snailmailing, to Telegraphing, to Phoning, to Faxing, to Emailing, to Surfing, to Chatting, Hyving, Breezing, Skyping, Twittering....<br /> Being someone, somewhere in virtual space………<br />Using more and more advanced media and tools in a changing society...<br />For education: non-technocentric but anthropocentric approach -> what helps and improves learning?<br />
  53. 53. What works in schools?<br />School-Level Factors:<br />• A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum<br />• Challenging Goals and Effective Feedback<br />• Parent and CommunityInvolvement<br />• Safe and Orderly Environment<br />• Collegiality and Professionalism<br />Teacher-Level Factors:<br />• Instructionalstrategies<br />• Classroom management<br />• Classroom curriculum design<br />Student-Level Factors:<br />• Home Environment<br />• Learned Intelligence and Background Knowledge<br />• Student Motivation<br />Robert Marzano based on 35 years of educational research<br />
  54. 54. Factors at pupil-level<br />Schools cannot do everything…<br />20% of difference in pupil achievements can be explained by school factors<br />80% by background factors of pupils:<br />Home environment<br />Learned Intelligence and Background Knowledge<br />Student Motivation<br />But schools can help in these…<br />And ESP as well>>><br />
  55. 55. What can the school do for these ?<br />Home situation: <br />Create and maintain connections between school and home, especially by giving information and courses on how to create a supportive environment for learning at home<br />Intelligence & Background knowledge: <br />Deepen the experience base: excursions, collaboration with organisations outside of school, support in creating life experiences<br />Pay always attention to language(s) also in non-language lessons <br />
  56. 56. What can the school do for these ?<br />Motivation: <br />Be positive; focus on achievements, not on failures<br />Create activities and assignments that are intrinsically attractive: <br />trigger curiosity, fantasy and inspiration (the Flow);<br />projects that foster collaboration, posing critical questions, group work<br />Teach pupils what motivation is, how it works and how it influences them: they get more grip on how their processes of thinking and acting work<br />
  57. 57. Factors at (individual) teacher-level <br />Pedagogical approach and instructional strategies<br />Knowing what is effective; guard and monitor what and how pupils learn in CSCL-projects <br />Classroom management<br />Good relation between teacher-pupil; pupil-pupils<br />Also in international project work <br />(Re)design of the programme (curriculum)<br />Not only rigid methods: keep on looking what works for your pupils<br />Also in using ESP-materials: keep on adjusting to your and your pupils’ needs and wants <br />
  58. 58. School-Level Factors<br />A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum <br />Enriched by ESP-work<br />Challenging Goals and Effective Feedback<br />Use this in international CSCL<br />Parent and CommunityInvolvement<br />Connect the school to the outside<br />Safe and Orderly Environment<br />Collegiality and Professionalism<br />Learn from and with the Other<br />No closed classrooms<br />Is the system ‘wrong’?<br />
  59. 59. SOS of the SOS<br />Save OurSchools of the SickOrganisationSyndrome<br /><ul><li>Insulitis: the islanddisease (time, content, closedclassrooms)
  60. 60. Technophobia: the fearfortechnology</li></ul>ESP = Building Bridgeswith ICT<br />Bridges for Learning <br />Bridging Best Practices<br />Bridging Visions for Learning<br />Bridging Intercultural Diversity through Global Learning<br />
  61. 61. We still do not know everything…<br />Factors that influence learning (outcomes) when doing international CSCL-projects??<br />Research into learning & cognition<br />3D-games lead to more lucid dreams: you dream 3D, you remember better, you can actually choose how to act, and the direction in which you go in your dream<br />Culture of MSN, Hyves, Facebook: other social learning, other cultures? For adults, parents and teachers: other ununderstandable behaviour of young people? Digital natives?<br />
  62. 62. Brain maturation not at the same time<br />Early development is not sign of giftedness<br />In secondary education: brain still very much in development<br />Especially metacognitive skills limited<br />Connection between intelligence and maturation of the frontal cortex<br />The more intelligent the pupil, the later the maturation<br />Possibly: at 14 behind; at 18 ahead<br />Room in schools for individual attunement to biological factors<br />
  63. 63. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are<br />
  64. 64. SMS<br />My smmrholswr CWOT. <br />B4, we usd 2go2 NY 2c my bro, his GF & thr 3 kids. <br />ILNY, it’s a gr8 plc<br />
  66. 66. Count the White Passes in silence!<br />
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  68. 68. The Mind Once Expanded to the Dimensions of Larger Ideas Never returns to its Original Size<br />
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  70. 70. Educational challenges now & later for us as educators<br />Sustainable ICT-innovation of learning, teaching and schools<br />Learning from & with the Other: collaborative construction knowledge & understanding<br />Developing rich powerful challenging real & virtual learning environments<br />Educating the Net Generation, the Homo Zappiens, for a Rapidly changing World<br />Lifelong (and lifewide) competence development in general, for teachers in specific<br />
  71. 71. CSCL-projects as innovative practice<br />Internet-based interactions & collaborations between teachers and pupils around ‘conversation’ topics relevant for learning and teaching of all participants in the project. <br />The topics and projects demand active & authentic learning (often in ‘the world’ outside of school)<br />They demand real collaboration between teachers<br />Always (mutual) foreign languages involved: different literacies<br />Always (inter-) cultural aspects connected: bridging cultures<br />Learning + Better understanding<br />KISS + The Sky is the limit<br />
  72. 72. The conference: a rich environment<br />For people to meet, to talk, to drink, to eat, to sing, to dance….<br />And to discuss about the ways in which we can make our schools better places to be in for our children and for ourselves as teachers, with open (digital) doors and open (digital) windows, better places to learn for the future, together with other teachers and other pupils in ICT-rich educational environments<br />And build bridges between people and cultures in all their diversity<br />And appreciate the collective culture we are in now!!!<br />
  73. 73. Let’s enjoy the conference<br />Let’s hope that this conference is a shared learning place for us all: <br />That we learn from the best practices of each other, <br />That we learn of the different cultures and countries we learn, work and live in, <br />That we learn how similar we are in fact, despite all differences. <br />And that we meet old friends and make new friends. <br />
  74. 74. Enjoy yourselves!Thank you<br />