Where are we? Portugal Aveiro district Arouca Castelo de Paiva Vale de Cambra
Where are the IWB’s 3 secondary schools (16 to 18 years old) 5 schools (10 to 15 years old) 6 primary schools (6 to 9 years old) 6 kintergarden 1 Teacher Training Centre
Building Promethean Communities 21 schools involved in the Interact Project located in the geographic area of the Centro de Formação de Entre Paiva e Caima, northeast of Aveiro district All the schools are situated in an disadvantaged region , far from the big centres (Oporto and Lisbon), and majorly inserted in rural and industrial environments . Almost all schools are connected to the Internet (Broadband). In general there is some student school abandonment and school failure . Teachers are willing to embrace new projects that motivate pupils, especially with the aid of ICT.
Building Promethean Communities <ul><li>Interact </li></ul><ul><li>Project </li></ul><ul><li>aims </li></ul><ul><li>To evaluate the impact of interactive boards in classes; </li></ul><ul><li>To determine the contributions that the introduction of interactive boards can bring to ICT integration in classes in the various subjects of the curricula; </li></ul><ul><li>To foster the development of a professional community of teachers based on sharing and collaboration , who is interested in a wider dissemination of best practices ; </li></ul><ul><li>To identify best practices in the use of interactive boards in class contexts. </li></ul>
Constructivism | Connectivism Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity . How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era. George Siemens, A Learning Theory for the Digital Age (2004) http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
What’s the results, for now? <ul><li>Advanced ICT skilled teachers </li></ul><ul><li>More than 1000 flipcharts in the moodle platform </li></ul><ul><li>More communication, interaction and collaboration between teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Students are more engaged in the classroom and they respect and admire the teacher work (heroes at school) </li></ul><ul><li>New methodologies of learning and teaching are emerging </li></ul>