Future network scenarios (1) SCENARIO 1: ENET - EUROPEAN EDUCATION NETWORK In 2025, eTwinning has evolved into a European Education Network (eNet), a centralised network of networks which unites different education stakeholders together. The platform is owned and managed by the European Commission and is available in all the official languages. eNet has become part of the initial teacher training (ITT) and an eTwinning "license" is given to all teachers. As safety and security is of paramount importance for eNet, all other users are requested to undergo a verification process when requesting a username and a password.
Future network scenarios (1) SCENARIO 1: ENET - EUROPEAN EDUCATION NETWORK eNet is now the main working tool for any teacher in Europe, through which their Personal Teaching Record is developed. This is linked to a career recognition system. eNet enables teachers to share and access high quality resources for free (through an open content license) in different European languages, prepare classes, document their work, assess their students, connect with other teachers through projects, look for jobs, search and apply for training and be active in suggesting changes in the curricula.
Future network scenarios (1) SCENARIO 1: ENET - EUROPEAN EDUCATION NETWORK Parents are also able to log in specific areas to view their childrens progress. Students, on the other hand, have their own pages on this new tool, but their activity can be monitored at any time by their teacher. Students feel it is a fun way of maintaining a form of "diary" of their scholastic work and collaborating with students from other schools. Education researchers have a section where they share articles which could be useful for teachers.
Future network scenarios (2) SCENARIO 2: MYNETWORK The MyNetwork scenario presents a personalised Social Networking approach to diverse and fragmented networks that exist along each other. In 2025, teachers are able to manage their networks through a single application and have got tired not being in control of their own data. A new application, MyNetwork enables teachers to create multiple profiles through a single log-on, whereby they are able to manage their personal data, its visibility and their list of contacts. Teachers are able to link to different applications which they think are useful, without losing too much time dedicating time to learn each and every one of them. A complex identity management system allows them to change from one profile to another at the click of a button.
Future network scenarios (2) SCENARIO 2: MYNETWORK For the school profile, the teacher enters into a secure environment, which is compliant with the schools policies. Teachers can also connect with teachers outside Europe to share ideas and resources. As an application which runs from the cloud, log on happens from anywhere, at any time. Students also have their own profile on MyNetwork, and there is no need for them to compromise their personal freedom because they are in control of what their teacher are able to see: their school profile. The teacher can observe how active the students are and see that they are more involved in active learning and take more initiative in using technology for learning.
Future network scenarios (3) SCENARIO 3: INTELLIGENT AGENTS In 2025, teachers are now connected 24/7 through different mobile devices. Given teachers often feel isolated, an Intelligent Agent (IA) has been created to assist them in their work, help them rummage through extensive pool of information and enable them to stay connected with other teachers. The teacher has opted for an IA avatar, a technology based solution which is programmed to perform searches, identify resources, present draft lesson plans and suggest a number of buddies who are also working in similar areas. This solution is provided by a private company and is paid by the school. Several companies offer competing solutions.
Future network scenarios (3) SCENARIO 3: INTELLIGENT AGENTS The IA avatar frees-up time for the teachers which can be dedicated to preparing lessons and attending continuous professional development (CDP). As a result, teachers feel that their teaching has improved and their students seem to be more motivated. The IA avatar helps to keep lesson plans diverse and through CPD, more creative and innovative activities can be developed in the classroom. The IA avatar can also identify buddies in the local area, so that teachers can maintain contacts with peers in the same area, and with other teachers teaching the same subject in other schools. In the past few years, there has been a big change to teachers’ profession. A huge proportion of what they used to do outside school hours is now done by the Intelligent Agent and teachers are now able to concentrate more on their work as a teacher.
Future network scenarios (4) SCENARIO 4: DIVERSIFIED TEACHING CAREERS In 2025, students are accustomed to personalised learning. Students go to school every day, but two days per week, they are expected to be autonomous in choosing how they want to learn. The school is responsible to provide different methods of how each student may receive different lessons. Lectures are available in three different modes: (1) in situ with the physical presence of teachers, (2) virtual in real-time learning with online presence of teachers, and (3) virtual learning in play-back mode or by an interactive application with the presence of a teacher. It is up to the student to decide how they want to attend the class, in which order, where they want to do it and in which language. Within such a student-centered system, Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is now divided into different career paths: teaching in class, teaching virtually or mentoring digitally.
Future network scenarios (4) SCENARIO 4: DIVERSIFIED TEACHING CAREERS Digital mentors will be trained to be responsible for a group of students through a network which links students performance to the mentor. While students mentors will be alerted if the student has not completed his/her task for the month, at the same time students may refer to their digital mentor whenever they come across a difficulty in their work. The role of the digital mentor has become indispensable for any student. Students are given various options to personalise their learning paths.
Future network scenarios (5) SCENARIO 5: OFFLINE NETWORKING By 2025, collaborative technology has failed in many aspects. Teachers have spent the last five years substantial amounts of time learning new networking applications, but it was not always clear if and how these technologies improved their teaching. An alternative group of teachers has emerged that almost exclusively teach offline. This new education scheme offers rotating teachers working for different schools within the area. They get to rotate schools within the city and now dedicate more time discussing things with other teachers face-to-face.
Future network scenarios (5) SCENARIO 5: OFFLINE NETWORKING Once a month, various teachers collaboration networking events are organised. In these events, teachers get an opportunity to do collaborative projects with other teachers. Students are also involved when these events take place locally. Interacting and collaborating with students from other schools has increased student motivation for learning new things. Attendance to such events is recognised as Continuous Professional Development and is no longer a problem in terms of teacher replacement, as the rotation scheme takes into account these events. Teachers feel the attendance to such events and their new role as a rotating teacher has improved their teaching. The monthly networking events are organised by a European body and supported by the national ministries. In other to facilitate face- to-face networking, a simple networking system has been set-up where teachers can look for other teachers prior to the events.
Future network scenarios FUTURE NETWORK SCENARIOS 1 – 5: 1: ENET - EUROPEAN EDUCATION NETWORK 2: MYNETWORK 3: INTELLIGENT AGENTS 4: DIVERSIFIED TEACHING CAREERS 5: OFFLINE NETWORKING 1. Do you think these scenarios are realistic? 2. Do you think these scenarios are likely to happen by 2025? 3. Do you see yourself as a teacher in this scenario? Possible answers: Yes / No / Perhaps / I don’t know 4. Which aspects do you find desirable and which not?