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Presentation BECTA 08112006

  1. 1. Key developments in ICT in Norwegian Education Deputy Director General Øystein Johannessen Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research BECTA Visit Coventry 08112006
  2. 2. <ul><li>Digital Literacy and Curriculum Reform </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul>Topics in my presentation
  3. 3. National Curriculum Reform <ul><li>Covers grades 1-13 and takes effect from school year 2006-2007. Heavy investments in teacher competencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Hallmark 1: Less focus on normative methodology, clear competence goals </li></ul><ul><li>Hallmark 2: 5 basic skills as basis for learning and development to be embedded in all subjects at all levels. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to be able to express oneself orally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to be able to read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to be able to express oneself in writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to be able to do arithmetic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to be able to use information and communication technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Basis digital skills: Need for diversity. Avoid mouse-trap  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Case I: Digital Skills in Norwegian <ul><li>Digital skills: Enabling the potential in reading and writing. Critical use of sources. Improve communication and presentation skills. </li></ul><ul><li>4th grade: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search and retrieve texts by using ICT. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding useful material for essays etc. on the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>7th grade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use ICT in creating texts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain IPR for texts from the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10th grade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess the value of texts and info from the Internet </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Case II: Digital Skills in Arts <ul><li>Digital skills: Production of digital images, critical use of digital tools and techniques etc. </li></ul><ul><li>7th grade: Compare various techniques in folks art and crafts in different cultures by using digital sources </li></ul><ul><li>10th grade: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess various messages, ethical issues and visual quality in ads, movies, websites and computer games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document own work in multimedia presentations </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The need for a coherent approach-> Identity Management <ul><li>Identity management (ID management) is a broad administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system (such as a country, a network, or an enterprise) and controlling their access to resources within that system by associating user rights and restrictions with the established identity . </li></ul><ul><li>IDM - within the educational sector (i.e. FEIDE) </li></ul><ul><li>Building upon a policy for Federation </li></ul><ul><li>Based upon Open standards </li></ul><ul><li>Single Sign-On </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One single username + password for access to multiple digital services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deployment step-by-step towards 2010 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Identity Management is… <ul><li>“ Hi! I’m Lisa.” ( Identity ) </li></ul><ul><li>“… and here’s my NetID / password to prove it.” </li></ul><ul><li>( Authentication ) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I want to do some E-Reserves reading.” </li></ul><ul><li>( Authorization  : Allowing Lisa to use the services for which she’s authorized) </li></ul><ul><li>“ And I want to change my grade in last semester’s Physics course.” </li></ul><ul><li>( Authorization  : Preventing her from doing things she’s not supposed to do) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Strategy for Digital Learning Resources (to be launched late 2006) <ul><li>Cross-sectoral and demand-side oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledges DLR as a driver for ICT integration </li></ul><ul><li>Based on a holistic view on learning resources as a means to support methodological diversity in the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>National heritage on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability issues </li></ul><ul><li>IPR and tax issues </li></ul><ul><li>Digital portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Higher and Adult Ed are addressed </li></ul>
  9. 9. Digital Learning Resources in Upper Secondary Education: Goals 2006 Initiative(Revised Ntl Budget) <ul><li>Increase access to and use of digital learning resources in upper sec. education </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building for acquisition and development of digital learning resources in schools and reional authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Increase volume and plethora of digital learning resources for upper secondary education </li></ul><ul><li>Over time reduce learner expenses for learning resources </li></ul>
  10. 10. Challenge I: Towards….World 2.0  <ul><li>Web 2.0 and social software give our students new tools for production, interaction and sharing online. -> Challenge to the educational system </li></ul><ul><li>Computer games : Engages children in complex learning situations requiring the ability to master different set of modalities (J P Gee 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>OECD 2006 (”New Millelium Learners”) and others: How will the gap between home and school use of ICT affect education? Risk of marginalisation? </li></ul><ul><li>New learners are more ICT-savvy than before. We have to grasp this challenge </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenge II: How long is the last mile…? <ul><li>Competence development does not seem to have sufficient impact (eLearning Nordic 2006) -> Need to revisit teacher and in-service training </li></ul><ul><li>New curriculum: Embedding of digital skills is critical for embedding ICT in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient alignment of assessment to new curriculum? </li></ul><ul><li>Better knowledge base is required </li></ul><ul><li>Access issues: Broadband connectivity and PC access at home are still related to income and educational level of parents. Broadband connectivity in primary schools unevenly distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Adults at risk ?: Insufficient basic skills -> Barriers to participation in Knowledge Society </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Ed revisited? </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Architecture, Open Source Software and Open Standards : White Paper on ICT Policy late 2006 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Digital Competencies are necessary to navigate in difficult waters – even on a sunny day  Thank you for your attention [email_address]