Digital School Seminars (KA1)

Creation of a European strategy plan for the development of Digital Schools: a programme to guide the steps for an efficient integration of ICT in schools

Context
ICT provision and use in European schools is improving but several obstacles remain. First, teachers still believe that insufficient ICT equipment is the biggest obstacle to ICT use in many countries. Second, whilst teachers are using ICT for preparing classes, ICT use in the classroom for learning is infrequent. Teacher training in ICT is rarely compulsory and most teachers devote spare time to private study. Third, students and teachers have the highest use of ICT and ICT learning-based activities when schools combine policies on ICT integration in teaching and learning. However, most schools don't have such an overarching policy. Therefore it is not surprising that teachers generally believe that there is a need for radical change to take place for ICT to be fully exploited in teaching and learning. (Survey of schools: ICT in Education, FINAL REPORT a study prepared for the European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology, Digital Agenda for Europe).
The Survey of schools: ICT in Education line out how despite having access and positive attitudes towards implementing ICT into their teaching and learning, teachers often find this difficult and require on-going support - not only technical but also pedagogical. For example providing ICT coordinators in school with a role of pedagogical as well as technical guidance, or increasing the training provided by school staff and others to teachers of all disciplines. It should therefore be encouraged, including subject-specific training on learning applications.
Online professional collaboration between teachers can also lead to effective changes
in their practice, and a deeper awareness of their own professional development needs. Although online resources and networks are widely available in Europe, they are a relatively new way for teachers to engage in professional development, and only a minority is exploiting their benefits. There is a need therefore to further promote – starting with pre-service training – such online platforms and the opportunities they can afford to the European teaching community.

Objectives
Enhancing digital integration in learning and teaching supporting ICT-based teaching, as well as ICT-based assessment practices. In particular, supporting teachers, educational staff in acquiring or improving the use of ICT for learning and related digital competences; supporting digital integration in learning to reach audiences; exploring the potential of learning analytics and crowd-assessment to increase the quality of learning.

Programme
Creation of a European strategy plan for the development of Digital Schools: a training program design to guide the steps for an efficient integration of ICT in schools. A personalized plan will be out-line for each participant organization, attending their specific needs and benefits elaborating a Digital Development Plan (Digital School Plan) throughout two years.
Inercia Digital with the collaboration of the School will organize a set of 8 seminars (50 hours -8
days- each) focus on ICT integration in school management and education activity. Each participant can select at least 4 seminars.
Programme:
European Digital School: efficient integration of ICT in schools;
Digital skills and Web 2.0 tools for education;
Personal Learning Environments (PLE);
Media Design training content for e-learning;
Teaching Strategies for E-learning;
Digital Information Management for Educational use;
E-learning platforms;
Participation of Schools in the European programmes and networking.

Follow up of Seminars: each seminar will be follow by an activity in which participants will experiment best practices discussed in the seminars with their colleagues and students. The activity to carry out will be decide with the school tutor help (duration at least of 1 month).
At the end of the activity participants will report to the benefits and the problems in carry out such tasks.

Training Staff: specialists in digital skills for trainers, teachers and professors. There will be two tutors per seminar (English and Spanish).
Methodology: combined methodology of e-learning and onsite training. The monitoring of the plan will be virtual by Inercia Digital platform.
On-site seminars are developed with informal training and based on discussions and presentations of best practices in schools and practical use of ICT tools.
Informations on the Seminar: 8 days of training. Specialised trainers. All materials and resources are included.
The course includes:
Tuition and support (8 days course)
Pre-course activities
Post-course support
Materials

Languages: All seminars and all Plans are developed in English and Spanish, with the intention of contributing to the development of Spanish language skills, fostering relationships with partners, Spanish and Latin American stakeholders.

KA1 MOBILITY PROJECT FOR EDUCATION STAFF

Eligible activities → staff training: this activity supports the professional development of education staff in the form of participation in structured courses.

Who can apply? An education organisation sending its staff abroad; An education organisation, acting as coordinator of a national mobility consortium of education organisations.

Duration of Programme: 2 years

Duration of activity of each Seminar: 7 days, excluding travel time.

Eligible participants: Staff in charge of education, working in the sending education organisation(s).

Other criteria: An education organisation or national mobility consortium of education organisations can apply only once per selection round. However an education organisation may be part of or coordinate several different consortia applying at the same time.

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Project overview

Digital School Seminars (KA1) is a project by
Inercia Digital
taking place
from 2015-05-01 till 2017-05-01
This project relates to:
Training and Networking
and is focusing on:
  • Innovation
  • Media and communication

Short URL to this project:

http://otlas-project.salto-youth.net/3813

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