• best practices of
    Information and Communication
    Technologies in Education
  • Community of Practice
    supported by virtual
    and social tools
  • promote the use
    of next generation networks
    for educational communities

Summary

In the recent years there has been, at European level, an increase in the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies in Education, due to different strategies and policies implemented in several projects since the 80s. It is necessary, in this context, to analyze, reflect on the current situation and produce guidelines pointing towards the improvement of teaching and learning with ICT. In particular, looking at the teaching of Sciences, where ICT tools can replace, in part, expensive laboratories. Thus, this project has as main objective to draw a roadmap of the implementation/use of Information and Communication Technologies in Primary, Secondary and Vocational Schools in order to assess their use and thus design guidelines in order to find best practices of ICT use in teaching-learning processes in the Sciences domain. This will be achieved through an extended discussion of practitioners and decision makers gathered on a Community of Practice supported by virtual and social tools.

The project's expected results are: (1) to provide an inventory of existing ICT in primary and secondary schools in Europe and the existing gaps in software and hardware, in particular in Sciences (2) to show the impact of the introduction of ICT in the classroom for that purpose, (3 ) to analyze training procedures for teachers in ICT use and to assess the motivation of students and teachers to use ICT in the classroom (4) and to recommended best practices for using ICT in the Sciences classroom.

The realization of this project meets the Digital Agenda 2015, whose focus is to "promote the use of next generation networks for educational communities by providing services and educational content of interest, enhancing the infrastructure and technological equipment in existing public schools "and the Technological Plan for Education that identifies the need for training and certification of teachers for school modernization in Europe.

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