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1 Innovative use of ICT in schools based on findings in ELFE project (The European e-learning Forum for Education) Ulf Fredriksson Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning, Ispra, Italy and Mid Sweden University, Sweden Tjeerd Plomp University of Twente, the Netherlands Gunilla Jedeskog Linköping University, Sweden Elsebeth Sorensen Aalborg University, Denmark Maria Rasmusson Mid Sweden University, Sweden

2 2 Innovative use of ICT in schools based on findings in ELFE project The ELFE project – a short presentation Findings from the project Discussions and conclusions

3 3 The ELFE project Initiated by ETUCE 2 year project financed by the EU allow ETUCE and the wider society to get a better understanding of the strengths and the weaknesses of using ICT in primary and secondary education

4 4 The ELFE project: aims Aim 1: Analyse and share good experiences and identify good practices in using ICT Aim 2: Study the possibilities of transferring these good practices to other schools and countries Aim 3: Create a debate on how the European policy on eLearning and use of ICT in education should be developed

5 5 The ELFE project Cooperation between researchers and teacher unions Denmark, Germany, Norway, Portugal and United Kingdom Three schools from each country An additional study in Sweden (three schools)

6 6 The ELFE-project: selection of schools normal - no extra budgets and support primary and secondary schools pedagogical innovation the school as a whole national trade union representative three school - one day per school

7 7 ELFE instruments interviews - questionnaires - documents principals - innovative teachers - other teachers - ICT coordinators - students

8 8 Seven questions 1.What difference does the use of ICT make in schools where ICT is intensively used for instructional/pedagogical purposes? 2.To what extent are teachers practices and outcomes changed? 3.What are perceived advantages and disadvantages of the use of ICT in teaching and learning? 4.What factors influence the intensive use of ICT?

9 9 Seven questions 5.How are the students influenced by this different way of teaching as compared to the traditional classroom education, both individually and as a collective? 6.What are the possibilities to sustain and to transfer good ICT based teaching/learning practices? 7.To what extent did the local discussions on and experiences with use of ICT have contributed to whole school development?

10 10 What factors influence the intensive use of ICT? (Q 4.4) Vision on teaching and learning Schools involvement in other innovations Leadership style of the principal Integration of ICT in the schools culture Teachers professional development Teacher collaboration External policies and linkages relevant for ICT use and pedagogical changes

11 11 What difference does the use of ICT make in schools where ICT is intensively used for instructional/pedagogical purposes? (Q 4.1) Interaction between teachers Interaction between teachers and students Better communication with parents Other type of interaction with local community Influences on teaching and learning New physical arrangements Increased efficiency of school administrations and effectiveness of school management

12 12 How are the students influenced by this different way of teaching as compared to the traditional classroom education, both individually and as a collective? (Q4.5) What students do with ICT How students experience working with ICT no hard evidence of what impact the intensive use of ICT in subjects and/or in projects and independent learning tasks has on students new competences such as being able to work independently and in projects, to search for information, to collaborate and communicate, etc

13 13 How are the students influenced by this different way of teaching as compared to the traditional classroom education, both individually and as a collective? (Q4.5) Students show more confidence and have better learning motivation Students have no instrumental problems in working with computers and more general with ICT In general students like working with computers

14 14 To what extent are teachers practices and outcomes changed? (Q. 4.2) Project based teaching Teachers - facilitators A variety of resources More individualised instruction New competences Some teachers - forerunners - enthusiasts Some teachers - disagree with policies of change

15 15 What are perceived advantages and disadvantages of the use of ICT in teaching and learning? (Q4.3) Perceived advantages - the use of , problem solving, critical thinking, improve learning processes etc. Perceived disadvantages - not enough hands-on activities,difficult to work independently, distraction, copying from Internet etc.

16 16 To what extent did the local discussions on and experiences with use of ICT have contributed to whole school development? (Q4.7) Influences on teaching and learning Interaction with local community Interaction between teachers Interaction between teachers and students Better communication with parents Increased efficiency of school administrators and effectiveness of school management New physical arrangements

17 17 The teacher as the key Discussion and conclusions: The teacher as the key The appropriate role of technology depends on the individual educational designers/teachers views and perception of the goals of educationThe appropriate role of technology depends on the individual educational designers/teachers views and perception of the goals of education A conscious choiceA conscious choice TimeTime

18 18 Time is an issue (Fullan, 2001) Discussion and conclusions: Time is an issue (Fullan, 2001) Three stages:Three stages: –Initiation: Being informedBeing informed –Implementation (change): Fear, risk, etc.Fear, risk, etc. Pedagogical imaginationPedagogical imagination CompetenceCompetence –Institutionalization

19 19 A set of questions for reflection Discussion and conclusions: A set of questions for reflection The role of the teacher/student?The role of the teacher/student? How to balance student initiatives and teachers need to control?How to balance student initiatives and teachers need to control? Dialogue/collaboration?Dialogue/collaboration? How to use ICT to foster collaboration?How to use ICT to foster collaboration? Imagining appropriate assessment models?Imagining appropriate assessment models?

20 20 Discussion and conclusions The findings from the ELFE project are not possible to generalize. Comparing schools that are supposed to be in the forefront may give some hints about the directions of developments in the involved countries The differences between the schools in the project seem to reflect the differences between the countries.

21 More information about the ELFE- project

22 22 Merci Dank e Gracias Tack


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