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					              Key issues
          innovative teaching

                                     Dr. Athena BAZOU
                        Ellinogermaniki Agogi School, GR

AHEAD Conference, Brussels, 18 February 2002
• Key issues in the introduction of innovation in schools

• The vision for the school of innovations

• ICT in school

• The main educational concepts

• Our suggestion

• Application examples
in the traditional school

   Reality or utopia?
 Key issues in the introduction of innovation in school

1. Organizational

2. Pedagogical

3. Technological

4. Evaluation-Dissemination matters
• High cost -new equipment in schools
• Need for more preparation before the lesson
• Need to persuade that the proposed approaches increase the
quality and the effectiveness of the education
• Adoption of innovation in the curriculum
• Conservatism of the implicated Bodies (State, general
public- mostly parents but intellectuals, Academic staff as well)
• Need for technology literacy-Teachers’ training
• Evaluation –Dissemination procedure- Avoid the overlap
between products, plans already developed and new ones
        What’s the vision
for the school of tomorrow, the
     school of innovations ?
   The school of tomorrow will be able to emit and
 absorb along different wavelengths, be immersed in
contemporary culture, be open to the emotions, facts
 and news of its time. It will be permeated by society
  but not unprotected. The relationship between the
school and society will be one of osmosis, where the
new educational tools and learning environments will
  filter, guide and act as a membrane and interface
                                     M. Zini, i3 magazine
     ICT can contribute in the introduction of new
            pedagogical methods in school

As Johan Desloover from Vrije basisschool St.-Antonius college
(Ronse, Belgium) notes:

A computer is a wonderful learning tool for a child:
• Each time he moves the mouse, clicks a button or key in numbers/ words,
something is happening on the screen
• The learner gets immediately feedback
• And even if the pupil makes a mistake, the computer is never angry
• It offers each child many challenges and motivates them

Internet is a giant library and fast too. E-mails bring people together from
over the world and as they are rather anonymous, pupils have no fear to communicate.

The new technologies must not be imposed
as a substitute to the conventional teaching
but rather as an add-on that has to justify
its introduction through the qualitative
upgrade it offers to everyday school
  The main educational concepts
• Enhancement of a constructivist approach to
• Development of an interdisciplinary model in
  current educational practice
• Learning should be a collaborative experience
• Equal and parallel development of pedagogical
  and technological aspects
• Innovative pedagogical and technological aspects
  have to be systematically evaluated
Our suggestion

Bring innovation in school, bring society in school
through well-designed educational projects
combining technology, school activities and
methodological evaluation.
Their aim: the qualitative upgrade of the learning process
through the introduction of ICT in everyday teaching.
            Application examples

•   Videoconferencing in Instituto Tecnico Industriale A.Malignani
•   School +
•   YouRa
•   AgroWeb
•   Lab of tomorrow
        As Lorenzo Amat notes from the Instituto Tecnico
            Industriale A.Malignani (Udine, Italy):

• We have been experimenting for many years the use of Videoconferencing
(ISDN, Netmeeting and others) to add new tools to distance teaching (Trilateral
work of Italian students in cooperation with French and German students at
first in a very experimental Euro-class, then at distance on ISDN video
connection). Finally this means was used for teacher training and work at
distance in the environment of a “virtual classroom”.

• We have participated in many activities and associations in support of the
European Union, like the present “Europa Haus” of Gorizia and also have had
experience of bi- and trilateral agreements with schools in Eastern Europe.

                       School +
The main aim of SCHOOL+ research project is to design, develop,
demonstrate and evaluate a comprehensive teaching and learning
environment by integrating a progressive educational perspective with ICT,
to help schools to develop knowledge and skills required both by future
and present citizens of the IS. It constitutes an effort to involve all actors
(students, teachers, parents, experts in pedagogy and technology) in the
formation of the school of the future.

            YouRA project
The project aims at the development and application
of a pedagogical framework suitable for the
implementation of Open and Distance Learning
(ODL) to 10-12 year old students. Students collect
environmental data with hand-made devises, insert
the data in the YouRa e-tool, view the data of other
schools in Europe and get familiarized with graphical
representations and the environment.
    Homemade devices
    Students construct their own devices in order to
•   the temperature
•   the pressure
•   the height of rainfall
•   the speed of the wind
•   the direction of the wind

                                                Students’ activities
The project aims at the exploitation of the ICT for the development
of an environment that promotes interdisciplinary approaches and
makes full use of the capacity of informal learning. In the
framework of the AgroWeb project students from five European
countries collect information about the agricultural products of their
region, which they present and sell through the Internet
             The interface

The e-shop
       Lab of Tomorrow project
Lab of tomorrow develops the pedagogical framework
for successful application of emerging technology on
teaching science through everyday activities. The aim
is to develop a wearable technology for genuinely
useful educational use.

Kick life into the classroom
An intercultural communication trainer for European Travellers-on site

 The project aims at the development of an innovative
 multimedia language learning tool at the disposal of users
 who on location are willing to acquire certain language skills,
 in order to communicate with locals in the country of their
 destination. The tool is an educational platform
 with two main applications: a web-based application for on-
 line learning and a PDA application for location independent
      Future scenarios

distributed orchestra
Attempts to build the school of innovations can be
achieved only as the collaboration effort and the
complementary expertise of actors in the fields of
technology, communications, basic research, educational
software development, pedagogical psychology and
education, a group that can be brought together only in
the dimensions of the European Union.

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