One of European Schoolnet's key aims is to support well-timed exchange of ideas and strategies among its members, the policy makers and shapers aiming at transforming education across Europe. Agile Collection of Information is our way to answer the needs of a constantly changing education world.
We applied to education some of the Agile Manifesto ways for better software development. The main ideas of the agile approach are to focus on people and interactions, working activities and approaches, collaboration with stakeholders and responding to change.
For each agile collection of information, European Schoolnet's Steering Committee propose topics that are emergent and in focus of EU countries. To collect and present information about state of the art and current activities around each chosen topic we use surveys, in-depth interviews, literature and desk research in several cycles. Just as agile methodology suggest – do, get feedback, improve, do it again and repeat.Each issue of Agile Collection of Information aims to:
- Identify emergent topics or the most recent policies
- Share evidence to support exchange in education
- Share ideas and "how tos"
- Give a broader context
Following data management trends in the European Union and on the suggestion of the European Schoolnet Steering Committee, the topic of digitally processed data use for learning and other educational purposes waschosen for the third edition of "Agile Collection of Information". Following this recommendation, we collectedinformation about data regulation, governance, management, and use from fourteen member countries:
Belgium-FR, Belgium-NL, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Portugal.
Information was collected through an online questionnaire, accompanied by a Glossary (regularly updated),which the participating countries answered with the support of different country experts. Their answers enabled us to identify the legislation, plans and processes, initiatives, actions, measures, and challenges in each country concerning data use for learning and other education purposes which we share with you in a cross-country overview of the interesting observations and insights.
The Recovery and Resilience Facility are loans and grants by the European Commission available to support reforms and investments undertaken by the Member States, with the aim to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient, and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.
In this agile information collection, we are focusing on the Recovery and Resilience plans in the area of Education, more specifically K12 education. We analysed Member states plans for reforms in areas of professional development, curriculum, initial teacher education, school organization, innovation, and research. We also compiled information about plans for equipment, infrastructure, and digital platforms improvement. At the end of this report, you may find excerpts about reforms, measures and investments in education from the national recovery and resilience plans of the countries that participated in this agile information collection.
Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) is one of the currently emerging fields in educational technology. Whilst it has been around for about 30 years with high expectations about its potential, it is still unclear how it can impact on teaching and learning, and how to make pedagogical advantage of it on a broader scale.
The educational community is facing the opportunity and challenge brought by the continuously developing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, which can potentially and fundamentally change the structure, operation, and governance of educational institutes.
After consultation with the Steering Committee, European Schoolnet conducted the survey about Artificial Intelligence (AI) role in K12 education in 2021.