"Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools" book is published

Press release - Brussels, 15 September 2015: The results of the 12.5 million Euro iTEC project, which piloted educational tools and resources in over 2500 classrooms across 20 European countries, are now available in a new book published by Springer International Publishing.

“Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools” reports on the legacy of iTEC, a comprehensive effort to provide a sustainable model for fundamentally redesigning teaching and learning, which was undertaken in response to the European Commission’s call for proposals as part of the “Learning in the 21st-Century Research Challenge”. This four-year project, coordinated by European Schoolnet, involved 26 project partners, including Ministries of Education or national agencies representing ministries (MoE), technology providers, and research organisations.

The book outlines how teachers, head teachers, and policymakers can develop and implement innovative teaching and learning scenarios and activities involving ICT adapted to a local context, and how a wide range of technologies can support this process for teachers and their national/regional communities. In addition, it shows how iTEC has developed a change management process and Future Classroom Toolkitthat is being mainstreamed and scaled up through MOOCs, ambassador schemes, and train-the-trainer programmes. It also addresses the role of ‘future classroom labs’ in inspiring teachers, head teachers, and policymakers, and how the iTEC approach can engage both teachers and learners in schools across Europe.

Readers with a more technical focus may also be interested in the discussion of recommender systems, the flexible provision of resources and services, the deployment of cloud services in schools, and systems for composing technological support for lesson plans.

“Key to the success of the iTEC project, and what makes it different from other technology-focused education initiatives, is that it allows teachers to take a step back from their everyday practice to visualise and create scenarios of how learning could be,” comments Giovanni Biondi, Chair of European Schoolnet.

During the project, the Future Classroom Scenario and Learning Activity methodologies became familiar to thousands of teachers across Europe taking part in the pilot activities and through numerous training workshops organized by the national partners. A “Future Classroom Scenarios” online course was also organized twice through theEuropean Schoolnet Academy MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) platform engaging thousands of participants and the course materials are available online freely for self-learning.

The iTEC scenario development process has been further exploited in other European Schoolnet projects funded by the European Union such as the Creative Classrooms Lab project (EC-LLP funded, 2013-2015) focused on the pedagogical use of tablets in classrooms. European Schoolnet has also used the iTEC scenario development process in school pilots and professional development programmes funded by industry partners including Samsung, Google and Acer. Furthermore, the collaborative learning tool “TeamUp” developed by the Aalto University within the iTEC project has been widely used in several projects, including ENABLE, the first pan-European collaboration between public agencies and businesses to combat bullying.

The book and its chapters are available free-of-charge in digital format (PDF and ePub). The book is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. A hard copy can be purchased from the publisher.