Connected schools enable whole school change


18/12/2014

Press release | Brussels, 18 December 2014: Promoting a whole-school approach to ICT use is the focus of Living Schools Lab, a two-year, EC-funded project that built a network of over 500 teachers and supported schools through pan-European teams working collaboratively on a number of topics, and through a variety of opportunities for teachers' ongoing professional development.

Living Schools Lab (LSL), involving 15 partners across 12 countries, including 10 Education Ministries, launches today its recommendations on the development of whole-school innovation and technology-supported change, based on observation visits in each participating country. 

We need a different kind of vision that demonstrates how education in school is connected and interconnected to the outside world more than ever before. Technology is not our biggest challenge in enabling whole school change,” affirms Diana Bannister MBE, University of Wolverhampton – leading observation and documentation of practice in LSL schools.

The teachers engaged in scaling up best practices between schools with various levels of technological proficiency. “We can share what we do and gain from what others do and together forge ahead with innovation and inspiration to build the classroom of tomorrow,” affirms Gearóid Ó Duibhir (Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí, Ireland), one of the teacher participating in LSL.

The project aims to expand beyond its network: “coordinating with European Schoolnet’s Future Classroom Lab and through Future Classroom Ambassadors, we aim to reach out to many more teachers and provide them with a wealth of outputs, resources and learning initiatives to help them face the challenge of mainstreaming innovative approaches,” says Dorothy Cassells, Living Schools Lab project manager, European Schoolnet. 

Living Schools Lab produced, among other outputs, the methodology and approaches used to build the network of living schools, a framework for mainstreaming change - to help schools consider the school environment supporting change, a collaborative schools course for school leaders and practitioners, a wealth of freely available resources, including short online learning events, videos and case studies, and a manual for European Commission projects, companies and organisations interested in running  validations in schools in Europe.
 
Living Schools Lab testimonials

Living Schools Lab has helped to gain insight in what other teachers across Europe are doing do embrace technology at school.” Skevi Demetriou, teacher at Geroskipou A, Paphos, Cyprus

LSL has given me the chance to witness some amazing teaching and learning. This project will help your school to organise, assess and develop technology-based learning. It opens up a world of knowledge and support that I didn’t even know existed! I am by no means a ‘techie’, but I am learning so much as I go, and ultimately this will create a better classroom for my students and for myself.”  Aelsa Carroll, teacher at St. Fintan’s High School, Dublin, Ireland

Since taking part in the project, we now reflect more on how we train staff, how we implement and embed a new project or how we evaluate the impact and review current practices so that other schools can pick up not only the ideas but steps and ways of embedding it.” Kirsty Tonks, e-learning director at Shireland Collegiate Academy, West Midlands, United Kingdom

The involvement in the Living Schools Lab project has been important for us. Taking part in the regional hub helped us to share good practices on a topic we have been working with, the use of one-to-one devices. In the project we have also upgraded our knowledge on collaborative learning, a topic we built up together with teachers from other European countries.” Xavier Garnier, teacher at Lycée Pilote Innovant International (LP2i), Poitiers, France
 
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Valentina Garoia, Press and Communications Coordinator, European Schoolnet.
Tel: +32 2 790 36 or +32 488 495246 (mobile) valentina.garoia@eun.org

 

About Future Classroom Lab
Created by European Schoolnet, the Future Classroom Lab (FCL) is an inspirational learning environment in Brussels, challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms. Through six learning zones, visitors can explore the essential elements in delivering 21st century learning: students' and teachers' skills and roles, learning styles, learning environment design, current and emerging technology, and societal trends affecting education. To learn more about the Future Classroom Lab, visit: http://fcl.eun.org

 

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