Objectives

This network has as main objective to draw a roadmap of the implementation/use of Information and Communication Technologies in Primary and Secondary Schools in order to assess their use and thus design guidelines in order to find best practices of ICT use in teaching-learning processes. In particular, the study and design will focus on the application of ICT in sciences teaching and learning. The network will analyse the current practice in the application of active methodologies (inquiry-based, problem and project-based, social collaboration, game-based learning) in the scope of the consortium but also in other entities and projects. It will also analyse interactive technologies, from digital whiteboards and mobile devices to low cost 3D systems and its application in this domain. It will create the conditions to the exchange of good practice between participants in the network (which will grow from the set of partners to all the interested individuals and institutions).

Therefore the network's expected results are: (1) to provide an inventory of existing ICT in primary and secondary schools in Europe and the existing gaps in software and hardware, specifically for teaching and learning sciences (2) to show the current impact of the introduction of ICT in the classroom, in that domain (3) to analyze training procedures for teachers in ICT use and to assess the motivation of students and teachers to use ICT in the classroom (4) to recommend best practices for using ICT in the classroom for science teaching, including guidelines for specific hardware and software that the consortium sees as particularly relevant (5) to create a Community of Practice to increase collaborative work (6) to create ICT training modules so that teachers can get the adequate experience (7) to extend this set of modules for teachers into a proposal of a post-graduation or similar academic degree related with ICT use in schools classroom (8) to create special events to disseminate the network results, including local workshops where teachers can get hands-on practice with the tools (9) to create an European Association that sustains the community of practice after the end of the network funding from the EC.

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