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New study published - Overview and Analysis of 1to1 Learning Initiatives in Europe

JRC-IPTS commissioned European Schoolnet (EUN) to conduct the study 'Overview and analysis of 1:1 learning initiatives for Education and Training in Europe' (1to1Learning). The aim of the study was to provide an overview of recent 1:1 learning initiatives in primary and secondary education across European countries as well as to identify major bottlenecks and barriers to their innovative implementation in schools. The study is part of the broader JRC-IPTS research agenda on modernisation of Education and Training systems in Europe. In particular, it provides input to the study that JRC-IPTS carries out on behalf DG Education and Culture on mainstreaming systemic ICT-enabled innovation for learning (Up-scaling Creative Classrooms in Europe-SCALE CCR).

This final report presents the results of 1to1 Learning study discussing the implementation strategies of current 1:1 initiatives and concluding on policy options for mainstreaming 1:1 initiatives that focus on the notion of 1:1 learning rather than 1:1 devices and successfully promote technological, pedagogical and organizational innovation in E&T across Europe.

See the study online here (PDF)

EUN Briefing Paper: Are 1:1 classes with school-provided laptops and tablets widespread?

EUN Briefing Paper2European Schoolnet has launched recently an Observatory and as part of if a series of Briefing Papers The Briefing Papers aim to present the findings of the Survey of Schools: ICT in Education on a specific topic and to relate them to the results of European Schoolnet projects on the topic.

The second issue of the Briefing Papers looks into the 1:1 computing in Europe. There is growing interest in classes in which every student has continuous access to a laptop or tablet computer.

In the Survey’s teachers’ questionnaire, randomly selected teachers were asked if their school provided students in their class with a laptop for their own use. At grade 4 (i.e. around 9.5 years old), almost 20% of students are in a 1:1 class in Denmark, Ireland and Poland, with a EU mean of 8%. At grade 8 (i.e. around 13.5 years old), more students are in 1:1 classes than at other grades – 21% on average in the EU – but they are heavily concentrated in Spain, Norway and Sweden, with as at grade 4, a ‘long tail’ of countries where there are currently hardly any students in such classes.

Join an online chat with Acer: Why choose a career in information technology?

ingenious logoThe inGenious project is organising a series on online chats with representatives of industry and school guidance counsellors. These chats will display role models in industry, discuss career development in STEM and other topics connected with working in STEM careers and STEM education which will provide pupils a more informed image of jobs and careers in this area.

In an upcoming chat "Why choose a career in information technology?" with Acer the participants will know about some aspects on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the importance of scientific studies for future jobs. The speakers from Acer will explain also tell about the what kind of skills IT companies like themselves look for in their staff and what kind of traineership opportunition the company provides. These and many other points will be addressed in the online chat which is free of charge and open to anyone. The inGenious chat will take place on Thursday 23 May 2013 at 14:00-15:30 CEST. If you are interested, please get registered through this link.

inGenious is the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. It is a joint initiative launched by European Schoolnet and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) aiming to reinforce young European's interest in science education and careers and thus address anticipated future skills gaps within the European Union. Acer is one of the project's Associate Partners.

Table Pilot evaluation - Full report available

Acer and European Schoolnet carried out a pilot study in 2012 on the use of tablet devices to enhance teaching and learning practices. During this study, Acer equipped 263 teachers in 63 schools from eight European countries with Acer Iconia W500 tablet computers. The countries involved were Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Additionally, 116 students received tablets as part of the pilot: one classroom set of tablets was provided to a UK school (26 tablets per class) and three classrooms were equipped with tablets (30 tablets per class) in Spain. The objectives of the project were to gain a better understanding of teachers’ use of tablets to enhance students’ learning. In cases where each student in a class was provided with a tablet, the project aimed to further investigate 1:1 teaching and learning approaches.

According to the study,  teachers have a positive opinion of the use of tablets. Teachers stated that they now understand the potential benefits of tablets in teaching, and that they know which content to use on the tablet and how to effectively integrate tablets into their teaching. More than half of the teachers know which software to use on the tablet, the availability of learning resources in their national language and have received support from other teachers.

Download the report here (pdf, 5.5 Mb)

The Executive Summary is available in eight languages.

Tablet Pilot evaluation - Executive summary available

The Executive Summary of the Acer-EUN Tablet Pilot evaluation report has been published. Within the pilot, Acer equipped 263 teachers in 63 schools from eight European countries with Acer Iconia W500 tablet computers. The countries involved were Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Additionally, 116 students received tablets as part of the pilot, one classroom set of tablets was provided to a UK school (26 tablets per class) and three classrooms were equipped with tablets (30 tablets per class) in Spain.

The objectives of the project were to gain a better understanding of teachers’ use of tablets to enhance students’ learning. In cases where each student of a  specific class was provided with tablets, the project aimed to investigate further 1:1 teaching and learning approaches.

The full report will be available shortly.

Download the executive summary here:

New publication - Practical guidelines for 1:1 initiatives

European Schoolnet has published a set of practical guidelines following work with 1:1 computing initiatives; in particular the experience gained in the practical implementation of the Acer-European Schoolnet Educational Netbook Pilot and the Tablet Pilot. The guidelines are designed to be a starting point for school leaders, teachers, education advisers, policy makers and the research communities who are seeking to implement the use of 1:1 devices within learning and teaching. They will also support the work of commercial suppliers and industry.

The guidelines identifies fifteen areas that schools will need to consider as part of their implementation of 1:1 technologies. Under each of the main themes that are addressed, you will find a list of "Questions and Suggestions" that have arisen from our on-going work with teachers.

The publication offers also practical illustrations of some of the topics based on the experience of the teachers participating in the Acer-European Schoolnet Educational Tablet Pilot. 

The guidelines are available in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Estonian and Italian. All the reports are also available in a paper version.

Download the reports here (PDF, 7Mb)

Acer and European Schoolnet at BETT

BETT Show 2013The annual BETT Show at London provides an opportunity to anyone working in the educational field to discover the latest novelties and ideas for the classroom of the future. Acer and European Schoolnet will be presenting their projects in this event. Come to see us at stand E100!

Thursday 31 January:

  • Acer stand E100 at 1:00pm: presentation on the inGenious project and Acer-EUN Tablet Pilot results 
  • Intel stand B70 at 3:30pm: A joint inGenious presentation with Acer, EUN and Intel

Friday 1 February:

  • Acer stand E100 at 1:00pm: presentation on the inGenious project and Acer-EUN Tablet Pilot results 
  • Intel stand B70 at 4:30pm: A joint inGenious presentation with Acer, EUN and Intel

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Tablet Pilot preliminary results

The Acer-European Schoolnet Tablet Pilot project ran from September 2011 to November 2012 with a piloting phase for teachers experimenting the use of tablets from January 2012 to July 2012. The project was coordinated by European Schoolnet at European level in cooperation with Acer, which equipped 265 teachers and students in 4 classrooms with 381 tablets in a total of 63 schools in 8 European countries.

Here is a small preview of some of the evaluation results which are based on replies from 221 teachers. The full report will be available in February 2013.

Tablet Based Activities

  • 90% used the tablet for school based activities with their pupils in class.
  • More than half of the pilot teachers (64%) used the tablet “1-5 times a week” for lesson planning and lesson delivery. Almost half of the pilot teachers used it for lesson follow up (47%), administrative tasks and professional development (45%) “1-5 times a week”.

Teaching and Learning Resources

  • The majority of teachers (88%) mainly used material they found on the Internet when teaching their students or online material from established national/regional education sources (66%).

Professional Development

  • At least once during the project period more than 60% of the pilot teachers received training in the development of ICT skills and device/equipment related use. Half of the teachers received training in teaching with the tablet.
  • Around 60% of the pilot teachers  attended staff meetings, exchanged teaching material with colleagues, and discussed the selection of teaching resources.

Teachers Confidence in ICT integration

  • At the end of the pilot, 2/3rd of the tablet teachers felt confident in integrating tablets effectively in their teaching and  knew which content to use.
  • 70% reported now a better understanding of the potential benefits for teaching despite the short implementation period.

Picture: by Fulvia Lupo, IC Trofarello, Italy

The mobile revolution and schools - 1:1 is here

In some schools, pupils sharing computers is a thing of the past. These schools have taken a bold step and adopted a policy of 1:1 computing. As the name suggests, 1:1 computing means students have their own personal devices, and it’s a growing trend in education, notes Valerie Thompson, chief executive of the e-Learning Foundation.
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Diana Bannister, development director for learning technologies at the University of Wolverhampton has conducted extensive research on 1:1 computing, including work in eight EU countries. She has identified 15 areas that schools need to consider before adopting 1:1 computing, including sustainability and the role of the commercial supplier.

“Evaluation and research needs to be in place from the beginning, and teachers should have the opportunity to observe others using the devices," she says. "And funding should include the total cost of ownership of the devices.” Diana Bannister plans to publish guidelines on 1:1 computing on the European Schoolnet website in December 2012 and she is happy to hear from schools wanting more information about 1:1 computing.

Read the full article here (article published originally at agent4change.net website)

Picture credit: Mariano Lázaro (IES Tiempos Modernos, Zaragoza)
 

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Acer-EUN Tablet Pilot evaluation - Full report
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Welcome to the 1:1 pedagogy for schools website!

This website provides you with information and resources for your 1:1 lessons and exchange opportunities with other teachers. The website is an initiative by Acer and European Schoolnet. Read more about 1:1 pedagogy.

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Halloween - Discovering and comparing traditions

Pedagogical 1:1 scenario: In this content-based lesson on Halloween, students are asked to compare some traditions in different cultures. Available in 6 languages. Read more here

Netbook Trial at Victoria (Australia)

A three-year trial that started in 2009 aims to provide netbooks to about 10.000 pupils in the state of Victoria, Australia. The project has produced a lot of material and good practice tips. Read more here

Acer for Education Brochure 2013

This brochure tells about Acer for Education and the different solutions available for schools, teachers, and pupils, as well as about the projects. Read more here

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