ICT in Education
There is a growing interest in the integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) into classrooms as it is assumed that successful integration will offer students and teachers a wide spectrum of benefits associated with both teaching and learning.
However, the integration of ICT into teaching and learning processes is a complex and multidimensional undertaking. This is why there is a need for research and development projects like ENTELS.
- The introduction on ICT into classrooms is sometimes based on unrealistic claims of ‘transforming education’.
- Use of inadequate technology.
- The employment of ICT in traditional teaching & learning, without forethought as to how it can be efficiently used.
- Teachers’ perceive the use of ICT in education as increased workload.
- Students are not motivated because there is incompatibility between the use of ICT at school and the use at home/leisure.
- Assessment of digital literacy is not widespread.
All of the above circumstances mean that we don’t benefit from e-learning tools in the classroom and sponsored ICT-in-education research does not always render positive results. The ENTELS project partners aspire to overcome these road blocks with the following aims and objectives.
- To inform the efficient implementation of ICT in schools. This will facilitate teachers to design Innovative Learning Environments, new and creative ways of implementing the curriculum, and basic conditions for the sustainable use of ICT in education, assessment tools- quality standards, e-assessment and e-Portfolios.
- The ENTELS project partners (consortium) will develop and analyse innovative pedagogy and assessment approaches and methods to support these diverse individual learning pathways in order to help learners to acquire new skills for future professions.
- The ENTELS project will focus on preparing teachers to design and test the pedagogical use of one-laptop-per-child / IPads/Android tablets or Mobile technologies, the use of small programming computers called Raspberry Pi and advanced applications for mobiles and smartphones created by students.
- The ENTELS consortium will design professional development modules for teachers so they can in turn, develop 21st century (ie. collaboration, problem-solving, ICT literacy, critical thinking, entrepreneurship etc.) skills in their students. The collaboration among partners will make the transnational transfer of competences, methodologies and best practices that are needed by teachers possible, through the ultimate dissemination of these skills across Europe.
- To revise and strengthen the professional profile of teachers, including the support of innovations in education & training by implementing changes in pedagogy and consider ICT as an enabler of teaching and learning.
- To devise a plan for implementing a renewed strategy on learning developing basic and transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and multilingualism in all fields of education and training, using innovative and student-centred pedagogical approaches and developing appropriate assessment methods
- To promote stronger coherence, transparency and recognition tools between EU countries to ensure that skills and qualifications can be easily recognised across borders;
- To promote school activities leading to labour market relevance of learning provision and reinforcing links between education, training and the world of work;
- To implement the assessment of key-competences, including basic skills and transversal skills particularly entrepreneurship, languages and digital skills using different tools and methods specially e-Portfolio.
The ENTELS project is a two-year European project, which spans from September 2014 until August 2016.