Gráinne Conole's book argues that in today’s technologically rich context, where content and services are increasingly free, we need to rethink approaches to the design of learning activities and content.
She introduces the concept of ‘open design’ and argues that making the design process more explicit and shareable will enable teachers to develop more effective learning contexts for learners and help make the intended design more explicit and shareable with other teachers and learners. It will help learners to make more sense of their educational provision and associated learning pathways.
Conole provides a number of illustrations of adopting an ‘open design’ approach, from a set of design representations through to the use of open, social and participatory media for sharing and discussing designs. She draws on the areas of learning design, pedagogical patterns and OER (Open Educational Resources) research to explore the creation, sharing and discussion of learning and teaching ideas and designs.
The PLE Conference intends to create a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and research around the development and implementation of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) – including the design of environments and the sociological and educational issues that they raise. The 2013 edition will take place in Berlin and Melbourne.
The deadline for abstracts is 4 March 2013.
PLE 2013 – 4th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments The Personal Learning Environment Conference (The PLE Conference) is an international scientific conference taking place annually, each time in a different city. Following the highly successful events in Barcelona, Southampton, Aveiro and Melbourne, Australia, the 4th International PLE Conference 2013 will be held in Berlin, Germany together with a parallel event in Melbourne, Australia (#PLECONF) from the 10th to the 12th July 2013.
So far Personal Learning Environments have been designed and implemented in formal and informal learning contexts, such as school and higher education, work-based learning and in-company training, and in continuing education. The potential of Personal Learning Environments for crossing the boundaries of traditional learning contexts, connecting diverse communities and infrastructures has not been fully realised. Therefore, the 4th PLE Conference in 2013 aims at taking the discussion on Personal Learning Environments a step forward, providing a new impulse for PLE research and development.
The theme for the conference is learning and diversity in cities of the future. In view of the “Smart City” concept and the key priorities for research and innovation expressed in the EU Horizon 2020 framework, innovative, sustainable and inclusive solutions become crucial not only in terms of future and emerging technologies but first and foremost in terms of (i) human knowledge and skills, (ii) diverse and inclusive communities, as well as (iii) learning and knowledge networks. Hence, new forms of connected, interdisciplinary learning and cross-boundary cooperation are seen to play a critical role in the development of creative solutions and in the intelligent exploitation of networked urban infrastructures. In smart urban spaces, people, organisations and objects become interconnected by means of new technologies and media, forging new patterns of cooperation, production, research and innovation.
More information can be found here.
The Virtual Learning Bus platform, resulting from the work of the LLP project ISABEL is on line. It is an open source Virtual Learning Journey on Isabel's project results and openly available multilingual resources. This "bus" will take you on a journey around the world of Community Reporting, with carefully designed "bus stops" that are full of all the information you need to successfully run and manage your very own Community Reporter programme and /or adapting it to other kind of Web.2.0-based learning. This resource has been devised as a sustainable tool for the re-use of the ISABEL project methodology, activities and results.
The Virtual Learning Bus platform, resulting from the work of the LLP project ISABEL is on line. It is an open source Virtual Learning Journey on Isabel's project results and openly available multilingual resources. This "bus" will take you on a journey around the world of Community Reporting, with carefully designed "bus stops" that are full of all the information you need to successfully run and manage your very own Community Reporter programme and /or adapting it to other kind of Web.2.0-based learning. This resource has been devised as a sustainable tool for the re-use of the ISABEL project methodology, activities and results. The bus will make four stops on its journey – as a trainer or educator this means you can prepare for and plan your sessions with confidence and access the resources you need for each session. You can spend as much or as little time in each of the stops as your learners need and it is conceived that Community Reporter trainees may go on several loops of the journey, as they become competent in different areas of media production.
The four stops cover the following areas:
· First Station: PRESENTATION
· Second Station: TRAINING
· Third Station: PRODUCTION
Within each station you will find a range of materials that have been tried and tested on other groups – this way, the best learning is ready to be shared by existing facilitators with you. Materials include lesson plans, outlines and graphical support materials, video and audio documentation, including video evaluations from other learners, which can be a real asset in bringing the training to life for new learners.
By January 2013, your project will be able to co-manage the platform, adding to the stations' goals, uploading materials and resources and therefore enriching the data base.
We hope you enjoy your journey on the Virtual Learning Bus
The project is aimed at professionalising the work with children, based on an innovative approach, the concept of "Listening to young children". The project seeks to create expertise transfer from Greece, in order to develop country - specific frameworks for Poland, Cyprus and Bulgaria, - for conceptualising "Listening to young children".
The project also aims to develop a network of intervention at national level, connecting through an online platform, professionals from different areas and regions and allowing the implementation of “Listening to young children”.
The trans-national nature of the project is ensured by the transfer of expertise from Greece, but also by the exchange of good practices and results among the professionals implementing the project.
The “Listening to young children” project is pursuing:
• transfer and adaptation of innovative learning solutions for vocational training in the educational sector and
• design and testing of a European course for teachers and trainers developing key competences in the field, as well as providing quality services on a local, national and global level.
As planned, the tangible outcomes of this project are the following:
a multilingual, on-line course delivered by e-learning and training toolkits suitable for further integrations, reuse and commercialisation after this first delivery and diffusion of innovative, on-line and in-house solutions for European vocational training.
E-learning platform developed in order to train communication skills of professionals working with children aged 0-6!
Teachers face communication problems with their pupils every day. Common understanding that in order to communicate first you need to listen, is easy to say but not that easy to apply. Especially if we want to listen to children that do not speak yet or do not know teacher’s language.
To support pedagogues struggling with this kind of difficulties, Society for the Development and Creative Occupation of Children (Greece) elaborated the course dealing with listening to children issue. Within the framework of European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme, new, on-line version of the course was designed in the partnership with: Comenius Foundation (Poland), Step by Step Program Foundation (Bulgaria), The Institute for Language and Speech Processing (Greece) and ENOROS Consulting Ltd. (Cyprus).
The training is aimed at is professionals working with children below 6 years old and educational sector trainers. The course consists of following training modules: principles of communication, verbal and non-verbal communication and Mosaic approach. It is available in Bulgarian, Greek, English and Polish language version and delivered with supervision of professional trainers.
Mentioned above Mosaic approach, first introduced by Peter Moss and Alison Clark, constitutes the methodological basis of the traning. It applies indidvidual and group in transforming communication between children and adults into an ongoing conversation about children’s lives -the spaces they use every day, their interests, their relationships, etc. In this approach, the adult ceases to be the one who has all the answers and starts seeking information from the children. It employs tools such as observation and interview, but also taking by children photos of their favourite places, making maps of the preschool, children being the tour-guides of the adults etc. Thanks to this, the information is collected together by children and adults and then analyzed - conclusions should lead to follow-up actions.
In this approach, children are experts in the field of their experiences – the task of adults is to accompany them in finding the best way to express their feelings or needs. We have a chance not only to see how the reality is in the children’s eyes, but also to support children’s identity and self esteem – they can learn that the way they see the world is important for other people and that their observations are valuable. It is crucial not only to listen to children, but also show respect to their experiences, emotions and needs. If we take one step further in the dialogue with children and take common decision (for example to change the room arrangement that children suggested), we can support also their feeling of responsibility and self-efficacy.
In order to reflect on these issues and their own practice, teachers can join „Listening to young children” course. Thanks to the design of the platform they do not only stay in touch with the trainer who leads them through the course, but also can interact with other participants and discuss interesting them problesm on forums. The interactive form of the course answers the need of peer-to-peer learning and enables sharing experiences by teachers living and working far away from each other.
If you would like to find out more about the course and „Listening to young children” methodology, please visit the project website http://www.welisten2y.eu/
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme.
Innovation and creativity are predictors of success in a knowledge-based. Yet the "fuzziness" and unpredictability of the creative workflow remains an obstacle for effective ICT support. Tools that require users to formalize and structure their ideas and working processes to a degree at odds with creative practice are frequently rejected. The IdeaGarden project therefore starts from an understanding of creative problem solving as a complex and situated knowledge practice rather than as a set of well-defined methods and techniques.
The project will develop a creative learning environment, capitalizing on the notion of visual information mash-ups as catalysts for creative working and learning. Adopting a practice-oriented approach will further the understanding of creativity in different settings and open up new perspectives for ICT support. This perspective will also give rise to new methods for seeding and cultivating creative knowledge practices in workplace and educational settings. To leverage the capabilities of current ICT systems, new interactions techniques will be devised that enable users to stay in control and collaboratively navigate the creative process, handling multiple types of resources. In addition, taking benefit of the "Linked Data" paradigm will provide new possibilities for creative search, the construction of knowledge as well as the reflection of the collaborative process.
The R&D work starts with research into creative knowledge work in industry (at LEGO and EOOS) and education (at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design). Based on the careful analysis of creative practices, we will envision and implement working demonstrators. Formative evaluation combined with a two-round development process will ensure that the IdeaGarden system fits its users' needs while summative evaluation will validate the overall utility of the approach to promote nonlinear, non-standard thinking and problem solving among experts and novices.
The webinar gives an insight into a collaborative Storytelling Model and the claim - namely that stories and in more particular fairy tales are a motivating and open minded way to learn together with others through social exchange. For that reason the webinar contains not only a presentation of the model and some theoretical aspects but also the opportunity for participants to interact and to participate actively in collaborative learning with fairy tales.
Once upon a time... this sentence brings us right into the magic wonderland of fairy tales where everything is possible, where dreams come true and where our hope, our engagement and our involvement are rewarded with a happy ending. Human beings love fairy tales, and adults are not an exception! Fairy tales are about each of us and our individual experiences and knowledge, our fears, wishes and dreams. Cinderella - that are we! - because we all know the feeling of being unjustly treated by others...
Since fairy tales give us the opportunity to become part of the story itself, the question arises why we do not use fairy tales in order to learn with others - by exchanging ideas, knowledge and experiences within a constructive and motivating learning environment.
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 11h00 - 12h00
Place: online with SWITCHinteract Web Conferencing
You can have more information and register here:
After I was leader in Community of Practices 2 in Smile project managed by European Schoolnet http://bit.ly/collaborationincop2smile I decided to launch eTwinning project ICT4eTwinners http://ict4etwinners.blogspot.ro/2012/10/ict4etwinners-innovate-curation-teach.html . You can read more about SMILE project here http://leedu.eun.org/web/smile/home .
In XXI Century Education and around the social web new Social Media King is Curation who is about adding value for humans because only they can do what no computer can possibly achieve . The Internet Curator’s role is to seek on the web information related to a specic domain,fillter them, select them, organise, share, present them in a unique mode. Nowadays when informatics and science developed spectacular and the use of new online technologies aren’t regarded like a avangardist movement new tools and apps Web 2.0 and social media can bring a new dimension and can reform education around the world because electronic communication helps teachers and students to learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, open gateway to knowledge, promoting creativity and innovation for effective lifelong learning . Teacher and also students should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. Pulling Piaget and Papert , the use of participatory media tools in education is typically geared towards, creating a more student centered, adaptive environnement where learners can contribute to the course material, formulate and express their own insights and opinion, construct their own understanding of material by connecting concepts, to personal experience or current events, and learn from one another in collaborative environments .Web 2.0 , social media and other digital and online technologies are powerful and interesting tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone and for this reason teachers must learn how to use it in a creative mode and integrate in their classroom with students .
Subjects:Citizenship, Design and Technology, Economics, European Studies, History, History of Culture, Mathematics / Geometry, Religion, Social Studies / Sociology, SEN, Technology
Pupil's age:18 - 20
Tools to be used:Audio conference, Chat, e-mail, Forum, MP3, Other software (Powerpoint, video, pictures and drawings), Project Diary, Twinspace, Video conference, Virtual learning environment (communities, virtual classes, ...), Web publishing
Aims:Teachers discover why Curation is Social Media King who restart XXI Century Education and how curation tools open gateway through knowledge for educators and students worldwide . •Teachers will discover and explore the power of Web 2.0 tools and apps for education and learn how to use statup tools creativelly • Acquire skills for the XXI century , new tehnologies can stimulate discussion, open gatewaythrough knowledge, promote creativity and innovation for effective learning. •Learn to communicate and work collaboratively
Work process:Activities in school year 2012-2013 Octomber - we launch the project on eTwinning and we invite new parteners to join ICT4eTwinners .Founders of the project will make a blog http://ict4etwinners.blogspot.ro/ , a wikispaces http://ict4etwinners.wikispaces.com/ where all the parteners will be invited to join . Founders will make for sharing a group on scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/t/smileprojectcop2 and on pinterest. November - Let's present ourselves , our schools , studens and activities . In this mounth we will discuss and share our favorite tools and apps to make presentations and every teacher involved in this project must share minimum a presentation using a favorite tool December - Let’s celebrate together with our students the Birth of Son of God, Christmas and New Year using Glogster EDU Every partener must make a GlogsterEDU , interactive poster with school activities in December and if a partener want he can make also a GlogsterEDU students portofolio . January - Buildining a Powerful PLN ( Passionate Learning Network ) in XXI Century Education . We discuss about new edtools and apps for online collaboration . February - Sharing is caring .We discuss about startup curation tools and apps who will make you a Social Media Curator Teacher . Mars - Google in education . Let’s find and discuss about our favorite google tools and apps and the best way to integrate in our classroom . April - Let’s collaborate , discuss and share in the cloud . We will discuss about our favorites apps to collaborate in the cloud like evernote, box, dropbox,fetchnotes, box and also what are the best way to integrate in the classroom . May - mindmapping and brainstorming in XXI Century Education . Every partener must make a mindmap using a favorite app or tool June - Every partener must make a video using different tools or apps entitled ,, connected learner and social media curator in XXI Century Education hide
Expected results:The final product will be a eTwinning twinspace, a public blog http://ict4etwinners.blogspot.com/ and wikispaces http://ict4etwinners.wikispaces.com/ with the work of all the project partenrs, a collection of social media good practices and social media startup tools shared on our groups on scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/t/smileprojectcop2 and pinterest http://pinterest.com/lucianecurator/cop2insmileproject/ . Teachers can use relevant sites and share their ideas and teaching modules, in Facebook, Twitter and GlogsterEDU . We want also to oraganize on twitter #ict4etchat for eTwinners