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CCL literature review updated

The updated CCL literature review (v.2- April 2015) takes into account new evidence published...

Second round of CCL pilots: 2nd Peer Exchange workshop

  Update on trends in education, exchange and creating own outputs The second CCL Peer...

Observation visits report and case studies available!

The "Exploring the creative use of tablets in schools" report summarising the findings...

CCL final webinar: recording and presentations

The main results of the CCL project were presented in a webinar on 4 June. The webinar recording is...

Interview with policy-makers: lessons learned from the CCL project

The CCL project partners share their views on the project's lessons learned.

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Coming up a CCL webinar on involving parents in the use of tablets

Webinar: involving parentsUse of tablets in the school often makes parents to raise questions. The parents might want to know how the ICT is exactly used in the school, what kind of rules should be applied to the use of tablets at home, how they can get updates during the school year, etc.

This is one of the points the teachers involved in the Creative Classrooms Lab project or any other school using tablets need to consider. To this end, three teachers working in the CCL project will present their experiences and best practices in a webinar on how to best inform and involve parents on the use of tablets by their children.

Lisa Cowell from the Penwortham Priory Academy at UK, Hannes Thomas from the NMS Jennersdorf at Austria, and Simona Granfol from the Highschool Gimazija Jožeta at Slovenia will share their experiences in the webinar that will take place on Monday 3 March at 5-6PM (CET, Brussels time).

The webinar will be held on Webex online platform and it is open to anyone interested in the theme.

Learning maths through flipped classroom and the help of tablets

Learning maths through flipped classroom and help of tabletsThe flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instructions online outside of class and moving the "homework" in the classroom.

Since last September, Luc Viatour, a maths teacher at the Institut Saint-Joseph in Ciney, Belgium, has used the flipped classroom method to teach his students mathematics. As Luc is also involved in the Creative Classrooms Lab project, all his students have tablets.

A regional TV-channel, MAtélé, visited the class to find out how learning mathematics "backwards" works out!  

Socrative, GeoGebra and Nearpod are CCL teachers’ favorite apps

With six CCL teachers recommending it, Socrative is the CCL teachers’ favorite app. Next on the list are GeoGebra and Nearpod that are each recommended by five teachers in their second blog entry. The app Edmodo is also mentioned by four teachers. Geogebra is a useful tool for teaching match while the other apps all support classroom management and assessment of students.

In total, the CCL teachers recommend 54 different apps, most of them mentioned only by one teacher. This number already shows the variety of apps available for the use in the classroom. Finally, the Italian lead teacher Daniela Cuccurullo also gives the useful tip to other teachers to use learning apps to customize apps to their own needs. The CCL school NMS Jennersdorf even already created its own app: Papierflieger which allows for the easy sharing of notes over the wifi network.

With three recommendations each, PicCollage and Explain Everything are students’ favorite apps. The apps enable students to create their own photo collages and presentations. Examples for other interesting  apps recommended are Aurasma, Educreations and Sock Puppets.

10 Top tips of CCL teachers on the use with tablets

In their second blog entry, CCL teachers gave useful tips on the use of apps:

  • Think about what you want to achieve first and then look to see if there is an app/tool which can support this. By Phil Spoors, UK
  • Rather use a few apps well than new apps each lesson. By Craig Bull, UK; Simona Granfol, Slovenia; Philip Everaerts, Belgium Flanders; Grégory Cromphout, Belgium Wallonia
  • Use everything you can, most interesting apps are NOT educational ones. By Sandrine Geuquet, Belgium Wallonia
  • Test apps before at home. By Maja Vičič Krabonja, Slovenia
  • Believe in your students and challenge them to explore different apps. By Rui Lima, Portugal
  • Let students try and recommend apps for editing pictures, sharing, generating ideas etc. by Daiva Bukelyte, Lithuania
  • Do not depend on apps alone, try and be more creative. By Stefano Rento, Italy
  • Make a list of must-have apps and install them on the tablets. By Robert Conings, Belgium Flanders
  • Try to develop or suggest your own apps – students will be inspired to try it also. by Ondřej Jeřábek, Czech Republic
  • Accept that it is going to go wrong at some point. The wireless network will stop working, Apps will crash, random things will happen which you have no control over. By Craig Bull, UK
Sharing best practices and project challenges regarding the use of tablets

During the third CCL webinar on 8 January, Diana Bannister (University of Wolverhampton) highlighted some of the tips on the use of tablets teachers gave in their second blog entry:

  • The Slovenian lead teacher Simona Granfol recommends to give students the opportunity to choose the program that they are going to use for learning themselves.
  • The UK teacher Jonny Else emphasized that it was important to extend and challenge students’ learning, especially with students that worked quickly.
  • The Lithuanian lead teacher Virginija Bireniene already made a start to comment on project challenges such as a lack of funding and a lack of mainstreaming activities and possible solutions in her third blog entry, the other teachers will follow shortly.

Some of the teachers already used the chat to start to show how to share best practices on the use of tablets with colleagues. Lisa Cowell (UK), Rosa Palmizio (Italy) and Hannes Thomas (Austria) shared that they had just organized trainings on how to use ipads at their schools. The discussion on this topic was continued in the CCL Facebook group. Practitioners and policy makers interested in joining such discussions are welcome to join the group.

Observation notes from the CCL schools

Some of the schools taking part in the Creative Classrooms Lab project are also part of another, Living Schools Lab project. In the core of the LSL project is the idea that more advanced schools provide advice, examples and support to schools that are not quite there yet but eager to know more and develop their innovation strategies. Here below you can find schools and teachers taking part in both projects, and read notes taken during the LSL Observation Visits in each school. Tablets and "mobile learning" are also frequently explained!

Middenschool van het GO! Ieper, Belgium (teacher: Philip Everaerts)

ZŠ Dr.Edwarda Beneše, Czech Republic (teacher: Petra Boháčková)

ITIS Majorana Brindisi, Italy (teacher: Maria Rosa Palmizio)

Klaipeda Simono Dacho pro-gymnasium, Lithuania (teacher: Virginija Bireniene)

  • The observation visit will be carried out in February 2014
NEC is the first CCL Associate Partner

In the Creative Classrooms Lab project, ICT vendors and other interested stakeholders can participate in the project at their own expense as unfunded Associate Partners. The first Associate Partner to start working with Ministries of Education and schools in the project is NEC.

NEC, a multinational provider of information technology services and products, is providing all interested CCL pilot schools with a free license to use DisplayNote software. Currently, over 20 schools in eight countries will be using the DisplayNote software with their tablets. NEC is also donating some hardware to four CCL schools: interactive whiteboards with NEC ultra-short throw projectors and 65” NEC touch-displays. The supplied software and hardware will be used by the schools during the policy experimentations to support a variety of CCL teaching and learning scenarios.

All ICT suppliers that become Associate Partners are invited to provide suggestions, ideas and training resources for how their software/hardware/content can support the CCL tablet scenarios. They will also have early access to CCL research findings and be able to contribute to the development of a course on the pedagogical use of tablets that CCL will develop in year 2 (between April 2014 and March 2015).
To read more about CCL Associate Partners please click here.

Interviews with CCL Lead Teachers

The Lead Teachers from Belgium, UK and Czech Republic share their thoughts on the Creative Classrooms Lab project during the workshop in June 2013.


Sharing early achievements and setting goals for using tablets in schools

What are the benefits and disadvantages of tablets in comparison with netbooks and mobile computers? How can we ensure staff training and development to best support teaching and learning? Will our pupils act responsibly towards using their tablets at school and at home? Is BOYD (Bring Your Own Device) really practicable in primary/secondary school? These are some of the key questions the teachers set to themselves in the first blog post they were asked to write.

Rui Lima, one of the teachers from Portugal, wrote on the main challenges they expect: “With this project we hope to exchange ideas, to learn with others and to experiment different approaches to 1:1 learning. We expect our pupils will use these devices as the ultimate tool to learn more, to learn better, by exploring “infinite resources”, communicating with others and sharing with the world what they know and what they discover. With this project we want to show that technology has got an important role in pedagogical innovation, but by itself is not enough and we’ll need to change the paradigm if we want to innovate.

Each teacher will write five posts along the pilot to reflect the use of tablets in their teaching and each topic is kicked off in a webinar. The second webinar took place on 9 October led by Diana Bannister from the University of Wolverhampton. The school year is now in full speed and the teachers have had time to deepen their ideas around pedagogical use of tablets. To this end, the teachers are now working on their second blog post to outline their early achievements and goals. The teachers will also present their favourite apps to be used on tablets.

The teachers discussed the use of apps in the webinar. Phil Spoors (UK) suggested to rather look at tools than apps, as his school rather focuses on how to use web tools, the school Virtual Learning Environment and the facilities on the tablet which can promote learning. Lisa Cowell (UK) added that she was not against apps but worried that people could get stuck on using particular things and that this could stop the personalisation of learning. Sigrid Müller (AT) shared the website Top 100 Tools with the webinar participants. Follow the future posts at the Teachers' Blog.

The CCL teachers will briefly be able to take part in online discussion to continue exchaging ideas around the pedagogical use of tablets.


Learning Stories to inspire teaching with tablets

The project's first Learning Stories have been published. The 45 CCL teachers will base their tablet experimentations on these stories during the first round of pilots starting in November 2013. The teachers will then create their own Lesson Plans (available starting from November 2013).

The Learning Stories have been developed by Creative Classrooms Lab's partners and lead teachers on the basis of the Policy Maker Scenarios published earlier this year. Moreover, the project's Pedagogical Experts have given their input to the stories.

Download the Learning Stories here:

To see the Policy Maker Scenarios, click here.

Tablets in teaching - Literature review published

In preparation of the development of the scenarios, the e-Learning Foundation has carried out a literature review. This first version of the literature review concentrates on identifying evidence related to the key themes and priorities identified by policy makers in the beginning of the project. The idea is to establish an evidence base around the core topics of the pedagogical scenarios, which will be implemented by teachers in all countries during the first set of pilots to be run from November 2013 until April 2014. The core topics identified are:

  • Personalisation: e.g. where the project explores how technology-based learning resources can be organised and modified to overcome learning barriers for individual learners and maximise their learning outcomes.
  • Content creation: e.g. where the project explores how teachers and learners have migrated from consumers of content to creators, including apps, multi-media and other formats.
  • Flipped Classroom: e.g. where direct instruction is delivered outside the group learning space/classroom and teachers then use in-class time to actively engage students in the learning process and provide them with personalised support. This approach can be a powerful element of a Personalisation strategy (see above).
  • Collaborative work: e.g. where the project explores how collaborative learning involves two or more people co-operating in a learning experience to share and contribute to each member's understanding of a topic and to complete a given task.
  • Assessment: e.g. where the project explores how teachers and learners can generate and receive feedback on their progress through the means of technology


What our teachers think? Find it out at the Teachers' Blog

The pilot teachers are now posting their plans, ideas and reflections in the "Teachers' blog". Linked with the webinars organised for the project teachers, the blog displays teachers' thoughts, plans, ideas and experience with tablets in classroom. After each webinar, the teachers will write a reflective post on the given topic. Along the course of the project, this blog will provide an interesting insight into day to day teaching with tablets. 

In the first post the teachers have been asked to introduce their school and the kind of group of students they are teaching. The teachers also write about their objectives within the CCL project, the challenges they expect to find on the way and two key questions regarding 1:1 learning with tablets.

One of the teachers has already written: "I'd like to make learning processes more interesting and effective. I trust that the CCL project will prove useful by enabling all the teachers involved to share new ideas, tips and information, as well as to develop new teaching methodology and strategies. In my view, the biggest challenge consists in coming up with reliable, possibly scientifical criteria that should enable us to assess the actual effectiveness of the new technologies in terms of competences acquired by the students."

Discover more at the Teachers' Blog!


EUN Briefing Paper - Are 1to1 classes with school-provided laptops and tablets widespread?

EUN Briefing Paper2European Schoolnet has launched 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.

First policy maker scenarios published

Scenarios and Learning Stories will play an essential role in the Creative Classroom Lab project. For the scenario development, the project builds on the expertise of the iTEC project. This flagship project on the design of the future classroom, coordinated by European Schoolnet, is providing a Future Classroom Scenarios Toolkit that is being used by participating Ministries of Education in the CCL project.

Based on the iTEC methodology, the project partners create policymaker scenarios. The first ones were created during the 1st Capacity Development Workshop in May 2013 on four topics: collaboration, content creation, flipped classroom and personalisation.

The policy makers scenarios will be followed by learning stories (available in September 2013) and teachers' own lesson plans (available starting from November 2013).

Download the policymaker scenarios here:

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)

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