Learning and Innovation Through ICT at School in Europe 2011

A new report from the European Union explores ICT in teaching and learning; process innovation; and the development of creativity. Main findings are:

European countries promote a wide range of innovative teaching methods including:

  • Project-based learning
  • Personalised learning
  • Individualised/student centred learning
  • Scientific investigations
  • Online learning

ICT is widely promoted and there is widespread use of:

  • Computers, projectors or beamers
  • DVDs, videos, TV, cameras
  • Mobile devices
  • E-book readers
  • Smartboards
  • Virtual learning environments

There are between 2 and 4 computers per student in most European countries but large implementation gaps remain.

Some infrastructure problems persist and these are hindering the integration of new technologies into teaching and learning. A lack of educational software and support staff affects up to 50% of ‘instruction’ in some countries.

There is much room for more ICT use in Science and Languages and ICTs are not yet widely used for assessment. ICT is often recommended for assessing competencies but steering documents rarely indicate how it should be applied.

There is a conceptual shift ‘from a content-based input’ approach to a ‘competence based output approach.’

ICTs are playing a central role in cooperation between schools and the community and engaging parents in the learning process.

Full report is available here: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/documents/key_data_series/129EN.pdf

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