Te@ch.us – Learning Community for Web 2.0 Teaching

Over 400 active members make use of the te@ch.us platform services, among them teachers who are novices in the use of web 2.0 and also expert users of the social web tools. In the frame of the project a web-platform has been developed with relevant high quality content and a community has been formulated to inspire teachers for the use of web 2.0 tools in classrooms.

Te@ch.us offers a learning environment for knowledge sharing and communication between beginners and advanced learners. Among its services, a wide range of good practices and a broad list of tools together with explanation on how to use them are available in 7 different languages (English, German, Finnish, Lithuanian, Portugal, Hungarian and Greece).
To encourage teachers and familiarise them with the social web tools and with how to use these tools, a series of webinars, the so called “Webinar Wednesdays” series were organised on the following topics:
• Sloodle: Integrating Second Life with Moodle (organised by Proinov)
• Twitter (organised by Otava Folk High School)
• Overcoming Resistance (organised by Arcola Research)
• Games in Education (organised by MENON Network)
• Getting it Done (organised by ILI – Institute for Innovation in Learning, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg)
• Social Bookmarking / Diigo (organised by Otava Folk High School)
• A Success Story – How to make it possible with ICT (organised by Otava Folk High School)
• Shared Documents – How and What for? (organised by Otava Folk High School)

The series were very popular among the teachers so the originally planned five webinars were prolonged with three more. These events were recorded and the links can be reached via the te@ch.us website.

More info on the teach.us website.

OSR project won the silver award at the Learning Impact 2011 conference in Long Beach California

The OSR project won the silver award for research projects at the Learning Impact 2011 conference in Long Beach California.
The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program evaluates established, new, and research efforts in context at an implementing learning institution

The Learning School Initiative

The Learning School Initiative, calling for a worldwide federation of efforts to make schools fit for the future, was officially launched at the EFQUEL Forum on September 16, 2011.

It will be presented and discussed at the Open Classroom Conference taking place in Athens on October 27-29, 2011 and at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha (November 2011).

If you share the belief that school transformation is key in enabling a better future for our children, then join us! The invitation is open to:

Individuals (teachers, parents, students, citizens) willing to contribute with their views, experience and ideas on how to improve and transform schools to make them fit to the future.
Funding agencies interested in sponsoring the initiative.
International networks involved in education interested in contributing to the promotion and international coordination of the initiative.
Public institutions and organisations (Ministries of Education, Universities, Research centres) interested in supporting the federated initiative through promotion at national level, sharing of knowledge, research findings and expertise, identification of test beds for school transformation pilots.
Research/implementation projects active at local, national, regional, international level throughout the world sharing the aim of school transformation and willing to share knowledge, experience and results achieved as well as to discuss jointly with all other actors on how to face encountered challenges.
Schools of all grades (ages 3-18) in all countries of the world willing to share their experience, to act as test beds, discuss their daily problems and challenges and to be grassroots innovators.

More info here.