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February 25th – March 8th 2013 @ HELMo Liège – Belgium

Objectives :

  • to explore, to inform and to find a key to understand e-culture
  • to increase teaching and educational competences using and experimenting ICT as didactic tools
  • to share and to get an overview of how « e-culture » is present in the European school systems
  • to create an ICT product that documents the content, activities and knowledge developed during the IP

Summary

Our society is divided into different generations. Sociologists call them “baby boomers”, “X”, “Y” and “Z” (also known as “C”). Because they live in different periods, with different historic backgrounds, cultures and use of technologies, those generations might not have the same characteristics. This is particularly visible in communication: today, a teenager has a multitude of information and communication tools (mobile phone, internet, photo and digital video, e-learning …) that his parents and grandparents did not have at the same age. This IP raises questions of adopting (or not) different approaches to knowledge and learning using these ICT tools.

How can (future) teachers and educators be on the same wavelength as another generation students during class? Should we abandon the traditional blackboard to use the interactive whiteboard? Should we remove the pen and paper to replace it by the screen and the computer keyboard? Is it useful to reduce the face to face teaching in a classroom and to enhance teaching through virtual e-learning, podcasts or social networking websites? These are all key issues in the considerations of improving the quality of teaching and education that we want to put through this IP.

Today, helped by new information and communication technologies (ICT), our world has become a virtual village where spatial and temporal boundaries are abolished. Given these major changes in our mode of communication and these sociological changes that affect the younger population, it seems necessary to truly learn about and understand what we call “the E-culture “. This search and exchange of experiences at European level should allow us to foresee and test new ICT-related practices and thereby, improve our skills in teaching and educating.

As present and future (our current students) teachers or social educators, we want to share and to get a comparative overview of how «e-culture» is present in the European school systems. In this way, we also want to explore, to inform and to find a key to understanding e-culture in our different countries and training programmes. For us, teachers, but also for the students, all involved in education, this IP will increase our teaching and educational competences using and experimenting ICT as didactic tools.

The work in this IP will alternate big and small groups. Teachers and students, all mixed together, will make summaries, connect different activities with each other. An important part is that students and teachers will be working together and contributing with their own experiences. One main goal is to create a learning community and an e-community (ICT tools, website, blogging…)

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