Friday, October 30, 2009

EDEN : The 7th Open Classroom Conference 2009






Researchers, teachers and some organisations from 30 countries participated in the Seventh Open Classroom Conference - European School Web 2.0, Porto, 15-17 October 2009.

The "EDEN Porto 2009" had been hosted at the Alfandega do Porto Congress Center, in downtown Porto, by the Douro River.


Alfândega do Porto
Fotografia: APedrosa
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"To bring up and reflect upon these considerations, EDEN in the framework of its Open Classroom Initiative is organizing this Conference on The European School 2.0: Incubating Creativity and the Capacity for Innovation, together with the Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University, and the University of Porto as well as the support of other European and international expert bodies."



The conference programme included plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations and workshops. The event started in the afternoon of 15 October, with registration and the Opening Plenary Session and ended with the Closing Plenary  Session on 17 October.

Conference themes:

"In the age of the Social Web (Web 2.0/3.0), virtual learning environments empower teachers and learners to open their classrooms and be part of emerging folksonomies – the social construction of learning. Upcoming learning solutions gradually replace presentation tools with shared discussion and work spaces, offer coaching utilities instead of help desks, and learning resource repositories instead of ready-made digital materials. Teachers and learners alike are now using ICT very differently from one another and ever more creatively."

EDEN

OnFriday afternoon, the 17th October, I participated with a scientific paper at The Seventh Open Classroom Conference - The EDEN Porto 2009 in Portuguese Parallel Session.

My participation was included on the session C3, topic ICT & Education





Sessão C3 (Speakers)
 photo: Paulo Moreira*

My presentation and theme discussion, a research and pedagogical experience ICT & Curriculum in Secondary Education Anatomia de Aplicacoes Digitais e Locais Virtuais de Conteudos Educativos: Geracao N-Gen has been very apreciated for the participants in the room.

Presentation and theme discussion, a research and pedagogical experience ICT & Curriculum in Secondary Education, was Lugares & Aprendizagens : Roteiro de Travessias em e-Learning has been very apreciated for the participants in the room.

The conference programme included plenary sessions, and parallel sessions with paper presentations and workshops. 

It was an interesting event! You can read the EDEN Porto Classroom message here

We certainly need to face the increasing Policy inter‐dependence between Educatiom, Growth and Social Inclusion. In other words, the new Equity Challenge
implies that we have to re‐engineer our school education systems, better than delivering “massive” education to the engagement of people in “massive” knowledge experiences, by up‐grading their Learning‐to‐learn Competence!




Alfândega do Porto
Fotografia: APedrosa

Entre os dias 15 e 17 de Outubro 2009, decorreu no Porto a Seventh Open Classroom Porto 2009

Teve lugar no Centro de Congressos da Alfândega com uma belíssima panorâmica para o Rio Douro.


Incubating Creativity and the Capacity for Innovation:
Open Content, Social Networking Tools and
Creative Learning for All
15-17 October 2009
Porto, Portugal


EDEN Porto 2009 organizada em colaboração com Universidade Aberta e Universidade do Porto, teve ainda o apoio da Comissão Europeia e do Ministério da Educação.

O programa era vasto, dado que envolvia o uso da Web 2.0 na Educação.

Foram muitos os autores que compareceram, oriundos de diferentes países europeus e intercontinentais.

A escolha era portanto diversificada, o que fez com que investigadores, professores e analistas de diferentes quadrantes partilhassem dos mesmos espaços e alguns trocassem ideias entre si mediante os seus interesses.


Tentadora, mais uma vez, esta oportunidade de poder participar, ouvir, partilhar conceitos sobre os actuais paradigmas da evolução das aplicações da Web 2.0 ligadas ao ensino e aprendizagem nas escolas, neste Ano Europeu Criatividade e Inovação.





Na sessão de abertura, Alan Tait, presidente de EDEN deu as boas vindas a todos os conferencistas, seguindo-se os representantes das organizações acima mencionadas.

Deu-se então início aos trabalhos! Nesse dia, a apresentação de António Dias Figueiredo, da Universidade de Coimbra denominada Innovating in Education, Educating for Innovation foi talvez a mais interessante, na minha perspectiva.

No dia 16, David Instance (Senior member of OECD) apresentou Innovative Learning Environments - Insights from recent OECD/CERI analyses. Como  participara na NML Conference, Setembro 2009, pude seguir com maior interesse a análise complementar daquela que Francesc Pedrò apresentou em Bruxelas, como principal orador.

De assinalar também, Bjorn Teistung, representante da Globalskolen, um departamento da Net School da Noruega com Kids going global e Pilar Lacasa professora da Universidade de Alcalá, perita no uso de videojogos no Ensino, com refrescante apresentação New media Ecologies: Children Lives in Real and Virtual Worlds.

As sessões em inglês tiveram uma maior afluência, embora, o panorama humano fosse alterando de dia para dia, visto que a cidade se mostrava tentadora com temperaturas muito amenas para aquela altura do ano. Os conferencistas internacionais aproveitaram muito do seu tempo a visitar a cidade. E  o Porto sob tal luminosidade era bem digno do seu interesse!


As sessões em português foram um pouco esquecidas pela própria organização. Mas, talvez já fosse de esperar! No entanto, os conferencistas nacionais sentiram essa desigualdade.


Sessão C3 (Speakers)
 Fotografia: Paulo Moreira*

No dia 16 Outubro, sessões da tarde, participei na Sessão C3 (Sessão em Português), apresentando  "Anatomia de Aplicações Digitais e Locais Virtuais de Conteúdos Educativos: Geracao N-Gen".

No dia 17, durante a manhã, algumas apresentações tiveram ainda lugar, até que por voltas das 11 horas deu-se início à sessão de encerramento com entrega de prémios e leitura das conclusões finais.

Muitos conferencistas já tinham regressado a seus países de origem na véspera.

A organização foi razoalvemente impecável, o apoio a todos os participantes nem sempre atencioso e prestativo.
No entanto, os três dias decorreram num ambiente académico e informal em tempos de convívio entre pares.


Com presença no Twitter, a conferência quase ia virando um fait-divers, em alguns casos.

G-Souto
30.10.2009

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* Agradecimento ao colega Paulo Moreira (fotografia)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

L'Apprentissage au rythme 'native speaker' - outil de didactique







« Voyons, d’où vient le verbe ?
Et d’où viennent les langues ?
De qui tiens-tu les mots dont tu fais tes harangues ?
Écriture, Alphabet, d’où tout cela vient-il ?
Réponds. »

Victor Hugo, Voyons, d’où vient le verbe ? Et d’où viennent les langues ?, Dernier Gerbe

C'était la rentrée 2005! Une nouvelle génération arrivait dans les collèges, les enfants ‘indigo’. À présent, on les nomme  'native speaker'!

Ils avaient 9/10 ans, lisaient peu, mais ils étaient  très intelligents, vifs, hyperactifs, bavards, circulaient dans les couloirs sur des baskets à roulettes, écrivaient des SMS à la vitesse de la seconde sur les touches de leurs portables, écoutaient la musique sur les premiers 'mp3', se servaient de l’ordinateur avec une aisance incroyable et papotaient sur Messenger ou Hi5 en faisant leurs devoirs en communauté.

Cette année j’avais envie de toucher des élèves de 5e (9/11 ans) pour les cours de Portugais, langue maternelle. Jusque là, je n’avais eu que des classes en FLE et des élèves de 13/16 ans.

Je voulais continuer mon projet Kidzlearn Lugares & Aprendizagens mais cette fois-là en Portugais, langue maternelle, Français, langue étrangère et Citoyenneté.


Cela me faisait plaisir d’observer comment réagissaient-ils à cet apprentissage de la langue maternelle et d’une deuxième langue étrangère, hors curriculum, à l’aide des TICE.

Me voilà devant une nouvelle aventure !! Les ‘tout nouveaux, tout petits’ qui arrivaient au collège. Les petits “Caloiros” ! J’en étais éblouie !! Ils me dépassaient toujours en prouesses !

Et l’idée du blog m’est venue !! Pourquoi pas créer une salle de classe, encore plus vivante, plus ouverte en complément de "Kidzlearn Lugares & Aprendizagens" et des cours ?

http://google.images.pt 


Le Blog dans les cours de Langues et/ou Citoyenneté pour l’enrichissement et la dynamisation des apprentissages !

Deux semaines, après la rentrée, j’ai proposé à une classe, très à l’aise devant les claviers, de participer à la Journée Européenne des Langues”, le 26 septembre 2005. Défi accepté ! Nous voilà prêts à décoller !



Point de départ :

- Inscription sur Internet, en Labo Informatique : participation de la classe et du collège sur le site web JEL

Activités :

- Choisir une langue européenne,
- Écrire l’expression “Olá !” (Salut !),
- Ajouter deux ou trois informations sur le pays,
- Joindre une image,
- Ajouter un petit commentaire, à propos de son choix !

Différentes typologies d’élèves, différents niveaux d’apprentissage, différents compétences Technologie. Très intéressant, gérer tout cela!

J’ajoute, en plus, qu’il s’agissait d’une classe ayant quelques collégiens en difficulté d’apprentissage. Encore mieux !L'entraide serait aussi testée! Et ça a fonctionné!

Parmi le groupe, onze élèves travaillaient enormément et en tout enthousiasme ce projet ! Et nous voilà partis pour le Blog dos Caloiros en Septembre 2005.

Développement :

- Petits textes écrits en langue maternelle dans les cours de Portugais et Instruction Civique.
- Recherche sur Internet de sites web de traduction, pour l’expression “Olá !”(Salut !) dans des différentes langues.
- Séléction d’images esthétiques, motivantes et informatives des pays à faire découvrir.
- Archivement de toute information en easy disk individuel ou disquette.
- Webliographie : Liens sur Internet (contrôlés, testés).

Une fois par semaine, les élèves venaient me rejoindre individuellement ou par groupe de deux, à la Médiathèque. Là, je guidais leurs premiers pas concernant:

- La Recherche : Civilisation (pays choisi, curiosités), images (séléction).
- Les Traducteurs (langues choisies selon les pays).

Toute activité de recherche toujours adaptée au niveau âge/apprentissage de chaque élève.

À la maison, rédaction d’un petit texte informatif sur chaque pays.

Exemple : drapeau, situation géographique, capitale, et l’expression de salutation déjà traduite.

[Les élèves se répétaient un peu sur le choix des pays. Alors, j’ai dû sélectionner les travaux les plus créatifs et mieux élaborés (présentation pen-disk et papier)!]

Travaux élaborés, corrigés, évalués avant publication sur le net.
Aspects - Orthographe, langue, civilisation, image, esthétique et créativité.

Avant de partir au Labo Informatique, il fallait choisir le nom du Blog ! En classe, plusieurs en ont été proposés.

Le plus voté - Blog dos Caloiros
“Caloiros”, mot en argot académique qui définit les élèves qui arrivent dans un établissement scolaire pour la première fois.

Nous voilà donc préparés à partir dans la Salle Informatique pour la création/publication du Blog. À cette époque, pas d'ordinateurs en salle de classe!

Conclusion :

- Choix du serveur (à facile accès image/ texte),
- Création du domaine,
- Présentation du Projet (classe, collège),
- Introduction à l’Union Européenne,
- Publication des différents travaux/pays, par ordre de remise.

Produit : Porta Aberta sobre a Europa
http://torrinhasnetianos5c.blogs.sapo.pt/38201.html

“Curiosités :”

1. Pays, langues, curiosités, posts publiés sur le Blog :
Suède, Russie, France, Hongrie, Hollande, Belgique, Grèce, Portugal, Angleterre, Espagne. Pas mal !
2. Le Latin comme langue à l’origine du Portugais (en conclusion). Un élève l’a choisie. Super !
3. D'un groupe de onze élèves (9/10 ans), deux en difficulté d’apprentissage ont participé (posts le Portugais et l’Anglais LE I). Formidable !

Projet réussi !

Bravo les “Caloiros” !! Un des premiers web blogs 'éducatifs' au Portugal (2005) en vrai collabo avec les élèves.


Voilà! Ils étaient bien contents de leurs apprentissages dynamiques de langue et civilisation, à l’aide des TICE !
Et moi, heureuse de nous voir participer à des différents chemins de la pédagogie et de la didactique dans les cours de langues!

Viajar é correr mundo,
Voar mais alto que os pássaros
Ou pisar o chão da Terra
Ou as ondas do Mar Alto...

Alves Redol, Viajar

G-Souto, 19.12.2009
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Note : Le BlogdosCaloiros continue en publication, bien sûr !
On y ajoute de nouveaux thèmes: projets, culture, littérature, citoyenneté, environement.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anatomy of Digital Resources Millenium Learners - ICTE2009


The slides are based on my Poster shown at the V International Conference on Multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Lisbon, 22-24 April 2009.

All the sessions took place in three auditoriums at Universidade Nova de Lisboa Portugal).

Themes were about Education, Chemistry, SciencesMedicine, Engineering.

My Poster presentation was very appreciated by the different speakers. It was considered a spontaneous bottom-up innovation case where ICT is successfully applied to learning practices to build digital and other key competence in Secondary Education using educational digital resources in Languages curriculum.

Some teachers asked me about my practice with my students. They  were very curious and asked for some pedagogical advice to introduce Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom.

My successful ICT pedagogical experience was the first ICT successfully applied to learning practices in Secondary Education in Portugal and one of the first in European schools and in the United States (2000).

"We can not ignore all that technology."

G-Souto
20.10.2009

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Millenium Learners Conference 2009 : little report & some thoughts







Tom March slide

The OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) launched the New Millennium Learners (NML) project in 2007. It has the global aim of investigating the effects of digital technologies on school-age learners and providing recommendations on the most appropriate institutional and policy responses from the education sector.

NML




Andreas Schleicher/ OECDICT and Education
http://www.nml-conference.be/

O conceito de New Millenium Learners sugere que a adopção das Tecnologias particularmente pelas novas gerações - os nativos digitais - tem uma presença forte na construção da sua identidade, no modo como comunicam socialmente em rede, e como administram a informação e o conhecimento.

The concept of New Millennium Learners suggests that technology uptake, particularly by younger generations, has an effect on the way people build their identities, communicate socially, and manage information and knowledge.





Roundtable chair Frances Kelly/ Educational Counsellor

http://www.nml-conference.be/

Durante três intensos dias de trabalho, investigadores de trinta países espalhados pelos vários continentes, apresentaram perspectivas desse impacto na Educação dos adolescentes Millenium.

No final de cada sessão foram apresentados vídeos com testemunhos de estudantes de uma escola secundária da Flandres, que demonstraram bem como o papel dos professores inovadores é importante no seu percurso escolar.

As chamadas competências do século XXI foram portanto o tema centralizador da Conferência. O consenso foi geral! A definição de aprendizagens e competências a serem exigidas aos jovens estudantes, de modo a tornarem-se futuros profissionais de qualidade e cidadãos responsáveis, é urgente.

These so-called 21st Century Competencies, which are the main topic of this conference, cover the range of skills and competencies that young people will be required to have in order to be effective workers and responsible citizens in the knowledge society of the 21st century.

Definiram-se várias estratégias, que passam pela transversalidade das Tecnologias e de temas de Cidadania em todos as áreas curriculares, pelo que áreas como Informática e Educação Cívica não terão mais razão de existir. Também são aconselháveis a modernização de alguns currículos escolares. 

A responsabilização das escolas na formação dos seus professores, e  consequente actualização dos mesmos, serão metas a atingir com carácter obrigatório. 




Reception & dinner

No penúltimo dia foi oferecido aos conferencistas e participantes um jantar de confraternização no 30º andar de um edifício, com uma  soberba panorâmica sobre uma grande área da cidade de Bruxela, num final de tade outonal de rara beleza. Um pôr-do-sol esplendoroso. 


Saí mais enriquecida no final deste diálogo internacional! O projecto NML será um êxito se todos nos empenharmos nas novas tendências e objectivos da Educação, neste século XXI.





Dr Francesc Pedró OECD/CERI

100 researchers, teachers and organisations from 30 countries participated at the  New Millenium Learners Conference that took place at the Flemish Ministry of Education, Brussels, Belgium, on 21-23 September 2009.

Micheline Scheys who manages the interface project between education and labour policy within the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training in Belgium has been an unique  hostess of NML Conference.

All the sessions took place in  the Auditorium of the Conscience Building. The first NML Conference aimed at showcasing the results of the first phase  to link them to the next.

Many speakers presented their overview about changing policies and programs. This slide from Marc Durando of the European Schoolnet succinctly captures the inhibitors to implementing such policies and programs.



Marc Durando/ European Schoolnet (slide)

Finland is a nation that has been very successful in raising education performance. The “Road Ahead” provided by Oystein Johannessen could be useful.  Mr Johannessen is the Deputy Director General from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research about to begin a secondment to the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).



Oystein Joahnnssen/Deputy General, NME*
slide
http://www.slideshare.net/

For three days, researchers presented their investigations and opened an interesting discussion with all participants, sharing ideas and experiences about "the range of skills and competencies that young students will be required to have in the knowledge society of the 21st Century".




Dirk Van Damme/Head of the CERI*

The last day, Anthony Mackay, conference rapporteur made the final report  with some key-notes. Dirk Van Damme, head of CERI, presented general conclusions, mentioned the Global Financial Crisis.

This ongoing event highlights the need to prepare students for an unknown future where the only certainty is change and the most successful people will be able to analyze what’s happening and to make choices that support their own and their community’s welfare.  This brings to clear focus the difference between ICT Literacy /  “High Tech job prep” and 21st Century Skills.

Dirk Van Damme

Between all sessions, some videos with students' voices from the Provinciale Secundaire School Diepenbeek had been presented. 
It's always very interesting to hear the voices of the students about their teachers, learning, e-skills, and Internet use, in school and out school, at home.

All the research outcomes or policy initiaves in the area can only be put in practice if teachers and students regard them as valuable and relevant to their teaching and learning experience.

NML country survey




My thougths:

I think, as an independent researcher on learning & ICT, and teacher/ e-facilitator that young people brought a fantastic new vision to Education, since the 'first digital generation', in the 90's with their visual spatial skills, non verbal intelligence, multi-tasking attitude, in the classroom. And of course, their first smartphones used in the classroom as an educative tool.

Schools must change. Completely! Curricula must be adapt to these 'new kids on the block'. Technology and digital devices will be incluse into school curriculum with books, pencils & other.

However there are some innovative teachers that are going digital and are more creative in their lessons.

As a "pioneer native" teacher and author, I create some educational digital resources in cross-curricular, increasing skills and competencies of my students, motivating them to go further "in order to be effective workers with the digital skills to have a decent job ans be responsible citizens in the knowledge society of the 21st century".

Wonderful and instructive conference!


G-Souto

01.10.2009
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References: Slides from Tom March's site.



Acknowledge:

Micheline Scheys
Flemish Ministry of Education
OECD/CERI


Sarina De Rijbel (Secretariat)