4.07.2017

Using Google Docs for collaborative work

Image credit: Lumaxart


Here there are two videos on how to use Google Docs as a collaborative work.
This collaborative work can be done between teachers, between students and class teacher, and between students.


3.27.2017

Validator

Any school that applies to become a certified digital school, needs to pass the validation process.

In this video you can see how:


If you want to be a validator, just go to this website: http://digitalschools.academy/

3.10.2017

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

The Digital Schools Europe website presents a roadmap and self-evaluation to be taken by each school. In that way, the school can know the level of their own Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) program.
TEL map - Credit: TEL4DT

But, what is TEL?
Well, this is not a new concept. It implies a new way to adapt the teacher's work in the classroom. Where technology is present for each student and the learning process can be personalized.
That implies not only present content in different supports but "
innovations in content delivery, assessment methods, and adaptive learning" [1]
The students will be more active in the learning process, and they should be use ICT to acquire specific goals.

This implies a commitment between leadership, teacher professional training and plan to update and to keep all the ICT tools and infrastructure running.
Finally, TEL will prepare our students to acquire digital skills, to adapt for new kind of jobs or challenges, to work as a team.

Sources:
[1] University of Texas https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/teaching/tech (March, 10, 2017)
Francis, Taylor. "Technology-enhanced learning and teaching in higher education: what is ‘enhanced’ and how do we know? A critical literature review" http://oro.open.ac.uk/36675/1/TEL%20in%20Higher%20Education-What%20is%20enhanced%20and%20how%20do%20we%20know.pdf Open Research Online

2.27.2017

Digitally supporting a global experiment

Following last March’s great success with more than 1100 schools from around the world involved in the activity, the Eratosthenes Experiment will be held again on the 21st of March, 2017 (a day after the spring equinox day)! 

The experiment consist in measure with a high 1 meter stick the shadow provided by the Sun. Some simple mathematics can be applied to get the Earth's radius. The technology behind this experiment is to find the local noon (provided by online websites or by using Stellarium) and to measure the distance between schools in the same longitude or one school to the Equator (by using Google Earth).

Once again, do not miss the opportunity to participate in this fascinating international event! Take part through your school by registering at the website with your school’s longitude and latitude. Once you are registered, you will be put in touch with a school from the same longitude with you by the organizing team. Together with your partner school, you will record data, collaborate, calculate the circumference of the Earth and submit the data.

In order to stand a chance to win a scholarship to attend the 2017 European Science Education Academy (ESEA) Summer School in Greece, take a photo of your experiment and submit it until the 14th of April along with your data. More info at: http://eratosthenes.ea.gr/content/photo-contest-march-2017


Please note that the Eratosthenes Experiment official website has been upgraded. From now on, you can create your account and make use of it in order to register your school, submit & store your experiment data to compare them with future data, and upload to the gallery of Eratosthenes website photos from the experiment taking part at your school (or another location). 

2.17.2017

2.12.2017

DSoE Pisa Meeting


"An international network to share best practices and develop a European path in terms of the educational innovation, including through digital technologies. This is the outcome of the project  Digital Schools of Europe , opened in Dublin in October 2015, and with the participation, in addition to Ireland lead partner, and Italy represented by Pisa, Sweden (Malmo), Finland (Oulu), Denmark (Odense), France (Limoges), Portugal (Lisbon), Spain (Murcia), each with Municipalities and / or universities and two schools. 
[...] The goal is to define the status of the European situation on analog innovation theme of the learning process, and in what ways and how digital technologies can foster and actualize this revolution, analyzing needs and pave the way for the next steps also through the sharing of best practices." in  La Nazione
You can read the full article here: https://goo.gl/LDxa1q 

2.02.2017

Digital tools for teachers

Here is a video from Oxford University YouTube channel talking about the best digital tools for teachers. Most of the websites have apps that can be used in class.