TEL Roadmap - Leadership & Planning: Plan

Leadership & Planning: Plan

A school in the initial stage will be the one that has a basic ICT plan. To become a enabled school, it will be necessary a plan developed by Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team, and a teacher, or group of teachers, with responsibilities and a leadership for that plan. The school will become confident if it has a comprehensive TEL plan and is integrated in school's plan. plan. The development of the plan is led by principal/ICT co-ordinating teacher/TEL Team with all teachers contributing and whole school acceptance. There is a designated ICT co-ordinating teacher with clearly defined duties and responsibilities. Finally, the school will become mature when the teachers implement the TEL plan in their daily work. The teachers and the students are involved in innovative and exemplary practice.


TEL Roadmap - Leadership & Planning: Vision

Leadership & Planning: Vision

A school in the initial stage will be the one that mainly focuses in ICT equipment. To become a enabled school, it will be necessary a plan developed by Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team. The school will become confident if the TEL vision is integrate into the whole school vision. Finally, the school will become mature when the TEL vision is wide ranging and shared by all stakeholders, and it is actively tested through the student learning experience.


Best Practices

Now, in Digital Schools website you can find the best practices in STEM, Language, Arts, Humanities and Cross Curricular.

Also, you can find it available by country. 
Go and visit the website.


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.



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/


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.

[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


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).