The Digital Schools of Europe Project
A Strategic Partnership for School Education
The key priorities of the project are:
Enhancing digital integration in learning, teaching, training and youth work at various levels
Addressing low achievement in basic skills through more effective teaching methods
Developing basic and transversal skills using innovative methods
Many reports and studies highlight the benefits and advantages of using ICT as a learning and teaching tool, also noting the challenges facing schools throughout the EU – (Horizon Report Europe: 2014 Schools Edition, ICILS Study 2013). Our project addresses many of these topics and challenges.
In the modern digital world, all EU countries have, to some extent, made efforts and provision for the equipping of schools with ICT infrastructure, pre-service training of teachers in the use of ICT and In-service training supporting the integration of ICT into the everyday life of the classroom.
Since 2006, Ireland has developed a national accreditation system to recognise schools who are to the fore in their use of ICT. Digital Schools of Distinction is a flagship programme which aims to promote, recognise and encourage excellence in the use of technology in primary schools. Our Digital Schools of Distinction is now a much sought after Award, with more than 1/2 of Primary schools registering their interest in the scheme.
By seeking out like minded partners throughout Europe, this project aims to locate, explore and disseminate best practices in the use of ICT, firstly to our partnership group and, secondly, to reach beyond to all EU countries. In this way we will achieve our first priority.
Through discussions, workshops, meetings, school visits we aim to assess the feasibility of developing similar accreditation schemes in our partner countries, and ultimately the possibility of a fully-fledged EU Accreditation. This meets our second priority.
Our project will include 3 transnational project meetings each year, an integral part of which will be visiting local schools, not alone those schools with high levels of ICT use, but also schools that are encountering problems with implementing the integration of ICT into their curriculum. Through these mobilities and cross-border meetings, we aim to be in a position to offer help, support and guidance to strengthen the quality of the usage of ICT in all schools.
For further information please visit http://www.digitalschoolseurope.eu/