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The world we live in is constantly changing. Our economies, the way we search for information, the way we communicate. The information technologies we are exposed to are proliferating rapidly. In Education, it is our primary concern to cultivate the skills and abilities that will allow our children to live successfully in this 21st century world.  In education, we help children and young people acquire the skills to enable them to gather and assess information, and to process and compose it into knowledge, while making the most of the modern technological tools available to them

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Active classroom learning

Active classroom learning is a teaching concept where teachers use their classroom time to discuss and apply instead of lecture. Students view the lectures at home and spend classroom time on the application of knowledge like open-ended projects. The basic idea is that students watch, rewind and pause the lectures as many time as they need, post questions online to the teacher or classmates, look at basic concepts if needed or just go ahead and listen to additional lectures. One of the main advantages is that students work in the classroom at their own pace and ask for assistance when they need help applying the concepts they have learned.

Flipping classrooms is a new concept where students view their lectures at home and spend classroom time on the application of knowledge like open-ended projects. You may want to call this a flip because the basic idea is that students listen to the lectures before getting into the classroom.
Flipping Classrooms empowers teachers to be more interactive and focus on the application of knowledge, mentor them directly and it frees up class time for more open-ended creative things. This is where the teachers can be at their best; guide students to solve open-ended, more creative projects. Read more about it here, on our dedicated Flipping Classrooms page.

The Kahn Academy (4 million users) offer lectures, so students watch, rewind and pause the lectures as many time as they need, post questions online to the teacher or classmates, look at basic concepts if needed or just go ahead and listen to additional lectures. One of the main advantages is that students work in the classroom at their own pace and ask for assistance when they need help applying the concepts they have learned. Read more about Kahn here.

Open Schools for Open Societies

The Open School for Open Societies movement encourages an open school approach. An open school opens up to the community and uses the school’s environment to enrich the learning experience of the students. It imports external ideas that challenge internal views and beliefs and uses these insights to innovate education. Furthermore, an open school is a more engaging environment for learning and makes a vital contribution to the community: student projects meet real needs in the community outside school and draw upon local expertise and experience. And finally: learning in and together with the real world creates more meaning and more motivation for learners and teachers.

More information about Open Schools can be found on: www.openschools.eu

Extra

  • This page contains an overview of inspiring projects

  • See here how the Heerbeeck College has implemented the Open School concept

21st Century Skills

The world we live in is constantly changing. Our economies, the way we search for information, the way we communicate. The information technologies we are exposed to are proliferating rapidly. In Education, it is our primary concern to cultivate the skills and abilities that will allow our children to live successfully in this 21st century world.  In education, we help children and young people acquire the skills to enable them to gather and assess information, and to process and compose it into knowledge, while making the most of the modern technological tools available to them.   Schools must adapt and innovate so they can support the acquisition of these  21st century skills.

Divergent thinking may be the most important challenge school leaders and teachers face. The video on the left shows our challenge in a unique way.

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Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation

Innovations arise from creative entrepreneurs and become a success by followers who add value and dissemination. Schools should encourage creative young people with entrepreneurial spirit. Most of these young people do not follow the beaten path, they think differently, they learn differently. Entrepreneurial people are challenged if they work together on self-chosen challenges and utilize technological applications.

The Dutch Scholen voor Ondernemend Leren program helps schools to create a breeding ground for creative young people.

Basic Skills

Since the PISA research ranks the results of most of the OECD countries, in almost every county there is a focus on investment in reading, writing and math’s. Though no one would deny the importance of reading, writing and math’s, in many countries the influence on the curriculum forced by the governance can be a treat for the overall quality of education. In many countries we can see an increasing pressure of the government using standardised tests to measure the quality of the educational process and quality. It’s a challenge for most schools to find a balance between the demands of the government and the need of children.

ICT in education

Our world has changed significantly during the past few decades. In the 20st century, teachers, news papers and books were regarded as the primary sources for information. Today, the internet is the primary source of information for most young people. With the rise of the internet, the roles of teachers have changed considerable. Smartboards, computers, Ipads and internet have changed how students learn in and out side the class room. ICT enables teachers to personalize education. This video of Sugata Mitra show how children learn: by being creative. Please view the following video  Sugata_Mitra_about child_driven_education.

For more information, visit our dedicated page about ICT in education over here.

Interesting initiatives

http://www.schoolleadership20.com/ is a professional networking site for those interested in advancing their learning of the impact of social media on learners.

Bill_Gates discusses mosquitos, malaria and education.

ICT in classrooms:

The internet has changed the way we communicate, work, purchase and sell articles, search for information and much more. Internet has changed our lives. However, in many schools, we still teach like 20 years before. ESHA supports initiatives that enable school sto embrace internet technology in every class room.

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