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ERIC Number: ED509797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
CoSN Senior Delegation to Scotland and Netherlands: Real Investment/Real Innovation (November 6-14, 2009)
Spero, Irene, Comp.
Consortium for School Networking (NJ1)
In November, 2009 The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) led a United States (US) "Senior Delegation" to the Netherlands and Scotland as part of its ongoing efforts to facilitate a global conversation on the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in education. Building upon the experiences of three previous delegations--Western Europe (2002), Australia (2004), Scandinavia (2007)--the "agenda" included high-level meetings with both public and private-sector officials and visits to schools exemplifying the ways in which ICT is being deployed in classrooms. Guided by the fundamental assumption that the US can learn from other countries, just as other countries can learn from the US, the goals of the delegation were to: (1) Determine how strategic investments in ICT by Scotland and the Netherlands are preparing students for success in a global economy; (2) Explore innovative uses technology, including Web 2.0 collaborative tools, national learning platforms and other cutting edge applications; (3) Discover common challenges in using ICT to transform learning; (4) Identify innovative policies and practices in Scotland and the Netherlands that might be replicated in the US; and (5) Share the findings with interested groups and individuals. The educators the participants met during their visit share many of the same problems they are encountering in the US and grapple with similar issues--how to transform education through the use of ICT, how to engage students for higher achievement, how to measure this achievement, how to retrain teachers to use the new technologies and teaching strategies and certainly how to fund and sustain it. But the approaches and the solutions in addressing these problems are unique. In each of these countries they saw exemplary ICT integration in schools. Students were engaged, working together and there was a seamless, nearly transparent use of technology to support learning. But, as the delegation noted, these innovations are taking place in the US in some classrooms. They each could name classrooms and schools that are utilizing these tools to support learning. The differences are policies that support and encourage innovations to scale up successfully and in a shorter time frame
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for School Networking
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (Scotland); United States