On 25-27 March IMIH organised a ‘Ceci n’est pas un workshop: Unleashing creativity in the classroom with or without ICT’. The first two days of the workshop were fascilitated by Paul Zetter from ensemble creative. In fact, it rather was a playshop since Paul Zetter managed to get the message across through very exciting games. Approx. 45 participants of the IMIH pilot schools and HRCTEM had a lot of fun AND learned how to unleash creativity in the classroom.

The third day Peter van Gils, the IMIH advisor and Bart Cornille, the IMIH project coordinator, linked ICT to the concept of creativity. The participants were asked to brainstorm on suggestions for a lesson plan. They used bubbl.us to map their thoughts before starting to make a lessonplan. Loads of weblinks were given to the participants while creating the plan.

At the end of the day all 4 groups presented the work. All groups took on the challenge to try out the games of Paul Zetter, film them and publish the films on You Tube before 30 April 2008.

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On 28th March 2008 IMIH proudly presented its’ ICT4ESD teachers’toolkit. ICT applications or Web 2.0 tools are infiltrating in areas of education we never thought it could- or would. For the past years, IMIH has  explored ideas which have now begun to slip into the mainstream. Active Teaching and Learning linked to ICT or Web 2.0 applications have started to take root in education all over the world. ATL and ICT tools can also be used in the broader context of Education for Sustainable Development: Basic ICT applications or easy-to use commericial softwares for interactive presentations with sound or sharing pictures, documents and folders. More advanced Web 2.0 technologies or open source software including a website that integrates Google Maps, YouTube or podcasts, a virtual learning environment to provide information on activities and to host a number of courses or a content management system. All these tools twinned with ATL offer great opportunities to promote ESD concepts and eventually, transform the educational system.

The Transforming Stage

March 31, 2008

All the efforts @ IMIH are geared towards reaching the last and final ICT development stage. Educational Web 2.0 tools and a new vision on education (ESD) are part of the strategy to reach the transforming stage. The ICT4ESD teachers’ toolkit and the Tools4ESD conference need to put the IMIH project on the right track.

It was Jan Arend Brands, the evaluator, who advised IMIH to hold a conference on the innovative pedagogical strategy, vision and mission of the IMIH project. Therefore, the traditional Open School Day 2007 concept was adjusted to a Tools4ESD conference facilitated by Robert Steele of AtKisson (Sustainable Asia). Again, linking Web 2.0 tools and Active Teaching and Learning methods to this new vision of education is part of our endeavour to reach the transforming stage.  Because both ICT integration and ESD have the potential to transform education. IMIH hopes by combining both, they will reinforce each other and accelerate the change processes. The conference was an overall success and evaluation indicated that the objectives were fully reached: the Tools4ESD conference hoped to wet the teachers and managers appetite towards a new vision of education (Number of participants: approx. 85). Robert Steele provided both theoretical background and hands-on experience on tools that promote ESD.

 On this occasion two ICT4ESD competitions were launched. All IMIH pilot schools were requested to design an ICT rich lesson on Vietnams’ minority cultures and on 1000 years of Hanoi. Cultural diversity and urban planning/development being two major ESD themes. In December 2007 classroom observations were scheduled in all pilotschools and clear criteria for evaluation were used. In January the winners will be announced and prices (laptops, digital camera’s and external diskdrives) will be given to the participating schools. Overall, there is a good improvement in using divers teaching styles, active learning methods and the effective use of ICT.Both HEEP and IMIH pilot schools present at the Tools4ESD conference were also requested to participate in a writing competition for their students. They were asked to write a letter from the future. The winners will be published in 2008 along with some more information on this innovative ESD concept. (40 USB sticks were purchased as prices for the students)The classroom observations that took place in November and December already indicate that some pilot schools have started to implement these new ideas. It is now clear that in a traditional classroom different tools can be used for different tasks for different interests. The new Web 2.0 tools can be seen as elements of a larger learning and development approach. Therefore, IMIH will continu to promote the use of blogs, wikis, podcast, etc. in a blended learning environment.

ICT4ESD

March 31, 2008

As a member of the ESD-NET in the Asian Pacific Region, Bart Cornille, set up a blog for the ESD-NET. (http://esdnet.wordpress.com)  It is hoped for that this blog will inform ESD-NET members and will grow into a personal research platform from Bart Cornille. On the occasion of World teacher day (20 November 2007) he was invited by UNESCO to Bangkok to give a presentation on the use of ICT to promote ESD. He participated in a panel discussion on innovations in education with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pruet Siribanpitak, President, Thailand Education Deans Council, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Assoc. Prof. Lean Heng Chan School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education, Bangkok. (http://www.thailandgateway.in.th/tec2007/data2.asp)