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.

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