Final workshop of the project "LearnDesk": "E-learning in the schoolday"

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, 1st June 2012: After two years of project work the school's practical advice and the results of the project "LearnDesk" were presented in a final workshop in Osterholz-Scharmbeck. Lectures on e-learning also gave a deeper insight into the meaningful and beneficial integration of information and communication technology in education.

The aim of the project were the investigation of demands on teachers and technical equipment, resulting from increased use of e-learning in school. The second importent aim was gaining experience in terms of guidance and control of results during the self-learning phases of the students.

In addition to representatives from politics, administration and educational landscape the responsible project partners from Germany and Sweden took participated in the workshop to share the results of the "LearnDesk", to reflect on and discuss them. Project coordinator Ulrich Mueller by the "Europäisches Institut für Innovation e.V." gave an overview of the project and the joint activities.

The representatives of the participating schools, "Lernhaus im Campus" from Osterholz-Scharmbeck and "Lindberg Skola" and "Peder Skrivares Skola" from Varberg, discussed their experiences, they could acquire in the course of two years. In comprehensive presentations they documented their practical results of the field test to e-learning in teaching. They also described the daily work and development of ICT use in schools.

Presentations on the possibilities, limitations and use of learning platforms for e-learning in the classroom and a discussion of the extent of effort required for e-learning in schools were informative points of the event and completed the final workshop.

Presentations and infos you can find here.

Study trip of the German delegation to Varberg

Varberg, 14th May 2012: In the period from 9th to 11th May 2012 a mission of the two projects "LearnDesk" and "e-Inclusion" visited the Swedish municipality of Varberg in a study trip. Nestled in  important and informative conversations to the topics of the two project areas got the German visitors the opportunity to visit the local, very innovative public library. The city of Varberg offers its citizens a Campus that the delegation commited together with Swedish colleagues.

The closing ceremony of the project "LearnDesk" also took place as part of this journey. Here, results and analysis of two-year projekt working were evaluated and disseminated. The project partners were able to replace it with hindsight, and once again to communicate progress and achievement of the project "LearnDesk".

Expert Conference "The role of information- and communicationtechnology (ICT) and New Media in promoting social inclusion"

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, 21st March 2012: In the town hall of Osterholz-Scharmbeck was held on Tuesday, March 20th 2012, the expert conference on "The role of information and communication technology (ICT) and new media in promoting social inclusion" instead.

Today it is extremely important to create for all children and young people the opportunity to participate in the online society. Teachers, educators and policy makers from politics and administration need to create equal opportunities for all. In Osterholz takes this challenge the Institute for Innovation (EIFI) in cooperation with the People's High School, the city Osterholz-Scharmbeck and several other institutions from other European countries under the project "e-Inclusion".

Experts from Germany and Great Britain presented at the expert conference in Osterholz-Scharmbeck various aspects on inclusion and their own experiences in this field. Presentations and information you can find here.

Studytrip of "LearnDesk"- and "E-Inclusion"-projects to London

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, 16th January 2012: In the period from 11th to 13th January 2012 staff of the projects "LearnDesk" and "e-inclusion" visited on a joint study trip the so called BETT-show in London, UK. BETT is the largest exhibition for information and communication technology in education and teaching, and is held annually on the grounds of ExCeL London.
The focus of the BETT exhibition is on the fields education, training, work, information technology and communication technology and since 1984 attracts many visitors each year.

The schedule of the delegation also was a project meeting with Swedish partners from Varberg to discuss the current state of the project and future project-related activities.

In addition, the project partners took part in a briefing by Microsoft in Southwark Community Centre.

Workshop: "Possibilities and tendencies for the employment of ICT-technology at school"

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, 4th March 2011: On Thursday, 3rd March, the municipality of Osterholz-Scharmbeck welcomed numerous guests from germany as from several european countries for a day-long workshop. Under the title: "Möglichkeiten und Tendenzen für den IKT-Einsatz in der Schule" ("Possibilities and tendencies for the use of information and communication technology at school"), the guests were invited to ideas for a reasonable and promising integration of digital tools and media for pupils.

The Workshop was part of the greater "LearnDesk"-project, a cooperation of german und swedish partners about terms of progessive learning techniques. It was hosted by the city of Osterholz-Scharmbeck and the Euruopean Institute for Innovation (EIFI). Both facilities are engaged in new forms of teaching and schooling. Part of their activities - and bonded with the workshop- is the devleopment of a whole new learning area in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, that gathers all kinds of educational offers to the citizens from secondary school to media centers, community centers and libraries.

After a handy introduction by Ulrich Müller, project coordinator at the municipality of Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Barbara Zimmers from the german initiative D 21 made it clear how important the access to information technology has become for children to keep up with the claims of modern society. Fredrik Höper, director of the office for schooling at the municipailty of Varberg, worked out how IT-Technology can be used to maintain und raise the quality standards for educational achievements.

Furthermore, speakers from Germany, Island and Switzerland shared their experiences in this field with the audience. So Rolf Schöneberger, director of the Sekundarstufe (pupils from 11 to 16 years) in Bürglen, showed additionally, how the abandonment of conventional classrooms to a design of open learn scapes with a closer conncetion between pupil and a more mentorish kind of teacher can support the learning effects for every single child.

After a break for lunch, the participiants  received three reports from the pracitcal aspects. So Magnus Lindblad showed, how IC-Technology can be used to ease the process of learning to read.

The day closed with a prolific discussion for all - and a lot of talks between the participants about the topic on the way back in all parts of northern europe

Presentations held this day you find here.  

Study and working visit of the german project partners in Varberg

Varberg, 2nd December: From 28th November to 1st December 2010, the first visit for studying and working of the german project partners in Varberg took place. Amongst visits and talks in the participating, individual talks to professional matters were held. So the IT-administrator of the city of Osterholz-Scharmbeck met with his colleague from Varberg for an exchange of experience, and to become acquitaned with the IT-concept of the city of Varberg for the school range. The german delegation was leaded bei mayor Martin Wagener. The Haupt- and Realschule (german secondary schooling) were representated by Mister Carsten Krause, and the teaching staff co-working at the project team. Further members of the study group were the manager of the community college, and a representative of EIFI.

For the manager of the Osterholz-Scharmbecker community college it was possible to exchange with local facilites of adult education, and the person responsible for further education at the Pedar Skrivere school. At a meeting of the project working group from Varberg and Osterholz- Scharmbeck, the shared expectations for the Learndesk to be develeoped were formulated. In a meeting of the steering committee the details of further proceeding in the project cooperation until the next project meetin at Osterholz- Scharmbeck were determined.

A newspaper article of the HALLANDS NYHETER about the meeting you find here.

Swedish project partners as guests in Osterholz-Scharmbeck - Kick Off meeting in county town

Osterholz-Scharmbeck, 29th September 2010: On 27th and 28th September 2010, the first transnational project meeting, including the Kick-Off Meeting of the steering group of the project, took place at Osterholz-Scharmbeck . Therefore a group of four representants of the town of Varberg, the participating schools and the  teacher´s labor unions came to their german partner town. Together with representants of the local german partners, the initial situation of the project in Varberg and Osterholz-Scharmbeck was discussed. Establishing on this, arrangements were compounded about the first project phase. At a visit at the Haupt- und Realschule (german secondary education form) the guests got the chance to participate at a IT-supported school lesson. Meanwhile, both sides shaped their understanding of the project , and formulated their expectations for the project.