Peer Learning Activities relevant to this Peer Learning Cluster or group:
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Aims and Objectives
The Peer Learning Cluster and its PLAs supported national reviews of ICT strategies as well as the development of European references such as ICT indicators.
Issues tackled include:
- Further promoting digital competences in both informal and non-formal learning.
- Fostering the integration of ICT technologies as a basic learning tool (still a challenge in many European countries)
- Analysing the potential for innovative learning that derives from the increasing use of social computing for collaborative learning by youngsters but also adults.
The Cluster has synergies with the respective clusters on Teachers and Trainers, Key Competences and MST. It also closely collaborated with DG Enterprise on "e-skills" and DG Information Society
Its first meeting was held in April 2006; their last meeting in June 2009. Five Peer Learning Activities (PLAs) have been organised.
The Cluster has been associated to the preparation of the European year on creativity and innovation (2009) and its Final Report has contributed to the "Updated Framework on European Cooperation in Education and Training" (2009)"; the "EU 2020" agenda and the "New Skills for New Jobs" initiative.
The PLAs have provided a meeting space for sharing evidence, learning and examples of strategies and implementation of ICT for learning in different European countries.
An updated 'Compendium of good practices' (2008) is another successful outcome. This document is annexed to the Staff Working paper 'The Use of ICT for Innovation and lifelong learning for all'. '
These studies have pushed forward the discussion on 'ICT for learning' indicators and a European-wide impact analysis (ongoing).
The PLAs also contributed to the reviews and/or developments of national ICT strategies. The ICT cluster is seen as an instrument to guide those Member States in the stage of rethinking their ICT strategies.
- Key lessons from PLA in Birmingham on how to achieve leadership and parental involvement in eLearning, October 2007 ICT_Key lessons_PLA Birmingham_080605.doc
- Recommendations from the ICT cluster members with regard to future avenues of the ICT cluster and PLA activities, January 2008 ICT_Future avenues of the ICT cluster and PLA activitiesV2.doc
- Recommendations issued by the MST and ICT Clusters on novel pedagogies for learning and teaching maths, science and technology (MST) and how ICT can be an added value, May 2008 ICT_Joint statements of ICT and MST cluster_080605.doc
- Bottlenecks and enablers of innovative learning and teaching and the role of ICT, September 2008 ICT_Dissemination brief_081119.doc
- Recommendations on "Digital competences for lifelong learning for all" in the context of the " e-inclusion " Ministerial conference, December 2008 ICTcluster policybrief.doc
Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Finland, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia,United Kingdom (Northern Ireland since 2008), Iceland, Norway, Turkey.
- European Training Foundation (ETF)
- Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC). See ICT-related activities for Learning, Innovation and Creativity.