On Thursday and Friday 14 and 15 January 2010 ATiT participated in the mid term project meeting of the European Commission Lifelong Learning Project SoRuraLL, which focuses on using information and communication technologies in rural parts of Europe, especially within the education and training domain.
Partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Poland gathered in the excellent premises of Ellinogermaniki Agogiki to discuss the progress of development and pilots. The pilot activities are beginning now and will continue until July involving teachers in Greece, Spain and Ireland as well as learners in Germany and Bulgaria and citizens in Poland.
Despite the bad weather conditions in northern Europe, ATiT staff are planning to take part in the Learning and Technology World Forum 2010 being held in London 11-13 January.
This will include leading an innovation exchange session entitled "Critical Success Scheme for Step-Change in E-Learning" on Tuesday 12th. This session will be highly interactive and will provide an opportunity to further test the validity of the Critical and Key Success factors for e-learning that were developed during the Re.ViCa project. Participants will also receive a copy of the recently published handbook, "Reviewing the Virtual Campus Phenomenon: The Rise of Large-scale e-Learning Initiatives Worldwide" which provides a wealth of background on the Virtual Campus phenomenon as well as a snapshot of the current status of Virtual Campuses worldwide.
Teachers and others taking part in the first EduTubePlus teachers workshop which was held in Budapest on 17/18 September spent two days discussing and experimenting with various types of video resources in the classroom.
This included discussing the educational value and use of ready-made video clips like those which will form the bedrock of the EduTubePlus multi-lingual curriculum-related video-based e-service for European schools. This service will be launched in 2010.
They also recorded their own clips as part of a hands-on experience in creating user-generated video which allowed them to familiarise themselves with the basics of story-boarding, capturing, editing and publishing of video-based educational resources.
The first 2 day training course for teachers in the EduTubePlus project will take place on 17/18 September in the International School of Budapest supported by project partners SZÁMALK Education and Information Technology Ltd. and ATiT. This hands-on workshop is aimed at teachers and others interested in the use of video for teaching purposes and will cover the creation and adaptation of video resources for use in the classroom
Mathy Vanbuel participated in a GDLN-ASEAN Project Identification team comprised of World Bank Staff and consultants that visited Jakarta from June 3 till 9 to work with ASEC officials, staff and consultants to explore and refine the concept of a GDLN-ASEAN and to produce a comprehensive Project Document including project implementation plan, operational management plan, and business plan.
The mission addressed issues of technical requirements (facilities, connectivity arrangements, etc.), staffing, financial requirements, operational management, capacity building, etc. The mission also identified a number of program areas of mutual strategic interest in which the World Bank and other GDLN partners would collaborate in development and delivery of a multi-year series of knowledge exchange, dialogue, and capacity building activities. During the visit, the team also met with Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General, one of the great promotors of the GDLN-ASEAN within the ASEC.
ATiT provided its first training for Google Calendar aimed at small businesses on 8 April. Google Calendar is part of Google Apps Professional edition, a package of Google's communication and collaboration tools including Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Documents and Google Sites and is a really useful tool for helping small companies and organisations manage and track their appointments and activities.
ATiT now offers a face-to-face customised training module including a manual and a handy "CheatSheet" on Google (Apps Pro.) Calendar which offers many features that SMEs, organisations and networks can benefit from. These include commonly known calendar features like the ability to share your calendar with your colleagues or viewing the availability of a colleague or guest when scheduling a meeting, to more advanced functions such as the availability of resources, online AND offline access to the calendar and the ability to synchronise with other calendar applications or smartphones.
A half day module for up to 20 people in either Dutch or English including the manual and cheatsheets costs 450 Euros. If you would like to find out more, do contact us.