The detailed conference programme with the schedule of plenary and parallel sessions is now available at the conference homepage.
The aim of EDEN Open Classroom 2011 is to familiarize teachers, policy makers and learning community stakeholders with leading edge educational technologies, innovation methods, opinion sharing, collegial discussions and training experiences that will provide an alternative to crisis: new educational tools, inclusive strategies and creative best practice methodologies.
The more than 60 submissions will provide an interesting and diverse programme and will give basis for inspiring debates.
On the first day of the Conference, 27 October, the plenary speakers, Vassilis Koulaidis from the Greek Ministry of Education, Stavros Savas and Demetrios Sampson will help to draw up the conceptual frame of the conference with strategic keynotes. On Friday, 28th Alan Bruce will introduce the "Open Classroom: Vision, Challenges & Perspectives", Claudio Dondi will speak about the "Shared agenda, modest impact - What is wrong with school innovation policy?", Costas Tsolakidis will discuss the "Distance Learning in Crisis: To be Rediscovered" theme. On Saturday, Erik Duval will highlight the development of systems and tools, Nikitas Kastis will speak about the "Schooling and the lifelong potential of unlearning" and Kirsti Lonka will present the "Engaging Learning Environments - Blending Physical, Virtual, Social and Mental Spaces of Learning".
- Thinking Worlds - Rapid Development of 3D Games for Meaningful Learning
Andrew MacPherson, Learn TPM Ltd, United Kingdom
- Learning can Make People Fly: How can Teachers Transform Schools into Creative Environments?
Claudio Dondi, SCIENTER, Italy
- UniSchooLabS: Connecting Schools with Universities’ Remote Laboratories
Eleftheria Tsourlidaki, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
- Discover Open Science Resources: The reinforcement of the science teaching methods by introducing organized open digital educational resources and real or virtual visits in museums
Fotis Kouris, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
- Developing Programming Skills by Means of Modern Educational Programming Languages
George Papadopoulos, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
- Universe in the Classroom
Rosa Doran, NUCLIO / GTTP, Portugal
- Bringing Change in a Rural Environment – the Role of Education and Training in Changing the Perceptions and Lives of People Living in Rural Areas
Argyris Tzikopoulos, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
- Augmented Reality in Education
Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
- Exploring Science Cafes in Education - Discussing: “A Crisis Wasted?”
Pavlos Koulouris, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the 2011 Open Classroom Conference. Please, use the Online Registration Form.
The registration fee includes all conference facilities, the Conference Proceedings on CD-ROM, the Welcome Reception on 27 October, lunches and coffees on 28-29 October.
We offer combined EDEN membership and Conference fee discounted packages as well. For detailed information on conference fees and on how to register, please visit the Conference website.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi will kindly host the Welcome Reception in the evening of 27 October.
On Friday, 28 October, a guided tour to the Acropolis Museum will be offered to all delegates before the conference dinner.
Vodafone Foundation launched the Smart Accessibility Awards. This is a new competition to promote the development of IT applications designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities and older people to help them become more actively involved in society.
The programme is supported and co-organized by AGE Platform Europe, the European network of around 160 organisations of and for people aged 50+, and the European Disability Forum (EDF), the NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities.
Launched in Brussels at the EU Digital Assembly, the competition will award the best Smartphone application across four different categories as follows:
- 1. Social participation: This refers to applications which help users to participate actively in today’s society and benefit from the facilities that the new technologies can offer, whatever their age, disability and/or capacity (E.g. use the web and social media through mobile devices, contact people using mobile devices to the same extent as everyone, etc).
- 2. Independent living: This refers to applications which help users to be more autonomous and perform daily tasks independently (e.g. using domestic appliances such as washing machine or refrigerator, opening doors safely, etc).
- 3. Mobility: This refers to applications which enable users to move around more freely and safely using the whole range of transport modes. It can also refer to the use of mobile devices to be guided in unknown environment (e.g. using GPS option, etc).
- 4. Wellbeing: This refers to applications which improve the users’ health and as well as overall feeling of wellbeing.
The total prize fund of 200,000€ will be split equally between the four winners. The competition is open from 14 June 2011 to 15 October 2011. All entries should be submitted to http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/
All qualifying entries will be evaluated in November by a jury, consisting of representatives from AGE Platform Europe, European Disability Forum and Vodafone Foundation. Twelve finalists will be selected and requested to present their application before the final jury in Brussels in early December at a live final, where the four overall winners will be chosen.
Vodafone Foundation Director, Andrew Dunnett said “The Vodafone Foundation is keen to help as many people as possible benefit from new technologies. The Smart Accessibility Awards will help developers create apps that can really make a difference to people’s lives – we are thrilled to be able to support such an important initiative.”
Anne-Sophie Parent, AGE Platform Europe Secretary General, said “We are pleased to be involved in a project that supports our efforts towards building a more inclusive society. Digital inclusion is key to ensuring as many people as possible remain actively involved in their communities and we should make sure every citizen is empowered to do so, whatever their age or capacities. We hope this competition will help reach that goal and also contribute to the ‘European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations’ where the objective is to increase older people’s active participation in society and promote independent living in old age. ”
Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Executive Member, said; “Being part of this competition is very important for us. Communication technologies are vital to making possible the inclusion of persons with disabilities. When the mobile applications are not accessible, it can create new obstacles and can lead to new forms of discrimination. We look forward to seeing accessible apps.”
The mission of CELSTEC is to improve learning and knowledge handling at work, at school, at home and on the move by combining state-of-the-art knowledge in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new Information and Communication Technologies. New technologies and approaches to learning are extensively tested in our laboratories and in practice. The core activities of CELSTEC are research, innovation, education and training.
Never waste a crisis! Inclusive excellence, innovative technologies and transformed schools as autonomous learning organisations,
Presentations with best practice cases, linked to the themes of the conference, are invited for submission. Deadline: 15 September 2011
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