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November, 2010

Connect the TEachers to reach and teach the NEt GENeration LLP-LdV-TOI-2008-HU-016

Welcome This 27 month-long project is a collaboration of 11 partners

from

five

countries.

The "transfer

of

CONTENT

innovation" will 'valorize' the results of two earlier

CONNECT THE TEACHERS TO REACH AND TEACH THE NET GENERATION ............................................... 1

successful LdV projects: SLOOP and NETIS. The

WELCOME ............................................................................ 1

SLOOP project (Sharing Learning Objects in an Open Perspective) demonstrates key concepts in e-

TENEGEN EXPERIENCES ............................................ 1

learning 2.0; NETIS provides the philosophical,

ACTIVITIES ........................................................................ 1

sociological, and pedagogical basis to support new

NEWS ...................................................................................... 1

paradigms

of

teaching

and

learning

in

the

Information Society. The aim of the TeNeGEN project is to establish an European environment of

EVENTS.................................................................................. 2 PROJECT BASICS ............................................................ 3

’connectivism’ for VET teachers and trainers, to show the significant advantages of being connected to

the

n-Gen

instead

of

simply

'delivering'

knowledge through virtual classrooms and learning management systems. TeNeGEN Team http://tenegen.prompt.hu

This issue was published by: DEKRA Akademie GmbH, Germany Editor: Ed Mahood Copyright © TeNeGEN Consortium

TeNeGEN experiences The TeNeGEN project is rapidly drawing to a close, and this is cause for both celebration and sadness. The project consortium has travelled a long, and sometimes difficult road due to the sheer ambition of this transfer of innovation project. All of the course modules have been translated into English and the English pilot training has been successfully completed. The English pilot has shown us, on the one hand, just how difficult it can be to get content suited for one language and culture into a form that well suits others. It is well known that different cultures approach teaching and learning somewhat differently, yet the richness of diversity that this brings should never be sacrificed to mere technical expediency. What the project has shown is that bridges can and should be built, for it is across such bridges that we best grow together. The TeNeGEN project is both forward-looking and highly ambitious. The project consortium has worked hard to not only produce results, but also to understand the underlying mechanisms and factors involved in successful online learning and teaching. There is, of course, still much to be done. One of the by-products of a project such as this one is the identification of things that work well, of course, but also of what does not work so well, what could be done better, and what can be done differently. We, as a consortium, have developed a deeper understanding of the issues involved and have identified a number of issues that can form the basis for future cooperation and work as well. The DEKRA Akademie as work package leader for WP7 Evaluation is particularly pleased with the progress that has been made over the past two years. We have seen a far-sighted and grand idea take on shape and form, and we have learned a lot from our work, to be sure, but even more so from each other. And that, of course, is the cause for sadness. Not only working relationships but also friendships have developed in this time, due to the close cooperation that is needed to make a project like this one succeed. It is a credit to all the consortium partners that they have been able to share a common vision and goals along with the generous contributions of each of their individual expertise. We can be satisfied with our accomplishments, and we can be hopeful for the future as well.

Activities The Turkish pilot training is running and about to be completed. The remainder of the consortium is busy wrapping up all the other loose ends for the final report due at the end of the year.

News On 1-2 October 2010, the final conference with the Hungarian vocational-school teachers and interested parties was held at the Széchenyi István Secondary Grammar School in Pécs, Hungary. The conference was attended by around 80 participants over the two days, and it was divided into three main parts: a discussion of Web 2.0 technologies and the Net Generation, as well as a recap and integration of project results, culminating in the awarding of certificates This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 1 of 3


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of completion to attending vocational-school teachers. All three parts of the conference were held against the backdrop of actual classroom experiences that the presenters had made during the course of the project. A number of oft-stated, but not soundly documented issues were raised in the first part of the conference, such as the lack of native-language sites and the predominance of English as the language of the web, or the increased need to have parents involved in their children's education. In addition, it became ever clearer how the role of the teacher has changed with the introduction of the new technologies, but it was generally agreed that technology cannot – and should not – replace the teacher in the classroom. The newer pedagogies associated with computer-supported, or technology-enhanced learning are also placing increasing demands on teachers, a fact that has not been well addressed in regard to the current contractual or legal requirements involving teaching personnel. Yet it was also enriching to see the creative ways in which these new technological tools were being used, particularly by teachers who were unfamiliar with them prior to enrolling in the TeNeGEN course. One of the most interesting sessions of the conference was the presentation of a study on the net generation and their use of media, including a lively, follow-on roundtable discussion. While the results of the study did confirm some characteristics of those considered part of this generation, such as digital literacy, facility with mobile technologies, and familiarity with audio and visual media, it became clear in the discussion that the gap between teachers and students as far as learning with new technologies was not as great as many have maintained. In particular, it was pointed out – and here there was general agreement among almost all conference participants – that the most difficult aspect of incorporating new media into the classroom is the finding of quality material. It is not hard to find things on the web, that is true, but knowing how to sort the good from the bad, the worthwhile from the worthless, that is, how to evaluate and assess the true value of what one finds is perhaps the most needed skill that we need to develop in both students and teachers. In other words, we are finding out that the "how" of web technologies can be learned relatively quickly, but the "why" is still going to take some time. On the final day of the conference, in addition to further interesting presentations, there was a general assessment and feedback round on the TeNeGEN course itself. While the participants were all thankful for the opportunity to participate in the project's round of training, they had a number of suggestions for future versions of the course. All were in agreement that there is a very high volume of information in the course. Consideration needs to be given to focusing the content, or perhaps breaking the material down into a beginner's and advanced course. Teaching full time and following a course such as this one, on the side, makes great demands on the teachers' time and energy. What the technology can deliver, however, is a more highly structured, focused course, and it is this that the teachers would like to see in the future. Another interesting observation was that many teachers would have liked a preliminary course that dealt specifically with general IT topics and techniques, so that they would be better prepared for the TeNeGEN course as a whole. The true value of conferences such as these is in the feedback that the project team gets from real-life participants. In this regard, the conference was an outstanding success. As mentioned above, TeNeGEN was a demanding and highly ambitious project that has not only met its established goals, but which has gained a wealth of experience and received excellent and constructive feedback that could well serve as the basis for follow-on projects as well. The project has delivered a solid foundation upon which to build. Continued effort and collaboration is envisioned, and it has become very clear that there is still a lot of work to be done in building a sound, solid, useful, and worthwhile technology-enhanced platform for the future. Last, but certainly not least, special thanks goes to the staff of the Széchenyi István Secondary Grammar School who did more than just provide a venue for the conference, but who went far beyond the normal call of duty to provide a constructive and cooperative atmosphere for the meeting, and who extended to all the conference participants such heartfelt hospitality that we all could not but feel very much at home.

Events The ONLINE EDUC BERLIN 2010, the 16th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training, will be held from 1-3 December at the Hotel InterContinental in Berlin, Germany. Program background and information, as well as the possibility to register online, can be found on the event website (www.online-educa.com) in English, German, French, and Spanish. This is the premier online-education event in Germany, and this year promises to be another high-quality conference. The TeNeGEN project will be represented, of course, so come and visit us! We would love to meet you in Berlin.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 2 of 3


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Project basics Acronym: Title: Duration: Action type: Programme: Countries: Website: Contact:

TENEGEN Connect the Teachers to Reach and Teach the Net Generation 1.October 2008 – 30 September 2010, extended till 31 December 2010 Transfer of Innovation Leonardo da Vinci – LLL Sub-programme Hungary, Italy, Germany, Turkey http://www.tenegen.eu Mária Hartyányi, Prompt-G Educational Centre for Informatics, Hungary email: maria.hartyanyi@prompt.hu; skype: hmaria718

Partnership PROMPT CNR ISERG CAPDM DEKRA BUNI ÖJSZIGK NIVE BJMSZ KGYGIVSZ SZIGSZ

Prompt-G Educational Centre for Informatics, HU (Co-ordinator) National Research Council - Institute for Educational Technology, IT Information Society Education and Research Group University of West Hungary, HU CAPDM Ltd,.UK DEKRA Akademie GmbH, DE Balýkesir University, TR Öveges József Vocational and Grammar School, HU National Institute of Adult and Vocational Education, HU Bottyán János Vocational Secondary School, HU Krúdy Gyula Secondary School, HU Széchenyi István Secondary Grammar School, HU

Target groups ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒

teachers and trainers in vocational education; trainers in adult education; school-leaders (headmasters) in VET schools and the staff of higher education institutes; students of vocational schools; university students; policy makers; European e-learning providers.

Objectives ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒

elaborate a pedagogical model of networked learning and 'connectivism'; develop an online repository of Open Source Learning Objects; develop a TENEGEN networked learning environment based on open source LMS; elaborate and implement five training modules in three languages (HU, EN, TR); establish pilot training courses for teachers and trainers; validate and verify the results in VET schools; disseminate the results all over Europe.

Work-packages WP0 WP1 WP2 WP3 WP4 WP5 WP6 WP7 WP8

Project management TENEGEN System Analysis and Design based on pedagogical and sociological outcomes of NETIS TENEGEN Systems Analysis and Design based on the SLOOP concept Content development, review, translation Implementation of TENEGEN networking platform E-learning - the school of the future - Pilot course I. Pilot course in VET schools Evaluation Dissemination and valorisation

Planned results Online further training programme for teachers and trainers in five module in three language (HU, EN, TR), implemented in a Moodle virtual learning environment, and piloted in three countries (HU, EN, TR). The Consortium intends to deliver the new paradigm of network learning to the teachers and trainers in vocational education and training, to help them "reach and teach the Net Generation".

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 3 of 3


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