Conference presentation at TEESnet

L2T researcher Stuart Mitchell presented the paper “Mind the (digital) gap! Exploiting the educational potential that social media offers teachers in bridging their learners’ skills and knowledge in creating a just and sustainable world.” on the conference “Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability” on 7th July in Liverpool. His paper – together with Bastian Pelka from Technical University of Dortmund – will be published in the conference proceedings. Visit the conference website.


L2T conference in Brussels

Social Media in the school. “it’s not a technology, it’s about pedagogy”

Today L2T presented its main outcomes and findings at the conference “it’s not a technology, it’s about pedagogy” at “EUN – European Schoolnet” in cooperation with GO! in Brussels.

20 participants, representing educational authorities from all around Europe, discussed the role of social media in the classroom and the actual teaching material offered by L2T. Jens Vermeersch from GO! lead through an inspiring program, Dr. Bastian Pelka hold a key note on international conference for modern teaching methods.

European Schoolnet – the working platform of European education ministries – offers a room full of miracles at their Brussels office: The „Future Class Room Lab”. This showroom for modern teaching technology and pedagogical approaches provides guests with free tablets, smartboards, interactive virtual environments and other devices that the designers see in the near future of every classroom in the EU. This room built the frame for a conference on social media and the classroom.

Among others, Dr. Bastian Pelka from sfs introduced new findings and teaching materials. In his key note speak he presented the approach and developed teaching material from the project “Learn to teach by social web” (L2T). Among the presented inspirations for social media supported classroom teaching one case found most interest: Dr. Pelka presented the pedagogical approach for facilitating a lesson on MacBeth. The teacher assigned the play’s roles to students and asked them to use twitter for one week and tweet in the role of one actor. After one week of following his students twittering MacBeth related content, the teacher found one remarkable outcome: The students actually had read the book in order to properly act as a persona from the book.

Invitation to conference on social media at school – Brussels 23rd October

Save the date: “Social Media in the school – it’s not a technology, it’s about pedagogy”

At “EUN – European Schoolnet” Trierstraat 61 in Brussels on  23rd October 2014

Do you want to know about the added value of social media for education?

The use of social media for learning in schools is becoming more and more widespread and reflected in the European context. Social media such as Wikis, Facebook or Youtube have become well uses platforms to prepare assignments or lessons. But existing studies and learning material repositories predominantly consider social media as a new technology. They are regarded as a technology enabling users to easily get in contact with other people. This conference will scrutinize social media form the pedagogy point of view. The conference – hosted by GO!, European Schoolnet and Technical University of Dortmund, Germany – will put social media in another context – they are regarded as a “social” innovation rather than a technological one. The innovative core of social media is seen in the in the creation of content by users. This “user generated content” paradigm has started and will continue to change the way people communicate, work and learn.

The conference will feature results from various ongoing research and development projects and will present the state of art in classroom bound social media use. The ongoing EU funded Comenius project “Learn to Teach by Social Web” (L2T – will demonstrate how to exploit the educational potential that social media offers teachers in engaging their learners in contextual development of skills and knowledge through an ‘alternative’ or unfamiliar learning paradigm. In this case the use of social media becomes the ‘alternative’ collaborative tool that allows participants to engage in innovative learning environments, existing both inside and outside of the classroom.

Hosted by European Schoolnet, this mini-conference will take place  Trierstraat 61, 1040 Brussels, on 23rd October 2014.Further details, will follow soon. Block your agendas today! You can already register online for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there.

L2T presents at the first “Bristol Ideas in Mobile Learning” symposium

2896Stuart Mitchell and Bastian Pelka successfully submitted a paper to the innaugral “Bristol Ideas in Mobile Learning” symposium held at the Watershed, Bristol, on 6 – 7th March 2014.

The symposium was organised by the Designing for Digital Learners (D4DL) Research Group.

Stuart presented the project overview and some core findings in a round table discussion at the event. You can find a copy of the abstract presented at the round table here.

More details on the BIIML symposium can be found here.

L2T lecture at European Schoolnet MOOC

lsl-logoThe “European Schoolnet” has featured two lectures held by L2T members:

  • Stuart Mitchell presented “Social Math” on 29th April. As part of the Living Schools Lab continuous development opportunities, Stuart, teacher trainer and sociology lecturer at Gloucestershire College (UK) lead an online webinar on “Doing Social Maths, Using Social Media”. He showed several examples of how the use of social media can offer links between different classes and different levels, offering support and creating communities of practice that would not have previously existed.
  • Bastian Pelka (from Technical University Dortmund) gave an online presentation with the catchy title “Social Media (and Shakespeare) in the Classroom” on Monday 28th April.

Both presentations are built on L2T findings and developments, and are available on the Living Schools Lab ‘Snack Bar’ website.

Project „Learn2teach by social web“ on CeBit

CeBIT logoSocial media in classroom teaching – inspiring examples presented on the world’s largest ICT fair

The project L2T, funded by the EU lifelong learning programme (Comenius), and coordinated by Sozialforschungsstelle at Technical University of Dortmund, has presented its findings on CeBit, the world’s largest ICT fair in Hannover, Germany. Students from vocational training colleges in six countries (DE, CZ, DK, IT, UK, ES) presented the project outcomes to more than 120 professionals from the world of ICT based learning.

Watch the presentation on youtube.

The project approach is to understand social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Wikis) not as a new technology, but as a new way of communication and labour. In this intention, school should not mediate how to use for example Google+, but should facilitate competences to use social media in a responsible, safe and effective way.

Project coordinator Dr. Bastian Pelka: „Social media are a naturally element in students‘ life. But school is too often ignoring the added pedagogical value of this social innovation. Our project has produced inspiring examples of how to use social media in classroom teaching and at the same time prepare students for a working life that will be shaped by social media.”

There are several reasons to use social media in school classroom teaching. Some of them:

  • Social media are dramatically changing the way we communicate – public, shared, incremental and ubiquitous.
  • This influences the way that “knowledge workers” are laboring in the information society: The world of labour is changing and demanding new skills from the labour force.
  • Social media are challanging separations like teacher/student, leisure/labour or expert/beginner.
  • Social media can be understood as a learnign space with new pedagogic potentials.

Within the project „Learn to teach by social web“ (L2T), teachers from vocational training colleges in six countries are developing inspirational lessons for teachers who want to use social media in the teaching.

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