The L2T curriculum, our central outcome of this project, is available in English: http://curriculum.learn2teach.eu/w/index.php/Main_Page
The curriculum is a collection of inspiring resources that a group of international teachers has assembled to show you how they use social media in their classroom teaching. Many of these teacher have never used social media before they were asked to contribute to this wiki. So you will find lesson examples and opinions from active teachers from various countries with different backgrounds in subjects, ICT level and opinion on social media. Our aim is to provide you with a firt inspiration – guided by the question “why do social media matter for classroom teaching?”.
Through the links presented you will find a range of articles that discuss why and how social media might be incorporated within the teaching and learning environment. Each section offers different approaches and ideas to engaging learners. You will not find many technical explainations – we will try to focus on pedagogical arguments and link you to other resources for the technological issues.
Each article is created in five sections, all with the same headings and themes in order to make your journey through the wiki as comfortable as possible. The first four sections are What?, Why?, How?, Try?
You can access all articles, browse them, read them in order or just search for specific information. This curriculum will be translated to German, Danish, Czech, Spanish and Italian until October 2014. Stay connected and find your preferred language version.
Together with students from six schools, teachers from the project will have an appearance on CeBit, the world’s largest ICT fair in Hannover, Germany. On 13th March we will deliver an inspiring presentation on how to use social media in school lessons. The presentation will be given by students and will illustrate different perspectives on social media based education. Visit us on CeBit:Hall 6, Stand K32, 13th Mar. 2014, 04:05 PM – 04:30 PM: http://www.cebit.de/event/learn-to-teach-by-social-web/VOR/57659
The “European Schoolnet” has featured a lecture on the results of L2T. Bastian Pelka gave an online presentation (“webinar”) with the catchy title “Social Media (and Shakespeare) in the Classroom”. Around 60 teachers from all around Europe were enrolled. You can view the lecture online at: http://bit.ly/recordingbpelka
With CeBIT looming on the horizon, it was time to prepare the Learn2Teach by Social Web curriculum for the self-study stage.
There are still many tasks to complete before we arrive in Hanover for the world’s largest ICT fair, however the meeting at Fundación ESPLAI in Barcelona allowed the project members to discuss a range of issues that have developed a very clear structure for improving the quality of this ongoing organic project.
We were joined once again by our ‘critical friend’ Professor Frank Coffield and left the conference with a commitment to providing an outstanding toolkit of guidance, ideas and support for trainee and new teachers across Europe.
The second “Learn2Teach by Social Web” conference was held in Brussels, and saw a successful continuation of the project where the partners were joined by specialist advisors Frank Coffield (Emeritus Professor of Education Institute of Education, University of London), Cristina Costa (University of Strathclyde Centre for Lifelong Learning) and Claus Zedlitz (Danish Ministry of Children and Education).
The project partners discussed how the curriculum would be as “hands on” as possible and explain from a very basic level how social media use in classroom teaching could work. Therefore, most articles will be written by actual teachers (from different school subjects, countries and levels of ICT expertise) to best approach the needs of other teachers, generating the phrase “for teachers, by teachers…”
A competition was held within Gloucestershire College to create the Learn2Teach by Social Web logo.
The quality of ideas made the decision very difficult.
The winner of the competition, who will receive an iPhone5 and see their idea displayed across the projects’ promotional sites, including at the World’s Largest ICT fair in Hanover, Germany next year, was Vicky Davies, a Level 5 HND Graphic Design student.
Vicky is seen here being presented with her prize of a brand new iPhone5 by project member Stuart Mitchell of Gloucestershire College.
@GC, the Gloucestershire College Staff Magazine has featured a short article promoting the L2T project. View the whole magazine here – @GC Magazine – March/April 2013 (L2T article on page 7)
A presentation from Bastian Pelka for a workshop with teachers in Hagen, Germany (23rd January 2013). The presentation is about the relation between social media and the school subject “labour market” and is raising attention to the “needs and resources survey” of the project L2T. (German only)
Click on the link to view: Soziale Medien und berufliche Orientierung