ONLINE EDUCA Berlin – Learning New Skills Through Technology

| December 1, 2011 | 3 Comments 

We contributed to a session today, at ONLINE EDUCA Berlin

ONLINE EDUCA Berlin is the largest international event of its kind, with over 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries exploring latest trends, concepts and issues facing ICT enhanced learning today, making it a most comprehensive annual meeting place for technology-supported learning and training professionals.

The conference is for those involved in technology-supported learning and training and also for those who want to find out more about this ever-evolving field.

Our session, entitled Learning New Skills Through Technology was chaired by Keith Baker, an independent consultant, with an impressive background in education.

We explored how the diversity of learning contexts, in which technology can play a crucial and rewarding role, seems to increase daily, and examined three technology-supported learning experiences, each focusing on the teaching process involved, to develop quite different skills and competencies within teachers and learners across an age range.

In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.

We need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them.

We also need to encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; to motivate a love of learning for life.

Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication.

Technology is not the only answer… but, it does open up some remarkable opportunities, to extend teaching and learning styles. Some of the links we mentioned can be found at

Olivier Heidmann, Centre for Research & Technology Thessaly, Greece shared ideas on teaching programming towards the development of early analytical structural & critical minds

Olivier Heidmann is the lead developer of the cMinds project, responsible for designing and creating the virtual experiment demonstrator. using ICT and web-based solutions to enhance the teaching and learning methodologies and tools. Olivier’s tool, Cminds, is very visual, using drag and drop. He showed us how easy the software was to use, and how enjoyable!

Brian Holmes, Lancaster University, UK talked on how we can improve teachers’ professional development in an eTwinning Online Learning Community

Brian is Head of Department at the Executive Agency established by the European Commission to manage the Community’s programmes in education, training, culture and media. He is responsible for the units dealing with the actions under the Lifelong Learning Programme. For several years Brian has also co-ordinated the eLearning Programme.

His presentation from today can be found here

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  1. Ingrid Stahl says:

    Dear Tim Ryland, it was fantastic to meet you at Berlin Educa. I enjoyed your presentation very much and it inspired me to do some more research into the use of games in the classroom. I have very little knowledge of such games (that’s in fact an exaggeration, I have NO knowledge at all) and it was therefore wonderful to see what can be done with them. With all the information you gave us I am sure I will find something that suits my needs in the classroom (High School, Art), and with all the material that I see on your website I am sure I will find exactely the right stuff in half the time it would take me otherwise.
    What most impressed me, apart from the subject matter you presented, was the fun, humor and enthusiasm you showed. Teaching, after all, is a package that contains more than just the information – a huge part of teaching is the teacher’s personality.
    Thank you for this wonderful experience! It would be great to hear more about your work – what a shame, I was only able to attend one day at the conference….
    All the best

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you for your very thoughtful feedback Ingrid
    I hope that you find many useful resources on the blog
    If you dig back through even just the Useful and Interesting category, you should find a few gems
    All the best for now – keep in touch

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