International

educa.ch, in its role as Swiss Specialist Agency for ICT and Education, represents Switzerland at the European Schoolnet (EUN). With its 30 European ministries of education, this network aims to promote innovation in education. By taking part, Switzerland wants to develop synergies with European stakeholders and to strengthen examples of good practice.

Swiss Presentation

educa.ch represents Switzerland in the following strategic and organisational units as well as working and expert groups of the EUN:

  • Steering Committee: The steering committee of the EUN, composed of representatives of each EUN member country, decides on its political and strategic orientation. It adopts the activity programme and the budget of the organisation.

  • Board of Directors: The board of directors of the EUN is occupied with administrative and financial questions. Switzerland, jointly with Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Poland and Portugal, is a member of the board.

  • Learning Resource Exchange Subcommittee (LRE): Founded in 2010, the committee steers and develops a service of the EUN which puts digital learning resources from different countries and providers at the disposal of schools.
    Learning Resource Exchange

  • Interactive Classroom Working Group (ICWG): The aim of this working group is the exchange of information, the research of new methods to install interactive technologies in the classroom and to analyse their impact on teaching and learning. The Centre fri-tic represents Switzerland as a member in this working group, together with Austria, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway and Portugal.
    Interactive Classroom

Country Reports

Since 2009, educa.ch edits the national report on ICT in education (Country Report on ICT in Education). The EUN report is published biannually in English and presents an overview on the main developments for compulsory and upper secondary education in this area. It allows the comparison with other countries. The last report has been published in 2015.

Participation in European projects (2010–2015)

educa.ch took part in the European projects iTec (Innovative Technologies for an Engaging Classroom) and Scientix (The community for science education in Europe).

iTEC: Design the future classroom (2010-2014)
iTEC has been a research and developement project with the objective to change and intensify the use of ICT and media in compulsory and upper secondary education. Financed by the European Commission, 26 partners have participated in the pilot project, amongst them educational ministries, technology providers and research institutions. In this framework, 2'624 school classes in 20 European countries (some 50'000 pupils) put pedagogical online resources to the test.

The result of the evaluation shows, that the approach of the iTEC project had a considerable impact on pupils and teachers alike. Moreover it allowed to address European and national needs in the areas of employability of young people and lifelong learning. Teachers involved in the project, think that the approach of the iTEX project helped pupils to develop digital competencies and a larger range of competencies for the 21st century. The most important of these being independant learning, critical reflection, solution finding processes, communication and collaboration as well as creativity and digital literacy. The pupils involved fully agreed on that. During their participation in the project the pupils have been specifically invited to act more independantly and become co-responsible for their successes in learning. This new role in the classroom had a positive effect on their motivaion. Generally speaking, the activities in the frame of the project had a positive influence on exams.

iTEC : Design the future classroom
Creating the future classroom - evidence from the iTEC project (pdf)

Scientix (2013-2015)
The Scientix project has been launched and financed by the European commission in 2009. It's objective was to create a platform for the easy distribution and regular exchange of resources, know-how and good practice examples for MINT (STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics) edcuation in Europe. In the framework of Scientix, 29 national and two European conferences have been organised.

Switzerland participated in the second phase (2013-2015) of the project. As a result of this participation, the platform Scientix has been popularised through so-called «Ambassadors» among Swiss teachers. Furthermore, webinars have been created and national and European exchange encouraged. The project ended in November 2015 with the organisation of the national Scientix conference «Scope//Days» in collaboration with Scienscope of the University of Geneva. «Scope//Days» provided an opportunity to promote synergies and collaboration between MINT providers and cantons in order to match the proposed mesures to the demands.

In Switzerland, MINT activities are being continued. In the framework of joint political goals, the Confederation and the cantons are elaborating measures to support young people in MINT jobs. They should help remedy the shortage of highly qualified experts and promote competencies necessary for the world of work in a digital society.

Scientix.eu
educa.MINT (German)

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Last update of this page: 30.05.2017

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