Towards Teacher Competence on Metadata and Online Resources
Metaschool is a collaborative European project funded by the Comenius programme and focused on improving the in-service training of school teachers and school ICT staff on topics related to digital learning resources.
The METASCHOOL project aims to improve the in-service training of school teachers and school ICT staff on topics related to the organisation, sharing, use and re-use of digital learning resources that can be accessed online through learning repositories.Building upon the experience of successful research & development projects (such as CALIBRATE, MELT, COSMOS, Organic.Edunet, COLLAGE), a consortium that brings together significant expertise from the fields of teacher training, curriculum development, content and web repositories organisation, and teachers’ performance evaluation, attempts to develop a practical training framework for improving the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom through the effective use of digital content.
The overall objective of the project is not only to improve teacher practice, but also to raise the awareness of teachers across Europe on the need for accurate tagging of resources. It achieves this through a user-friendly approach that motivates teachers to quickly and easily add metadata to resources that they have both used and created.
More specifically, METASCHOOL will carry out the following activities:
- developing and implementing a new training framework that will support the in-service training of teachers and ICT personnel of school staff on topics related to metadata, learning resources, and learning repositories;
- developing and implementing strategies and best practices for organising favourite/useful learning resources into personal portfolios of digital resources, as well as setting up and using learning repositories on a school or regional level;
- suggesting and testing a variety of teaching methodologies and pedagogical strategies for using digital learning resources in the classroom in particular for science education and agroecology;
- focusing on promoting the creation of a European virtual space for interconnecting school repositories and exchanging/sharing teaching resources, based on the Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) initiative of EUN;
- organising pilot training and validation activities of both teachers and ICT staff from schools all over Europe, exploring methods & strategies on how they can take benefit from organising learning resources in personal portfolios and learning repositories, as well as from exchanging resources and teaching strategies with their peers around Europe;
- involving organisations that are active in school education and that particularly work on the promotion and best use of digital learning resources in the classroom on a European level.
The outcomes will be described in the METASCHOOL Guide of Good Practice. The teacher training activities will be implemented in selected pilot schools from Greece, Austria, and Czech Republic, during the first year of the project. Their further testing and validation will be achieved through further training activities in other European schools from the participating networks, as well as Germany and Sweden.
The METASCHOOL consortium is coordinated by Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) and composed by European Schoolnet, Agricultural University of Athens, UmeA University, University of Bayreuth, Federal Ministry of Education, The Arts, and Culture of Austria (BMUKK), Czech Centre for Science and Society (CCSS), Gymnazium Nad Kavalirkou, Perrotis College, American Farm School (PCAFS). ENIS and Rural Wings School Network are associated partners.