A project led by the University of Wolverhampton to develop innovative ways of using technology in education has been highlighted as a success story by the European Commission.
The Living Schools Lab (LSL) created a network of primary and secondary schools of more than 500 teachers across 12 European Countries, with 15 partners, to showcase and demonstrate best practice and bridge technological skills gaps.
It promoted a whole-school approach to ICT use, scaling up best practices and supporting professional development opportunities for teachers.
LSL was identified by the European Commission’s Innovation Radar, which highlights excellent innovations in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes.
Project lead investigator Diana Bannister MBE, Assistant Director of Pedagogic Partnerships and Head of Postgraduate Taught Provision in Education, visited schools across all 12 countries and kept a blog of her visits, attracting over 250,000 views during the course of the project. She also developed a common framework for the teachers to use to support their school vision and professional development.
She said: "Technology has become an essential teaching and learning tool in schools and it is important to make the most of digital innovation in every classroom. Teachers play a crucial role in shaping the contents of lesson and they need support and continuing professional development to lead technology-based innovative pedagogies with their students.
"The outcome of the LSL is the collation of some excellent practice and the creation of some very useful shared resources. We are delighted that it has been highlighted as a success story by the European Commission."
The project was funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission - Co-ordination and Support Action.