Teaching digital technology to teachers

Making the transition to digital schools will require ICT training and sharing knowledge and experience.  Helping teachers master digital technology In 2012 the European Union conducted a ‘digital competences’ survey, which assessed rates of internet access and computer skills across Europe. For the lower secondary category (13-14 year-olds), the graph below shows that 3 countries: Portugal, Slovakia and Estonia are above average in terms of teachers’ ICT skills and access (type 1 + 2 or grey and green on the graph). Between 60 % and 70 % of students in these countries receive good ICT-based teaching. Spain also scored...

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Tablets: what are the advantages for teachers and students?

Tried and tested: a number of schools who have experimented with tablets in “smart classrooms’’ report back on their experiences. UK: what apps for the classroom? Daniel Edwards, Director of Digital Strategy at the Stephen Perse Foundation schools, has tested a number of Apple applications for teaching. Among the new apps available, he chose what he considered to be the easiest to use and most effective: A dedicated Twitter account for the class: observing that tools such as Twitter and Skype were widely used by students, Daniel Edwards recommends using them for staff and student collaboration. Annotating and enhancing resources...

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Econocom supplies ECST school with iPads

Pioneers in digital education: ECST chooses  Econocom’s solution for supplying its students and staff with tablets. "Tablets: a powerful learning tool" Located on the outskirts of Paris, ECST (Education & Culture Sainte-Thérèse) is a private school with 2200 students, from kindergarten through to degree-level. "Rolling out tablets at the school is a long-term project to help our students learn with the best tools currently available," says the head of ECST, Marcel François Bouthemy. Cédric Bony, teacher and IT Project Manager at ECST, added: "The tablet is a powerful learning tool. (…) It has an essential role to play in the relationship between...

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The tools that are bringing classrooms into the digital area

Innovations in Edtech include SaaS content platforms, interactive equipment, trolleys for mobile devices and even robots. Turning textbooks into interactive resources: MyEbookFactory One of the major new developments in the education and technology sectors is digital textbooks. Such solutions have been on the market for a few years now, such as the one developed by French organisation Sesamath and launched in 2006 to help teach maths to primary school children. Students can also access paper text books online. Interestingly, France and California are the pioneers in open source digital textbooks: website was launched in 2009 and served as...

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BYOD: an advantage for the digital classroom?

Teachers in the US are all for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) - provided certain rules are observed. Why teachers are in favour of BYOD The main advantage cited by the NEA (National Education Association) is cost savings, as BYOD means schools don’t have to fork out for new equipment. In addition to the financial considerations, another major advantage is the educational benefits of mobile devices, which were tested during pilot programmes in several states. Students can for example attend lectures via podcasts they can consult online at home for their homework, leaving...

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Econocom finances and accelerates companies’ digital transformation.
With more than 10,800 employees in 18 countries and revenue of €3 billion, Econocom has all the requisite abilities to ensure the successful implementation of large-scale digital projects: consulting, sourcing and technology management & financing of digital assets, infrastructure, application and business solution services, and project financing.
Econocom has adopted European company status (Societas Europaea). The Econocom Group share has been listed on Euronext Brussels since 1986. It is part of the BEL Mid and Family Business indices.

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