Time: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:00 – 15:00
Recommended parking: Vrunčeva ulica (200 m walking)
Conclusions and Recommendations
There is no registration fee, registration is required, however, at Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si.
Slovene is the working language of the gathering. The website is in English.
Two problems to be discussed are the following:
We need to accelerate the usage of eTechnologies for more efficient and more successful interorganizational eCollaboration.
We would like to increase our eCollaboration with the potential partners in the neighboring countries.
eCollaboration as the way back to humanity. Can the schools make the digital future humane again?
At the threshold of the end of the second decade of the 21st century, we can without any doubt say that we are entering the world of all-encompassing digitization and a new, electronically coloured world. We live in a time in which many of our activities are automatically recorded and digitized – not just information such as texts, images, music and video, but also our behaviour, movements, decisions, feelings. Today’s technology also enables the digitization of habits, rituals, beliefs and similar tasks that we may not be aware of, but they unconsciously shape and guide our actions and decisions.
The European Agenda respectively the Development Strategy for the Information Society until 2020 is based on five dimensions that we can also see as historical conditions. After several “industrial” centuries, we are again masters of the elusive quality we call the time. Digital concepts reduce the need for manpower, simplify communication channels and optimize the cost portion of our engagement in the career dimensions of professional development and personality growth., Modern technologies enable within the framework of human and ideas’ potentials the creation of an extraordinary polygon, which regardless of the desubjectivation, caused by the impulsive progress, can bring humanity back from individual solitude to collective dialogue with fellow human beings and nature.
The modern school too puts everything described above in the foreground: digitization, creativity, entrepreneurship, … But at this moment we cannot speak of major effects, as we still cling to the formalistic way of thinking and patterns. These are only supplemented with material benefits from various projects of the consortia, with mythological fear of digitization, that replaces the teacher of flesh and blood by the robot. However, we do not exploit the greatest advantage that digitization allows – that education systems open up to a greater extent to the world and to life, including the informal knowledge that nourishes formal knowledge, and vice versa, that the teacher and the student again gain the time in which they enter into direct dialogue. Teachers put creativity still too often equal with art talent, although creativity is basically only the sincere and passionate curiosity, but the role of the mentor is to promote the curiosity with his/her experience and care, and in the digital field to integrate the skills and knowledge of the young into his/her work and ideas.
Entrepreneurship, too, is only the economic category in education and training, but not the ability to search for solutions and target thinking through different concepts. Tal Ben-Shahar, professor of positive psychology at Harvard, says the movement causes feelings and awakens motivations in us. Man has to travel somewhere to feel himself and to recognize his real nature. You need to escape from the comfort zone. Movement is not just literal and geographical. Evald Flisar, a Slovenian writer, says the movement is primarily the path through imaginary and fictive worlds that we are offered by books, films, dramas, television, the internet…
The future begins here and now, but the past is the basis, culture and tradition. The past must be the strongest role model and a basis for dialogue. The future is in the hands of generations who are the main participants in the education system at the primary, secondary and tertiary level today. There is no clear answer to the question what today’s society expects of the useful and effective individual, or family, school and society in general that are supposed to make such a single person. The answer is mainly in the field of values … responsibility, maturity, empathy, honesty, diligence and sincerity. In these cases, we do not need digitization, but the model of the past tradition and experience. Unfortunately, in the education system we are trying to digitize exactly what should not the case of this process. On the other hand, the digitalization allows an extraordinary transformation of business processes and in a few years the youth will witness a very different reality. This reality then requires some level of digital skills, the ability to adapt to change, empathy, intercultural skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work in a team. We have neglected all this in the past reforms, or we have even moved away from it. We walled up digitization with standards that reject any change.
Many walls are being built right now. We fortify ourselves from the interesting environment, in which, however, we leave behind a lot of experiences, which therefore cannot feed the knowledge. The wall is not that unreal boundary that we need on all points of our development. We learn to set boundaries for ourselves and others as we grow up. The real boundaries are compassionate and respectful, far away from the authoritarian and oppressive wall. Above all, they allow us to have a look at the wide expanses of the creations of nature and man. They enable interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. There are boundaries that make movements possible in time and space, in the digital and real worlds. Boundaries that connect, and inspire our belief in the global society of acceptance and cooperation …
Gregor Deleja, Professor & Headmaster, Grammar School Celje – Center
The eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion Gathering is problem based and action focused. Its objectives are the following:
Continuous development of the school programs to help the students to become an equal member of the e-global society.
Creating ideas for the joint project proposals to the EU tenders and rethinking of the possible cross-border partners with collaboration and networking.
Proposing the suggested ways for the schools’ involvement in the cross-border eCollaboration.
Investigating how could the informatics teaching, and the availability of the ICT technologies in the schools be exploited for an accelerated eCollaboration in a macro region of the neighboring countries: the Danube, Adriatic & Ionian, Alpine regions.
Sharing the experience on the involvement of the schools in training of the cross-border eCollaboration in order to contribute to the improvement of the school’s cooperation with the companies in its environment.
Expressing interest in interlinking with the related networks.
Exploitation of the national and international activities initiated by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Preparing for an international event eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion taking place in Slovenia in Spring of 2018.
The representatives of the basic schools, grammar schools, and universities are the members of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion.
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome Address & Outline of the Gathering
Gregor Deleja, Principal
Grammar School Celje Center
10:15 – 11:30 Panel eCollaboration Opportunities – Grammar School Perspective
An example of the English language in the Human Immune system lesson. Is a virus always a virus?
Sonja Artač, Teacher of Biology & Head, Development and Research Unit, Grammar School Vič Ljubljana
eTechnologies Supporting Differentiated Classroom
Ines Dukić, Physics Teacher & Mentor, XV. Grammar School Zagreb, Croatia
English as a tool within various fields of expertise
Maja Gerden, Teacher of English Language, Grammar School Vič Ljubljana
How to be More Active in eCollaboration with Other Schools?
Polona Masnec, Teacher of Psychology, Brežice Grammar School
Mateja Raušl, Teacher of English and German Language, Brežice Grammar School
11:30 – 11.45 Break
11:45 – 13:00 Panel eCollaboration Opportunities – Faculty Perspective
Dr. Zrinka Mileusnić, Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Archaeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska
Dr. Zoran Levnajić, Associate Professor & Head, Complex Systems and Data Science Lab, Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto
Dr. Gregor Pobežin, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska & Head, Institute of Cultural History, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Third Age University Ljubljana, Italian Language Class & Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions
13:00 – 13:30 Refreshment hosted by the Grammar School Celje Center
13:30 – 14:45 Panel School Principals & Deans Proposing Joint Actions
Gregor Deleja, Principal, Grammar School Celje Center
Mag. Alenka Krapež, Principal, Grammar School Vič Ljubljana
Mirjam Bizjak, Principal, Grammar School France Prešeren Kranj
Simon Konečnik, Headmaster, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School Center Velenje
Ksenija Lipovšček, Principal, Economic Grammar School and Secondary School Radovljica
Mojca Lukšič, Principal, Novo mesto Grammar School
Dr. Irena Lazar, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska
Dr. Iztok Podbregar, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor
14:45 – 15:00 Closing
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions, Editor, eRegion Portal & Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, http://CESCI-net.eu/office-holders
Ksenija Lipovšček, Principal
Economic Grammar School and Secondary School Radovljica
Polona Masnec, Teacher of Psychology
Brežice Grammar School & Coordinator, Erasmus+ Project Challenging Conflicts in Schools (Austria, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia)
Dr. Gregor Pobežin, Associate Professor
Department of Archaeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska & Head, Institute of Cultural History, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Mateja Raušl, Teacher of English and German Language
Brežice Grammar School & Coordinator, Erasmus+ Project United Colours of Creativity for Learners’ Future (Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey)
Primož Zorko, Multiplicator, Spread the School EU Project
Economic Grammar School and Secondary School Radovljica
Conclusions and Recommendations
To be published after the gathering
Ashoka Global Network of Changemaker Schools, Ashoka Austria, Vienna
eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Grammar eSchools Network, Ljubljana, Slovenia
SAP University Alliances, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Global Education Summit 2017 Ushers in the New Era of Future Global Education. Beijing. Cision, Nov. 29, 2017
First OECD PISA report on collaborative problem-solving. OECD, Paris Cedex 16, France, 21 November 2017
Report: Rural schools outpace urban, suburban peers in access to technology. By Richard W. Walker. EdScoop, Washington, DC, November 16, 2017
After the reboot: computing education in UK schools. The Royal Society, 10 November 2017, pp 60
Higher Education, Digital Divides, and a Balkanized Internet. By Bryan Alexander, futurist and writer. EDUCAUSE – a higher education technology association, Louisville, CO, USA, Monday, October 23, 2017
E-Language: Asking the Big Questions Around Online Learning. ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto, Canada, 16-19 October 2017. Mark Pegrum’s Conference Blog
The Academy of Finland funded new ICT Projects. Aalto University Helsinki, 12.10.2017
Schools and the Future of Work: 10 Research Reports You Need to See. By Benjamin Herold, reporter. Education Week, October 6, 2017
Are schools making the most of digital technologies? European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. October 2, 2017
4 reasons data is crucial for personalized learning. By Laura Ascione, Managing Editor. eSchool News, Content Services, September 21st, 2017
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How the digital revolution is changing education. By Eszter Salamon, President, European Parents Association, Brussels. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Parenting for the future, Aug 23, 2017
The big lesson from the world’s best school system? Trust your teachers. By John Hart, Lead teacher for digital learning, European School of Helsinki. TheGuardian, 9 August 2017
Recognizing value of educational collaboration between high schools and universities facilitated by modern ICT. By K. Zieliński, Ł. Czekierda, F. Malawski, R. Straś and S. Zieliński, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 33: 633–648. Wiley Online Library, 4 AUG 2017
Work-based learning for open professional collaboration. By Dr. Estela Daukšienė, President, Lithuanian Association of Distance and e-Learning (LieDM association) & project manager and researcher. Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe – EPALE Österreich, 01/08/2017
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Why coding needs a stronger emphasis in every school. By Cindy Wallace, District STEM Coordinator/ Technology Integration Specialist/ ACT Math Prep. eSchoolNews, July 17th, 2017
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6th eRegions Conference 2016: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development. Ljubljana, Slovenia, Monday-Tuesday, September 19-20, 2016. eSchools & Silver eEconomy Panels:
– Creative, Entrepreneur and Innovative Students in the Grammar Schools Proposing eSolution Prototypes
– Creating Environment for Entrepreneur and Innovative Grammar Schools Students in the eRegion
– Comprehensive Solutions within the Silver eEconomy Development in the eRegions for Higher Labour and Social Inclusion of Elderly
SAP University Alliance Regional Meeting with Extended Invitation to Grammar Schlool Principals and Rectors & Deans in the eRegion. Pre-conference event of the 6th eRegions Conference 2016, September 19, 2016
STEM 2026 – A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education. Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – STEM Teaching and Learning. By Courtney Tanenbaum, principal writer. American Institutes for Research- AIR, Washington DC, September 2016, pp 73
Business Sets Priorities for Education Policy. Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD – BIAC, June 27, 2016
Grammar eSchools Prototypes Meeting. Grammar School Vič Ljubljana, June 10, 2016
Teaching and Learning in Second- Level Schools at the Advent of High-Speed Broadband. By Dr. Selina McCoy, Seán Lyons, Bryan Coyne and Merike Darmody. Research Series Number 51. The Economic and Social Research Institute Dublin, Ireland, May 2016, pp 180
How Robots Are Impacting Education in Europe. By Marianne Andersen & Ulla Meyrick. Robotics Trends, May 25, 2016
Unlockng the Potential of e-Skills in Europe. Accelerating Europe’s Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth. Symposium. Public Policy Exchange, 19th April 2016
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Coding classes trending across EU schools. Special Report. EU Code Week. EurActiv.com, October 12-16, 2015
Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age. OpenMind, BBVA, 2015, pp 468
eSkills – Coding the Future. The challenge of meeting future e-skill demands in the Nordic-Baltic ICT hub. Top of Digital Europe, Baltic Development Forum, April 17, 2015, pp 12
The School IT Administrator. Analysing the profile, role and training needs of network administrators in Europe’s schools. Authors Roger Blamire and Jean-Noel Colin, European SchoolNet Brussels, July 2015, pp 85
The prototypes developed and presented within the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion are published as the components of the annual Danube eRegion Conference – DeRC: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development : DeRC2012, DeRC2013, DeRC2014, as well as of the Italy-Slovenia Workshop 2013
eMunicipalities Without Borders Mayors Consortium (eMunicipality without borders, eComune senza confini, eGemeinde ohne Grenzen, eÖnkormányzat határok nélkül, eOpština bez granica, eObčina brez meja)