WiMi – Wide Minds: The Human Face of Digital Learning

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WiMi (2008-2011) promoted the human face of digital learning, developing Regional Coordinating Centres in 14 countries in Europe to provide teacher professional development courses on using ICT in teaching.

WiMi organises international conferences combined with ICT training for teachers from all over Europe, focusing on e-learning not in isolation but in the context of international projects promoting integration, language learning, and sustainability.

The conferences are complemented by virtual and face-to-face meetings for both teachers and pupils focusing on specific topics and/or collaborative school projects.
The project launched its Moodle platform to support collaboration among the project partners; other products include an online magazine and training manuals.
WiMi reaches approximately 25,000 pupils and 1,000 (head)teachers in its 14 partner countries and beyond.

The main outcomes of the project include:

•    Development of Regional Coordinating centres
•    ICT infrastructure and training
•    Videoconferencing initiative for schools
•    Kaleidoscope - online magazine
•    Development of multilingualism
•    Conferences
•    Evaluation
•    Guide to the human face of digital learning

Basic information

Country: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Ceredigion County Council, Department of Education and Community Services, www.ceredigion.gov.uk

Partners:

Programme: LLP

Project Acronym:

Target groups: primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Information technology, Technology, Other

Start year: 2008

End year: 2011

Url: http://www.wideminds.eu

Contact person: Polly Seton, Ceredigion County Council, Department of education and Community Services, pollys (at) ceredigion.gov.uk

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The project organised four in-service training conferences, each attended by around 80 teachers from European countries. The conferences focused on teacher training in using ICT in education and on providing advice on how to participate in European education projects.

The project also produced Teacher Toolbox, a collection of software, online resources and practical advice regarding ICT in school (hardware recommendations, tutorials, manuals, etc.). The toolbox is available online on the project Moodle platform:
http://www.wideminds.eu/moodle/course/view.php?id=3

Another result is a collection of best practice examples on using ICT, ideas for international projects, information on existing projects, etc:
http://www.wideminds.eu/cms/index.php/how/45-bestpractice

The 14 Regional Coordinating Centres each provide support to the partner schools in their country and coordinate their activities within the project. The list of the coordinating centres:
http://www.wideminds.eu/cms/index.php/what/37-partners

The project DVD complete with case studies provides an additional showcase for WiMi results. It also serves to assist interested parties in navigating a clear pathway through the material available on the WiMi websites and making much of this available offline.

 

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