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ENHANCING EDUCATION THROUGH CONNECTIVITY: THE SMART CONNECTED CLASSROOMS PILOT PROJECT

About the project

To bridge the digital divide and modernise education systems to match the needs of the digital era, the pilot project Smart Connected Classrooms has been launched in Europe. Funded by a grant from Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Qualcomm® Wireless Reach Initiative, and supported by the STE(A)M Partnerships programme of Scientix, an initiative of European Schoolnet (EUN), this innovative pilot is set to revolutionize the way teachers and students engage in the learning process.

Unfolding across two phases, the project is researching the impact of digital technologies on learning patterns and classroom dynamics, as well as advancing recommendations for the effective integration of digital tools in the classroom.

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PHASE 1: THE EDUCATION-AS-A-SERVICE SET

In its first phase, running in the school year 2022/23, five classrooms in two pilot schools, one in Spain and one in Portugal, have been equipped with always-connected personal computers and the Qualcomm® Education-as-a-Service (EaaS) set, which encompasses various hardware and software solutions, including a Smart Panel from OneScreen, an eGlass, a wireless teaching station, among others. 

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Final Evaluation Research Report

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Engaging 5 teachers and 128 students, this initial phase yielded substantial findings. If you want to know more about the projects’ outcomes, access the final evaluation report and listen to teachers’ testimonies in the accompanying video.

PHASE 2: VIRTUAL REALITY

Entering a new phase this academic year 2023/24, Smart Connected Classrooms is now investigating the impact of virtual reality on teaching and learning processes. This stage involves the participation of 37 teachers and 607 students in Spain and Portugal, marking a significant stride toward understanding the potential implications of technological integration in education.

EUROPEAN SCHOOLNET’S PILOT METHODOLOGY

EUN has been running validation pilots for more than 20 years, enabling STEM Alliance Partners to liaise with our MoEs to test innovation solutions with pilot schools. The goal of these pilots, based on specific methodologies and targeted approaches, is to validate technologies by testing, refining and finally mainstreaming them via professional development opportunities or dissemination campaigns, all through a carefully thought and widely proved research protocol.

 

“We are pleased to collaborate with Qualcomm to bring innovative solutions to schools across Europe. With this project, we want to help students and teachers in primary and secondary education to experience new teaching and learning models and to explore the impact of new technologies in the classroom.”
Marc Durando, European Schoolnet Executive Director

 

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