DeFT on tour – Erasmus visit to Hasselt

Workshop participants exploring mobile technologies

Last week three members of the DeFT team visited Limburg Catholic University College in Hasselt to deliver a presentation on our project. The [ED+ict] research team lead by Valère Awouters are working on digital practices in education, and were interested in how our team is addressing questions concerning introducing elements of digital education to schools. Workshop participants came from a wide range of backgrounds- some worked with Valère, preparing resources to support educational needs across the world, others came from a commercial background, looking to support in-service needs, and others came from the social services background.  There were also teachers and parents of young children who were interested in how we are introducing digital technology in our schools.  Richard introduced the presentation, giving an outline of the DeFT project, and Anna talked about the open educational resources element of the project.  Nicky was interested to find out peoples’ perceptions of digital literacy, and we presented the group with a task to capture their understanding of the term with a word, phrase or picture.  The group was very good natured, and played along, using the brushes app on iPads, iPods, and emailed these to Richard, who was playing ‘Wizard of Oz’ behind the scenes, collecting impressions and putting them on a screen for us to discuss later.  It was interesting that these first thoughts encapsulated most of the issues that were raised in the focus group by our PGCE students who were haunted by the spectre of the digital native and despite being only in their early twenties, felt alienated from their pupils a few years younger than themselves.  We discussed with the workshop participants the advantages digital tools can afford, and some of the drawbacks.  Overall, it was a very productive and inspiring visit and we are looking forward to some further collaboration with the ED+ict team; there are some interesting potential projects that might emerge from our conversations during the three days we spent in sunny Belgium.

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