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Early piloting of CPDLab courses

Following the Expert teachers' workshop, early opportunities to pilot these courses are being explored in the EUN’s Future Classroom Lab, with discussions to related projects and initiatives including the iTEC project, the IWB working group and the InSafe programme.

In April 2012, in liaison with the eTwinning programme, a two-day course entitled “Making the Most of your Interactive Whiteboard” was run, which provided feedback on the pedagogical-led IWB course design and some of the skills and competency development activities. 

The course was led by Diana Bannister MBE,  Development Director for Learning Technologies Learning Technologies Unit, University of Wolverhampton School for Education Futures. Diana is working with the CPDLab project partners on the design of the IWB course, pulling on earlier research on the use of IWB across Europe. Her earlier work in the field has led to the publication “Making the most of your Interactive Whiteboard” which is available to download from the website of the IWB working group.

Discussions are underway to pilot parts of the other CPDLab courses, with plans to run a Futures Classroom Scenarios course in May and July, with similar opportunities are being sought for early piloting of the eSafety course in the autumn.

Going forward, each of the three courses will be registered with the Comenius in-service training database which will provide funding for teachers to attend the courses delivered from the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, from the summer 2013.