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Global compendium of ICT in Education networks

In both developed and developing nations, stakeholders have started to exploit the opportunities and benefits offered by learning technologies, whether rich or poor, male or female. Indeed, learning technologies, online cooperation and peer learning have become essential complements to conventional teaching practices. The Compendium of ICT in Education networks, published by European Schoolnet, provides stakeholders with a reference, and encourages international exchanges and knowledge sharing between organisations with similar missions. It identifies the networks active in ICT in Education on the five continents, and highlights their specific field of skills and priorities at the beginning of the 2010 decade.

An increased international and cross-cultural dialogue would both help those who lag behind and enrich the debate on pedagogy in more developed countries. By giving an overview of the actors and the current situation at the regional level, the Compendium of ICT education networks helps determining existing common policies, different methodologies and identify potential interactions and synergies. It is made for the local, regional and international stakeholders as well as the policy makers and any organisation willing to increase cooperation at regional or global level.

This publication is one of the outcomes of the first International Symposium of education networks in the field of ICT in Education held on last year in Rome, Italy. This international conference has been jointly organised by European Schoolnet, the network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe, ANSAS, the Italian agency for innovation in education, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), USA and Education Services Australia limited, the Australian national agency for ICT in education.

The event aimed at encouraging high-level networking within the global ICT in Education community, improving information-sharing and cooperation between international education networks, reflecting on the nature of 21st Century Learning and analysing the role of international education networks vis-à-vis decision makers in the field. More than 130 high-level decision-makers from 30 countries, Ministries of Education and education agencies, members of international networks, researchers and experts from universities and foundations, as well as representatives of major companies in the field of educational technologies, attended the International Symposium.

The event also resulted in the Declaration for ICT in education, which identifies key approaches to lead to an efficient international cooperation.