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Learning, innovation and ICT: Lessons learned by the ICT cluster education & training programme

This report presents the outcomes of the ICT cluster that the European Commission has set up under the education and training programme as part of the Lisbon objectives set for 2010.

Since 2005 the ICT Cluster, which the European Commission has set up under “Education and Training 2010 work program” as part of the Lisbon Strategies, has been trying to guide and inform the member states of the EU in terms of their ICT programs. The Lisbon Strategy, introduced in 2000, contained a plan to strengthen the EU in order to become the most competitive, most educated and strongest economic zone in the world until 2010.

The ICT Cluster is creating a platform for the member states to learn from each other and to exchange their best practices, so that they are able to self-reflect and rethink their current strategies. In 2009 the follow up project “Updated Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training”, was launched. It focused even more on the use of ICT, especially on “Digital Competences” as an essential life & career skill and “ICT for Creativity and Innovation”.

The 2010 “Lesson learned by the ICT cluster” report presents the outcomes of the program, based on the timeframe from 2006 – 2010, in regard of the objectives set in the Lisbon Strategy. According to the report?, most of the EU member states launched their first ICT programs, including setting up an infrastructure, installing the equipment and teacher training. In those countries, “ICT in learning” was already used in a more extensive way.

Independent experts wrote the report based on discussions between ICT cluster members and school visits. The identified main outcomes of this period can be summarized as:

  • The exchange and compendium of good practices
  • The contributions to the changing discourse around e-Learning
  • The changing role of ICT as enhancer of innovative learning
  • Key recommendations on the implementation and integration of ICT in education and training

It is impossible to foresee what skills will be needed in the future. With the utmost probability our world will become more digitalized, and linked through networks. Foresight is not about predicting what skills will be needed in the future, but rather to spot opportunities and threats early enough so that they can be envisioned before they occur.