School Networks as a Strategy to Support the School Development Process to Integrate Digital Media
Abstract: This paper describes an innovative methodology, DigiSchoolNet, for integrating digital media sustainably into schools and teacher education. This is done within regional networks of educational stakeholders with highly individual training on both the level of the network, school and teachers. Design and research within these networks goes hand in hand between the University and the educational stakeholders from the community, school principals and faculty members. The goal is to make the school and staff development, as much as possible, to the profile of each stakeholder, to their specific needs and context. An example of actual design, partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is also provided as evidence of how the methodology works. The research design is a design-based, mixed-methods approach aiming at determining factors of success for the use of information technology in teacher education as well as the instruction about information technology in faculty and staff development.
Presider: Wilfred W.F. Lau, The Chinese University of Hong Kong