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DEvelop COmpetences in Digital Era. Expertise, best practices and teaching in the XXI century
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

DECODE “DEvelop COmpetences in Digital Era” moves from: a) the awareness that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an increasingly important economic sector in Europe and both the integration of ICT in teaching practices and teachers’ digital competences could be strategic in this field; b) and the need to fill a void of information on real teaching practices.ICT Competences in Digital Era are crucial for promoting digital literacy, media literacy, the overcoming of digital divide, the promotion of social innovation and social inclusion. We can say, digital competences to respond the new demands of knowledge and information society to education system.DECODE is an action research project that aims to create the best conditions of exchange best practices in teaching digital skills. The main objectives of DECODE is to contribute, by an action research, to the improvement of the school digitization processes by:the understanding of the real organizational and educational processes, useful in providing important sources of information to policy and decision makers;the improvement of teachers’ strategic skills in the use of ICT in education and didactical activities;the spread of best practices at European level, and the improvement of media and digital literacy.For this reason DECODE has built a partnership (Italy, Spain, England, Finland, Romanian) among universities, research centers, training institutions, schools, schools associations, including various approaches and experiences. DECODE will contribute to the improvement of the school digitization processes by:the understanding of the real organizational and educational processes, useful in providing important sources of information to policy and decision makers;the improvement of teachers’ strategic skills in the use of ICT in education and didactical activities;the experiment a new training model for teachers, which aims at contributing to the creation of digital competences to respond the new demands of knowledge and information society to education system.The added value of the partnership is given by the fact that the transnational partnership show different experiences in ICT teaching field. This is why DECODE will be able to involve totally: 130 Headmaster for Focus Group; 2000 teachers for survey and 250 teachers for training experimentation pilot.The main activities will be developed following a stepwise approach. A first step regards the definition of the entire research design (IO1) to be shared with all partners in relation to: methodology, instruments, output etc. In this step DECODE will produce “A template for national research and tools (IO1)” that will be shared in the first meeting between all the Partners. The document is meant as a tool for sharing a frame on the digital challenges for the school in the digital era and for outlining a common shared frame. It is prepared by Roma 3 University in cooperation with the other Italian partners (FLCU and ANP).In the second step DECODE produces the National Research Report on “Training models and pedagogical teaching methods for teachers in the digital age” (IO2), where each Partner country realize its qualitative reseach on the bases of IO1, identifying more interesting training models and pedagogical teaching methods for teachers to improve their digital skills and favor their incorporation of digital resources in their daily teachers practices. (FLCU with support of the other Italian partners).In the third step DECODE will produce “Guidelines for Assuring Quality in the process of Integration of ICT tools in the teaching-learning process“ (IO3) (Romania). For this partners will involve around 30 key actors from national and local institutions in deeping interviews on the basis of a common standard prepared by Romania.In the fourth step each country realized the quantitative research and produce a report, titled “Practices, skills and training needs of digital teachers” (IO4) based on the results of national online survey (FLCU). The fifth step DECODE will produce the training testing to improve teachers’ competence (IO5), to realize a national report to share evidence of testing.The sixth step will gather all intermediate national report to elaborate the Comparative international Report. This output will contain all the notes and operative tools to transfer DECODE into other contexts, countries and situations.The seventh step explain the communication plan. That is a relevant, transversal action which will accompany all the project, concluding with an International Conference in Spain where every year an international Conference about e-learning is realized.
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