- Educational Multimedia in Compulsory School : from Pedagogical Assessment
to Product Assessment
European educational technologies
Pedactice accelerates the process of innovation in teaching by inviting
teachers and producers to engage in continuous feedback between users
and producers on assessments and other pedagogical-technological items,
by offering schools free access to products for testing and assessment.
The vast body of generated knowledge is the basis of a user-friendly Internet
database, the European Multimedia Resource Library (EMRL), which is being
constructed during the project.
The project introduces educational multimedia products into a considerable
number of schools and creates teacher teams for supporting their use and
experimentation in the classroom. In doing so, it takes advantage of existing
collaboration between university colleges and compulsory schools, the
latter representing large and small-scale users and including experimental
environments for educational multimedia. One teacher from each school
is affiliated part-time to the university college and represents the school's
interests and expertise to the partners.
The research tasks are to study the complex relations between human learning
processes, teaching strategies and the pedagogical efficiency of multimedia
products. The subject areas of the educational multimedia products assessed
are science, mathematics, language and culture at compulsory school level.
The results are integrated into the Library, the design of which is moulded
by all the potential user interests.
To the schools, the project gives support in the use of educational multimedia
and familiarises teachers with assessing products and exploiting their
innovative potential i.e. with respect to developing their own content
sets of multimedia tools. To the universities charged with teacher training,
the Library offers a dynamic pedagogical forum and a scientific platform
by which to introduce, to experiment and to develop best practices, and
to organise new teacher training programmes. Finally, the producers will
develop a strategic instrument for adapting to the requirements of the
pedagogical market and for improving their market position.