On Monday and Tuesday, June 17/18, about 50 Swiss representatives of ICT and media education met on the Rigi.
With a delegation of three (one person each from the University of Fribourg, from Fritic and from the HEP|PH Fribourg) the canton of Fribourg had a strong representation at the conference. Surrounded by a recreational Alpine scenery teachers, researchers and educators discussed future trends in ICT and media literacy, competencies, pedagogy and curricular affordances. Besides educational goals the conference also facilitated collaboration between universities of teacher education.
In several workshops and round-table discussions topics like:
- « How do we distinguish between computational thinking and programing? »
- « What is the role of and how do we teach applied competences to student teachers? » or
- « How can one integrate media and ICT education with reference to the curriculum 21? »
In a nutshell, it was found that education in general, and Switzerland in particular, should be based on individualization, creativity and innovation; not on artificial standards.
Yet, a uniform professional voice and use-inspired collaboration need to be rooted in the Swiss landscape of ICT and media education, especially on an academic level. This message was sent out and supported by the participants, and will be carried on into the institutions to develop future projects and increase the quality of learning and teaching in pre- and in-service teacher education.