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Networking European schools

A conference entitled "From the inkwell to the keyboard - How to network European Schools" was held in Brussels on 16-17 December 1996. Organized by the European Commission within the framework of the action plan on "Learning in the Information Society", the conference was att...
A conference entitled "From the inkwell to the keyboard - How to network European Schools" was held in Brussels on 16-17 December 1996. Organized by the European Commission within the framework of the action plan on "Learning in the Information Society", the conference was attended by some 200 teachers, head teachers, representatives of authorities and industrialists, and was addressed by Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research, education and training.

The aim of the conference was to take stock of the use of new technologies in schools and to examine ways in which European authorities and industrialists can lend their support to creating an on-line European educational area. It also attempted to provide practical answers to questions being posed by decision-makers in schools as to the technical, economic, legal, ethical and educational implications of electronic networks.

The Community will be helping to fund projects aimed at promoting more widespread use of new technologies in schools, in particular through the call for proposals for multimedia educational software launched on 17 December 1996. This call involves several Community programmes, notably the SOCRATES programme (education), the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme (vocational training), the Telematics Applications and ESPRIT (Information Technology) programmes, the Targeted Socio-economic Research (TSER) programme, and the trans-European networks in the telecommunications sector. This call for proposals will contribute around ECU 30 million to the funding of such projects.

Another initiative is expected to come from industrialists and telecommunications operators, who are gearing up to connect schools to information and communications networks, develop educational multimedia content and train teachers to use them under a private/public European partnership project.

Source: European Commission, Service du Porte-parole
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