Associate Partners

2.   Beta-School , Israel
3.   Bundesministerium für Bildung - BMB - The Federal Ministry of Education, Austria
5.   D-Teach , Belgium
6.   Educational Authority, Hungary 
9.   Ikastolen Elkartea - The Federation of Basque Schools, Basque
11. Manchester Metropolitan University , the United Kingdom
14. Newman University , the United Kingdom
15. Northumbria University, the United Kingdom
17. School of Education - Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal
18. School of Education of Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal
20. SCoTENS  (the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South), Ireland
21. TELLConsult, the Netherlands
22. The Directorate of Digital Technology for Education (DNE) - The Ministry of Education, France
23. The Ministry of National Education (MoNE), Directorate General for Innovation and Educational Technologies (YEĞİTEK) , Turkey
26. Triseum , the USA 
28. University of Évora, Portugal

ATEE - The Association for Teacher Education in Europe

The Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) is the European member of the WFATE (World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education) , with the aim of "enhancing the quality of Teacher Education in Europe". It provides an international environment for action-research, networking and teacher training for educational professionals. The Research and Development Community (RDC) for Primary and Pre-Primary Education of the ATEE involves university teachers, educators, and training professionals interested in sharing a professional development ecosystem, to lead, collaborate on, and disseminate innovative education projects. The RDC is currently focused on examining the forces influencing Teacher Education in a digitally globalized, plurilingual, and intercultural world. We can help promote projects and action-research initiatives, collaborate in designing, disseminating and piloting training activities, and reflect on the pedagogical uses of ICT for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and teachers' professional development.  

 

 

Beta School, Israel 

 

Beta School was founded in Petah Tikva in 2015, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and local and national educational authorities in Israel. Beta School is a teaching laboratory for teachers and students that offers interactive workshops showcasing the use of technologies to support disruptive pedagogy for learning in the twenty-first century. Beta School aims to promote innovation in education. Beta-School bases its pedagogy on disruptive trends in education, with an emphasis on learning by doing in a three-step process: inspire, empower, and create. It uses Microsoft technologies to implement this process, or techno-pedagogical approach, to inspire the desire to learn, to empower learning through research, and finally to create something that embodies newfound knowledge. We believe that as a part of ITELab we would inspire ITE on implementing Beta School's theory and practice of education for today's digital world in the region. 

 

 

Bundesministerium für Bildung - BMB - The Federal Ministry of Education, Austria

 

The Federal Ministry of Education is responsible for the Austrian school system. The responsibilities in the area of education cover the entire school system, from primary school to the completion of secondary school education, as well as university colleges of teacher education. Adult education and lifelong learning also fall within their sphere of responsibility. BMB focuses not only on the general education system but also on technical and vocational education including schools for engineering, arts, business, tourism, agriculture etc. The Federal Ministry of Education cooperates with organisations focusing on education at European and international level. Activities of BMB are also related to teaching material, teacher controlling and school law, political education and educational research and quality development. Within the Ministry, the department "IT-Didactics and Digital Media" is in charge of implementing information and communication technologies in education. The Department organises many conferences regularly in different provinces on national level for teachers of all levels of educations and is also responsible for the Federal centre eEducation Austria it represents a network of 500 schools (primary, secondary) with focus on school development and digital competences and a network of support (elearning, IT-didactics) at regional level for schools. The BMB is interested in providing various opportunities for teachers to continually develop competencies and reflect their teaching practices, especially regarding digital skills and the use of digital media in teaching. The aim is to build a bridge between ITE and CTE and to connect training with school principals' and local school administrators' responsibility for staff development.

 

 

Direção-Geral da Educação – Ministry of Education (ME), Portugal

 

DGE – Ministry of Education (ME) is the Directorate-General for Education of the Portuguese Ministry of Education. The DGE is responsible for ensuring the implementation of policies on educational and didactic component of pre-school education, primary and secondary education and extra-curricular education, providing technical support for the formulation and monitoring and evaluating its implementation, as well as coordination of tests and examinations planning. DGE's Team for Educational Technology and Resources is in charge of designing, developing and evaluating initiatives and projects related to the use of digital tools and resources in education. It fosters the implementation of new methodologies in the classroom supported by technology, for all students and teachers, and is a partner in several European projects. Joining as an Associate Partner of the ITELab Project we aim to have the opportunity to contribute to the development and piloting of course modules for training student teachers on the pedagogical use of ICT both face-to-face and via a MOOC for student teachers. We aim also at contributing with information on national and regional frameworks for integrating ICT in initial teacher education, including challenges in training future teachers.

 

 

D-Teach, Belgium

 

D-Teach stands for Distance Teaching and offers personalized online learning via virtual classes and experienced teachers. All you need is a webcam, a device and the Internet. D-Teach is a bridge organization between Belgium and abroad and enables rapid integration into the local or foreign life for families who move. D-Teach is currently the only organization that offers complete online distance education in Belgium. We work with teachers, pedagogues, speech therapists, psychologists, language trainers. Our customers are expats and impats from young children to adults. D-Teach focuses on 3 steps for people on the move: 1. Before departure: help with language courses for learning foreign languages; 2. During stay abroad: help to keep in touch with the Dutch language and Flemish Belgian culture; 3. Return to country: help with tutoring for diverse courses and tailored lessons.

 

 

Educational Authority (Oktatási Hivatal), Hungary

 

Educational Authority is a background institution of the Ministry of Human Capacities, and it provides services for public and higher education. It is responsible among others for the organization of student admission processes, baccalaureate exams, national measurements and student competitions. The Authority maintains national databases about schools, students and teachers. The institution is also responsible for the accreditation and registration of in-service teacher training courses. The Authority operates the Sulinet website, which provides digital content, news and community functions for public education. The national coordination of eTwinning in Hungary is managed by the National Support Service (NSS), which is operated by Educational Authority.
Development of digital competencies is crucial in teacher training, and it is also important that prospective teachers should start their career with the methodological preparedness and knowledge appropriate to the 21st century. It would be a great benefit for teacher students to get acquainted with opportunities similar to eTwinning during their training. Educational Authority is mindful of competence development both in higher and public education. That is why we would like to join the ITELab project so that its results can be utilized in Hungary and we would like to contribute to the development process itself.

Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Eötvös Loránd University is the most popular institution of state higher education in Hungary, which has been operating since 1635. It has 8 faculties, and offers 38 Bachelor's degree programmes, 96 Master's and 118 doctoral programmes in 16 doctoral schools. The university has 25 000 students, and 2000 international students from 80 different countries, and 219 combined teacher training programs. The Faculty of Education and Psychology has developed and managed educational projects nationally and has a significant role in the teacher training in co-operation with the departments and methodological sections of other faculties.

 
 
Erzincan Provincial Directorate of National Education, Turkey is the umbrella organization of 278 institutions including primary and secondery school level as well as high schools and adult education centres. Within the body of the Directorate, 40.771 students receive education and 3.386 teachers work. The Directorate is one of the 83 local representors of Ministry of Education and is the umbrella organisation ruling all the formal and informal training and educational processes in Erzincan. The Directorate works in coordination with schools to achieve the targets of the European Union (EU) in the field of education. For this reason, our Directorate has carried out the EU projects, has been accredited as Eurodesk Info Point and is eligible to appoint eTwinning and Erasmus+ City Ambassadors who assist teachers in the city to carry out projects, inform the teachers about the aims of the EU in the field of education and disseminate the project results which are successfully performed.  

 

 

Ikastolen Elkartea (The Federation of Basque Schools), Basque

 

Ikastolen Elkartea is a leading European cooperative organisation, which for more than 25 years has been developing ICT curricula, innovative learning materials, classroom implementation and teacher training in order to promote an ICT-integrated approach. It has been regularly awarded prizes by both national and international bodies. It offers pedagogical and administrative services for 110 ikastolas in the Basque Country (ES-FR) - schools created ‘by people, for people'. It is committed to the transmission of the Basque language and its culture, but at the same time is open to universal culture. It promotes an integrated multilingual and cultural model based on competences. Its schools are educational communities managed on a cooperative basis, offering Basque-medium education from ages 0 to 18. They are co-owned by parents and teachers and are partly financed by the government. Our interest in the project consists of keeping in touch with innovative and experienced professionals in the field of curriculum design and teacher training to develop ICT competences for teachers and learners.

 

 

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

 

JAMK University of Applied Sciences / Teacher Education College is an international higher education institution with expertise in 8 different fields of study. Located in the city of Jyväskylä, Finland, JAMK has more than 8000 students from over 70 countries. JAMK's educational expertise is based on advanced pedagogical thinking and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, all of which are continuously developed by engaging in versatile international networks and intensive cooperation with the world of work. Solutions and services are provided in the areas of pedagogical training, management and leadership, electronic and mobile learning environments, health care, business competence and assessment in education.

 

Mary Immaculate College, Ireland

 

Mary Immaculate College, founded in 1898, is an Irish third level Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts. The College community promotes excellence in teaching, learning and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It seeks to foster the intellectual, spiritual, personal and professional development of students within a supportive and challenging environment that guarantees the intellectual freedom of staff and students. Through involvement with ITELab, we seek to engage in shared learning experiences with other European stakeholders to explore various models of ICT integration across Initial Teacher Education (ITE), to reflect on our current pedagogical uses of technology, and to assist in the design and development of educational resources/competencies for use in ITE.

 
 
Regional Department of Education is a Delegated body of Public authority, representing the Ministry of Education and Science in Sofia-city. The Department is responsible for 580 educational institutions, 19 000 school professionals, over 130 000 learners and their parents in the Sofia-city region. The Department implements and develops national educational policies; governs educational institutions; constantly improves the quality of education considering the European Union standards; conducts national and regional competitions, exams and provides courses in all educational subjects related also to Information and Communication Technology. The Department facilitates exchange of best practices across the school network and has the responsibility to monitor, organize and manage school teacher qualification courses and personal teacher qualifications to improve teachers´ professional competences and skills. Through implementing control over the regional education institutions, inspection of the learning/teaching process, ensuring the improvement of teacher professional development, providing qualification courses and metrological help in all subjects, academic and professional fields, the educational process level is the highest among the other regions in Bulgaria. 
 
 
Paul-Valéry University is situated in Montpellier, in the south of France. It is one of the most ancient universities in Europe. In 1970, the University of Montpellier was subdivided into three different Universities.The Faculty of Arts and Humanities became Paul-Valéry 3, as a tribute to the great writer who studied in Montpellier. Today it has 20.000 students and 1600 people work there. It encourages innovation in the pedagogical field with IDEFI, a special project aimed at helping students to overcome their difficulties and different cultural background. It offers online degrees and it is a reference point in this field in France.

 

 

SCoTENS (the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South), Ireland

 

SCoTENS is a network of 37 colleges of education, university education departments, teaching councils, curriculum councils, education trade unions and education centres on the island of Ireland with a responsibility for and interest in teacher education. SCOTENS was established in 2003 to create a safe space for teacher educators – North and South– to come together and discuss issues of common interest, and explore ways of co-operating closely together. A part of the broader peace dynamic that was gathering momentum on the island of Ireland at the time, it has always been rooted in the deepest commitment to quality teaching and learning for all. We believe that SCOTENS is the only network of its kind operating across a contested border in the world. SCoTENS is involved in supporting a wide range of research, conference and exchange projects including a very successful annual conference, a cross-border research seed funding programme, and a North/South student teacher exchange project.

 

 

TELLConsult, the Netherlands

 

TELLConsult is independent consultancy firm with its objective to contribute to quality promotion of Technology Enhanced Lifelong Learning with a special focus on Technology Enhanced Language Learning. TELLConsult values the ITELab associate partner status as the project's aims match well with its mission and expertise of staff. The main activities are organised by two departments: PROJECTS and TRAINING. The PROJECT's department coordinates the definition, development and evaluation of innovative (EU) projects related to Information and Communication Technology in Language Education such as Computer and Mobile Assisted Language Learning (CALL and MALL), Educational Telecollaboration, Tablet and touch screen training and research, e-tools for Content Integrated Language Learning (CLIL) and 3D Virtual Worlds for language learning. In collaboration with (inter)national partners and experts TELLConsult TRAINING coordinates the organisation of courses for the professional development of teachers and teacher In addition to participation in various special interest groups and networks TELLConsult is national representative of The European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) member and formal member of a number of professional organisations including The International language association (ICC) and The EUROVERSITY Association.

 

 

The Directorate of Digital Technology for Education (DNE), France

 

The Directorate of Digital Technology for Education (DNE) which embodies the French Ministry of Education's digital strategy to «bring schools into the digital age», implements and deploys a public digital education service. Among other numerous missions, it is in charge of establishing a policy of initial and continuous training of teachers «to» and «through» digital technology to help them integrate digital applications in lesson plans and teaching practices, find the educational resources adapted to their new needs and acquire digital literacy. A particular emphasis has been made on ICT in Initial Teacher Education and In Service Teacher Education, to train teachers with the Higher Schools for Teachers = ESP– Ecole Supérieure du Professorat launched in 2013. The ITELab project falls in line with the innovation process in which France has engaged. That is why, (being a member of the European Schoolnet consortium) the Ministry of Education has agreed to participate in this project coordinated by European Schoolnet.

 

 

The Ministry of National Education (MoNE), Directorate General for Innovation and Educational Technologies (YEGITEK), Turkey

 

The Ministry of National Education (MoNE), Directorate General for Innovation and Educational Technologies (YEGITEK) is a public foundation under the Ministry of National Education in Turkey. The Directorate supports the effective usage of educational technologies in teaching and learning appropriate to formal education curriculum programmes. It evaluates new educational technologies and developments for their use in schools across Turkey. We carry out projects on the usage of Educational Technologies in education. The Directorate organizes and develops teacher in-service training activities for the usage of Educational Technologies in education. It also prepares and publishes ICT-based audio-visual educational materials for all levels of the formal education curriculum programmes.
YEGITEK continues its services to Turkish education as the ‘FATIH project and Educational Informatics Network (EBA) portal executer'. The project aims to provide tablets to teachers and students as well as interactive whiteboards in the classrooms. YEGITEK is also taking part in the EUN innovative ICT based learning and STEM education projects such as eTwinning, Scientix and TeachUP.

 

 

The Transformation Society, France

 

The Transformation Society works with society leaders worldwide (education, business, NGO's and policy makers) to bring essential understanding of issues that affect the evolution of an organization in complex digital environments. We are involved with the development of Information 4.0, the informational component of the fourth industrial revolution, marrying connected objects with artificial intelligence. We believe that children growing up in a world of autonomous machines need the type of preparation envisioned by the ITELab project, and bring our expertise to bear on giving a humanist approach to new technologies. We provide strategies for action-research, training, and active guidance to get beyond the boundaries of a specific problem in a given field, and open connections to build a wider view. We have specific expertise in dealing with complexity and accelerating technological change, as well as experience in managing information, designing and piloting training, and transforming organizations.

 

Triseum, the USA

 

Triseum, LLC, connects students to curriculum through the power of play. The company's award-winning serious games mirror the imagination, interactivity, suspense and sophistication of commercial entertainment games while maintaining strict learning efficacy supported by research. Students are empowered to learn through fun, engaging and immersive 3D adventures, and faculty is able to measure progress and assess outcomes. Triseum pushes the boundaries of education games with meticulously handcrafted, fully tested and evaluated serious games that deliver the ultimate teaching and learning experience. Its team is dedicated to creating products that profoundly impact instructors and students.

 
University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984 and in 2016 was classified as the top-rated university in Greece, evaluated by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA). Department of Primary Education has participated in numerous EU and National funded research and development programs in disciplines like ICT in Education, Teachers Professional Development, Education for Sustainable etc. The Department promotes the innovative use of new technologies in education via inter-disciplinary collaborations with national and international public and private educational institutions. Media Pedagogy Research Group, a sub-division of the Laboratory of Psychology, Educational Research and Media in Education focuses on research areas such as Media Pedagogy and Didactics, ODL, e-Learning, MOOCs, AR, Learning Design and TPD.
Our research group is interested in piloting new approaches of integrating ICT in ITE based on project's outcomes. Moreover, as a teachers' preparation academic institution, we would like to provide feedback about the current status in Greece concerning ICT integration in teachers' preparation programs and be part of an international dialogue about the future of ICT in Education. 
 
 
The University of Évora (UE) is organised in 4 Schools: Arts, Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Nursing and offers 34 undergraduate and 66 postgraduate degrees. Research and Development (R&D) covers several scientific areas through a network of 14 Research Units, all of them submitted to international evaluation, under the coordination of the Institute for Research and Advanced Studies. UE is one of the leading higher institutions in Portugal working in the educational technology and e-learning fields as well as in the teacher education (initial and continuous teacher training), evaluation and supervision, educational politics and curricular issues. The Education Department and the Research Centre on Education and Psychology are actively involved in several projects in partnerships with local, national and international collaboration initiatives.
 
 
The University of Iceland aims to be one of the world's leading universities and apply approved standards to all quality assurance of its operations. The university holds itself and its lecturers, management and other staff to high standards. High demands are also made of students; this ensures that a degree from the University of Iceland is considered to be of high quality and is trusted all over the world. In 2006, the University of Iceland set itself the ambitious long-term goal to become one of the 100 leading universities in the world. In order to achieve that goal, the university intends to focus on outstanding research, teaching and support services. The university now works purposefully towards implementing this strategy, and has already enjoyed great success. The university set up a classroom of the 21st Century based on the Future Classroom Lab. The university applies rigorous internal quality assurance measures to all its operations. External assessment regularly shows that the university is fully in line with international standards. I think that participating in your project would be of benefit for all parties as we are aiming at the same target.
 
 
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