Panel Session TRA207
Inspiring Schools' Digital Capacities
The integration of digital technologies in schools is no longer a question, but it does often remain a challenge.
In this session we will explore grounds for success and drivers for school transformation processes, as well as best practices. What can we learn about leadership from innovative schools that are following a digital strategy, that are building digital capacity, and that are using digital learning successfully?
What might an effective pedagogically informed use of edtech look like, when it is tailored to the profile, the needs and the vision of a school? How can governments and policymakers better support our schools?
Wey Education PLC, UK
Jacqueline Daniell is CEO of Wey Education Plc, a leading online education company in the U.K. She is one of the founders of both InterHigh School and Academy21. She was previously the Chief Executive of InterHigh School where she led the operations and strategic direction with full responsibility for all the online school service delivery.
Jacqueline studied Architecture at Nottingham University, and later gained Masters degrees both in Management and in Town and Country Planning. She spent much of her career working in Project Management, creating and implementing sustainable regeneration programmes both in the Midlands and in South Wales. In 2005 she became involved in the design of an online secondary School – InterHigh, then gaining international and domestic Quality accreditations for this provision.
Ernst-Reuter-Schule Karlsruhe, Germany
Micha Pallesche is the principal of the Ernst-Reuter-Gemeinschaftschule in Karlsruhe, a school with an award-winning media education profile.
After his studies at the University of Education in Karlsruhe (Germany), where he completed additional studies in media education, he was seconded to the State Media Centre of Baden-Württemberg for many years in addition to his teaching profession.
Since 2012, he has been working on his doctorate at the Heidelberg University of Education at the Institute for Art, Music and Media in the field of media didactics and has been developing media concepts for interactive whiteboards and mobile devices together with teachers. He is currently doing research on the culture of digitality.
He was also a member of a working group of the Forum Bildung Digitalisierung Berlin, was on the Forum's programme advisory board and is a member of the Digital Summit Platform Digital Future: Research. Learning. Knowledge. of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Prof. Dr. Uta Hauck-Thum has been a professor for primary school education and didactics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich since 2018. For many years she has been developing concepts for teaching and learning under the conditions of digitalization and digitality and has been involved in expanding the university classes at LMU. Before starting her university career, she worked as a primary school teacher in Munich. She is currently in charge of her latest project - the so-called Unilernhaus. In new analog and digital learning rooms, teaching and research projects are implemented with students, teachers and children.
Matic Media Ltd, UK
Paul Bacsich is the Founder and Managing Director of Matic Media Ltd, a consultancy in the UK active in online learning since 1996. He is also Professor of Practice for the University of West Indies Open Campus, which is headquartered in Barbados.
In addition he consults for the SeroHE division of Sero Consulting Ltd as a Senior Associate: he was a member of the Sero team who recently reviewed Learning Technology Support at the University of Oxford, and currently he is leading a 12-month project at Sero to develop an accredited vocational short online course to teach teachers to teach online for Wey Education (who run Interhigh Virtual School and other similar entities).
He is also Visiting Professor for University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) in the UK.
He has a long-standing interest in Open Education via a large EU project (POERUP) and several EU/European Parliament studies: in particular he is Co-Coordinator of the Open Education Working Group and an Ambassador for the global advocacy of OER and a member of the OER Advocacy Committee of ICDE. He was a co-author for the JRC 2017 report “Policy Approaches to Open Education in 28 Member States”.
His interests in leadership in e-learning were developed during the Erasmus+ D-TRANSFORM project 2014-17, which drew on and continued his work over 20 years on management of open and distance learning.
In addition to his public work he consults for a number of international, government, commercial, venture fund and university clients on market/competitor/pricing research, policy, education funding models and retention strategies. He has recently finalised a report on credit recognition and transfer for online masters' programmes, for a university client in Canada.
In 2015-16 Paul chaired the review panel for the Vision and Strategy Appraisal of the UK Open University Library, where he interviewed over 70 staff and students and carried out substantial comparative and policy research. He also chaired the E-learning review panel for Uppsala University, with three days of intensive meetings and presentations, and spent four months chairing a task force for the National Forum for Learning and Teaching in Ireland to prepare a scoping document on infrastructure issues related to online learning.
Some of his recent thinking can be found in his UNESCO policy brief on "Alternative Models of Education Delivery" and in a paper for the "Open Education 2030" higher education workshop run by the EU. He remains very interested in "Multiversity" models and competence-based provision, based on his earlier studies on "Time and e-learning", developed from a speech given in Austria, a country with which he has increasing links.
He is a co-founder of MultEversity, a start-up in online/blended post-secondary education which aims in due course to be an accredited university and higher vocational provider. He also has had involvement in other early-stage online providers over the last six years and has done several studies of them.
In the university phase of his career he was a researcher at Oxford University, had many roles over 25 years at the UK Open University, and was for seven years Professor of Telematics at Sheffield Hallam University and then a Director at the UK e-University. He was also Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and Advisor to the Rector of the Arab Open University.
He has knowledge of and/or experience in higher education in many developed countries.
Maria del Mar Camacho Martí
Ministry of Education of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain
Appointed Director General of Primary and Childhood Education at the Catalan Ministry of Education in July 2018 and Director General of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture in December 2018.
Mar Camacho, PhD is a Former Lecturer on Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Catalonia). She taught in graduate and postgraduate programs related to Educational Technology, with particular emphasis on Mobile Learning and emergent technologies. She is co-author of the first monography on Mobile Learning in Spain, Portugal and Latin America and has led a nation-wide research on the use of tablets in schools and their impact on learning.
She collaborated internationally with other institutions such as UNESCO and the International Telecommunications Union (United Nations) as well and has given keynotes to international audiences.
She is an author of more than 60 scholarly articles. Her activity is credited by a long-term presence and active participation in seminars, roundtables and conferences, that has been transferred to other sectors through her contributions to social projects, the business sector and different media. Always from the Mobile Learning perspective, her present interests concern strategic planning, impact evaluation and digital social innovation.