The project I have chosen has been developed in Portugal, and its original name is Sala do futuro e Laboratório de aprendizagem e multimédia (FCL). This project was created by the European Schoolnet (EUN) to expand new innovative and advanced pedagogical approaches in ICT to teaching and learning
The European Schoolnet (EUN) is a network of 31 education ministries, based in Brussels. It is a profitable organization that aims to support and contribute to innovation in education and learning in European schools working in partnership with the Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers and potential industry partners.
The project revolves around the distribution of different elements in the educational classroom. This classroom has 3 high-definition cameras, video editing software, robots, an engineering software based on Lego, 3D printer, touch screen, tablets, a responsible learning system, multisensory rooms, augmented reality software, magic screen and interactive table. All this forniture in the classroom, allows teachers and students to have the space they need according to their needs.
The future lab is focused on bringing innovative teaching methods into teaching and learning.
The opening of FCL in the Agrupamento de Escolas de Alcanena secondary school in Portugal was a turning point for all: teachers and students became more motivated and the use of ICT in the classroom became more tangible.
- The objectives of the project are:
Develop sustainable strategies that generate large-scale dissemination of the results of the Classroom of the Future in European schools
- Publicise iTEC technology, exploring learning scenarios in the Sala de Aula do Futuro and promoting its practical use and reflection on the possibilities of this application in the different educational contexts of European schools.
- Support schools in the successful implementation of innovative teaching and learning scenarios for the classroom, providing resources, training and exchange of good practices.
- Provide a clear vision of innovative teaching and learning practices for a gradual and sustainable change in the education system.
The iTEC approach refers to future classroom scenarios and the systematic design of attractive and effective learning activities using digital pedagogies. The approach can meet the needs of education policy, which is desired at national and European level, to increase employability and improve lifelong learning through the development of students’ digital competence. and broader skills for the 21st century
In the context of iTEC, ‘innovation’ is understood as ‘an idea, a practice or an object that an individual perceives as new’ and benefits teaching and learning. It is necessarily context dependent and, therefore, no single tool or practice is perceived as “innovative” in each classroom.
The first Future Classroom Lab opened in Brussels in January 2012 at EUN headquarters, and is expected to expand to other contexts and countries that adhere to initiatives and projects coordinated by EUN.
It consists of six different learning areas (‘create’, ‘interact’, ‘present’, ‘investigate’, ‘collaborate’ and ‘develop’), each composed of certain equipment and technologies, allowing teachers to experiment with a new Teaching and learning organization.
The idea is that this concept can be easily transported to classrooms or other conventional learning spaces, favoring educational change and the development of key competencies required for the 21st century.
Living Schools Labs: “We need a different kind of vision that demonstrates how education in school is connected and interconnected to the outside world more than ever before. Technology is not our biggest challenge in enabling whole school change ”
With the participation of 15 partners across 12 countries, including 10 education ministries, the two-year Living Schools Lab project built a network of teachers engaged in pan-European collaboration on the effective use of ICT in schools. To build the network, two Advanced Schools and five Advanced Practitioner Schools were selected by partners in each country. The network promoted a whole-school approach to ICT use, scaling up best practices in the use of ICT between schools with various levels of technological proficiency.
The relationship with Sala do futuro e Laboratório de aprendizagem e multimédia is that both want to improve learning through the use of ICT. Both projects are developed in the European Schoolnet organization that aims to support and contribute to innovation in education and learning in European schools working in partnership with the Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers and potential industry partners.
I believe that technologies are changing the way we live, we use them in our daily lives and they simplify our routine tasks. I think that using them in the educational field is a good idea, since they bring new knowledge and generate new neural connections. In addition, it allows children to adapt to the future life they are going to live, surrounded by technologies. Adapting technologies to day to day is essential to avoid becoming obsolete with respect to the technology society in which we live. It is also true that technologies are making us dependent on them and create addictions. It is important that from a young age limits be put on their uses, since an addiction to them can be seriously harmful, since it also leads to problems.
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- A. Andrade. (2015). LABORATÓRIOS DE APRENDIZAGEM. Recuperado 4 noviembre, 2019,