SCHOOL ON THE CLOUD: A SPANISH PERSPECTIVE

I. Buzo Sánchez1, R. De Miguel González2, M.L. Lázaro y Torres1

1Complutense University of Madrid (SPAIN)
2Zaragoza University (SPAIN)
Currently our students use different devices for leisure. The increase of information and geoinformation on the cloud makes us aware of spatial thinking and citizenship. This is the base of the new paradigm shift by the project “School on the Cloud: connecting education to the cloud for digital citizenship” (SoC) [1].

The objectives of this work go much further than the State of the Art of the project [2] with some conclusions by the Spanish team on what an iTeacher is, the focus on Geography and what one can do for spatial thinking and 21st century ICT competences of the students (iLearners) after putting into action the new paradigm during their daily lessons.

We will explain briefly the SoC project and what an iTeacher can do with iLearners: advantages and disadvantages. Some methodological suggestions on the framework of spatial thinking and ICT competences achievements and some examples of best practices in Geography lessons in pre-service teachers training, current teacher training, University classes and in Secondary School.

This work is part of the Spanish team´s reflection on the “School on the Cloud: connecting education to the cloud for digital citizenship” project (543221-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) financed by the European Commission.

References:
[1] Koutsopoulos, K and Kotsanis, Y. (2014) School on Cloud: Towards a paradigm shift. Themes in Science & Technology Education, 7(1), 47-62.
[2] Bonanou, H. and Donert, K (Eds) (2014) Education on the Cloud. State of the Art. Available on: http://www.slideshare.net/TheSoFGr/soc-state-oftheart?qid=f158a9b2-9a43-4a05-8748-e8357c81218d&v=default&b=&from_search=6