Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ICT2015 : (im)possible report

The ICT 2015- Innovate, Connect, Transform Conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal, last week, 20-22 October 2015 at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa. Organised by the European Commission, together with the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

"The ICT 2015 Conference presented the new Commission policies and initiatives with regard to Research and Innovation in ICT, Excellent Science and Societal Challenges."

It was focused on how we can "Innovate, Connect and Transform" the Digital Society.

Near 6 000  people attended #ICT2015! Wow ! Amazing number! And it was so true. I attended the ICT2015The CCL was full of good vibration, animated talks between the sessions. People of so different coutries, not only from Europe. 

credits : ICT 2015

The ICT 2015 event comprised a huge number of activities:
  • A policy conference presenting the new Commission's policies and initiatives on Research & Innovation in ICT;
  • An interactive exhibition showcasing the best results and impact of most recent EU ICT Research & Innovation;
  • Many networking opportunities to enhance quality partnerships, help participants find partners, connect Research and Innovation and trigger collaboration;
  • Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 thematic sessions, offering detailed information on the funding opportunities in ICT sector;
  • The Startup Europe Forum, offering a set of activities profiling EU policy actions for startups and SMEs, innovators, private and public investors.

5,723 participants, 120 networking sessions, 127 speakers, 150 successful EU-supported projects displaying their results, glass pavilion in the heart of Lisbon and thousands of visitors including Commissioners Günther H. Oettinger and Carlos Moedas7,000 followers & 18,000 tweets it's been a record-breaking . Impressive numbers, awesome event.

Off-site exhibition at Praça do Comércio

Besides, The ICT 2015 off-site exhibition took place between 18th-22nd October 2015 and was being held in a custom-built panoramic pavilion on Praça do Comércio, in the centre of Lisbon, Portugal.

Under the theme, What European ICT is doing for you it gathered five EU-funded ICT projects chosen to illustrate direct applications in citizens’ lives.

I wrote about this off-site exhibition Escolas : Visitas de Estudo Exposição ICT 2015 inviting teachers and students to visit it. I think it would be an interesting school experience about science, innovation and IT outside the classroom. It was a great success.

Hope you have been there with your students. Did they interact with the robot Alfred, one of the hosts of the exhibition? Hope so. Students love robotics.

Exhibitions are powerful resources to explore and include into the school curriculum. Students learn better when evolving competences outside the classroom in live events.

credits: GSouto (via iOS)
Overview of the interactive exhibition

First day, on the 21 October, I started visiting, in different moments of the day, the interactive exhibition - the ah-ah of innovation, creativity, science and technology.  A dynamic showcase of "the best-in-class results of the existing European ICT Research & Innovation". 

The exhibition encompassed innovation at "the interconnection of science, technology and art"
Art elements, artistic representation of a project idea, artistic creativity on-site were foreseen to be streamlined throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition design was really awesome. Looking around for some time, I was fascinated with all I could see, the advanced research, future visions. Inspiring ideas. Amazing projects.

ICT 2015
credits: GSouto (via iOS)

After the exhibition my priority, as a creative educator, and a specialist in Education and Innovation, was to participate in the Plenary sessions: Opening Ceremony ; Innovation Potential in the Digital Age ;  Transforming Research and Innovation into Growth and Jobs, Prizes Award Ceremonies, Final Plenary: The Transformative Impact of Excellence Science.

The better way to have a good panoramic idea about all the good things at ICT 2015. I couldn't reach all the sessions with so many parallel sessions.  I was not there for business. So I focused myself on the Plenary sessions. 

But I participated in two parallel sessions on Digital Learning. Not so interesting. Traditional networks, no interacting or presenting innovative ideas about ICT in Education. This event deserved better parallel session in Education (Schools).

To me the real creative session was the Plenary 6 : Driving Innovation through Creativity and the Arts. It took place at the Auditorium 1, first day October 21. Awesome projects through Arts and creativity. Inspiring talks by an awesome panel. I would like to highlight Simona Maschi CIID, Denemark "From Inspiration to Impact", Gerfried Stocker, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH.

Starting from the idea "How can creative ideas be brought in from the edge to transform how we live and work?", the speakers explored  through inspirational examples in education, in industry, and in academia, on what more can be done to benefit from this exciting nexus and stimulate it further.

The aim of the session was to discuss how stimulating the crossovers of creative ideas, particularly from the Arts, can drive innovation in Europe. 

Speakers addressed how crossovers from culture/the Arts to innovation is done in industry, in education and in academia.

Visual summary from the 6th #ICT2015 Plenary Session
 Think Doodly | Verity Harrisson, visual storyteller

The visual storyteller Veronica Harrisson used the graphic illustration to capture the fundamental ideas of the speakers and gave us her own interpretation on this clear graphic facilation panel. Creative graphic facilitator. Applauded by the participants and the speakers.

As I wrote before ICT 2015 hosted an exhibition of 140 Projects financed with European funds. The projects have been divided in 3 Categories : Innovate, Connect, Transform. There has been also the main Prize of the overall exhibition. 

Interactive exhibition
credits: ICT2015

And the four winners are: 
  • Best Exhibition Stand: USEMP, User Empowerment for Enhanced Online Presence Management
  • Innovate winner: Human Brain Project
  • Connect winner: No One left behind
  • Transform winner: Rockin Monarch

Rockin Monarch directed to children in hospitals & No One Left Behind directed to kids inclusion were my favorites, of course. My higher interests are the young people, special needs, inclusion and equity. I congratulate those two interesting projects.

Some considerations or a (im)possible report:

For three long days, speakers, researchers, practitioners, producers, skate holders and participants shared  interesting ideas and experiences.

I joined key speakers at Plenary sessions and two parallel sessions on digital learning, my area

I am an independent specialist in Education innovation (Schools), a European micro innovator (VISIR), I was very curious to hear about the new ideas.

I was focused on Digital learning and innovation potential in the Digital Age (arts, culture, technologies). I heard inspiring talks about innovation through arts, culture.

Digital learning and innovation potential in the Digital Age (arts, culture, technologies) were on my best interests. Heard inspiring talks about innovation through arts, culture.

On the lobby for lunch or break coffee, the participants could discuss the ideas. Enthusiastic talks

The event has been live web streamed and offered the possibility to interact with participants and followers on Twitter - huge participation - Facebook, YouTube.

Well, what can I say more? Impossible to describe the feeling of being a part of this incredible event. I had a fantastic time in Lisbon attending the ICT 2015 conference.

Amazing event incubating a multidimensional mass of sciences, art, technologies and culture. 

Best event I ever been ! Inspiring talks, creative vibes, excellent organization, awesome exhibition design, innovation, technologies.

Of course this is a (im)possible report of an impressive event. Some notes about the areas that touch my interests in this excellent and innovative big event.

"While a new idea is a thought about something new or unique, and making that idea real is an invention, innovation is an invention that has a socioeconomic effect. Innovation changes the way people live."

Bijker, 1995 - The social construction of technology


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Bijker's quote: thanks to Simona Maschi

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Schools : Let's celebrate School Libraries Month !

credits : Chris OBrien

"Without libraries what do we have? We have not past and no future."

Ray Bradbury

No it's not about public libraries. However they very important in our city. It's about school libraries.

School Library Day US

Every October school librarians - United States is in Aprilare encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a students education and career.

International School Library Month

Throughout October, every year, the world celebrates International School Library Month, the perfect time for students to visit their own school library and browse through the hundreds of books and e-books available.

October is the International School Libraries Month. In Portugal, schools celebrate SLM on 26 October 2015This is the reason I am writing today about the SLM, thinking in all students and school libraries that will be celebrating it on the next Monday.

The SLM theme 2015 is "The School Library Rocks"

credits : Peter H. Reynolds

International School Library Month allows those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month of October to celebrate the importance of school libraries.

The first International School Library Day was celebrated on 18 October 1999, with the theme, "A Day in the Life..."

The change to International School Library Month was approved by the IASL Board in December 2007.

Kids reading at school library, Canada


"There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing."

Isaac D'Israeli

Activities :

You will find some suggestions to celebrate this day on my post International School Libraries Day 2015 (my blog to Portuguese students and teachers)

However the ISLM is organizing special activities. There is information on the ISLM website to help you. Take part in one of the special activities :

  • ISLM Bookmark Project
The ISLM Bookmark Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks - be creative - to exchange with each other.

This year Marie O’Brien of Australia and a team of her school colleagues will co-ordinate the 2015 Bookmark Exchange Project and Skype Project.


The Bookmark Exchange Project is a simple, fun way of sharing the pleasure and delights of books and libraries and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide. If you and your students did not get involved last year perhaps you will this year.

You might wish your students to communicate with each other as you make your bookmarks so that they can learn something about another culture and a different way of life. 

If you don’t want to do either of these things you can simply just swap bookmarks or devise your own activity.

You will be able to register your interest by entering your details into a Google Spreadsheet

If you are unable to use the spreadsheet you can email Marie O'Brien. Register for the project, using either the Google spreadsheet or by email, as soon as possible. For detailed information, visit the ISLM Bookmark Project.

ISLM Skype Project

  • ISLM Skype Project
Would your students like to talk to others in a far away country during ISLM2015? 

Join in the fun! If you would like to be part of the Skype Skype Project, complete the Survey Monkey form to receive a possible match for your school.

If you experience difficulties completing the form or have any queries please contact Marie for assistance.

  • What people are doing for ISLM 2015:

You want to submit your school activities for the ISLM ? Send in your submissions for What people are doing for ISLM 2015 by email to the IASL Secretariat.

For detailed information, visit the ISLM's activities page

Deadline : November 15th 2015

By country : 

You would like to know what other schools from you country are doing? After the deadline, the ISLM website will publish.

Other activities:

In Portugal we have a different activity using social networks. I like it a lot.

Tweeting in SLD

Teachers invite students, parents, other teachers, and school staff to write a #tweet (140 characters) about the importance of school libraries. They will be published at the Twitter school/class account using the hashtag #IMSL15

The best tweets of each class/ group will be delivered to the school librarian. The school librarian choose the most creative to publish on the school library website.

My thoughts:

School libraries in the XXI century must have the books, e-books, e-readers and tablets in order to motivate the new generations.

School libraries meet the needs of all kind of learners. Never forget children's preparation to use e-books, especially the students from disadvantaged social backgrounds or having special needs.

Integrating digital literacy as critical elements for education (all levels) is essential to keep our students happy and captivated at the school libraries.

As I already wrote on this blog, implementing these new digital books is about more than just jumping on the latest technological bandwagon or attempting to reinvent the library and printed books in order to stay relevant.

Le Petit Nicolas pop-up

School libraries must be prepared to introduce innovative devices without forget the enchantment of printed books. The smell of paper, the illustrations, some pop-up for the younger readers, the pleasure to touch or turn the page. Just beautiful gestures that we must keep.

Teachers must be innovative of course. So printed books and e-books are both welcome.

School libraries are integrating learning spaces that values connections between home, school, community, and the world.

Encourage students to be creative and never let them lose their sense of wonder. So let's keep reading all over the year in the classroom, encouraging our students to become lifelong avid readers.

"To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books."

Carlos María Domínguez

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