Project summary: A whole school approach to ICT in teaching and learning Project summary: A whole school approach to ICT in teaching and learning

Living Schools Lab project

With the participation of 15 partners, including 12 education ministries, the two-year Living Schools Lab project 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 participating schools were supported through peer-exchanges in regional hubs, pan-European teams working collaboratively on a number themes, and a variety of opportunities for teachers' ongoing professional development.

Observation of advanced schools in 12 countries produced a report and recommendations on the mainstreaming of best practice, and the development of whole-school approaches to ICT. The project was funded by the FP7 of European Commission, and ended in September 2014.

Download the LSL project summary (PDF) here and explore below more LSL resources and outcomes.

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Regional hubs for collaborative schools
Italian Summer School at Brindisi
School principals interview on mainstreaming best practices
School principals address the issue of mainstreaming technology in Europe
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Project results Project results

Best Practice: sharing practice in schools

- Over 70 best practice videos shared by LSL schools to demonstrate their practice.

- "Spotlight on Practice" articles giving a more in-depth insight in some of the network's schools.


Observations: sharing insights

Observation visit in a school at Cyprus

Sharing the methodology used and insights from the observation visits, an opportunity to look into schools from across 12 countries:

- Observation Blog: Insights and ideas captured during Advanced School visits.

- Link Observation Visits report (D3.3): A final report covering the observation visits to schools, led by Diana Bannister MBE, University of Wolverhampton. It includes analysis and insights, conclusions and recommendations.

- Country case studies: Produced with the support of the national coordinators.

Professional Development: sharing knowledge

Learning snackers

- Learning Snacks: A library of over 30 short, online learning events for teachers and schools.

Collaborative Schools Professional Development course (D5.3): Developed from the observations to support mainstreaming of best practice and a whole school approach to ICT use. It includes 10 investigations and supporting materials.


Validation service

- Validation Manual (D4.2.2): Developed and tested during the project, a manual for EC projects, companies and organisations interested in running validations in schools in Europe. Includes 12 downloadable appendices.

- Part of the Future Classroom Lab Validation Service.

- FCL Validation Service brochure (pdf)



LSL official project deliverables

CoP access CoP access

Please notice that the Community of Practice is currently accessible for the project partners and involved teachers only.