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ERNIST: European Research Network for ICT in Schools of Tomorrow
The purpose of the European Research Network for ICT in Schools of Tomorrow (ERNIST) was to create a network of leading experts and institutions in research and evaluation of ICT in learning and innovative schools. It has brought together researchers and education inspectorates from The Netherlands, the UK, Finland, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.

The project under the elearning programme ran over two years from October 2002 until spring 2004. It has brought together researchers and education inspectorates from The Netherlands, the UK, Finland, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland to investigate and exchange effectively their insights into the use of ICT in schools.

Work involved looking at existing sources of information in a fresh light and using an analysis of research evidence and the notion of school portraits as an organizing framework. This provides a strong communication channel between research, practice and policy, helping to overcome the barriers between researchers and practitioners and to involve end users in defining how research should be communicated and acted upon.

Strand 1 of the project, school portraits, produced 20 school portraits from six countries. These can offer decision-makers a valuable insight into the innovation happening in today’s schools.

Practical solutions on the use of ICT in school lessons can be found in 12 research answers to teachers’ questions conducted at the University of Helsinki and Turku in Finland in the framework of the research strand.
 
The University of Nottingham and The Open University (OU) in the UK produced a series of research papers to look into the different types of evidence for policy makers. The University of Notthingham also investigated the needs of policy-oriented users for a future portal to access research. The research from the OU explored as well the difficult issue of student assessment with and of ICT.
 
An organisational study conducted by researchers in collaboration with teachers and policy-makers from various countries including Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands and the UK studied how schools are constantly changing and influenced by ICT at all level.

As part of the networking strand, a study researched crucial factors to build successful networks. This study, conducted by the Austrian university of Linz, looked at seven networks and their strategies to exchange information about the use of ICT in schools.

The outcomes of the ERNIST project are brought together in the European Schoolnet's Insight knowledge base and in several printed publications.

http://schoolportraits.eun.org

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Last changed: Thursday, 19 February 2009
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