Objectives

The iLike project aims to deploy new information- and mobile technology, and specifically focus on the logical structure of languages to strengthen the learning of basic skills. This will be an avenue for developing analytical, structural and creative diagnostic language thinking among secondary school children’s and high school students, through blended learning activities that can be integrated into existing school curricula as complementary educational tools. Activities will encourage children and students to set diagnoses to a text in order to break down selected language themes, and demonstrate solutions that are the result of collective, creative peer learning problem solving processes that may include creative learning through immediate feedback from assessments. The new training method and software solutions will take into account computer literacy levels in the selected age groups.

The specific objectives are

  • develop age-appropriate inquiry and project-based didactical methodologies promoting acquiring logical language thinking for children and students age 13-18
  • develop proof of concept learning activities on the deployment of mobile devices as an educational tool that motivates and creates engaging peer learning climate in class. The activities will encourage children to set goals, explore and acquire alternatives, evaluate solutions and iterate for optimization by use of the interactive language neutral software. Combining individual working processes and peer learning class collaboration, will demonstrate how different language training solutions may work better for different individuals
  • build diagnostic, interactive language neutral services through which children, students and teachers can acquire language(s) through methods that provide immediate peer learning feedback and sharing of ideas, findings, know-how, and good practice recommendations
  • validate methodologies and learning activities through their deployment in real life educational settings in several countries, including Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Greece.
  • reach a wide range of stakeholders, and to promote the integration of proposed acquiring language methodologies and immediate feedback to assessments into school curricula through targeted dissemination and adoption strategies

The iLike project extends the (traditional) teaching and learning dynamics of languages from vertical transmission of information and knowledge from the instructor to the students, to a explorative novel horizontal two-way learning environment where it is easy and flexible on a just-in-time basis to foster inquiry and problem based active solving approaches. Instead of providing rules and “correct” answers the students will be given the opportunity to validate their own solutions according to a system with checklists that point towards the rules that lay behind the sentence build up.  

Through this self-verification the students will be directed towards understanding the logical structure of language, enabling them to create and reproduce the rules themselves at all times. The teacher will validate or elaborate solutions together with the students.

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.