Teacher Design Contest

2020/21 – INTERNATIONAL TEACHER DESIGN CONTEST

BEYOND THE EMERGENCY: PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE LEARNING

Summary

The forced lock-down of schools, due to the pandemic, forced everyone to experience on-line teaching and learning. Despite the problems that emerged, the ICT ensured continuity of didactics and education. Many have considered all this as an emergency solution, for others it represented an opportunity to reflect and rethink how to teach and learn, also in the near future. This contest aims to shed light on and reward some of the most effective didactic practices that have been tested during the lock-down, especially those which are characterized for their high reproducibility and, therefore, for their potential impact.
The call puts only one constraint: the proposed didactic practices should have the possibility to be actuated online or in a blended configuration. No constraints on the school order or level. Group participation, that is expected to stimulate the multidisciplinary interaction is also allowed. There are three prizes: € 1000 for the winner and € 500 for the second and third classified. All winners will have also the possibility to present their solution and work in a prestigious international forum. Furthermore, ASLERD will promote and disseminate at national and international level the winning solutions.

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WHAT DO WE EXPECT ?

Solutions that do not replace the traditional school but that help it to evolve, drawing inspiration from digital technologies; that help it to acquire a new centrality in a social context that is no longer that of the industrial revolution, whose needs a large majority of learning settings and learning processes are still inspired.
Solutions elaborated by reflecting on when physical environments are really needed, when technologies really provide an added value and enhance  f2f activities.
Solutions that have challenged the structure of traditional processes or lessons and that, perhaps, will question the organization of the  physical spaces.
Solutions that, while taking in due account of the harmonious development of the children’s personality, are also able to make them grow within a “non-fashionable” perspective on digital tools and skills and that are able to prepare them to live their future as workers and, even more, as active citizens capable of sustainable behaviors  (2030 SDGs).
Solutions that are able to bring families closer to school by helping them to recover their role as an educational co-agency.
Solutions that are able to bring the school closer to the territory to recover its role as engine of social innovation an cohesion and, possibly, territorial development.
Solutions generated by authors who put the “project” at the center of their actions and who have adopted the “design” as their didactic and pedagogical paradigm.

In summary, we expect ideas and proposals that can help to transform authors’ school and the community of reference into a more “smart” and “people centered” learning ecosystem and which, due to its simple implementation, are also potentially capable to impact on other contexts and foster an exchange of good practices

WHO IS THE TARGET?

Participation is open to school teachers (individuals or groups) of all school levels.
Each teacher can propose only one solution under penalty of her/his exclusion and that of all project groups in which s/he is involved.
The project proposals, to be considered admissible, must be submitted according to the guidelines described in the following paragraph “How to participate in the contest?”.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST?

Teachers who intend to participate in the “contest”, individually or in groups, must submit via email (to aslerd.org@gmail.com) no later than 12:00 p.m. CET on October 30, 2020:
• a description in .pdf format of the didactic approach designed or implemented (outline of the solution), no longer than 4 A4 pages, figures included.
It is possible to accompany the description of the didactic approach with a videoclip of no more than 90 seconds. The videoclip must be in mp4 format. It can be sent via email or made available online, in this latter case the videoclip URL should be provided.

Constraint: it should be possible to implement the proposed didactic solution online or in a blended configuration.

The description of the solution should preferably be written in English, but thanks to the international nature of ASLERD, descriptions may be submitted also in French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and German languages.

The jury will select no more than 20 solutions that will be admitted to the second phase of the contest.

The author(s) of the selected proposals, must submit via email (to aslerd.org@gmail.com) no later than 12:00 p.m. CET on January 30, 2021 the description of the didactic solution designed (either already implemented or under implementation) and any observed outcomes.
The solution and its outcomes must be described and/or demonstrated by
• a technical-descriptive report in .pdf format of no more than 8 A4 pages including figures
and
• a presentation of up to 20 slides.
It is possible to add, although not mandatory,
a videoclip no longer than 3 minutes; the videoclip must be in mp4 format; it can be sent via email or made available online, in this latter case the videoclip URL should be provided.
For the second phase, the materials should be submitted in English.

On the basis of the submitted materials, the jury will select the 3 winning solutions (minimum threshold 70/100).

PRIZES

The winning solution will receive € 1000.00 (as reimbursement for participation expenses to the contest).
Second and third classified solutions will receive € 500.00 (as reimbursement for participation expenses to the contest).
The jury reserves the right to assign also honorable mentions to a larger number of proposals.
The authors of all the awarded solutions and those awarded with the honorable mention will be offered the opportunity to participate for free (exemption from the registration fee – max 3 fees per group) and to present their work at the SLERD 2021 international conference (sixth edition – May 2021 venue to be decided).

ASLERD reserves the right to announce, via its website, any additional prizes that may become available.

IMPORTANT DATES

When What to do What you can expect
30th of June 2020 Publication of the call
30th of October 2020 Submission of the outline of the solutions
30th of November 2020 Selection of the proposed solutions admitted to the second phase (max number 20).
30th of January, 2021 Submission of the detailed description of the solution (executive project) and of the results obtained or expected
15th of March 2021 Selection of the 3 winning proposals and identification of honorable mentions.
May 2021 Proposals presentation at SLERD 2021
(location and date will be communicated by the end of December 2020)
Winners and awards.

JURY

The jury is composed by professionals and experts who operate within the or with the school and in the domain of education. The following list of jury members is provisional. The final list will be communicated by 30 September 2020 on the ASLERD website. 

ASLERD CONTACTS

For any information relating to the contest, please write to: aslerd.org@gmail.com
specifying in the subject “Beyond the emergency – 2020 contest”

mentoring service will be also available along the whole duration of the process to support teachers participation to the contest.

EVALUATION GRIDS 

In the first phase, the selection of the proposed solutions will take place on the basis of the following evaluation grid:

clarity in defining the objectives in relation to the context (“problem setting”), fluidity and concreteness of the presentation   10
originality and presumed efficacy of the proposed solution 30
support of the proposed solution for the development of digital skills 20
attention toward the centrality of the person (“people centered” perspective of the project) 20
level of replicability of the proposed solution in other contexts 20
TOTAL 100

The selection of the winning solutions (second phase) will take place on the basis of the following evaluation grid:

clarity in defining the objectives in relation to the context (“problem setting”), fluidity and concreteness of the presentation   10
originality of the proposed solution 20
documented outcomes of the proposed solution  in terms of digital skills development 30
attention toward the centrality of the person (“people centered” perspective of the project) 15
level of replicability of the proposed solution in other contexts 25
TOTAL 100