(ESCOLES EN XARXA)
Networked Schools (Escoles en Xarxa) is a digital journalism network that links, by means of online blogs, a range of primary and secondary schools in the Catalan Countries interested in implementing new technologies in education. They seek to create a virtual communication network to exchange information, experiences and impressions.
Its goals are:
• To create virtual network linking primary and secondary schools in Catalan-speaking territories.
• To encourage digital journalism in the Catalan language.
• To familiarise the young with the dialectal diversity of their common tongue and to raise awareness of the resulting richness.
• To stimulate the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom.
• To boost teamwork and view the school as part of the wider education community.
• To provide a constructive vision of coexistence, to be bolstered by an annual encounter of teachers and students from around the Catalan-speaking world.
This programme is organised by Òmnium Cultural and Vilaweb, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya. L’Escola Valenciana is working on extending the project in Valencia.
Networked Schools is based around the format of the internet blog. There is a unifying blog for each stage of education: Intercanvis (Exchanges) for primary schools and Cròniques (Chronicles) for secondary centres, with more bloggers and schools joining all the time.
To publish on the blog, each school has a user name and password, supplied to its teachers. There are also forums (El racó del mestre –Teachers’ Corner– and the Cafeteria virtual –Virtual Cafeteria) so that primary and secondary schoolteachers also have a forum for encounters, explaining teaching ideas and dialogue.