On this page, you can find information about projects in which ESU participates or participated as a partner.
- SiS Catalyst
Here you can find articles and information about Netsounds.
Netsounds is a European network project (co-funded by LLP-EACEA, Key Activity 3- ICT) promoting the use of digital technologies and social networking tools in music education.
Why Net Sounds Amongst the main objectives of the 21st century’s literacy, we can emphasize those aimed at giving students instruments and knowledge which could enable them to:
• be what they want to be
• be tuned in to the present and the future
• master their destiny
• narrow the gap between expectation and reality, between dream and life
Digital competency and creative expression through music are definitely two essential features of the 21st century’s literacy. Giving to different actors - both public and private who act in the fields of research and educational and in music production - operational tools and knowledge of the educative potential of the music/technology binomial, is an opportunity to: a) Promote the acquisition of key competences for lifelong learning
b) Strengthen students' motivation to commit themselves to learning
c) Promote links between education and training and the labour market
d) Promote links between formal and informal settings
The Netsounds idea is:
- to integrate the action of education, university and enterprise, in order to support the innovation of music education within the education and training systems in Europe;
- to facilitate exchange and sharing of products, knowledge and good practices so as to support the development of this specific and innovative field of research and action.
The Netsounds project explores the future of web-based music education anticipating some of its main features. It proposes a consideration of the different ways of experiencing our time, leaning towards a pragmatics of learning and living, replicable in teaching and endlessly testable through creativity.
At its core are music and technologies, which are poles of attraction and identity for every culture of the world.
The project started in January 2009 and will close in December 2011.
The Netsounds project aims to:
- promote music education through new technologies and social networking based tools;
- promote mutual understanding and collaborative synergies among the actors involved;
- share best practices in music education through new technologies and the internet;
- allow educational institutions, centres of research, associations of teachers and students and industry to be kept informed of new developments in music education through new technologies;
- foster collaboration among stakeholders both private and public in the field;
- raise awareness of politicians in the EU about developments in music education through new technologies.
Netsounds addresses the promotion of the pedagogical value of the music/technology binomial within different contexts of education, training and business settings.
To reach the above listed aims, the network plans:
- to set up a consistent project management framework to coordinate activities and dialogue with the Executive Agency;
- to create a public database of good practice in Music Education through ICT and online learning, to support and encourage teachers, educational institutions, educational software/music providers;
- to build consensus and support transnational and transectoral cooperation among the actors involved, by means of:
- continuous animation and networking among the identified target groups and stakeholders, having as a meeting point the network website;
- the organisation of European seminars for ICT use in Music Education, national workshops addressed to music teachers, national policy seminars addressed to decision and policy makers in the field of music education and national workshops in the frame of existing events (music related and education/pedagogy related) on Music Education through ICT;
- to undertake a massive dissemination activity to support transnational cooperation and to raise awareness within the communities addressed by the action;
- to provide an exploitation plan and a provisional masterplan for the sustainability of the network beyond the project lifespan;
- to carry out quality and evaluation activities, in order to ensure proper management of the network and the consistency of its results
This ambitious SiS-CATALYST project seeks to identify how children can be change agents in the science and Society relationship, and from this starting point, to indicate how they can be catalysts in the longer term solutions to the grand challenges faced by society - their future. It will contextual this in Global, European, national, regional and local arenas. The Action Plan involves refining Case Studies of replicable and scalable SiS activities for children with an associated pan European benchmarking and mutual agreement process, which will provide vehicles for strategic and political alignment, as well as shared assessment tools. More information can be found on their website, click here to access.
Here you can find an article about the SIS-CATALYST project on the ESU website: http://www.esu-online.org/news/article/6001/553/