Living in Maasmechelen, the north-east part of Belgium,
Married and father of 2 sons
Used to do showjumping but now enjoy the nature, gardening and travelling.
IT-coördinator, European projects and computerscience-teacher
31 yrs teaching-experience, 10 yrs eTwinning ambassador and 15 yrs Comenius-coördinator
Participated in ENIS, MELT, CALIBRATE, CCL - projects from European Schoolnet
Freelance trainer for tablet-courses (Erasmus+ - Euneos)
In our school, we want to prepare the students to work with new technologies. As many companies and firms are already using tablets and laptops, we need to learn them how to deal with mobile learning and mobile working. To be able to move around with your data and get information anytime, anywhere will change the learning experience.
As a partnerschool from the CCL-project we had a very good input from colleagues how to start with tablets.
In our city, we have a lot of unemployment because of the closure of the coalmines and recently a huge Ford-company in our neighbourhood.
This is the reason I will not go for the BYOD-method.
Another obstacle is the lack of funding from the regional and national government. By participating the CCL-project, Microsoft-Dell-Intel donated our school 30 tablets.
According to me, a good use-of-tablets starts with a good and steady internet-connection. So we first invested in accesspoints that can easily connect a lot of mobile devices without having a slow connection.
We have one technology-room with 20 tablets, to be used in the room whenever needed.
10 tablets are for some students, to be used in the classroom and at home.
We are using Windows8-tablets and teachers must look for apps themselves and discuss with the IT-coördinator. Having a tablet-team (teachers that are using and promoting tablets) in the school works quite positive towards the colleagues.
Last but not least is to make sure the screen of the teacher's tablet is projected (wireless if possible) to a IWB or big screen.