Petra Szucsich

von KidZ PH Wien

Petra Szucsich is a member of staff of the Centre for Educational Technologies and Innovation (ZLI) at the University of Teacher Education Vienna (PH Wien).

Due to the growing importance of technology, digital media increasingly affects and influences all areas of our daily lives. The combination of old and new media as well as the internet, which is available independent of time and space, enable people to gain new experiences and offer them innovative learning spaces and new ways of self-expression and social participation.

Nowadays educational processes are unimaginable without media of all kinds. In particular, the importance of digital technologies for learning is often underestimated and the innovative didactic potential of digital media is not systematically used. The Centre for Educational Technology and Innovation (ZLI), which was founded in September 2014 supports the innovative integration of technology into education.

Main objectives

In line with the guidelines of the University of Teacher Education Vienna, the Centre for Educational Technology and Innovation at the Department for Inderdisciplinary Education is concerned with the integration of digital technologies, media and tools for contemporary and innovative didactics into education. Based on international best practice and current research developments, the ZLI evaluates models of good practice and develops exemplar materials to support efficient communication and cooperation in learning groups and networks. It aims to develop sustainable digital concepts and solutions for schools and universities. The ZLI team explore emerging developments in educational technology whilst critically discussing and reflecting on the potential offered by digital technologies for the design of learning spaces.

Petra Szucsich, Mag. MSc

University of Teacher Education in Vienna
Center for Educational Technology and Innovation (CETI)
Grenzackerstrasse 18, A-1100 Vienna, AUSTRIA
petra.szucsich@phwien.ac.at

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Petra Szucsich was born in 1972. She graduated with a degree in English and Russian at the University of Vienna and completed a one-year-period as a foreign language assistant at Brentwood County High School and Ursuline Convent School (UK). She has worked as an English and Russian language teacher in secondary education since 1996. She completed a postgraduate Master's degree in Educational Technology at Danube University Krems in 2007, where she has worked since then as a lecturer and online tutor involved in various study courses.

Currently she is an academic staff member at the University of Teacher Education Vienna, Centre for Educational Technology and Innovation. Her professional interests and fields of research focus on the development of e-portfolios, blended learning scenarios and educational technology in teaching and learning.

Petra Szucsich has been involved in various national and international projects, including MELT (Metadata Ecology for Learning and Teaching) and the Global Modules Project at Champlain College (US). She is currently involved, for example, in a project initiated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women called “KidZ” (classroom of the future) with the main objective to make e-learning part of regular school life, thus fundamentally modernizing and adjusting didactics to the requirements of the world students live in.

KidZ (“Klassenzimmer der Zukunft“, engl. “classroom of the future”) is an innovative educational project which was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Women in Austria in the year 2013. Following an interdisciplinary, holistic and cross-linked approach, the major principle of KidZ is to make learning with ICT visible and part of regular school life.

Link to the online campus of the virtual PH.

The major goal of the nationwide project KidZ Austria (runtime from 2013/14 to 2016/17) of the Federal Ministry is to deliberately anticipate the use of digital media and the didactic possibilities they offer and to integrate and evaluate them in the context of secondary schools. During the runtime of the project, participating schools are encouraged to try and test lots of different approaches, gain experiences with ICT on various levels and to reflect on their own teaching practice as well as on changes they experience. Thus, the project aims at achieving a high standard of innovative teaching and learning practices, combining the concepts of contemporary learning culture and digital integrative design.

Link to the online campus of the Virtual University of Teacher Education.

In the context of the nationwide project KidZ Austria, the University of Teacher Education in Vienna (PH Wien) has started a sub-project called PHInnovativ-KidZ, also referred to as KidZ Vienna. In the course of three school years (from 2013-2017) the university accompanies, advises and evaluates the eleven participating KidZ schools located in Austria’s capital city.

One major aim of the Kidz project is to work in networks and to support national and international cooperation. One example of an international network is the Europortfolio Initiative.

 

In context of the Austrian KidZ project, the KidZ E-Portfolio Study 2014, carried out by the Centre for Educational Technology and Innovation (ZLI) at the Department of Interdisciplinary Education of the University of Teacher Education Vienna (PH Wien), collected and analyzed good practice examples at Austrian schools in order to get an insight into existing e-portfolio projects. In addition to that, five teachers who had already gained a lot of practical experiences in the use of e-portfolios in class were invited to take part in virtual interviews via Adobe Connect.

The major aim of the study was to illustrate and analyse the use of e-portfolios at Austrian schools and to document and share experiences examples. The conclusions drawn from the analysis as well as the good practice examples of the participating schools were collected and presented in an e-portfolio collection on Mahara.

Link to the KidZ E-Portfolio Study 2014 carried out by the ZLI.

The major aim of EUROPORTFOLIO is to explore technologies and practices connected with the use of e-portfolios, and to illustrate and discuss possible learning environments. Users, experts as well as researchers are encouraged to join this network, get in touch with each other and share experiences and good practice examples.

This portal provides information as well as the possibility of exchange around the topic of electronic portfolios: people, organisations, publications and learning materials. The Austrian Chapter is ministered by the Danube University Krems, the University of Teacher Education Vienna and the University of Teacher Education of Lower Austria

Link to the KidZ Blog of the University of Teacher Education Vienna

http://podcampus.phwien.ac.at/kidz

Center of Educational Technology and Innovation (ZLI) at the University of Teacher Education Vienna

http://zli.phwien.ac.at/

University of Teacher Education Vienna

http://www.phwien.ac.at/

 

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