Global Exchanges in the Virtual School Art Department Jukka Orava
Since its founding in 1997, the European Schoolnet has used its links with education ministries to help schools make effective use of educational technologies, equipping both teachers and pupils with the skills to achieve in the knowledge society.
From 1999 until 2005 the Virtual School was one of the online projects within the European Schoolnet in which teachers could locate resources and services for learning activities structured, initially, by subject areas. The Virtual School was designed as a site for teachers to meet other teachers, a place for colleagues to exchange materials,for discussion and to develop projects that celebrated creative practices through intercultural exchanges.
The Virtual School was organised in departments, mostly within the traditional subjects. Each department had a co-ordinating teacher. The co-ordinator was appointed by the project management team on proposal from the national networks.