NordNICE

NordNICE - Nordplus Network for Innovative Computing Education, is a horizontal programme proposal to expand collaboration between the university and school sectors. NordNICE gathers a network of concerned universities and schools to address joint challenges for teachers and researchers in computing teachers’ education. The main aim of the project is to raise the quality of computing teacher education in the Nordic and Baltic area to the highest international levels.

Coordinated by Vilnius University, the NordNICE network collects leading Nordic and Baltic Universities - University of Latvia, University of Tartu, Uppsala University, Åbo Akademi University, Aalto University, Linköping University, and KTH University together with six inovative schools - Sotunki and Lumo Upper Secondary Schools,  Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium, Vilnius Lyceum, Söndrumskolan F-9, and Trönningeskolan F-9 - to share existing expertise and collaboratively develop materials for teaching computing, and introducing novel methods of learning programming. The consortium's research is already internationally leading, and we have identified a number of school partners which provide opportunities to consolidate and increase the impact of this work through the proposed NordPlus network activities.

The initiative concerns both pre-service (through new teacher training in computing education and computational thinking) and in-service training (where we focus on enhancing the capacity of the existing teacher population). The goal is to improve the quality of computing teacher education and classroom practice in all Nordic and Baltic countries and thus to develop top-level students and graduates for higher education institutions (HEIs), industry and public educational organisations.