Les 2.0 wins IPON Award 2011

Les 2.0, the new digital learning resource for secondary education, has won the IPON Award 2011 for the best secondary education software product. Chairman of the jury Louis Hilgers announced the winners on Wednesday, April 13, during the first day of IPON 2011, the annual trade fair in the field of education and ICT.

Les 2.0 (www.les20.nl) is a digital learning resource that lets schools and heritage institutions jointly develop digital learning materials to supplement or replace existing teaching methods. In the process, the makers of Les 2.0 rely on the expertise of teachers, the educational staff of museums and archives, and educational theorists.

The basic principle is that digitized resources from heritage institutions, such as videos, pictures, and articles, are used in the lesson materials. These materials come from the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), the Museum Volkenkunde (Museum of Ethnology), the Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden (Dutch National Museum of Antiquities), Naturalis, the Eye Film Instituut Nederland (Eye Film Institute Netherlands), and the Nationaal Archief (National Archives). Much of this material has been digitized as part of the project “Beelden voor de Toekomst” (“Images for the Future”).

Les 2.0 can be put to immediate use with interactive whiteboards, and is easy to customise. The lesson plans in Les 2.0 are closely linked to educational practice, and have been designed to align with both final attainment levels as well as examination programs.

With the IPON Awards, the organisation and the jury aim to create a “seal of quality” for ICT companies focusing on education. The seal would indicate that the company has distinguished itself in terms of innovation, quality, and originality.