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Taccle CPD Toolkit

TaccleCPD Tool kit

This is our suite of TaccleCPD tools; a tool kit for managers, educational advisors and trainers responsible for promoting the integration of digital technologies in schools.  

Teachers with responsibility for ICT and those who wish to further their own professional development will also find the resources useful. 

To use the toolkit, follow the team map to find your starting point.

Expand the links below to learn more about each tool.

We have called this the Team Map because integration of ICT requires input at many levels. We have designed this toolkit so that wherever you are in your ICT journey you should be able identify your CPD needs, formulate an action plan and find resources to help you to implement the plan.

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Developing Technology Enhanced Learning in VET

This output comprises a series of reports with recommendations for the applicability and transference of the outcomes of the Taccle CPD project to Vocational Education and Training (VET).  

Expand the sections below to read excerpts from each report and click the download link to find the full texts. You can also find all of these products on Research Gate.


Policy analyses as background for continuing professional development of teachers and trainers in the field of vocational education and training (VET)

The report draws attention to following characteristics of policies in the field of VET and to recent developments in innovation strategies to promote digital competences of different actors in VET:

  1. Distribution of power structures in different educational systems: The report makes transparent the differences between central and federal governance models in education.
  2. Distribution of functions and competences in dual systems of vocational education and training: The report presents the roles of different VET providers and stakeholders (companies, schools and intermediate training centres, chambers and governing bodies) and the regulations guiding different parties.
  3. Joint agreements, innovation programmes and strategic alliances: The report gives insights into joint agreements (between different bodies), innovation programmes (launched by central governments) and strategic alliances (at different levels for temporary actions in particular focal areas of VET development). In this context the report also informs of local initiatives.
  4. New frameworks at European and national level to promote digital competences in education and training: The report discusses the key points of the European DigCompEdu framework as a general orientative framework for promoting digital competences in different educational sectors. In addition it discusses the more VET-specific accents that have been raised in the German study “Berufsbildung 4.0” (VET 4.0) that has outlined a future-oriented innovation programme.

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Finding new approaches to promote digital competences – Legacy of past projects and new inputs from R&D projects in vocational education and training (VET)

This special report was produced to compare the training approaches that had been applied in the three prior TACCLE projects and at different phases of the Learning Layers project. The report serves the following purposes:

  1. Creating awareness of the different project histories and process dynamics: In this respect the report gives brief overviews of the parallel project histories and different phases of work.
  2. Making transparent the role of co-design and piloting with new tools in the Learning Layers project: From this perspective the report analyses specific impulses that arise from this background in the project work.
  3. Providing insights into parallel R&D projects in education and training and their support for training of teachers and trainer: Here the report provides examples on support for teacher education, CPD measures for vocational teachers and CPD measures for trainers in enterprises.
  4. Providing insights into recent field interviews with vocational trainers (carried out as part of the TACCLE 4 CPD): Here the report presents trainers’ views on the prospects for linking the use of digital tools to vocational learning culture.

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Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the field of Vocational education and Training (VET) – Insights into uses of OER in vocational teaching/learning arrangements.

This special report was produced to draw attention to specific education and training contexts in VET, taking into account the respective pedagogic challenges and the shaping of respective teaching/learning arrangements to support vocational learning.

The report discusses firstly some working issues for using OER in the field of VET. Then, in the following sections, it presents four selected cases for introducing digital tools and the use of OER into specific vocational teaching/learning arrangements. Thus, the report serves the following purposes:

  1. Raising awareness of the possibility to shape creative vocational teaching/ learning arrangements as OER for wider use (the case “Make your own toolset”);
  2. Opening prospects for enriching learning paths and instructions in the field mechatronics and robotics (the cases of ‘Learning paths’ and ‘Moveo robot arm’);
  3. Providing insights into complex teaching/learning arrangements that engage different learners (apprentices and disadvantaged young people) into team-building learning (the case of shaping go-kart vehicles and series of races (with self-designed rules and self-organised catering).

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Strategies and Training Models for promoting Digital Competences in the field of Vocational Education and Training – Reflections on Policies, Conceptual Frameworks and Innovation projects.

When the project team started preparing the policy analyses and reflecting the training models that need to be considered in the CPD context, it was apparent that major differences have to be taken into account when the field of VET is concerned. This was the conclusion of the special reports (above) for IO1 (the policy analyses with focus on VET) and for IO2 (reflection on the role of training in the earlier TACCLE projects and in the Learning Layers project). Therefore, this report has been produced to draw conclusions for a specific project contribution for the field of VET. The report serves the following purposes:

  1. Summarisation of the conclusions from the comparisons between predecessor projects: Here the report gives insights into the process dynamics, into the role of training measures and into the role of outreach activities.
  2. Raising awareness of different policy contexts for promoting digital competences in schools and in VET contexts: Here the report gives a brief overview of parallel possibilities.
  3. Drawing attention to the relevance of general frameworks or studies in the field of VET: Here the report reflects the role of the European DigCompEdu framework vis-à-vis the challenges in the field of VET – as outlined by the German framework study “Berufsbildung 4.0”.
  4. Raising awareness of different outreach approaches for innovations in school contexts and in VET contexts: Here the report draws upon experiences of the earlier TACCLE projects and on the outreach prospects identified after the Learning Layers project
  5. Drawing conclusions on the importance of TACCLE Routemap approach and the Theme Room training model (of the Learning Layers project) for shaping CPD concepts to promote digital competences in the field of VET.

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The Theme Room Training 2020 framework – Promoting digital competences of vocational teachers and trainers.

Research in Taccle CPD and its predecessor projects has shown us that in a VET context, rather than a handbook,  it is more useful to link the promotion of digital competences to vocational teaching/learning arrangements and to current digital transformations in working life. Also, during the work of the TACCLE 4 CPD project, the project team considered that the Theme Room training (that was initiated and put into practice during the later phase of the Learning Layers project) was an interesting case of proving training for all training staff of a VET provider.

In the light of the above this report outlines a new framework – Theme Room Training 2020 – for supporting continuing professional development (CPD) for vocational teachers and trainers with focus on promoting their digital competences. The main elements of the framework are the following thematic blocks:

Theme One – Challenges: Digitization and digital transformation in the field of VET;

Theme Two – Old and young learners in vocational education and training (VET):

Theme Three – Exploring innovation paths to promote digital competences in vocational learning;

Theme Four – Using TACCLE4 CPD Routemap for future-oriented planning and training.

The sections of the framework discus these themes from the perspective of VET providers and with focus on vocational learning culture. Moreover, each section has been equipped with a commentary space that points to corresponding Annexes to this report. These provide further input to discussion, reflection and shared learning.

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Teaching Control Technologies to younger children

These resources are designed to be used by teacher trainers or for teacher CPD courses. We have tried and tested all of the Taccle workshops with teachers across Europe as part of the Taccle projects.

Here we share our aims, objectives, and resources. You are free to use and repurpose the materials under the cc license at the bottom of the site.


Robotics / control technology for younger children

At the end of the session, teachers will be able to:


Use cubelets to solve simple programming problems

Programme a Beebot and demonstrate some examples of how the can use it in the classroom

List the advantages and disadvantages of each, their value for money and their applicability to the age range.


Control Technologies for Younger Children




Selfie – self assessment tool for schools

SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies) is a tool designed to help schools embed digital technologies into teaching, learning and student assessment. It can highlight what’s working well, where improvement is needed and what the priorities should be. The tool is currently available in the 24 official languages of the European Union with more languages to be added over time.

Mindmap of policies and resources

The TaccleCPD Mindmap attempts to organise the policies, tools and resources for CPD in teacher training in ICT. This is still a work in progress as we are continually adding new resources as we find them. This page will be updated in the new year and will eventually be replaced with an interactive html version with clickable links.

Download the pdf here TACCLE 4 CPD mindmap pdf


Overview of current projects alongside TACCLE4-CPD; Interim Conclusions

For the TACCLE4-CPD project it is worthwhile to consider, what educational sectors are covered by these parallel projects and in what ways our project can cooperate with its neighbours. Here some key points:

  • The Inclusive Digital Media project DMI pointed out to be an alliance of several R&D projects. It works with ‘thematic concepts’ that are based on shared pedagogic principles. In this way the DMI seeks to enhance subject-based and interdisciplinary learning units with digital media and creative shaping. For the work of TACCLE4-CPD in general education these thematic concepts are of major interest.
  • The projects DieDa and NABUS are mostly involved with pedagogy of adult education – and on the real implementation of ‘self-organised learning’ in vocational end work-related adult learning provisions.
  • The projects RISE and STRIDE have very specific R&D approaches to enhance project-based learning in vocational schools. Here it is interesting to exchange experiences on the multiple roles of researchers.
  • The subsequent projects INTAGT, MeMoApp and LiKa 4.0 have very specific VET and workplace-related learning contexts and very customised software ecologies to work with. Here it is of interest to find out, if Learning Toolbox could be linked to their work.
  • The project DigiProB is partly a successor project of the Learning Layers’ Construction pilot. However, it is working with different web tools and addresses different trainers with an aim shape integrative learning projects for adult learners. In the final phase there is an effort to create a functioning interaction between the trainers’ web platform and the learners’ toolset (the Learning Toolbox).
  • The project BROFESSIO is of major interest due to the development and implementation of the ‘Agile learning’ concept for workplace-based team-based learning and training. In many pilot contexts such approaches to promote peer tutoring and peer learning are vital for the consolidation of the learning results and for the transfer of innovation.

Bringing the TACCLE approach to the field of VET – taking the results of earlier projects on board

The work in the earlier TACCLE projects has emphasised the needs and priorities of school teachers. In this respect the experience of ITB in the Learning Layers project brings into picture a complementary perspective. At an early stage of the project a TACCLE-type of Multimedia training was essential in getting the interested trainers (of the training centre Bau-ABC) inspired in developing their own multimedia competences. However, in the next phase (implemented as the ‘Theme Room’ training campaign, it was essential to work with such examples of digital media and such competences that the trainers could use in their own training. This experience and the materials that were used has been documented in the parallel moodle overview “The ‘Theme Room’ training in Bau-ABC Rostrup”, see (and use the guest login):

After these training campaigns the main result of the Learning Layers’ Construction pilot – the Learning Toolbox (LTB) reached a mature stage. The LTB was shaped as an integrative toolset to be programmed with a laptop or stationary computer and to be used with mobile devices. For the Bau-ABC trainers the LTB provided the possibility to program their instructions for apprentices’ projects, to add web documents, quiz-links, checklists and reporting tools – and to maintain communication with their groups. Also, in addition to the trade-specific training, the trainers started to work with cross-cutting themes, such as ‘health and safety’ and support for language learning alongside training. The experiences with the initial development of the LTB and with its further use are developed in a parallel moodle overview “Learning Toolbox (LTB) pilot and follow-up (2014 – …)”, see (and use the guest login):