Kennisnet ensures that educational institutions are aware and take advantage of the opportunities offered by ict. Research has shown that, for the use of ict for educational purposes, a balanced and coherent use of four building blocks is essential. These blocks are: vision, expertise, digital learning materials and ict infrastructure. Kennisnet facilitates the schools to achieve this. Barriers are removed and the strengths of the educational sector are bundled together.
Kennisnet works closely together with several international organisations. Other (European) countries have similar challenges with regard to the effective use of ict in education. From a common agenda, international organisations can share their knowledge, support each others’ ambitions and generate higher returns for education.
Kennisnet represents the Netherlands in European Schoolnet. European Schoolnet is an international network that brings about innovation in teaching and learning to its key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers and researchers. Through European Schoolnet Kennnisnet works together with several European partners on innovation in education and learning resource exchange and interoperability. Toine Maes, director of Kennisnet is a member of the High Level Group of the iTEC project on Designing the future classroom.