In 2014 it was decided to launch and provide ongoing support for a pan-European network of Future Classroom Ambassadors. The concept of Future Classroom Ambassadors is an important mechanism to leverage the results of EUN projects like iTEC, Living Schools Lab, and Creative Classrooms Lab, as well as future projects that will run under the general umbrella of the Future Classroom Lab.
The network of Future Classroom Ambassadors will help ensure that EUN does not lose the momentum that has been built up communities of teachers. The Ambassadors will also give on-going support to those teachers and school leaders who, following a visit to the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, have been inspired by the FCL concept and have returned home to set up their own version of the Lab within their own schools.
Meetings and activities
The kick-off workshop took place in the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels on 6-7 November 2014 and included Lead Ambassadors from 11 countries nominated by Ministries of Education (or other organisations). At the launch of the network there were Lead ambassadors from Austria, Belgium FL, Czech Republic, Denmark (2), Estonia, Finland, France, Portugal, Norway, Spain, Sweden. Another workshop took place in March 2015.
During the workshops and additional online meeting the ambassadors got an induction training on different EUN projects: The Future Classroom Toolkit, eTwinning, Outcomes of Living Schools Lab, Creative Classrooms Lab, eSafety, Video Communication in education (Polycom), and European Schoolnet Academy.
As for the future steps, the focus will be on the expansion of the network in the local country and the creation of local network of ambassadors. In some countries this network is already getting shape (e.g. Portugal, Finland). Also the process of localisation should continue, as well as teacher training and pedagogical consultancy. A special focus will also be put on local Future Classrooms (i.e. flexible learning labs). Since so many of the ambassadors are connected to a local 'learning labs', they will be involved with a pedagogical programme that will be built around the network of learning labs. The idea is to organise dynamic, spatial webinars to share pedagogical content related to a Future Classroom Lab.
Meet the Future Classroom Ambassadors!
Bart Verswijvel, Coordinator of the Future Classroom Ambassador network
Ben Bastiaensen, Belgium Flanders
As Flemish FCL Ambassador I'm focusing on disseminating EUN project results through activities on social media and presentations at several conferences. There has been a particular focus on the Future Classroom Lab and Coding.
Hermann Morgenbesser, Austria
My work is aimed at closing the gap between Austrian teacher Networks (KIDS, eLSA, ELCL) and Teacher Trainings Centers (KPH Krems, PH Wien). I am also in regular contact with stakeholders (Samsung, Microsoft, Promethean, NEC, etc.) to promote Schools with Technology.
My publications can be found here:
Katarina Lycken Rüter, Sweden
We focus on disseminating the opportunities by the EUN Academy (online courses) to the teachers.
Jørund Høie Skaug, Norway
We arrange workshops and webinars connected to our Future Classroom Lab on topics such as computer games, coding, 3D-printing, and Virtual Reality.
There are two Future Classroom labs in Norway. Rom for lek og læring (Oslo) is a mobile concept: iktsenteret.no/prosjekter/rom-lek
Rom for læring (Tromsø) is a bigger room divided in zones: http://iktsenteret.no/prosjekter/rom-laering
Our website for teachers sharing their experiences with ICT and learning: iktipraksis.iktsenteret.no
Maria Teresa Godinho, Portugal
We organise 3-hour workshops on Future Classroom Scenarios all around the country. We also run 25-hour training courses for trainers.
Laboratórios de aprendizagem: facebook.com/lab.aprendizagem
Petra Bohackova, Czech Republic
I spread the word about all activities and projects done by EUN. I'm helping to create a Future Classroom Lab in the Czech Republic. I'm also helping teachers to integrate ICT into lessons.
Markku Lang, Finland
As an FCL Lead Ambassador I am sharing information of different projects and teacher trainings run by European Schoolnet. In Finland we have also a working group of Finnish Future Classroom Ambassadors and they are mentoring teachers and facilitating workshops in their own networks.
Lasse Remmer, Denmark
We are establishing a Danish Future Classroom Lab in Campus Carlsberg - Copenhagen.
Twitter @lasseremmer | Skype email@example.com
Center for Undervisningsmidler København: ucc.dk #CFUUCC
Sergio Gonzalez, Spain
I focus on dissemination of the Future Classroom Toolkit and other EUN projects. My next task will be to create a national network.
Laboratorio del Aula del Futuro (FCL): educalab.es #FCL_ES
Inga Kõue, Estonia
Our role is to promote and share best practices of usage of ICT tools and robotics pedagogically through several web seminars and school visits. In collaboration with teachers we create and experiment learning scenarios that support the use of technology.
Innovative learning scenarios (in Estonian).
Xavier Garnier, France
As an Ambassador I support local FCL initiatives such as scenarios creation using the toolkit with focus groups in Poitiers and across the country. I am also leading a project in which we create the french version of the Future Classroom Lab, reflecting on learning situations and spaces.
French FCL blog: blogpeda.ac-poitiers.fr #FCL_FR
FCL on Viaeduc: viaeduc.fr
eTwinning group for France: groups.etwinning.net
Giuseppe Strada, Italy
As an ambassador my role will be to ensure constant interactions and links between INDIRE AND EUN action plans in relation to national and international projects.
Karina Batat, Petah Tikva, Israel
Beta School is the Israeli version of the FCL. Beta School was officially opened in June 2015 and is located in the city of Petah Tikva.
As FCL Lead Ambassador, my role will be to ensure collaboration activities between Beta School, educators and the EUN in Petah Tikva /district/nation and international projects.
Beta School Facebook page
Ildikó Csordás, Hungary
We help Hungarian teachers access the results of European Schoolnet led projects. We aim to provide professional development opportunities for teachers in topics related to pedagogical planning, digital skills' development, mobile/1:1 learning and online safety.Sulinet: Website | Facebook | Email
Zehra Sayin, Turkey
We focus on teacher training opportunities by the eTwinning Online Learning Platforum to the Turkish Teacher.