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 Network "eEducation" (https://eeducation.at/) and the Teacher trainings at ZLI at PH Wien (https://zli.phwien.ac.at/). As a coordinator at the FLL Wien (http://www.fll.wien/) I am working 20 hours a week, coordinating workshops, events and Teacher training for stuff and collegues. More information of my work at the FLL Wien can be found at our homepage: http://www.fll.wien/blog-und-community/
My latest publication can be found here:
Darina Výbohová, Slovakia
As part of our workshops, we are informing teachers of the benefits of participating in EU Schoolnet projects and communicating their outcomes. In education and seminars for STEM teachers, I promote the FCL concept.
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
Aivar Hiio, Estonia
Our role is to monitor and analyse a new technology trends and map out best practices for using digital opportunities. We support schools for achieving digital maturity through in-service trainings and collaboration.
Innovative learning scenarios (in Estonian).
Xavier Garnier, France
As an Ambassador I lead a team of 22 FCL teachers who meet online and support each other. We reflect both on learning situations and spaces and locally support FCL initiatives such as future classroom scenarios workshops or creations of Future Classroom Labs. We spread the FCL methodology and processes rather than the outcomes to help change mindsets in the french educational landscape.
FCL on Viaeduc: viaeduc.fr
eTwinning group for France: groups.etwinning.net
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. Our mission is to promote a new techno-pedagogical approach and new practices involving technological innovation among educators and students.
Beta School Facebook page
Boglárka Tóth, Hungary
The aim of our department is to inform teachers about the new pedagogical trends in Europe. We give information about the news (MOOCs, project results) of the European Schoolnet. We participate in new, innovative projects e.g. ENABLE, TeachUP to broaden the teachers' horizons.Sulinet: Website | Facebook | Email
Antonella Giles, Malta
As Head of Department of Digital Literacy I promote a positive approach to digital literacy in Primary State Schools. My main role is to support SMT staff and other HODs in the curricular integration of technology in schools. I am regularly involved in teacher training, in-service courses and school professional development meetings. I design and deliver short online courses for teachers on the use of technology in the classroom. I am also actively involved in eTwinning, training and supporting teachers during their participation in eTwinning projects.Twitter @nelgiles |LinkedIn | Facebook | Email
Sümeyye Hatice ERAL, Turkey
Integration of ICT in education is regarded as top priortiy in our national education policy. As we expect educational institutions to raise individuals who can use technology, educational system expects the same from the teachers. This expectation doesn't only include teaching on how to use technology but also use of innovative technology in teaching activities.