The Future Classroom Lab Strategic Seminar took place on 15 May 2019 in Brussels with the presence of 40 participants, mainly policy-makers and educational authorities from European, national and regional levels.
During the weekend of 15 and 16 March 2019, the Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Santarém (Portugal) organized the IEMC conference about innovation in teaching of Mathematics and Sciences. More than 150 attendees took part in a very varied programme of keynotes and discussions, as well as engaging hands-on sessions. The conference promotes the ideas of active and project based learning.
In order to provide better frameworks of support for teachers to mainstream the impact of Teacher Academy (TA) courses, a newly established study group will carry out school-based case studies during 2019.
Microsoft opens its door to innovation by creating the #MicrosoftEDULab, the second innovative lab in Madrid after the creation of the Aula del Futuro of INTEF, in December 2017.
Since August, European Schoolnet has been supporting EU Code Week, a run by volunteers grassroots initiative that invites everyone to try coding with or without electronic equipment. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how to bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.
One of the main challenges of educators is to plan lessons that stimulate a classroom by putting students at the center of the learning process and by actively involving them. What are the key action verbs to be considered to this end and how can the environment encourage active learning?
Programming and computational thinking skills are already ever more important in our society and working life. Learning to code develops various skills such as problem-solving, logical reasoning and creativity, and can help student motivation in mathematics theory as it encourages them to apply their knowledge. Schools are key players in introducing programming to students in an engaging way, and help defuse negative stereotypes around computer science.
Future Classroom Lab launches the new training programme for 2019 and invites teachers from all around Europe to challenge their teaching practices and start innovating in their classrooms today!
The biannual meeting of the network Future Classroom Lead Ambassadors took place on the first days of October 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The programme included a one-day study visit to two innovative schools outside the capital.
Our students come to the school with a range of experiences, needs and backgrounds. Being aware of the diversity of students and finding ways to leverage the benefits of this diversity in the classroom is a core challenge for educators nowadays. The Future Classroom Lab workshop "Make learning accessible: Special Educational Needs in my classroom" held on 29-30 September 2018 in Brussels, led the participants to develop their own ideas about inclusive learning.
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