On 11 December the European Commission celebrated a conference "Education in the Digital Era" for high-level European policy-makers. Several Ministers of Education and other senior decision-makers attended the conference in Brussels.
On 9th November, the Chinese National Institute of Educational Sciences, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Education, launched its "Future School Programme". The Programme is designed to support Chinese schools in adopting 21st century pedagogies and the use of technology in the classroom. At the heart of the Programme is the first Asian Future Classroom Lab which was opened during the launch event for the Future School Programme.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
Warren Barkley, the Chief Technology Officer for SMART Technologies, talks in this interview on technology in schools, speed of change, collaborative and other skills needed in future jobs, and scaling up the the best pedagogical practice across schools.
What will learning look like in 2020? How do you see the classroom in five years from now? How will technology be used to support teaching and learning?
Read the results of the pan-European iTEC project in the second FCL magazine. This issue is available in five languages.
European Schoolnet Academy provides free online courses for teachers' professional development. Sign up for new courses starting in autumn 2014: games in schools, computing and 21st century competences.
The Future Classroom Lab, which is mostly visited by teachers and policy-makers, underwent the ultimate reality test on 17 June 2014, when 36 children from the FCL - students exploringEuropean School of Brussels IV spent a morning there doing various activities in each zone
'HP LIFE e-Learning for Educators', an open educational resource that provides educators a new way to teach students key 21st century business and IT skills, will be presented in a free webinar on 23 October.
The Future Classroom Lab will be equipped with ArcGIS Online, a cloud-based platform for delivering geographic education to the classroom. European Schoolnet and Esri, the company that designed the online mapping software, will team up to develop a series of related lesson plans.