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Expert teachers supporting CDPLab course design

Bringing together the project partners and expert teachers from Finland, Norway, Portugal, Italy, led to a very exciting and productive exchange of ideas, while reviewing and developing the phase one course modules for the CPDLab project. The project is developing three courses – a pedagogical-led Interactive Whiteboard course; a policy-led eSafety course; an implementation-led Future Classroom Scenarios course linked to the FP7, large scale iTEC project. The CPDLab project is partly funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

Working in European Schoolnet’s Future Classroom Lab, the group worked on reviewing and developing each of the three courses and first modules to share the wide-range of experience and best practice held within each partner country. The first modules will be piloted in the autumn and offered through the EUN and project partners, with the full courses advertised in the Comenius funded in-service training database from the Summer of 2013. The Future Classroom Lab will be used to bring together those involved in teacher training at national, regional and local level to deliver the courses in a ‘train the trainer’ model, so they can be cascaded within local training models.


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Have your say on teaching and learning 21st century skills at school

KeyCoNet Online Consultation now open!KeyConet Online ConsultationAre you a teacher, head teacher, parent, or student interested in the teaching and learning of 21st century skills applied to real-life situations at school? If so, take part in KeyCoNet’s online consultation. The survey is available in different languages (DE, EE, EL, EN, ES, FI, FR, NL, NO, PO, PT, RO) and it will take maximum 10 minutes to complete. You could be one of our lucky winners to be invited to participate in KeyCoNet’s final conference in Greece at the end of October 2014!

If you represent another stakeholder group (e.g. a university, a ministry, an NGO, an international organization, industry etc.) you can also take part in the consultation by answering the short survey in English.

What strategies are schools currently using to adopt a competence-based approach, and what obstacles are they encountering? Which teaching and learning methods do students most appreciate engaging in when developing their competences, and how are they assessed? Do parents consider this to be a relevant and useful approach to improve their children’s learning?

KeyCoNet’s public consultation (online until 16 June 2014) will gather feedback from teachers, head teachers, parents, students and other education stakeholders on competence-based teaching and learning in schools. This public feedback will complement the expert feedback being collected in parallel, and will be used to further improve and qualify the network’s recommendations for policy and practice, due to be published at the end of October 2014, and presented at KeyCoNet’s final conference in Greece.

Go to the KeyCoNet website here
 

European Schoolnet Academy courses reach out to 60 countries

EUN Academy - Future Classroom LabEuropean Schoolnet Academy offered its first free online courses for teacher professional development. Reaching out to more than 3,500 participants from 60 countries in Europe and across the world, European Schoolnet Academy is the first European platform providing free online courses tailored specifically for teachers and educators. Created via the support of European-funded projects, Ministries of Education and other organisations offering training to primary and secondary teachers, the Academy aims to provide a wide range of professional development opportunities online (www.EuropeanSchoolnetAcademy.eu).

In March European Schoolnet, the network of 30 European Ministries of Education, launched the two first courses on its key areas of expertise: Innovation in the Classroom (Future Classroom Scenarios) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education (Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching). Further courses will be added throughout the year, in various languages, and will be free and open to all who are interested.

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Europeana Challenge ongoing - pilot evaluation workshop in the Future Classroom Lab

Europeana Creative is a European project which enables and promotes greater re-use of cultural heritage resources by creative industries. Europeana Creative is now launching a competition to develop novel applications through the innovative re-use of digitised cultural heritage data.

Europeana Creative Challenges are open to any private, public or non-profit organisation within Europe. Submit your idea and join our co-creation community of app and software developers, entrepreneurs and designers, educators, and collection curators: http://ecreativeeducation2014.istart.org/. The aim is to identify, incubate and spin off into the commercial sector viable online applications based on the re-use of digital cultural heritage content accessible via www.europeana.eu.

This first phase application deadline is the 31st of March. The best five applications will be invited to a final Challenge Event to pitch their ideas to representatives from the cultural and creative industries as well as to investors. Two more Challenges would be openning in the coming months focusing on social networksm toursim and design.

European Schoolnet is a partner of this project and supports the challenge.

Scenarios

ECREATIVE evaluation event: On 3 March 10 teachers will evaluate eCreative pilots for education at the Future Classroom Lab, in Brussels. Some of the pilots have gone through the different phases of co-creation, identification of requirements, visual design, connection with Europeana content and different levels of basic performance, and it is now time to begin the prototype evaluation, especially in relation to usability and user experience. The learning materials created for Historiana in the History Education Pilot, as well as the two games related to natural history content, which have specific target audiences in the educational sector, will be assessed in this one-day workshop in the Future Classroom Lab.

Engaging programming for the future classroom

The Future Classroom Lab and the Flemish Ministry of Education hosted a workshop for policy makers and curriculum developers on the topic of computer science in the curriculum on 24 February. The workshop was supported by the Future Classroom Lab partners Lego Education and Oracle, offering the participants hands-on introductions to effective tools for teaching computer science and primary and secondary level. The workshop closed with a discussion about how computer science should be integrated into the Flemish school curriculum.

Expert trainers from Lego Education and Oracle Academy led the guests to the world of programming by providing examples and demonstrations on how programming is used in education. Here you can see a result of one of the assignments: to program the EV3 robot to run through a test field (without falling off the table).

Those interested in to deepen their knowledge and skills on programming in schools, are welcome to join a FCL course on programming. The course will take place during the European Code Week 13-17 October 2014.

FCL course programme 2014-2015 published

Future Classroom Lab workshops programme publishedAre you looking for courses and workshops for yourself or for your school's teachers? Popular two-day workshops on different topics as well as comprehensive five-day courses will be organised at the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels. The workshops and courses are open to teachers from across Europe, so view here our training programme for 2014:

Two-day workshops 2014

  • Collaborative projects in the future classroom, 14-15 April
  • Creative use of multimedia and games in the classroom, 29-30 April
  • Future Classroom Scenarios, 2-3 June
  • Interactive classroom, Sep/Oct
  • Collaborative projects in the future classroom, October
  • Developing an eSafe classroom, November
  • 1:1 pedagogy and devices, December

Five-day courses 2014-2015

  • Programming for the 21st century classroom, 13-17 October 2014
  • Collaboration and innovative learning scenarios, 30 March – 3 April 2015
  • Interactive technologies for the future classroom, 29 June – 3 July 2015
  • Creative use of multimedia, games and tablets in school (no date confirmed)

Read also about Erasmus+ funding for school staff mobility projects, application deadline 17 March 2014

EUN Academy pilot courses will start in March

EUN Academy courses start in March 2014 - Sign up now!The two pilot courses of the European Schoolnet Academy have now starting dates: the "Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching" course will start on 17 March, and the "Future Classroom Scenarios" course will start on 24 March.

The “Future Classroom Scenarios” course lasts 6 weeks and aims to introduce teachers, head teachers and ICT coordinators in schools to concepts, tools, and exchanges about the future classroom. “Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching”, lasting 8 weeks, aims to provide teachers, school counsellors and career advisers with resources and ideas to increase pupils’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and careers.

The European Schoolnet Academy is an online platform for professional development of teachers in Europe hosting open courses for teachers from European funded projects, Ministries of Education and other organisations offering training to teachers. Through the free-of-charge courses offered via the Academy, primary and secondary teachers can receive an introduction to key concepts and ideas that are relevant to developing their teaching practices and have the opportunity to discuss these ideas and share their experiences with other teachers and experts.

If you have not yet, sign up now to either one or both of the pilot courses!

 

Join the Safer Internet Day 2014

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in February every year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2014 "Let’s create a better internet together” will be celebrated on 11 February 2014

Watch here the SID video 2014 and find out more at www.saferinternetday.org

 

 

Future Classroom Lab goes Facebook

Future Classroom Lab is now at Facebook - Like our page!Future Classroom Lab has launched its own page at Facebook. Through the page all those interested get updates, news, and information on new and upcoming events, workshop and other training opportunities. The page will be used a as channel to inform about the Future Classroom Scenarios online course organised by European Schoolnet Academy.  

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New sponsors and full training courses

During the past months the Future Classroom Lab has provided a platform for various training activities. The recent workshops include eTwinning in the future classroom (21-22 Oct 2013; 26 participants), Creative use of multimedia and devices in the classroom (25-26 Nov 2013; 26 participants), 21st Century Learning Design workshop sponsored by Microsoft (12-13 Dec 2013, 24 participants), and Teaching and learning in the eSafe classroom (16-17 Dec 2013, 20 participants). The FCL has also provided training to Flemish teachers on eSafety in schools.

The new sponsors that have recently joined the FCL are Corinth and Time to Know.

  • Corinth is an SME focusing on innovative digital educational content on tablets. Their solutions include augmented reality apps for STEM subjects and will offer valuable resources for all STEM related work in the Lab. Corinth solutions are also under consideration for the piloting of radical teaching & learning scenarios as part of the iTEC project.
  • Time to Know is the provider of a digital teaching platform focusing on interactive content. Their solution allows for a data driven model of education which offers teachers assessment tools and learning analytics to personalise learning. Their solutions also offer publishers and teachers powerful tools to turn static content into interactive content.

Other recent novelties in the FCL equipment include new Intel and Acer tablets and laptops as well as the package of education tools part of the Intel Education Solution (IES).
 

Launch of European Schoolnet Academy

European Schoolnet has recently announced the launch of the European Schoolnet Academy. The Academy is an online course platform, developed by European Schoolnet, to help deliver our training and professional development resources, free-of-cost, to a wider audience. European Schoolnet Academy is the first MOOC (massive open online course) platform developed specifically for teachers in Europe.

The first two courses that the Academy will deliver are the ‘Future Classroom Scenarios’ course, and the ‘Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching’. The ‘Future Classroom Scenarios’ has been developed by the pedagogical experts involved in developing iTEC’s Learning Activities and Toolkits, and is aimed at teachers, at both primary and secondary level, who wish to develop their own future classroom scenario, and innovate in their everyday teaching practice. The European Schoolnet Academy is already online and accepting registrations – so register today!

www.europeanschoolnetacademy.eu

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