The work of the Future Classroom Lead Ambassadors is to promote and help mainstream the results of European Schoolnet's projects and the concept of the Future Classroom Lab, and to support educational innovation in local networks of teachers.
The network was launched at the end of 2014 with 11 countries taking part. Later on more countries joined counting now in total 15 countries.
The Lead Ambassadors are networked professionals who address local audiences of teachers and their task is to support innovation and professional development. They are appointed by the national Ministry of Education (or an agency working on its behalf). The suggested tasks and activities are planned in dialogue and collaboration with Ministries of Education, depending on their priorities.
European Schoolnet is centrally supporting the work of the Lead Ambassadors by organising online meetings throughout the year, and on-site meetings/workshops which usually take place twice a year.
A Ministry of Education thinking to join the Future Classroom Ambassador network should get in contact with Bart Verswijvel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a personalised discussion.
The work of the Lead Ambassadors has been focusing in the following elements:
- Dissemination: Reaching out to teachers and disseminating European as well as local initiatives.
- Creating formalised networks for teachers or innovative schools: In some countries regional ambassadors support the work of a Lead Ambassador.
- Training of teachers: The Future Classroom Toolkit, a holistic approach for innovation in a school, has been used by several ambassadors, both for on-site and online trainings. A new version will be published early 2018. In some countries ambassadors also provide trainings on topics like coding, new learning spaces, etc.
- Support of the concept of the Future Classroom Lab. In many countries, the Lead Ambassadors are closely connected to a learning lab inspired by the Future Classroom Lab and use this venue as a hub for their work. The ambassadors may also support the development of new learning labs and/or development of a national network of learning labs.
- Giving support to MOOCs: The ambassadors have been supporting some EUN Academy courses by giving local language support.
The Future Classroom Ambassadors Digest gives an update of the activities carried out in each country.
- Nº 1-2018 April
- Nº 2-2018 June
- Nº 3-2018 October
- Nº 4-2018 December
- No 5-2019 April
- No 6-2019 July
- No 7-2019 October
- No 8-2019 December
- No 9-2020 March
- No 10-2020 June
Bart Verswijvel, Coordinator of the Future Classroom Ambassador network
Ben Bastiaensen, Belgium Flanders
Teacher and international coordinator at Talentenschool Turnhout; Lecturer in initial teacher training at Horito CVO
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.
Darina Výbohová, Slovakia
Metodicko-pedagogické centrum (MPC), - Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development teacher trainer for science and techonology
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.
Kristine Sevik, Norway
Senior Adviser at The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training
We work with competence development within the field of pedagogical use of digital technology for teachers and teacher educators through workshops and talks on topics such as programming, makerspaces, digital fabrication, computer games and VR.
Udir Betalab at The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training is the national hub of FCLs in Norway. There are currently eight Future Classroom Labs located at Norwegian schools and teacher training institutions, and more is under development.
Maria Teresa Godinho, Portugal
Head of ICT in Education Unit at the Directorate-General of Education
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
Teacher at ZS Dr. E. Benese, Prague 9 - Cakoviceě
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.
Lasse Remmer, Denmark
ICT Consultant CFU/UCC
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
Ignacio Casado Alda, Spain
Technical Pedagogical Advisor at department for the implementation of ICT European Projects of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Madrid
Our role is to implement and support Future Classroom Lab and other European projects, focusing on dissemination, organizing training and helping teachers and schools to drive a methodological change towards active pedagogies with ICT. We intent to build up a network of "Aula del Futuro" (FCL) along the whole country and offer F2F training opportunities.
Aula del Futuro (FCL): http://fcl.intef.es/ #FCL_ES
Aivar Hiio, Estonia
Project Manager, Innovation Centre, Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
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
Mathematics and Maths-in-English Teacher at the Lycée Pilote Innovant International (LP2I)
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
Teacher at Gordon Primary School
Head of Beta School: An Innovative Pedagogical Space, Petah Tikva, Tel Aviv District, Moe, 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
Sulinet Educational Authority
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.
Antonella Giles, Malta
Head of Department of Digital Literacy, Teacher trainer, eTwinning Ambassador
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.
Sümeyye Hatice ERAL, Turkey
National Education Expert at Turkish Ministry of National Education
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.
Alessandra Rucci, Italy
Principal, "Savoia Benincasa" High School – Ancona
I have dealt with teaching methods for the innovative active learning environments for many years.The first classroom to be inspired by FCL was created in 2013 in my school in Ancona.
Sampo Forsström, Finland
Project Manager and Teacher Trainer at the University of Eastern Finland Teacher Training School FCL Ambassador in Finland
As an FCL Lead Ambassador I am leading the Finnish labs. We form a network within the teacher training schools. The main goal of the network is to test and develop new learning environments and landscapes. The network enhances the use of educational technology and aims to create new ways of learning.