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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Undervisningsmidler København: ucc.dk #CFUUCC
Martin Thun Klausen, Denmark
Co-lead FCL ambassador
My everyday is in Future Classroom Lab Denmark, a 1000m2 educational Lab located in the Campus Carlsberg, Copenhagen. I am also a part of developing the Danish technology literacy subject ("Teknologiforståelse").
The main Future Classroom Lab in Denmark is located at Campus Carlsberg, where teachers, leaders, students, kids and other in the educational world can de inspired, experiment and have hands on with innovative ways on working with education, room, technology and new pedagogic approaches.
Aivar Hiio, Estonia
Project Manager, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, Education and Youth Authority
Our main task is implementation of education and youth policy. At the Innovation and Collaboration Centre we work to bring new ideas in learning and teaching to life. We aim to provide all levels of education opportunities for growth regarding new methodologies, technology, learning spaces etc.
Education and Youth Authority: Facebook
Innovative learning scenarios (in Estonian).
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.
Baptiste Melgarejo, France
Second-level teacher, specialising in learning disabilities. Seconded to Réseau Canopé, to coordinate innovation and research on the issues of the school of the 21st century, and the director of a Canopé Workshop in Strasbourg.
As an ambassador, I coordinate a team of several education stakeholders (teacher-advisers, etc...) who meet online and in person in order to exchange on innovative practices. We reflect on situations, postures and spaces related to learning. We support locally and nationally FCL initiatives such as scenario workshops for future classes or Future Classroom Labs creations. We disseminate FCL methodology and processes rather than outcomes to help change mindsets in the French educational landscape.
FCL on Viaeduc: viaeduc.fr
eTwinning group for France: groups.etwinning.net
Isabelle Dufrêne, France
Co-lead FCL ambassador
Primary teacher, eTwinning ambassador, digital citizenship
As a member of the ambassador team, I disseminate the FCL methodology and try to help teachers develop their own space and innovative scenarios through conferences, workshops and personalized support.
Boglárka Tóth, Hungary
Educational Consultant, Sulinet Department, 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.
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
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.
Michele Gabbanelli, Italy
Co-lead FCL ambassador
Second deputy principal, "Savoia Benincasa" High School – Ancona
I am an English teacher and co-responsible for educational innovation at IIS "Savoia-Benincasa". A certified trainer, I worked in multiple research projects with INDIRE and EUN in the fields of digital citizenship, learning design and active learning strategies.
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.
Paolo H. Scarbocci, Norway
Assistant professor in digital media at the Faculty of Arts and Education. University of Stavanger, Norway.
Didaktisk Digitalt Verksted (DDV) at the University of Stavanger (UiS) is an edulab used by researches and preservice teachers at the Faculty of Arts and Education at UiS. The edulab is the center for rethinking teaching and learning by introducing new technologies in our teacher education in Stavange. Our edulab is also closely connected to similar edulabs in Norway and we do exiting projects in different schools through a decentralized competence model.
Anita Flaen Mæland, Norway
Co-Lead FCL ambassador
We facilitate learning and competence development through various workshops and activities. The focus is on to investigate, explore, and use creative processes within pedagogical use of digital technology. We work with makerspace, programming, 3D, laser cutting, VR/AR, computer games and production of media.
Carla Barros Lourenço, Portugal
Head of the Team of Educational Resources and Technologies at the Directorate-General of Education, Ministry of Education
Our mission is to raise awareness for digital education and for the curricular integration of digital technologies as means to promote educational success.
For this purpose, and among other goals, we aim to promote the development of digital skills in education and also to develop, support and monitor innovative initiatives or methodologies that improve learning and that contemplate, include and make full and meaningful use of digital environments in the teaching and learning process.
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.
Eva Polláková, Slovakia
Co-lead FCL ambassador
Head Teacher of Bilingual English/Slovak Primary and Secondary School BESST – Trnava
As a co-lead FCL ambassador I lead trainings and webinars aimed at innovations in pedagogical strategies with focus on FCL principles, ICT usage and active learning. Our school also participates in the trainings for students of Trnava University - Faculty of Education, who will become teachers, as we are a training school for this Faculty."
José Luis Fernández, Spain
Head of the Department of Experimentation Projects at the National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF) of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Our role is to implement and support Future Classroom Lab, focusing on dissemination, resources, training activities and helping teachers and schools to drive a methodological change towards active methodologies in combination with ICT and flexible learning spaces. We work in collaboration with Spanish autonomous regions and coordinate the "Aula del Futuro" (FCL) Spanish ambassadors network.
Aula del Futuro (FCL) website: https://auladelfuturo.intef.es/ #Auladelfuturo #Adf #FCL_es
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.