Innovative Initiatives Shaping the Future of Education in Europe


In the dynamic landscape of modern education, innovation is not just a buzzword; it's the key to progress. Education is always evolving, and at European Schoolnet, we are at the forefront of that evolution. Innovation is not just about keeping up with the times; it is about shaping them, building a future where learning is not just effective but exciting. That is the vision we are working towards—a future where education is not just about memorising facts but about unlocking potential, where every student has the chance to thrive.

The Future Classroom Lab (FCL), created by European Schoolnet, is an inspirational learning environment, offering a platform where teachers, school leaders, teacher educators, policymakers and other stakeholders can explore innovative pedagogical practices, educational equipment, and technologies.

Integral to the success of the FCL initiative are the Future Classroom Ambassadors, who play an important role in promoting and helping 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. In our latest FCL Ambassador Digest #25, we share insights into projects our ambassadors have been engaged in, reflecting our commitment to innovation.

Some of the stories shared by our Ambassadors include:

Application of Future Classroom Lab Principles in the Educational Process CPD for Teachers - Portugal

In Portugal, 1,300 Digital Education Laboratories (LED) are being established in public schools for 2nd and 3rd cycle basic education and secondary education, as part of the "Digital Transition in Education" initiative under the Recovery and Resilience Plan. These labs are equipped with technology to enhance learning across subjects and develop students' skills.


Currently, 106 LED labs have been distributed, focusing on areas like Programming and Robotics, Arts and Multimedia, and STEM. The Directorate-General for Education (DGE) has developed Learning Scenarios to support pedagogical use, covering various subjects and school years. Teacher training programmes are underway, with around 700 teachers participating online to explore active learning methods using LED equipment. These programmes include watching instructional videos and learning different implementation strategies for their classrooms.


School of Teachers programme - Slovakia


The School of Teachers programme in Slovakia, running from November 2023 to April 2024, is a professional development initiative designed for educators seeking growth, innovation, and community support. Its aim is to empower teachers to become catalysts for positive change within their school environments. The programme includes two sessions held at the Future Classroom Lab BESST, where participants engage with its principles, explore its design, and learn effective strategies for active learning. Additionally, the programme dedicates a segment to technology, where participants not only familiarise themselves with programmable Lego but also discover various applications to enhance their teaching practices.


Mérida and Cartagena add two new Future Classroom Labs in the Spanish FCL network for teacher training - Spain

The addition of two new Future Classroom Labs in Mérida and Cartagena to the Spanish FCL network marks a significant advancement in modern educational practices. This nationwide initiative, led by the National Institute of Education and Technologies in collaboration with autonomous communities, private entities, and educational institutions, aims to enhance teacher training.

With eleven such labs currently operational, the latest additions in Mérida on January 10th and Cartagena on March 15th seamlessly integrate into the existing infrastructure. These labs serve as hubs for innovative pedagogical methods and technological integration, contributing to the evolution of education across Spain.


Digital Literacy EMBED workshops - Malta

Throughout the 2023-2024 academic year, the Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills is hosting Digital Literacy EMBED workshops for Year 3 students. These workshops, now spread across three sessions due to popular demand, aim to introduce innovative technologies to both students and educators. They offer guidance on integrating these technologies into teaching and learning, with a focus on Computational Thinking. This year's workshops cover a range of topics, including Robowunderkind, Lego WEDO, Intelino train, Bluebot, Virtual Reality sets, Mtiny, and Greenscreen technology.