European Schoolnet welcomes back two major EdTech innovators whose new companies join the Future Classroom Lab
Technology plays an important role in schools, helping to transform teaching and learning. Educational technology, also known as ‘EdTech', depends, as many other sectors, on innovation. Innovation often comes from visionary thinkers with entrepreneurial mindsets who dare to put their ideas into practice. Two such people are Nancy Knowlton, founder of SMART Technologies, and Tony Cann, Promethean's founder, who joined the Future Classroom Lab at the outset. Today, European Schoolnet is delighted to welcome them both back to the Future Classroom Lab with their new companies, set to be important players on the educational technology scene.
European Schoolnet's annual conference EMINENT 2017, marking also our 20th anniversary, brought more than 300 key actors from across Europe to discuss what matters when it comes to learning space, time and eco-systems. Representatives of the Ministries of Education, schools, teacher training organizations, universities, major technology companies and the wider education community reflected on the personal, social and professional competences that we should focus οn when educating the future citizens and employees nowadays.
How children behave on the internet? Among the modern educational challenges, the importance of eSafety and digital citizenship for schools is a topic of heavy debate. Therefore, it is essential that schools find interesting and engaging ways in which to deliver what can be repetitive but vital information to students of all ages.
In a changing world dominated by applications, software products and computers, it is usually said that in the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today. Computational thinking teaches you how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems. Students who learn it across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects, as well as between life inside and outside of the classroom.
Are you interested in introducing Bring Your Own Device innovative practices in your school? Then check out the new 'Bring Your Own Device for Schools: Technical Advice for School Leaders and IT Administrators' report.
Since its opening in 2012, the Future Classroom Lab of European Schoolnet has inspired many institutes and organisations to build similar flexible learning spaces in Europe and beyond. A few years ago, the National Institute of Educational Sciences in Beijing created its own version, inspired by the Future Classroom in Brussels. Since then, the NIES has built a network of educational institutes in China to promote the ideas of active learning. One of the members of the NIES network is the Jiangbei Teacher Institute of Chongqing, which will open a new flexible classroom in November 2017. To support this launch, the Teacher Training Institute invited European Schoolnet to run a summer school for 60 teachers and teacher trainers.
Europeana DSI-2 pilot: Embedding Europe’s digital cultural heritage in Education Summary of pilot activities
Europeana Education is an initiative to embed Europe's digital cultural heritage in education. Its digitized collection of cultural heritage - from 43 countries and searchable in 23 languages - can provide multiple perspectives on historical, political, economic, cultural, and human developments across Europe and beyond. As part of the Europeana DSI-2 project, European Schoolnet carried out a validation pilot involving 20 teachers (one primary and one secondary teacher per country) from ten different European countries (Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, Austria, Ireland, Estonia, Italy, Finland, France and Hungary).
Aren't we all special? Don't we all have different needs? The term "special needs" usually covers those for whom a special learning need has been formally identified because they are mentally, physically or emotionally disadvantaged. The integration of ICT in education in general and especially is such cases can be proved highly beneficial. The Future Classroom Lab workshop "Make learning accessible: Special Educational Needs in my classroom" held on 23-24 September 2017 in Brussels, led the participants to develop their own ideas about inclusive learning and the effective use of technology.
ITELab Monitoring Report 1 summarizes the research evidence from the ITELab Literature Review Report (March 2017) and information provided by project partners and other stakeholders via surveys and interviews.
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