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MARCH 2017
Newsletter

Scientix is now in 24 languages!

An important feature of the Scientix project, the community for science education in Europe, is to bring educators from all across Europe together and to share resources and best practices. Key content of the project’s website, with the exception of news, events, projects and resource description, is now available in the 24 languages of the European Union! These are: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish.

Additionally, Scientix offers its users translation on demand of its teaching materials into more than 30 European languages! Visit the Scientix portal and find useful content in your language.

Latest news

eTwinning supports 'Move2Learn, Learn2Move' initiative

This year, inclusion will be the primary focus of eTwinning campaigns, in agreement with European Union’s efforts to limit any type of obstacles young people face in order to access education. While inclusion is mostly related with special needs education,  nowadays this term covers a wider range of social, cultural and economic obstacles for accessing education.

Aiming to raise awareness towards inclusion, and combined with the celebration of Erasmus 30 years anniversary, the ‘Move2Learn, Learn2Move’ initiative will offer to pupils of 16 years old and older who have participated in eTwinning projects the opportunity to travel and meet other project partners, and mainly discover Europe!

Upcoming events

21-22 March 2017

ITWORLDEDU 9: “Transforming the School”

23 March 2017

Webinar: Building a Future Classroom in a K12 School

27 March 2017

Online Course: Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants

30-31 March 2017

Workshop: Entrepreneurial Learning with ICT tools

More news from across Europe

 

STEM Alliance introduces its brand new “STEM Professionals Go Back to School” Scheme!

STEM Alliance’s “Professionals Go Back To School” scheme is a project which engages industry professionals (technicians, engineers, researchers, employment managers, etc.) in schools visits where they take part in collaborative activities for one hour to half a day. The aim is at raising students’ and teachers' awareness about STEM careers and at promoting STEM jobs. Schools organise exchange sessions and prepare visits of STEM professionals with pedagogical activities embedded in STEM classes.

Visits are carried out in spring 2017 with a peak of activities around the annual STEM Discovery Week, from 24 to 30 April! For more information and to register, visit the STEM Alliance website here.

 

EU Space Awareness Career Hub - a place to meet space sciences professionals

The EU-funded Space Awareness project has launched its Career Hub! The hub contains a collection of interviews with professionals in the field of space science and astronomy, articles with insights into space-related career profiles and recordings of webinars, presenting the opportunities in space exploration and the career potential it offers.
Visit the Career Hub here.


 

Hundreds of teachers become Scientix Ambassadors!
358 teachers in 38 countries have volunteered to act as Ambassadors on behalf of the Scientix project, the community for science education in Europe. As such, they will support the dissemination of the Scientix project to their national and local networks, and exchange best practices and knowledge with stakeholders in science education. All those teachers attended and completed successfully an online training course on the Scientix Moodle platform, a necessary criteria in order to become a Scientix Ambassador. See the complete list of Ambassadors for each country on the Scientix website here.

 

 

Future Classroom Lab opens in Spain
On 7 March European Schoolnet participated in the official opening of the “Aula del Futuro”, the future classroom created by INTEF of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The project was inaugurated by the Secretary of State for Education, Vocational Training and Universities, Marcial Marín and was attended by representatives of Samsung Spain and Steelcase, the first two companies collaborating with the project.

Similar to the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, the main characteristic of the classroom, besides the technology that it integrates, is the division into different learning areas, which will encourage teachers to reflect on how technologies can support the process of educational change. 

Find the official press release here.


 

Amgen Teach Distance Learning Activity #9 is a success!
Amgen Teach has successfully reached its 9th Distance Learning Activity that took place on 13 - 17 February 2017 with more than 400 Turkish teachers registered!

The participants learned and shared within the live session and Amgen Teach's forum their experiences on ways to address matters of learning life science, while developing and implementing authentic assessment tools in an inspiring way.
 


 

FCL Regio pedagogical videos: How to adopt innovative pedagogical approaches involving mobile learning and cloud computing in the classroom
The Future Classroom Lab Regional network, with the help of innovative teachers and ICT advisers have recently developed future classroom scenarios and learning activities. These outputs focusing on the use of mobile devices and K-12 cloud services were produced as a result of a collaborative work which started at European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab in Brussels and continued afterwards between the schools.

The scenarios were used to inspire and encourage teachers across Europe who wish to implement pedagogical scenarios related to mobile learning and use of cloud services. Watch here some great examples of collaborative projects on coding, arts and culture and virtual tours with the use of mobiles and cloud services in the classroom.

 

Help your students to stand up against bullying and hate online with a new resource

The Web We Want and ENABLE projects have recently launched a new resource for children and young people. The resource “My well-being and yours: Respect… begins with me!” is a compilation of exercises and educational information about current safety issues such as cyberbullying, online radicalisation and hate speech.

The resource launched on Safer Internet Day 2017 and has already been downloaded more than 2,000 times. Get your copy (in English) here. It is also available in Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian and Romanian.
 

 

Better Internet for Kids bulletin - March edition

The next edition of the BIK bulletin will be issued at the end of March 2017 with a special focus on “Cyberbullying revisited”. In it, we’ll be taking a look back at the developments made in recent years in approaches to tackling bullying online and highlighting some of the latest resources, including many tools and campaigns from Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe. Subscribe now to receive a copy direct to your inbox when published.


 

School Education Gateway monthly focus: Well-being

The earlier we start supporting the healthy social and emotional development of young children, the more likely we are to be successful in promoting their mental health and well-being”, says Professor Carmel Cefai of the University of Malta. "Children can have a say in their own lives" adds Jean Gordon of the Universal Education Foundation.

In February's practice article, we take a look at European and national initiatives that promote the importance of well-being in schools as well as the International Forum on Learning for Well-being. For additional information on well-being, have a look at UNESCO’s Global Guidance on school related gender-based violence and the UNESCO strategy on Education for Health and well-being. Also check out Stonewall’s work on advocating for LGBT rights in schools across the UK.


 

Diana Award launches ‘Inaugural Legacy Award’ for twenty outstanding young people
The Diana Award – the charity legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change their world – launches a special Legacy Award marking the 20th anniversary of the late Princess’s death. The ‘Inaugural Legacy Award’ aims to highlight the achievements of 20 exceptional Diana Award nominees from across the world for their selfless commitment to transforming the lives of others.

Recipients of the Legacy Award will travel to London, UK in May 2017 to receive the honour and will be given access to a unique Development Programme, providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good. Are you interested in nominating a young person aged 9-18 years old that has been carrying out activities for a minimum of 12 months by 17 March 2017? Find out how to here.