European Schoolnet Teachers Newsletter offers information about projects, initiatives, competitions, resources and events across Europe for teachers interested in innovation in education.  

Join the "Hands on Hack" hackathon!

Join us on 20 October for an exciting day of collaborative work and ideas exchange. The "Hands on Hack" hackathon, organized by the European Coding Initiative together with Future Classroom Lab ambassadors and the Learning Labs’ network, will aim to bring together teams from schools and learning labs from across Europe and beyond to work on and share their projects. It will focus on three key themes: Digital Creativity, Problem Solving, and the Future of Learning. You can find more information here and register by filling this form. We hope to see you then!


6 Oct - 7 Oct: Collaborative Schools Development, Brussels, Belgium 
12 Oct: Future Classroom Lab Open Day for regions, Brussels, Belgium 
14 Oct - 16 Oct: Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab 13, Brussels, Belgium
15 Oct - 23 Oct: Europe Code Week 2016 , Europe-wide 
17 Oct: Start of the Moving to Maths 2.0 online course 
17 Oct- 21 Oct: Programming For The 21st Century Classroom , Brussels, Belgium 
18 Oct - 22 Oct: ESA – GTTP Space Workshop 2016,  Leiden, The Netherlands
19 Oct: School Education Gateway Launch Conference, Brussels, Belgium 
20 Oct: Hands On Hack - Coding Jam at The Future Classroom Lab, Brussels, Belgium
24 Oct: Start of the Collaborative Teaching and Learning online course
27 Oct - 29 Oct: eTwinning Annual Conference 2016, Athens, Greece
31 Oct: Start of the Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants online course 
October 2016


STEM Alliance Back to School Campaign Launched!

The STEM Alliance Back to School campaign has officially begun! How will you help young people explore the world of possibilities with STEM subjects and careers? Head over to the Back to School campaign page and see how you can participate - share your plans on social media using #Back2STEM, check out the STEM events map, and give your opinion on STEM issues by voting in the campaign polls! The campaign also marks the start of the "All-STEM, All-stars" competition, open to schools in Europe - participate in one of the three available categories and you can win a trip to Brussels!
Between 26 September and 7 October you can also take part in the new STEM Alliance Community of Practice on IT skills and coding in the classroom – voice your opinions and earn an official participation certificate!


Registrations for Safer Internet Forum 2016 are now open

Join us for Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2016, where we, along with key experts and stakeholders from Europe and beyond, will discuss how we can "be the change" and how we can create principles, policies and practices that will contribute to a better internet. SIF is a key annual international conference held in Europe where policy makers, researchers, youth, parents and carers, and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. This year, the event will take place at Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg on Thursday, 24 November. Register here.

Another thing to note: Safer Internet Day (SID) 2017 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 and the theme of the event will be  "Be the change: Unite for a better internet". The event, organised by Insafe, aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, particularly among young people. We invite you to already start preparing and tell us how you plan to "be the change". Register your support for SID today!

What do social and civic competences mean to you? Share your input with us!
Another quick poll has been launched by the School Education Gateway! The topic is "Social and civic competences" and we need your input! The poll, which contains only 5 questions, is available in 23 languages and will be open until 30 October.

Call for Europeana DSI2 teachers
The Europeana DSI2 project is looking for 6 teachers from Finland, France and Hungary (one primary-level and one secondary-level teacher per country) to join a small validation pilot between November 2016 and May 2017. Selected teachers will develop and test pedagogical scenarios and learning activities that incorporate Europeana content, participate in two face-to face workshops and two pilot phases. Read more here


The ENABLE 2 Act conference marks the end of the project and celebrates its success
The ENABLE 2 Act conference, which took place on 21-22 September in Zagreb, Croatia, brought together teachers, students, parents, and other key stakeholders involved in the 2-year-long project for a discussion around its outcomes and findings. Assessment results show that pupils who have taken part in the ENABLE Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) training have acquired an increased level of self-control and an ability to understand better their own emotions and those of others. Read more here.

Tutorial: Promoting inclusion, cultural diversity and tolerance in education
This School Education Gateway tutorial offers educators information and practical ideas on how to promote inclusion and how to approach topics of cultural diversity and tolerance with students. Check it out here.

The newly updated eTwinning platform is live
The eTwinning team is happy to announce the release of the redesigned eTwinning platform! The website has been revamped to be more in line with the three central tenets of eTwinning, collaboration, community and lifelong learning, as well as to offer a richer, more user-friendly browsing experience. It has never been easier for eTwinning teachers to interact with each other and to find relevant training opportunities! Check out the platform today! 


New online courses available on the Teacher Academy
Are you a math teacher? Would you like to make your math classes more fun, collaborative and friendly and take the learning outdoor? Then you should enrol in the new Teacher Academy free Moving to Maths 2.0 online course which will start on 17 October. If you are working with newly arrived migrant students in your classrooms, or you are interested in the subject, you can sign up for the Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants course starting on 31 October.

Collaborative Teaching and Learning – a new European Schoolnet Academy MOOC is running in October!
Being able to collaborate effectively is a valuable skill in the 21st century. Yet, teaching about, or through collaboration remains rare in schools. Practitioners need to dedicate space and time to experiment and better understand what collaborative teaching and learning means in practice. The Collaborative Teaching and Learning course, offered by the European Schoolnet Academy, is designed to give you that opportunity! The course will start on 24 October, so enrol today and join the discussion on the Facebook Group and on Twitter using #Colab_eu.

I-LINC calls for your contributions
I-LINC continually aims to support teachers by helping them improve their teaching practices around entrepreneurship education and digital skills. That is why, the project has created a database for teaching and learning resources which teachers can use and adapt to their own classroom needs. I-LINC is now developing and collecting materials and it is calling for your contributions! Help your colleagues take the first step in introducing entrepreneurship or digital skills in their classroom, or simply suggest more creative activities for their lessons. If you wish to share resources or ideas focused on entrepreneurship and digital skills, please contact