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April 2016 - Summary 

NEWS  

Teacher Academy: Europe’s answer to teacher professional development needs

Europe’s 5 million teachers are facing an increasing number of challenges and demands on their daily work in the classroom. The Teacher Academy, School Education Gateway’s new service is here to address these needs: The Teacher Academy is a single point of access to professional development activities including of unique free online courses starting from June 2016, the hugely popular on-site courses, which have already helped teachers meet their training needs and versatile teaching materials. Educators around Europe, join the Teacher Academy and take the right step to your professional development!


Cultural awareness and expression – quick poll open now!

Why and how should we facilitate the development of students' cultural awareness and expression? Take part in the School Education Gateway’s new quick poll and let us know! Cultural awareness and expression can be defined as appreciation of the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media, including music, performing arts, literature, and the visual arts. 


eSkills for Jobs 2016 Competitions are launched!

The eSkills for Jobs 2016 European Competitions is coming up, after a very successful campaign in 2015. This year’s edition has three categories: the Young digital talent, the Outstanding digital skills developer, and the Innovative App developer.
Deadline for all categories submissions is 31 July 2016. Curious to know more about the competitions? Take a look here.


Eradicating bullying from your school with ENABLE!

Want to eradicate bullying from your school environment? Wondering how to approach the issue and prepare your students to deal with it? Do this together with ‪ENABLE‬‬!
ENABLE (The European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) has created a set of free ‪‎anti‬‬-bullying resources by combining Social and Emotional Learning (‪‎SEL‬‬) with Peer Support in a unique approach that is now being rolled out in a number of schools across Europe. Check and download the resources which you can use in your ‪‎classrooms‬‬ for free here. The resources are currently available in several languages! For more information about ENABLE, visit the project website


Latest Better Internet for Kids bulletin focuses on data protection

The quarterly Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin aims to keep you informed on safer and better internet issues. The focus of the latest edition is the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and, specifically, whether it will help to create a better internet for children and young people. It includes some great opinion pieces on the topic from a range of experts in the field. Read the bulletin on the Better Internet for Kids portal or subscribe to receive future editions direct to your mailbox.


Internet governance webinars for Insafe network youth panelists

A series of internet governance webinars will be organised for Insafe network youth panelists throughout the month of May in the lead up to EuroDIG, taking place on 9-10 June 2016 in Brussels. The webinars aim to engage young people to get involved in internet governance discussions on a more consistent and regular basis by providing them with the adequate knowledge and skills to both facilitate understanding and help them to form their own opinions on issues related to how the internet ecosystem works. The output from these sessions will be shared more widely via the Better Internet for Kids portal.


  FROM ACROSS EUROPE

‘Celebrate Diversity’ across Europe on eTwinning Day, 9 May!



From 18 April to 9 May, eTwinning wants to find out how young people across Europe feel about diversity through the ‘Celebrate Diversity’ campaign. The campaign will see teachers organising debates in their classrooms, asking their students to engage with questions such as: “How do you define diversity?”, “How can we preserve it?”, and “How can we promote diversity?”. Teachers and students will then create a one-minute/5 pictures video that sums up their discussions on diversity, which will be shared across the eTwinning Live to mark the eTwinning Day on 9 May.


April Highlight  


First Edition of the STEM Discovery Week

Attracting the next generation of scientists and engineers towards STEM careers and studies, the first STEM Discovery Week took place from 22 to 29 April in classrooms across Europe!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths teachers along with industry and education professionals organised a series of online and face-to-face activities with the support of the STEM Alliance partners, namely organisations such as European Schoolnet and CSR Europe, as well as industry partners: Amgen, Cisco, Dassault Systèmes, EPCA, IBM, La Caixa, Lego Education, Lenovo, Microsoft, Shell and Texas Instruments.
The annual STEM Discovery Week (#STEMDiscoveryWeek) focuses on raising awareness of STEM teachers, career counsellors and professionals of the various STEM career paths existing in the industry and other sectors. In addition, the campaign highlights the opportunities offer to teachers to learn methods and practice to teach STEM in a more attractive way, linked to real live examples, using industry practices.

Find out more here


 


 Events

2 May - 6 May - Myelin basic protein and how it grew into authentic biology: Empowering students to undertake genuine authentic research, Worldwide
10 May - FCL Regio 1st Strategic Seminar: Beyond the text book, Brussels, Belgium
21 May - 22 May - Games in Schools, Brussels, Belgium