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JANUARY 2017
Newsletter

The report on Computational Thinking in Compulsory Education is out!

In December 2016, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published the Computhink report, a research study carried out by ITD and European Schoolnet.
The study provides a comprehensive overview of recent research findings and grassroot and policy initiatives for developing Computational Thinking (CT) as a 21st century competence among primary/secondary students, as well as major implications for policy and practice. The report offers an understanding of the core concepts and attributes of Computational Thinking and its potential for compulsory education.

Finally it discusses the most significant Computation Thinking developments for compulsory education in Europe and provides a comprehensive synthesis of evidence, including implications for policy and practice.The study adopts a qualitative approach that comprises extensive desk research, a survey of Ministries of Education and semi-structured interviews, which provide insights from experts, practitioners and policy makers.f.

Latest news

Safer Internet Day on 7 February 2017 – the final countdown!


Safer Internet Day (SID) is just around the corner! This annual celebration seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. SID 2017 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 with a theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet!'. Visit the Safer Internet Day website to discover the many events and activities taking place across the globe to mark the day, and find out what’s happening near you! You’ll also find a gallery of resources to use in any educational activities you might be planning. And support the Thunderclap to make a ‘big noise’ online about better internet issues on the day itself

Upcoming events

24 January 2017

TASK worksop: TASK Development

02 February 2017

Deadline to submit your application for Erasmus+ funding under KA1

07 February 2017

Safer Internet Day

20 February 2017

Teacher Academy online course: Cultural Diversity in your Classroom

More news from across Europe

 

eTwinning welcomes the new year with a new theme and the publication of the 2016 Monitoring Report.

Following the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, through education, this year will be focused on supporting inclusion, and the development of projects that promote the fundamental values of inclusion itself whether they relate with pedagogical inclusion or social.

eTwinning is also welcoming the new year with the release of our ‘Monitoring eTwinning Practice’ report, which reflects on the pedagogical impact that eTwinning projects have on teachers. The report will be translated and published in hard-copy version, but you can already download a PDF version of it here.


 

Latest BIK bulletin now available

The December 2016 edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin has recently been published with a special focus on online advertising and the commercialisation of children and young people. In it, a young Latvian video blogger explains how to build a successful career as a YouTuber, youth panellists from Sweden and Greece reflect on the impact of online advertising, a colleague from COFACE updates us on how online business models are broken, and researchers from Ghent University share the outcomes of an advertising literacy research project.
 

RRI in practice for schools – Handbook for teachers

Under the RRI project, European Schoolnet has developed an educational handbook entitled “RRI in practice for schools. Handbook for teachers” with the aim of helping educators to develop and implement RRI oriented practices in the classroom as well as to include self-reflection processes in their daily practices.

While the handbook includes a set of short exercises to be used as a starting point to analyze how RRI-oriented educators’ practices are, the documents’ main feature is a set of guidelines and practice templates designed to integrate RRI in everyday school activities. Specifically it aims to support educators in designing academic practices integrating RRI dimensions and principles.