Teachers' Newsletter

Do you think you can inspire students? Take part in the "All-STEM, all-stars" competition!

Every day teachers inspire thousands of young minds to pursue their dream careers with STEM subjects. STEM Alliance wants to showcase your efforts and dedication to science education in schools. Now is the time to share your stories with the "All-STEM, all-stars" competition! Submit your event to promote STEM studies and careers for young people as an event or video! The winners will be invited to an all-expenses-paid special awards ceremony in Brussels attended by high-level partners. You can have a look at the previous’ year winners here to get inspiration for your entry. The deadline is 28 February 2017. Submit your application now!

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Upcoming events

08 February 2017
Webinar: Building a Future Classroom in a K12 school
08 February 2017
Introductory webinar for the EDU-ARCTIC programme
15 February 2017
Webinar: Building a Future Classroom in a K12 school
20 February 2017
Teacher Academy online course: Cultural Diversity in your Classroom
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Today is Safer Internet Day!

Today, more than 120 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, along with many organisational supporters, are celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) for the fourteenth consecutive year. The theme for the 2017 celebration is “Be the change: Unite for a better internet”, highlighting the fact that we all have a role to play and that, by uniting and working together, we can achieve a safer and better internet for all.

The day started with a mass social media post with a potential reach to 1.9 million people, and events and activities will continue all day, right across the globe. Follow Safer Internet Day events on Twitter using #SID2017 and #SaferInternetDay or visit



Register for the Space Awareness MOOC “Navigation through the Ages”

Since early times, the observation of the sky has been a key cultural element and has played an important role in the way we live. In the Navigation Through the Ages MOOC developed by the Space Awareness project educators will explore the rich history of navigation, and journey together from ancient Greece, the fifteenth century European explorers and their missions of global discovery, to the importance of Europe’s Galileo programme for the current needs of citizens (mobile devices, increased mobility, safety and security etc.) The course starts on 27 February 2017 on the European Schoolnet Academy.



New resource for students on cyberbullying, online radicalisation and hate speech now available 

The Web We Want and ENABLE projects have joined forces against bullying and developed a new resource for children and young people. This resource is a compilation of exercises which allow students to undertake a variety of self-assessments as well as active group work in order to learn more about topics such as cyberbullying, online radicalisation and hate speech.

The resource was officially launched on Safer Internet Day and can be found on the website of the Web We Want project and in DE, EL, FR, HR, HU, NL, PT and RO here.



Enroll in the new MOOC on ‘Boosting a Sense of Initiative and Entrepreneurship in Your Students’
Having a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship is the ability to turn ideas into action through creativity, innovation, and risk-taking as well as the ability to plan and manage projects. This MOOC's aim is to train and empower teachers in fostering the sense of initiative and the entrepreneurial mind-set of their students, which is a key competence that can be developed through any school subject, from primary to secondary and beyond.

Find lesson plans, teaching activities, or possible resources, illustrating the practical implementation of the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp). Nurture your students’ desire to solve problems creatively and to take on opportunities in any social context. Enroll now here. The course starts on 27 February 2017.



Building a Future Classroom – new webinar series of the Future Classroom Labs network
European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab has inspired many teachers, schools and organisations to create their own lab or learning spaces. The Future Classroom Lab now organizes of a series of webinars where these learning labs will share their experiences and tell the story of the building of the lab. Join in to hear their stories of building their lab and get the opportunity to ask questions.

The webinars aim to take participants through both the initial stages of inspiration and motivation, and the very practical steps of building the physical space. Visit the FCL webinars page for a full list of upcoming webinars.



2017: an exciting year of MOOCs!
Do you want to become an intercultural competent teacher and develop your pupils’ intercultural competence? How about preparing your students to enter the world of work by providing them with the social and entrepreneurial skills they need? The new online courses on European Schoolnet Academy and on Teacher Academy cover a wide range of interests, from teaching your subject using the subject of navigation, to introducing and attracting young people to STEM careers from an early age. Explore each MOOC and follow the ones matching your interests! Registration and participation in all courses is open and free.



The Erasmus+ programme: 30 years of enriching lives of Europeans
European Union’s student exchange programme, Erasmus, was established in 1987. After 30 years, the student exchange scheme is as popular as ever and it grows within the wider Erasmus+ programme that started in 2014. Currently the Erasmus+ programme provides annual funding of €2,1 billion divided among education and training (82,9%), youth (10%), sport (1.8%) and other activities (5,3%). To be informed of new calls, news and event; to discover Erasmus+ tips and tricks as well as success stories, and many more, sign up now for the Erasmus+ newsletter.



School Education Gateway focus: Media Literacy
January was the month of Media Literacy on School Education Gateway, as media literacy skills are more important than ever. Have a look at three examples of media education, the guest expert contribution on why transcultural perspectives are needed in media education and an article on whether children are aware of the meanings of intellectual property. Also, do not miss the best practices from the Insafe network and the efforts by the European Commission to support the development of ‘film literacy’, including new funding available for film education.



Europeana DSI2 workshop 2 coming up in February 2017
Europeana DSI2 project is organizing its second face-to-face workshop with the same 20 pilot teachers from across ten different European countries on 27 – 28 February 2017 in the Future Classroom Lab. The teachers will come together to develop pedagogical scenarios and learning activities that incorporate Europeana content as well as tools they have learnt during the first workshop.

The second workshop will also explore if there are collaborative scenarios and learning activities that groups of teachers and their pupils can develop and pilot in Phase 2 of the project, in order to explore the cross-cultural dimensions of Europeana collections. Stay tuned with Europeana for new cultural heritage resources and tools.



Amgen Teach Activities in Turkey
As the registrations for the DLA9 continue,the AmgenTeach project has completed the third year in Turkey by engaging with about 400 science teachers across the country. Tunahan Oncel and Dilek Yildirim are Turkish teachers, who participated in the third year Amgen Teach Trainings and disseminated the project and training activities as mentor teachers, and shared their experience at the Science Teachers' Summit.

But that is not all, Murat Gunel and Elif Adibelli-Sahin from TED University, Turkey, attempt to give voice to teachers' perceptions towards effective PD programs by considering their prior and AmgenTeach training experiences in their article "What Makes Professional Development Programs Effective? Shading Lights on Turkish Teachers’ Expectations".



This February we celebrate eTwinning group ‘Acercando Aulas’

eTwinning groups is a major building block for the eTwinning community, offering new opportunities of professional development and networking. This February we celebrate the 1st anniversary of ‘Acercando Aulas’ a group from Spain, which concerns Spanish speakers, and counts already more than 3.000 members.

Members of the group share information of how they work with eTwinning in their classrooms or how they collaborate with their partners, in a blog making them publicly visible. This is for the group moderator and eTwinning ambassador Ms. María José García Ruano, the reason for the popularity of the group.