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DECEMBER 2016
Newsletter

EMINENT 2016 Conference: The Quest for European Digital Citizenship

EMINENT is European Schoolnet’s annual Expert Meeting in Education Networking. This year it was hosted and jointly organised by DZS, the Centre for International Cooperation in Education, and the Czech Ministry of Education. EMINENT brings together experts in education, Ministries of Education representatives and other stakeholders to discuss the latest trends in education and technology.

EMINENT 2016 was devoted to Digital Citizenship and provided a comprehensive state of play on the topic and updated participants on the latest European policy developments.In Prague, we explored issues such as increasing the competence level in digital skills of teachers and learners, supporting the safe and responsible use of the internet, developing online citizenship good practices and how collaboration between various stakeholders supports the development of digital citizenship through the Better Internet for Kids platform, the European eSkills for Jobs campaigns, and the numerous other projects European Schoolnet leads in those fields.

Latest news

STEM Alliance publishes its first report on ICT in STEM Education


STEM Alliance presents its first publication, “Setting the Scene: ICT in STEM Education – Impacts and Challenges”, which presents and analyses the ways STEM education can improve students' learning outcomes and skills development with the help of ICT, and how businesses can support education in these developments.

This report will be followed up by three more that will go in-depth into the impacts and challenges of ICT in STEM education on 1) students, 2) teachers and 3) other stakeholders such as schools as a whole or the private sector. The report was presented during an event co-organised by STEM Alliance on 24 November in Brussels, which welcomed business leaders, teachers, ministries of education and EU leaders to discuss the future of youth skills, employability and education across the region.

Upcoming events

9 December 2016

Scientix Webinar: Professional development of science teachers

13 December 2016

I-Link Webinar: Educating future entrepreneurs - challenge-based learning in the classroom by youth start

9 January 2017

Future Classroom Scenarios MOOC launch on Teacher Academy

2 February 2017

Deadline to submit your application for Erasmus+ funding under KA1

7 February 2017

Safer Internet Day

More news from across Europe

 

Safer Internet Forum 2016 a great success

Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2016 took place on 24 November in Luxembourg. The event saw more than 200 participants join together to discuss principles, policies and practices for a better internet, with topics ranging from hate speech and radicalisation online, the commercialisation of childhood, and the challenges of eradicating child sexual abuse online, through to how we can build a better internet for all in the future.

See the Facebook gallery of photos from the event and read the SIF 2016 Storify, while a fuller report of proceedings and speaker presentations will be made available soon.
 

European Youth Panel share their views

Young people from across Europe recently met in Luxembourg for the 8th edition of the European Youth Panel (YEP). The main aim of the annual YEP event is to prepare young people for their active participation in the Safer Internet Forum (SIF). During YEP, BEE CREATIVE Makerspace BASE1 @ Forum Geesseknäppchen hosted the youth panelists for a morning full of hands-on activities and demonstrations, while the afternoon was dedicated to workshops and discussions on innovations in technology and how these impact young people's daily lives.
 

The RRI Tools Final Conference: Responsible Research and Innovation IN ACTION

Held in Brussels on 21 - 22 November, RRI Tools conference gathered a great number of members of the RRI Community, eager to discuss the future of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). European Schoolnet moderated a workshop to show how the principles and practices of RRI can be incorporated and how to address it in order to educate researchers, innovators and the citizens of tomorrow. The event also presented the three winners of the European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation (EFARRI).

 

400 online laboratories with Go-Lab!

The team behind the EU-funded Go-Lab project has developed an impressive web platform which gives users access to 400 online laboratories, 350 inquiry learning spaces and 37 mobile apps with interactive materials for teachers. This web platform was praised for its excellence in the field of education at the .eu Web Awards in November 2016, as a nominee in the "laurels" category. Thanks to continuous development and online tutorials it has never been easier to take part in the Go-Lab community!

Visit the Go-Lab repository today to see just how simple it is to use it in your class!


 

LangOER publishes final recommendations on Less Used Languages and Digital Showcase

On 26-27 September the ‘Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages’ LangOER conference of the LangOER project organized by European Schoolnet and Educational Repositories Network – EdReNe initiated the last phase of the project.

As part of a consultation process of the project, the conference aimed to also call for the improvement of the initial policy recommendations draft presented during the event. To achieve that policy makers, experts, researchers and practitioners were invited to participate in the webinar Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages – Consultation on policy recommendations, which informed further consultation, and to join the Facebook group LangOER - Policy consultation. The group works as a space for dialogue around the final policy recommendations ‘Enabling Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Europe through OER’ and key resources in the field and it will remain active in the upcoming months.
 

School Education Gateway monthly focus: Active Citizenship

"Citizenship education is something that you don't learn from books!" says Alicja Pacewicz, an education expert from Poland. So how can we plant the seed for active citizenship? Check out these 4 great projects on the practice article, eTwinning’s contribution to the promotion of European values, but also the thought-provoking expert article, and news item on what works to promote citizenship education and, finally, the European Citizenship Trimester Programme for intercultural exchange.
 

eTwinning 2016 Annual Conference: Digital Citizenship

eTwinning’s annual conference, which this year had ‘Digital Citizenship’ as its theme, took place in Athens, Greece, on 27 - 29 October. The event brought together 585 teachers, school heads and educators from 40 countries. During the 3-day conference all winners of the eTwinning European prizes 2016 for special and age categories were awarded as well as the overall project winner, “Mirror, Mirror”. Participants enjoyed a wide range of workshops and celebrated eTwinning’s ability to break down borders and bring together digital citizens alike.