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DECEMBER 2016

Teachers' Newsletter

Join our Teacher Academy MOOCs on migrant education and future classroom scenarios!

The last MOOC on the topic of cultural diversity, migration and integration Integrating Newly Arrived Migrant Students in Schools started on 28 November, but you can still join to find out how newly arrived migrants can be integrated into teaching and school life. If you wish to make a fresh start in 2017, why not enroll in the course, Future Classroom Scenarios? The course is designed in response to the rising importance of technology in education and the impact this has on teaching and learning, and will begin on 9 January. You can enroll here.

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Upcoming events

9 December 2016
Scientix Webinar: Professional Development of Science Teachers
13 December 2016
I-LINC webinar: Educating Future Entrepreneurs
9 January 2017
Future Classroom Scenarios MOOC launch on Teacher Academy
2 February 2017
Deadline to submit your application for Erasmus+ funding under KA1
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 INNOVATION 

 

eTwinning 'Growing Digital Citizens' book is now available!

We would like to share eTwinning’s new publication, 'Growing Digital Citizens: developing active citizenship through eTwinning'. Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport highlights in the foreword the importance of ‘some basic digital skills in order to live, learn, communicate, and participate in society’

''Growing Digital Citizens' introduces the impact of eTwinning in digital citizenship and explores the three main pillars when defining digital citizenship: belonging, engagement, and protection. The book is available in 28 languages. You can find the english version here.

 stem 

 

STEM Alliance high-level event is a success!

On 24 November in Brussels, STEM Alliance brought together 150 business leaders, ministries of education representatives, teachers and EU leaders to discuss the future of youth skills, employability and education across the region. The event was co-organised by CSR Europe and welcomed European Commissioners Tibor Navracsics and Marianne Thyssen, as well as President of Microsoft EMEA Michel van der Bel.

The programme included panel discussions on the opportunities in business-education partnerships, as well as an award ceremony for the 12 extraordinary teachers who were selected as finalists in the STEM4YOU competition held by STEM Alliance in Spring 2016. For their efforts to increase student interest in STEM subjects and careers the teachers received certificates presented by representatives of the project’s partner companies. STEM Alliance was also proud to present for the first time its official project video, as well as its first report on ICT in STEM education.

 STEM 

 

Two new science webinars coming up this December
You can register now for a couple of science education webinars to be held on 9 and 15 December 2016! The first one is organised as part of the Scientix project and introduces teachers to opportunities in Continous Professional Development (CPD), such as online training seminars, communities of practice and Erasmus+ training courses. Panagiota Argyri and Nikolaos Nerantzis are enthusiastic science teachers well familiar with the subject and tricks of the trade! Register for the Scientix webinar here.

The second one, by the Space Awareness project, presents facts and scientific background of educational materials in space sciences to be implemented at school. Learn from and ask the scientist and space flight specialist Markus Nielbock! Register for the Space Awareness webinar here.

 digital citizenship 

 

New tech for Christmas? Check out the Better Internet for Kids portal to help keep your family safe online
The festive season is fast approaching, and undoubtedly new tech and gadgets are likely to be at the top of many people’s gift lists! But, whether giving or receiving the latest devices, take a minute to consider how you - and those you care for - can stay safe online.

The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal provides a central point of access for information, guidance and resources on better internet issues, including a guide to online services, a huge repository of eSafety videos and resources in a range of languages and signposting services to country-specific support across Europe. You can also subscribe to the quarterly BIK bulletin to keep updated on online safety issues.

 innovation 

 

eTwinning 2016 Annual Conference: Digital Citizenship
eTwinning’s annual conference, which this year had ‘Digital Citizenship’ as its theme, took place in Athens 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.

 innovation 

 

MOOC on Administering School ICT infrastructure: developing your knowledge and skills
Are you wondering if your school ICT network plan is up-to-date? Would you like to hear from your colleagues about the infrastructure they manage and develop in their own school? You can still join the new European Schoolnet Academy MOOC for school ICT coordinators. The course started on 28 November but you can still enroll. Don’t forget to also like the EUN Academy page on Facebook to get updates about the 2017 rich course schedule!

 innovation 

 

School Education Gateway Course Catalogue: your fast track to your teacher training opportunity
The call for proposals under Erasmus+ 2017 funding has been published, so it’s time to apply for funding for your teacher professional development! The School Education Gateway Erasmus+ Opportunities tools can help you find the most suitable training opportunity. Read this article to find out how you can find your next teacher training course.

 STEM 

 

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 continous 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!

 digital citizenship 

 

Secondary school students views on digital careers needed
European Schoolnet is helping OPENSKIMR, the Open European Skill Match Maker team, to develop a platform that enables young people find a job and plan their careers into the digital sector. To better match young people with different skills to fitting job and training opportunities, the team need to collect information on students views and perceptions about digital careers. All secondary school students can contribute to this process by filling in the anonymous questionnaire.

 innovation 

 

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.

 innovation 

 

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. Initiating the last phase of the project, the two-day event featured workshops and debates and included an award ceremony of the LangOER competitions aiming to recognize OER project good practices.

As a final act, LangOER has created a Digital Showcase to feature all the valuable resources created during the project. The Digital Showcase offers a wide range of resources (including videos, handbooks, courses, policy briefs, papers etc.), for the three main stakeholders: teachers, policy makers and experts. All materials will remain available online after the conclusion of the project.