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June 2016 - Summary 


Great success for CO-LAB launch workshops – you are still on time to join! 

CO-LAB, the project focused on making collaborative teaching and learning a reality in the 21st century classroom, has had a series of launch events during May and June in each of the project's participating countries. The workshops took place first in Ireland (17 May) and then in Austria, Poland and Portugal (18 May) and Belgium Flanders (15 June). CO-LAB’s next launch workshop will be hosted by The Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) in Estonia, and will take place in Tallinn on 19 August.  During the workshops which have already taken place, many policy shapers and makers joined forces with practitioners in the discussions and practical exercises on collaborative teaching and learning.  
The central purpose of the workshops was to recruit decision makers as well as practitioners to the CO-LAB project to help test collaborative teaching methods in the classroom, report on their experiences, and recommend what works based on an evidence-informed dialogue between policy makers and practitioners.  Are you an interested head teacher, policy shaper or maker curious about how you might change current conditions to favour more collaborative teaching and learning? Then join CO-LAB and check out if there is a CO-LAB partner in your country, or if your country is not represented, contact us at

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June is the month of transitions for School Education Gateway

One other major transitions young people have to navigate is the journey from education to the labour market. Read in the latest School Education Gateway news article what the expert group report set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth 2014-2015 has to say about it. Also, don’t miss this month’s expert article, where Dr. Karen D. Könings discusses the importance of coaching and supporting students who are in the transition between schools and educational levels, while in the practice article we are looking at a number of European initiatives aiming to holistically manage the transition between different forms of education. If you are looking for a good read on the topic, you can also have a look at Kirklees guidance for transitions in the early years and the longitudinal study by the University of Cambridge, which tracked changes in wellbeing among 1,100 students as they moved from primary to secondary school.

Latest edition of the Better Internet for Kids bulletin focuses on European media literacy policies and practices

The quarterly Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin aims to keep you informed on safer and better internet issues. The latest edition focuses on European media literacy policies and practices, and also gives a roundup of youth perspectives on internet governance following the recent EuroDIG event. Read the BIK bulletin here.

More than 7,000 people joined Scientix conferences!

At the end of March 2016, Scientix had organised 31 science education conferences all across Europe with more than 7,000 people. What’s more, it held 11 Scientix Networking Events with 269 participants, and eight Science Projects’ Workshops at the Future Classroom Lab with 470 people attending. All major accomplishments of the Scientix 2 project from 2013 to 2016 are now displayed in a new and simple one-page infographics, free to download.



Education Talks: Migrant education pathways

What knowledge, skills and attitudes should teachers have when teaching in classrooms with learners from diverse backgrounds? Or how can parents and communities support the integration of students with migrant background? To find answers, hear out Tomislav Tudjman from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Jens Schneider from the Osnabrück University in the new Education Talks interview on migrant education. The video is subtitled in 23 languages.


June Highlight  

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the globe. Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 with a theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
Consult the Safer Internet Day website regularly at for updates.


4 Jul - 8 Jul: Workshop: Interactive Technologies for the Future Classroom, Brussels, Belgium
10 Jul - 15 Jul: Training: Space Awareness Summer School 2016, Attica, Greece
19 Aug - 20 Aug: Workshop: National Launch of CO-LAB in Estonia, Estonia
1 Sept - 2 Sept: Conference: Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning 2016, Dublin, Ireland
12 Sept - 9 Oct: Teacher Academy MOOC: Cultural Diversity in Your Classroom, Worldwide  
14 Sept - 19 Sept: Training: Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching, Brussels, Belgium
19 Sept - 16 Oct: Teacher Academy MOOC: Competences for 21st Century Schools, Worldwide
26 Sept - 27 Sept: Conference: Open Education: Promoting diversity for European languages, Brussels, Belgium
17 Oct - 13 Nov: Teacher Academy MOOC: Moving to Maths 2.0, Worldwide