APRIL 2017

STEM Alliance introduces the “Professionals Go Back to School”! Register for the webinars to know more!

STEM Alliance’s “Professionals Go Back To School” scheme is an initiative which engages industry professionals in schools visits for one hour to half a day. Do you want to know more? Then register to our upcoming webinar on 13 April 2017! The webinar is targeted at professionals from companies and industry interested to volunteer to participate in school visits, as well as communication managers and staff that are spreading the word about such initiatives in their enterprise. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit the STEM Alliance website. STEM Alliance is funded by industry partners.

Latest news

Next-Lab announces a call for national ambassadors!

Next Generation Stakeholders and Next Level Ecosystem for Collaborative Science Education with Online Labs, or shortly Next-Lab aims to promote science education using online labs in schools in 30 European countries. To support this aim, the project announced a call to recruit national ambassadors. They will train and support science teachers in their countries in the use of innovative techniques and tools in their classrooms. More information and the application form can be found here. The deadline to apply is 7 April 23:59 CEST.

Please note that if you don’t find your country in the list, you can still contribute to the Next-Lab project by joining as a focus teacher. More information will soon be published here.

Upcoming events

13 April 2017

Webinar for companies: STEM Alliance - Professional Go back to School

23 April 2017

World Book and Copyright Day

24 April 2017

Scientix webinar: Making STEM global - engaging youth in cultural competency building through collaborative engineering projects

24 -30 April 2017

STEM Discover Week 2017

More news from across Europe


Education Talks: The art of policy making in education
'In policy-making, you should consider the continuum of the professional development of teachers' says Liesbeth Hens, policy advisor for the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. Watch the short interview on the School Education Gateway about stakeholder involvement in education and the importance of the continuum of teacher education.



Early childhood education and care poll: have your say!
More than 250 early childhood education and care (ECEC) stakeholders met at the Great Start in Life conference to discuss this important stage in learner development. Now, we are inviting you to share your opinion about the topic in the latest School Education Gateway quick poll: In your region, is the opportunity for pre-primary school learning enough to give most children a good foundation for future education? Should early childhood settings and primary schools collaborate more closely with parents?

You can choose among 23 languages to answer this poll by 20 April 2017! The results will be published on the School Education Gateway.



ITELab project kicks off - Innovating ITE curricula

Initial Teachers Education Lab or ITELab is a new Knowledge Alliance project between higher education institutions and industry to foster innovation and knowledge exchange in initial/pre-service teacher education (ITE). Co-ordinated by European Schoolnet, ITELab aims to address the ‘disconnect' between ITE and continuing professional development (CPD) and, as a consequence, the in-service training on the pedagogical use of ICT.

If you are interested to know more or to join the Knowledge Alliance as an Associate Partner, visit the new website and follow ITELab on social media by using the hashtag #ITELab_eu.


New project launched: eConfidence in behaviour changes through serious games
What do we understand by serious games? What would be the link between them and behavioural changes? Or, better yet, can confidence in behaviour change through serious games? 

eConfidence is a new project focusing on the use of serious games in education and their potential benefits in behavioural change for children. The project aims to test a methodology with two serious games considering behavioural aspects for the safe use of Internet and bullying. Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter and visit the #eConfidence_eu website for more information!



Meet the 2017 eTwinning prizes winners!
Every year the eTwinning community recognises and awards the best projects as part of the annual European eTwinning Prize Competition. This year from 591 projects submitted, eTwinning had the pleasure to reward the excellent work of educators and pupils from three age categories and eight special categories.

These projects are great examples of collaborative work and demonstrated excellent achievements. Thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners!



School Education Gateway monthly focus: Mentoring
Mentoring can make an essential contribution to the personal and social growth and development of both students and teachers. Discover three good practice projects on the topic, and read the expert article by Rachel Lofthouse on mentoring beginning teachers.

You may also be interested in the ATEE awards for teachers who investigated ways to make a difference, and we also encourage you to take part in the public consultation until 19 May 2017, launched by the European Commission with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.


Better Internet for Kids bulletin - March edition now published
The March 2017 edition of the BIK bulletin is now available with a special focus on “cyberbullying revisited”. It includes an overview of the latest research, definitions of different types of bullying, responses to cyberbullying (including recognising and changing behaviours, reporting, and the role of platform providers), and a summary of help and resources available from the Insafe Network of Safer Internet Centres. Subscribe now to receive future copies.