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NOVEMBER 2016
Newsletter

Safer Internet Forum 2016 – last chance to register

Safer Internet Forum (SIF) is a key annual international conference in Europe where policy makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. Join us for SIF 2016, where we, along with key experts and stakeholders from Europe and beyond, will consider how we can ‘be the change’ and create principles, policies and practices for a better internet. This one-day event will take place at Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg on Thursday, 24 November 2016.
 

Registration will close on Thursday, 10 November 2016.

Latest news

STEM Alliance welcomes educators, partners and stakeholders at its high-level event on 24 November 2016


The STEM Alliance high-level event will bring together key stakeholders from industry, education and National & European policy makers to share major achievements and innovations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) teaching through business-education collaboration. In this conference STEM Alliance aims to bring high level stakeholders together with practitioners to inspire action and collaboration. The event will take place at the Microsoft Centre Brussels on 24 November 2016 - if you'd like to attend, you can register here.

Upcoming events

14 - 17 November

Workshop: Developing an eSafe Classroom, Brussels

17 - 19 November

Conference: EMINENT 2016: The quest for a European Digital Citizenship, Prague

24 November

Forum: Safe Internet Forum (SIF) 2016, Luxembourg

24 November

Conference: Skilling up the Next Generation for an Innovatinve Europe - Together!, Brussels

26 - 27 November

Workshop: Flipped Classroom, Brussels

30 November - 01 December

Conference: Great start in life! The best possible education in early years, Brussels

03 - 04 December

Workshop: Developing Digital Skills in Your Classroom, Brussels

More news from across Europe

 

Safer Internet Day 2017 – ‘Be the change’ with us!

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 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 7 February 2017 with a theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. We invite you to already start planning your actions, and tell us how you plan to ‘be the change’. Register your support for SID now!’

 

The Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit goes international!

Seven months after its launch, the Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit is available in its final version in 18 languages. New features consist of a revamped Self-Reflection Tool, 28 "how-tos" as well as additional training and communication resources. Additionally, the whole RRI Tools team is getting ready for the project's final conference, which will take place in Brussels, on 21 - 22 November. The event will be an excellent occasion to discuss the implementation and evolution of Responsible Research and Innovation in the future.

Learn more about RRI Tools here and here.

 

Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages – Consultation on policy recommendations

The final event of the LangOER’s project ‘Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages’ conference took place on 26 - 27 September, in Brussels. Following the discussions, the project is organising two webinars in November, inviting key stakeholders to help finalise the draft recommendations ‘Enabling Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Europe through OER’.

The final stage aims,with the input of participants, to publish policy recommendations that will provide a clear roadmap for how policy makers, the European Commission and institutions can work to overcome barriers to OER uptake and foster linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe. Find more information about the webinars here!

 

Erasmus+ call for proposals is open – here is how to make the most of it!

The call for proposals under Erasmus+ 2017 funding has been just published with a €300 million budget increase. Prepare your Erasmus+ application with the help of the School Education Gateway Erasmus+ Opportunities Tools! Use the Course Catalogue to find a teacher training course or the Mobility Opportunities to find a teaching assignment and submit your application under Key Action 1 - until 2 February 2017. If you prefer to submit a Strategic Partnership proposal under Key Action 2, the Strategic Partnerships tool is just for you!

 

School Education Gateway user survey

Presented in 23 European languages, the School Education Gateway is a single point of entry for teachers, school leaders, policy makers, experts and other professionals in the school education field. Please take a moment to answer this survey, which is available in a choice of 23 languages and will be open until 30 November.

 

School Education Gateway monthly focus: Innovation

Innovation is usually defined as a new idea, or a new method. When it comes to education the approach to innovation is in terms of school development and improvement, appropriate to the needs of learners. Visit the website and discover a new expert article, practice and a new study on how schools in Europe can be innovative.

 

Better Internet for Kids bulletin - December edition

The next edition of the BIK bulletin will be issued in December 2016, just before the Christmas break, with a special focus on online advertising and the commercialisation of children and young people online. In addition, you’ll also find a mix of news, research and resources from many of the key stakeholders in keeping children and young people safe online, be they European Safer Internet Centres (SICs), research organisations, industry partners, policy makers or experts in the field. Subscribe now to receive a copy direct to your inbox when published.


 

MOOC: Collaborative Teaching and Learning

Interested in finding out how to assess collaborative learning in the classroom? Then join us on week 3 of the European Schoolnet Academy’s MOOC on Collaborative teaching and learning, supported by the CO-LAB project! It’s not too late to register and catch-up with all the fascinating learning on how to improve your collaborative teaching and learning skills! Next week’s focus is on teacher collaboration; something we know all our readers are interested in, so make sure you register and get involved. Join our Facebook group, and the conversation on Twitter using #Colab_eu.


 

The Go-Lab project nominated for the 2016 .eu Web Awards!

The Go-Lab project, which opens up online science laboratories (remote and virtual labs) for large-scale use in school education, has been nominated for the 2016 .eu Web Awards! European Schoolnet is a proud partner of the Go-Lab project, which is coordinated by the University of Twente, in the Netherlands.

 

FIRST Global Robotic Olympics!

FFIRST Global will be the first annual robotic Olympics, combining the excitement of sport with the rigor of science and technology as students compete with self-engineered and built robots from provided kits. Hosted by the International FIRST Committee (IFC), this first-ever international robotic challenge game will be held July 16-18, 2017, at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., and is open to European high school-age student teams.

Up to 100 nations will each be represented by a high school-age student team, enhancing the value of collaboration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  For detailed information, including financial support considerations, contact Joe Sestak at jsestak@dekaresearch.com.

 

100 educators got in touch with the universe at Leiden workshop!

A training session, co-organised by the Space Awareness project, the Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP) and the European Space Agency (ESA) in Leiden, the Netherlands, introduced teachers and other educators to good practices and innovative uses of astronomy and space sciences in both formal and non-formal education.

Universe Awareness (UNAWE) presented a brand new video in relation to its 10th year anniversary, dedicated to “inspiring every child with our wonderful cosmos”. Amelia Ortiz Gil, from Observatorio Astronómico at the University of Valencia, received a telescope as the event’s award prize for presenting the best teaching material in space education.

 

The Interactive Classroom Working Group – a focus on personalising learning

Recognising the increased need of enabling students to learn at their own pace and in a way that suits them, the Interactive Classroom Working Group has focused its 2016 working plan particularly on different approaches to personalising learning.

So far the experts in the ICWG Personalising Learning expert group have prepared interesting mini-case studies on their experience and the impact of personalising learning in their school and classrooms. If you are looking for ideas and activities on personalising learning, visit the ICWG expert group outputs, where you can already find learning activities focusing on special needs pupils and assessment of personalized learning.

 

Europeana DSI2 workshop 1 coming up in November

Europeana DSI2 project is organizing its first face-to-face workshop with 20 pilot teachers from across ten different European countries on 28 – 29 November 2016 in the Future Classroom Lab, European Schoolnet. During the workshop, participating teachers will receive an in-depth introduction to the Future Classroom Toolkit, a set of resources and tools that help teachers to design learning Scenarios and innovate their classroom practices. 

Are you interested in cultural heritage resources? Check out the Europeana website and explore thousands of artworks, artefacts, books, videos and  sounds from across Europe.