MARCH 2017

Teachers' Newsletter

Register for our online course: Raising awareness about the situation of newly arrived migrants

Schools, and teachers in particular, have often had to improvise in addressing the situation of newly arrived migrants without a sufficient support infrastructure in place they can call upon. Join the latest Teacher Academy course "Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants" starting on 27 March and get concrete ideas for classroom activities with your students.

The course is part of a three-part series of courses exploring the topic of cultural diversity, the situation of newly arrived migrants in general and how to integrate newly arrived migrant students in schools and classrooms. If all three courses are completed within two calendar years, a special certificate of recognition is awarded on top of the individual course certificates. Find out more on the course homepage.

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Upcoming events

21-22 March 2017
ITWORLDEDU 9: “Transforming the School”
23 March 2017
Webinar: Building a Future Classroom in a K12 School
27 March 2017
Online Course: Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants
30-31 March 2017
Workshop: Entrepreneurial Learning with ICT tools
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Extended deadline for the “All-STEM, All-Star” competition! 

All teachers dedicated to science education in the classroom, you now have extra time to submit your events and promote STEM studies and careers for young people! The winners will be invited to an all-expenses-paid special awards ceremony in Brussels attended by high-level partners. You can have a look at the previous’ year winners here to get inspiration for your entry. Submit your STEM activity as an event, a video or report for the Scientix category! The new deadline is on 28 March 2017.

Submit your application now!



Join our new “Opening minds to STEM careers” MOOC for teachers!
Register now for the upcoming “Opening Minds to STEM Careers” Massive Online Open Course (MOOC)! This brand new MOOC starting on 3 April 2017, is a joint initiative of three projects, Scientix, funded by Horizon 2020, SYSTEMIC, funded by Erasmus+, and STEM Alliance, which is privately funded, with the aim at empowering primary and secondary teachers in successfully introducing and attracting young people to choose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers from an early age. Would you like to know more?

Visit the European Schoolnet Academy to see the course schedule and to register!



STEM Alliance introduces its brand new “STEM Professionals Go Back to School” Scheme!

STEM Alliance’s “Professionals Go Back To School” scheme is a project which engages industry professionals (technicians, engineers, researchers, employment managers, etc.) in schools visits where they take part in collaborative activities for one hour to half a day. The aim is at raising students’ and teachers' awareness about STEM careers and at promoting STEM jobs. Schools organise exchange sessions and prepare visits of STEM professionals with pedagogical activities embedded in STEM classes.

Visits are carried out in spring 2017 with a peak of activities around the annual STEM Discovery Week, from 24 to 30 April! For more information and to register, visit the STEM Alliance website here.



Hundreds of teachers become Scientix Ambassadors!

358 teachers in 38 countries have volunteered to act as Ambassadors on behalf of the Scientix project, the community for science education in Europe. As such, they will support the dissemination of the Scientix project to their national and local networks, and exchange best practices and knowledge with stakeholders in science education. All those teachers attended and completed successfully an online training course on the Scientix Moodle platform, a necessary criteria in order to become a Scientix Ambassador. See the complete list of Ambassadors for each country on the Scientix website here.



Scientix is now in 24 languages!

An important feature of the Scientix project, the community for science education in Europe, is to bring educators from all across Europe together and to share resources and best practices. Key content of the project’s website, with the exception of news, events, projects and resource description, is now available in the 24 languages of the European Union! These are: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish.

Additionally, Scientix offers its users translation on demand of its teaching materials into more than 30 European languages! Visit the Scientix portal and find useful content in your language.

digital citizenship 


Help your students to stand up against bullying and hate online with a new resource

The Web We Want and ENABLE projects have recently launched a new resource for children and young people. The resource “My well-being and yours: Respect… begins with me!” is a compilation of exercises and educational information about current safety issues such as cyberbullying, online radicalisation and hate speech. The resource launched on Safer Internet Day 2017 and has already been downloaded more than 2,000 times. Get your copy (in English) here. It is also available in Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian and Romanian.



eTwinning is looking for “eTwinning schools”!
One of the outcomes of the eTwinning monitoring report of 2015 was the identification of the pivotal role that head teachers and senior school management staff have in mainstreaming good practice at school level.

During the eTwinning weeks in October 2017 all schools that meet the prerequisite criteria will be invited to apply for the title of ‘eTwinning school’! Find out if you already comply with our criteria and if not, you still have time until October to take action!



EU Space Awareness Career Hub - a place to meet space sciences professionals
The EU-funded Space Awareness project has launched its Career Hub! The hub contains a collection of interviews with professionals in the field of space science and astronomy, articles with insights into space-related career profiles and recordings of webinars, presenting the opportunities in space exploration and the career potential it offers. Visit the Career Hub here.



Amgen Teach project video: Supporting European life science teachers to use inquiry-based teaching strategies

As part of the Amgen Teach activities, the team has developed a project video in order to showcase how the programme supports European life science teachers to use inquiry-based teaching strategies. In this short video, teachers, training providers, representatives from Amgen Foundation, European Schoolnet and Ministries of Education describe the impact of Amgen Teach. Watch it here!



FCL Regio Pedagogical videos – how to adopt innovative pedagogical approaches involving mobile learning and cloud computing in the classroom
The Future Classroom Lab Regional network, with the help of innovative teachers and ICT advisers have recently developed future classroom scenarios and learning activities. These outputs focusing on the use of mobile devices and K-12 cloud services were produced as a result of a collaborative work which started at European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab in Brussels and continued afterwards between the schools.

The scenarios were used to inspire and encourage teachers across Europe who wish to implement pedagogical scenarios related to mobile learning and use of cloud services. Watch here some great examples of collaborative projects on coding, arts and culture and virtual tours with the use of mobiles and cloud services in the classroom.



Opening of the Spanish future classroom – Aula del Futuro
On 7 March 2017 European Schoolnet participated in the official opening of the “Aula del Futuro”, the future classroom created by INTEF of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The project was inaugurated by the Secretary of State for Education, Vocational Training and Universities, Marcial Marín and was attended by representatives of Samsung Spain and Steelcase, the first two companies collaborating with the project.
Similar to the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, the main characteristic of the classroom, besides the technology that it integrates, is the division into different learning areas, which will encourage teachers to reflect on how technologies can support the process of educational change.

digital citizenship


Better Internet for Kids bulletin - March edition
The next edition of the BIK bulletin will be issued at the end of March 2017 with a special focus on “Cyberbullying revisited”. In it, we’ll be taking a look back at the developments made in recent years in approaches to tackling bullying online and highlighting some of the latest resources, including many tools and campaigns from Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe. Subscribe now to receive a copy direct to your inbox when published.



School Education Gateway monthly focus: Well-being
The earlier we start supporting the healthy social and emotional development of young children, the more likely we are to be successful in promoting their mental health and well-being”, says Professor Carmel Cefai of the University of Malta. "Children can have a say in their own lives" adds Jean Gordon of the Universal Education Foundation.

In February's practice article, we take a look at European and national initiatives that promote the importance of well-being in schools as well as the International Forum on Learning for Well-being. For additional information on well-being, have a look at UNESCO’s Global Guidance on school related gender-based violence and the UNESCO strategy on Education for Health and well-being. Also check out Stonewall’s work on advocating for LGBT rights in schools across the UK.



Diana Award launches ‘Inaugural Legacy Award’ for twenty outstanding young people
The Diana Award – the charity legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change their world – launches a special Legacy Award marking the 20th anniversary of the late Princess’s death. The ‘Inaugural Legacy Award’ aims to highlight the achievements of 20 exceptional Diana Award nominees from across the world for their selfless commitment to transforming the lives of others.

Recipients of the Legacy Award will travel to London, UK in May 2017 to receive the honour and will be given access to a unique Development Programme, providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good. Are you interested in nominating a young person aged 9-18 years old that has been carrying out activities for a minimum of 12 months by 17 March 2017? Find out how to here.