Newsletter Nº7 - June 2014
Future Classroom Scenarios course: 1st edition a resounding success and 2nd edition starting in July
One of the two European Schoolnet Academy pilot courses, Future Classroom Scenarios, was unquestionably a huge success: over 80% of respondents to the course evaluation survey rated the course “very good” with another 19% rating it “good”. For all those who could not attend the first round, the 2nd edition of the course will start on 28 July 2014. The enrollment for this free course is already open!
Classroom practice videos - Make the most of interactive technologies in your classroom
Some teachers starting to embed technology into their lessons may find it challenging to find tools, ideas and resources that fit their needs. European Schoolnet's Interactive Classroom Working Group has created a series of videos that present practical and engaging ways of using ICT for teaching and learning. The videos present real-life classroom practice and concrete examples, and are explained through the experience of the teachers themselves. Read more here
Designing the future classroom - four years of the iTEC project
European Schoolnet's major iTEC project will come to a close at the end of August 2014. During the past four years the project has involved over 2500 classrooms in its school pilots to create and implement innovative learning scenarios and activities, and to bring about systemic change in schools to better equip the children of Europe for the challenges of work and society through the 21st century. Some of the iTEC's final outputs will be available through the Future Classroom Toolkit that will be available on the Future Classroom Lab website by the end of August. Read more about iTEC here
Teacher training courses for schools
The dates for the two-day autumn workshops at the FCL have been published. The workshops are offered to the eTwinning network through the National Support Service. In addition, the FCL will organise five-day teacher training courses which are open to all teachers. The first course to take place will be “Programming for the 21st century classroom” in October. Read more here
Have your say on teaching and learning 21st century skills at school
Are you a teacher, head teacher, parent, or student interested in the teaching and learning of 21st century skills applied to real-life situations at school? If so, take part in KeyCoNet’s online consultation. The survey is available in different languages (DE, EE, EL, EN, ES, FI, FR, NL, NO, PO, PT, RO) and it will take maximum 10 minutes to complete. You could be one of our lucky winners to be invited to participate in KeyCoNet’s final conference in Brussels at the end of November 2014. The survey deadline is 4 July. Take the survey here
Project highlight: Summer School completed
A three-day Living Schools Lab Summer School was organised on 16-18 May 2014 in Dublin. Over 130 teachers, project partners and students took part in the event to consolidate and reflect on the results of the project and plan for future activities. Discover the presentations and pictures at the LSL website; the Scoop Ducks' blog (student reporters at the event); and the LSL Award Winners. Followed by the Summer School, the young Italian student reporters offered a webinar on “Students’ 10 priorities for education: teaching and learning as they would like to see it”.
Tips for news schools and new videos available
During the LSL Summer School the teachers were challenged to provide advice to other schools and teachers on different topics on ICT for learning. The tips on 14 different topics, including personalised learning, assessment, developing link with business, lesson observations, are available on the project website. Also a new set of videos created by the LSL schools and partners is now available.
A whole school approach to use of ICT – Interview with Diana Bannister
Diana Bannister, University of Wolverhampton, shares her personal views on the Living Schools Lab project and analyses the main challenges European schools are facing to embed ICT into teaching and learning. Watch the interview here.
School validation pilots
Running pan-European school pilots where teachers and pupils evaluate new technologies can be both extremely challenging and expensive. Building on previous experience and working with the LSL network of Advanced Schools, the Living Schools Lab project is developing a network of validation schools and a validation manual to help research projects and industry to carry out school pilots more easily. At the Living Schools Lab website you can find an interview with Jouni Paakkinen who explains how validations are carried out in schools at the Turku region (Finland); explore the presentations from a workshop “How to run school validations across Europe” organised in June in Brussels, and sign up for a free webinar in September that will explain the key points of the validation manual.
Tablets in classrooms - uses, benefits and themes
Teachers in the Creative Classrooms Lab project talk about different uses and benefits of using tablets for learning and teaching. Teachers from Belgium, UK, Portugal and Italy talk also about personalised learning, flipping the classroom and assessment. Watch the interviews here
Observation visit in Flanders, Belgium – 10 conclusions
The Flemish schools have been one of the first ones to receive a classroom observation visit. Jan de Craemer from the Flemish Ministry of Education joined the observations and wrote 10 conclusions based on what he saw in the schools where dedicated teachers and head masters are trying to make the most of their educational technology. Read the article here
Creative Classrooms Lab observation blog opened!
The CCL observation visits in eight countries will look into innovative practice using tablets. During the visits in the schools, different points and questions will be explored: How are lessons run? What applications or additional tools are used and how? How are students arranged to work in groups? What kind of assessment does the teacher use? How do students record their own progress and how does the teacher gather this evidence? Follow the Observation blog and discover interesting insights into these classrooms and teaching practices using tablets.
Find more events here
- FCL industry partners meeting, 2 July 2014, Brussels
- iTEC-LSL joint workshop for head teachers, 3-4 July 2014, Brussels
- EUN Academy online course: Future Classroom Scenarios, starting on 28 July
- EUN Academy online course: Innovative STEM teaching, starting 18 August
- LSL Learning Snacks, September
- FCL workshop: Interactive classroom, 18-19 September 2014
The Future Classroom Lab in Brussels is a fully equipped, reconfigurable, teaching and learning space developed by European Schoolnet, its 30 supporting Ministries of Education and leading educational technology providers. To know more, please see our website at http://fcl.eun.org
Creative Classrooms Lab (2013-2015) projecs is funded with support from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
For more information visit our websites: CPDLab http://cpdlab.eun.org; Creative Classrooms Lab http://creative.eun.org
The iTEC (2010-2014) and Living Schools Lab (2012-2014) projects is funded with support from the European Commission’s FP7 Programme. For more information visit our website at http://lsl.eun.org.
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