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European Schoolnet Teachers Newsletter offers information about projects, initiatives, competitions, resources and events across Europe for teachers interested in innovation in education.  
#eTwinning4Diversity – eTwinning is celebrating diversity
Each spring, the eTwinning project celebrates eTwinning Day, which took place this year on 9 May. This year, as part of the celebrations around eTwinning Day, the project organised a campaign to ‘Celebrate Diversity’, where teachers and pupils across Europe were asked to create a video showcasing what diversity means to them.
The initiative received an overwhelming response – over 500 videos were submitted by teachers and pupils as part of the campaign. Moreover, more than 1,000 tweets using the #eTwinning4Diversity hashtag were sent out on Twitter.


 


Events

31 May - Welcome Teacher Academy Thunderclap campaign, Worldwide
1 June - Webinar: Flipped Classroom Strategy supporting work with Refugees, Worldwide
6 June - Teacher Academy course launch: Introducing Project-Based Learning in your Classroom, Worldwide
15 June - Webinar: Stem & Coding: Engaging Students in the Classroom and beyond, Worldwide
15 June - Maker Faire Rome 2016: Call For Schools, Rome, Italy, and Worldwide
16 June - 17 June - Workshop: Make Learning Accessible - Special Educational Needs in my Classroom, Brussels, Belgium
20 June - Webinar: Connected Learning Lab - How to work with Stakeholders and Travel with a Learning Lab, Worldwide
May 2016
 
Be a pioneer teacher: Join the first ever online Teacher Academy course!
More than 1,200 educators have already registered for the first Teacher Academy online course Introducing Project-Based Learning in your Classroom starting 6 June! The course is entirely free and is organized as a MOOC. Join the course to access a variety of resources ranging from classroom videos, lesson plans, interviews, presentations, digital tools and classroom materials to peer-review and self-assessment activities that can inspire and support you and your students to embark on a PBL learning journey! 
 

 ENGAGE 

Get the lowdown on the latest apps
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Guide to online services aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today. The resource has recently been updated, covering apps such as AfterSchool, PicsArt, VSCO, We Heart It and Talkshow, and linking to a range of resources from the European network of Safer Internet Centres.

School Education Gateway platform reloaded!
Check out the newly revamped School Education Gateway site! You will discover a new structure, an updated homepage, and new content such as quick polls, education talks, and the Teacher Academy, a single point of access to teacher professional development featuring a new service of online courses as well as the the hugely popular on-site courses and versatile teaching materials. Join us!

Amgen Teach new redesigned website and upcoming workshops
Amgen Teach is proud to introduce the release of its newly redesigned website! Through streamlined menus, simple navigation and easy access to information, we hope to make it easier for teachers to improve and exchange ideas and experience. The 12th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, organized by AmgenTeach, STEM Alliance, and Go-LAB, will take place in Brussels between 3 and 5 June 2016. For more information, please go to the Amgen Teach news section.


 INSPIRE  

Young digital talent: eSkills for Jobs 2016 Competitions
After a very successful campaign in 2015, eSkills for Jobs is gearing up for the 2016 European Competitions edition! Young people aged between 16 and 30 who are interested in coding and video game development, can now join the Young digital talent category. Join the initiative today and encourage your students to do so as well! This is your opportunity to showcase your creativity and coding skills! To enter the competition, you need to produce a video game using Scratch. Take a look at our tutorials. You can also analyse your project with Dr. Scratch and get a feedback report with suggestions to improve your game and ideas to enhance your coding skills. Deadline for submission of entries is 31 July 2016.

School Education Gateway monthly focus: Cultural Awareness and Expression
Cultural Awareness and Expression (CAaE) competence involves appreciation of the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions and active creation in a range of media. It can be used as a versatile cross-curricular tool in classrooms. Find out more about this competence in these articles: three examples on delivering and incorporating CAaE into classrooms, expert article on the recently published handbook on fostering cultural awareness and expression, interview on why cultural education matters, and how heritage can contribute to CAaE.
 

  LEARN  

Registrations open for the autumn workshop on Space Education
Sign up to attend an international Space Education workshop in Leiden this fall! Every year, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises a training workshop for teachers in association with the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP). In 2016, the event joins forces with the European Project, Space Awareness, for a five-day workshop on space education. The event will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 18 to 22 October 2016. For more information, go here

Sign up for this autumn's teacher training in science education at a special rate!
Teachers can now register for a six-days-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training course to be held at the Future Classroom Lab of European Schoolnet from 14 to 19 September 2016. This course is co-organised with the Scientix project, the community for science education in Europe. The "Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM teaching" course provides STEM teachers with resources and ideas that can help them prepare more engaging science lessons in order to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects and careers. For more information about the course, go here.

Internet governance webinars for Insafe network youth panelists
A series of internet governance webinars will be organised for Insafe network youth panelists in the lead up to EuroDIG, taking place on 9-10 June 2016 in Brussels. The webinars aim to engage young people to get involved in internet governance discussions on a more consistent and regular basis by providing them with the adequate knowledge and skills needed to facilitate understanding and help them form their own opinions on issues related to the internet ecosystem. The output from these sessions will be shared more widely via the Better Internet for Kids portal at www.betterinternetforkids.eu.