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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.  
Support STEM education. Join the STEM Alliance!
Want to support STEM education? Join us! STEM Alliance nurtures a community of teachers and partners who want to foster innovation in STEM teaching, and understand how pupils can realize and apply their potential in STEM studies and careers. There are many activities planned for the coming months, including the STEM Discovery Campaign which will give companies, teachers, and students the opportunity to showcase their creative approach to STEM education. The culmination of the campaign will be the STEM Discovery Week which will take place between 22 and 29 April.​ Stay tuned for more by subscribing to the STEM Alliance newsletter!
 


Events

31 March - Deadline to apply to your National Agency a Strategic Partnership proposal under KA2 Erasmus+ funding
22 March - 11 April - first School Education Gateway Poll on critical thinking and media 
4 April - 8 April - Interactive Technologies for the Future Classroom, Belgium
14 April - 15 April - Entrepreneurial Learning with ICT Tools, Workshop, Belgium
22 April - 29 April - STEM Discovery Week 

 
March 2016

We want to hear from you! Take the School Education Gateway Poll on critical thinking and media
What does the education community think today about why and how we should teach students critical thinking about and through media? Help us find out! Share your attitudes and opinions concerning the development of students’ critical thinking skills about and through media. Take the poll which will be open until 11 April and is available in 23 languages.
 

 ENGAGE 

‘eTwinning Generation’ – celebrating 10 years of eTwinning
Last year, as part of the events celebrating 10 years of the eTwinning project, the community for schools in Europe, a call was put out to eTwinning teachers to contact their former pupils and share their experiences of the project. The result was ‘eTwinning Generation’, which features stories from 44 pupils from 11 different countries, who collaborated on 34 different projects. The book provides a great insight into the many ways in which both students and teachers develop through taking part in an eTwinning project. ‘eTwinning Generation’ is now available for download in 26 languages.

Explore the vast universe together with Space Awareness
Embark on an exciting educational journey of space exploration by visiting the new Space Awareness website! You will find a series of complementary activities and resources designed to inspire and educate children aged 8 to 18, primary and secondary school teachers, teacher trainers, science educators, and families. More content and events will be announced in 2016, such as activity kits for secondary education, space-career stories and facts, a series of MOOCs for educators, international and local trainings, and live webinars with experts. Stay tuned!

Join the TASK workshop on Key Competences in School Education
Are you interested in key competences in school education and their assessment? Do you want to know more about European Schoolnet projects for teachers? Then join the 1st TASK workshop "TASK in progress" which will take place in Brussels on 10 May. For more information, read the workshop flyer and fill in the pre-registration form, preferably by 7 April.
 


 INSPIRE  

The CO-LAB promotional materials are now available online!
Do you want to learn more about collaborative teaching and learning, and encourage colleagues and others to do so as well? Download our CO-LAB brochure, postcard and two posters, which you can share online, or print and disseminate.The promotional materials are currently available in English. Translations in Dutch, Estonian, German, Portuguese, and Polish will be coming soon. For more information about CO-LAB, visit the project website.​

Better Internet for Kids bulletin focuses on data protection
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin is a quarterly electronic bulletin with the aim of keeping you informed on safer and better internet issues. The next edition, to be published at the end of March, will focus on data protection, posing the question: will the new General Data Protection Registration (GDPR) help to create a Better Internet for Kids? Find out more on the Better Internet for Kids portal, or subscribe to receive future editions directly in your mailbox.

This month on School Education Gateway: Linking schools to local communities
Job van Velsen speaks in support of community schools and the rich learning environment they can provide for Europe’s future adults. ​To find out more on this topic, read his practice article School and communities work together for pupils’ life-skills highlighting three projects that have successfully linked schools to local communities with the aim of providing quality content and learning opportunities for students.
 

A 2nd round of the free 'Developing Digital Skills in your Classroom' MOOC for teachers kicks off on 4 April. Join the course which is part of the eSkills for Jobs EU campaign, and learn about tools and resources that you can use to support your students in developing their digital skills. Stay tuned! Join the Facebook group and follow #eskillscourse on Twitter to take part in our pan-European community discussions. 

The 3rd (and updated) round of the 'Games in Schools' MOOC starts on 18 April. Join the course, run jointly by European Schoolnet and ISFE, which will focus on games that can be used for teaching in the classroom. The course material will be supplemented by two webinars. The course video subtitles will be available in Italian, Greek and Romanian. Don’t forget to also join the Facebook group and follow #gamescourse on Twitter!

Learn how you can take part in eTwinning projects
Want to plan and develop projects with partners from the eTwinning community, but not sure how to do it? The eTwinning project has created a set of Self Teaching Materials to guide you and your fellow teachers in taking part in eTwinning projects. The Self Teaching Materials are available in 29 languages and explain how to plan a project and collaborate with project partners in different countries as well as how to take part in eTwinning Professional Development events. Check the materials here.

See what 18 European countries are doing to raise interest in STEM
The Scientix comparative analysis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Europe includes survey data collected from 30 countries across the continent. 18 of these national responses have now been uploaded and published on the Scientix online portal. Anyone who is interested in STEM education and wants to learn more about STEM initiatives and policies in their home countries, or other places that inspire curiosity, can download this data, or the full report