Newsletter Nº13 - June 2016
Highlight - Get inspired and informed by the Future Classroom Lab webinars!
The Future Classroom Lab is organising a series of webinars addressed to policy-makers, innovative teachers, school leaders, teacher trainers and anyone who is interested in discovering new ways to enhance teaching and learning. Watch previous webinar recordings and sign up for the upcoming webinars taking place in June 2016! All webinars take place “CEST” (Brussels time).
- STEM & CODING: engaging students in the classroom and beyond, 15 June 2016, 17.00h
- Connected learning lab - How to work with stakeholders and travel with a learning lab, 20 June 2016, 16.00h
Recordings of previous webinars:
- Flipped Classroom strategy supporting work with refugees, 1 June 2016, Recording
- Scientix & STEM alliance webinar: SAFuturo - the inquiry based-learning nest, 28 April 2016. Recording
- Developing professional learning with IRIS Connect to ensure sustained improvements in schools and educational systems – 19 April 2016. Recording
- How to set up a learning lab – practical example of Lab 21.0, Belgium –12 April 2016. Recording
- What is ‘collaboration' and how can it be taught with SMART Technologies? – 16 March 2015. Recording
FCL Blog: how to spread innovation across Europe?
Have you already discovered the FCL Blog
? It brings to you stories and articles written by the Future Classroom Ambassadors, FCL network labs, teacher trainers, invited experts, etc. In the recent posts you can find out about ‘Future Classroom Teaching
’ in Denmark (i.e. how to develop teacher education with emphasis on professional understanding of technology), about a Digital Citizenship Hackathon
in Israel and Virtual Reality workshops
in Norway. If you would like to submit a story to be published, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interactive Classroom focuses on personalised learning
Personalising learning is an evolving concept but there is an increasing recognition in most countries that learning needs to enable students (both individually and within groups) to learn at their own pace; and in a way that suits them – where they can exercise choice over when and how they learn. European Schoolnet’s Interactive Classroom Working Group
is focusing on this increasingly important aspect of teaching and learning. Watch an interview
with school leaders and teachers who have already developed innovative approaches to personalising learning with their students. Discover also the previous pedagogical videos here
Teacher Academy – A new source of online training for educators
With rapidly changing societies, Europe’s 5 million teachers are facing an increasing number of challenges and demands in their daily work in the classroom. The European Commission’s online platform, School Education Gateway
, has recently launched a new section focusing on teachers’ training opportunities, Teacher Academy
. It offers a new service of online courses
– the first course on project-based learning is starting on 6 June, sign up now
; the hugely popular catalogue of on-site courses
; and versatile teaching materials
created by the EU institutions and EU-funded projects.
News from related projects
FCL Regio – creating more opportunities for regions to cooperate in education innovation
Transform education to help learners develop the competences they need to succeed in the world of today and tomorrow – the challenge ahead for FCL Regio. The 1st FCL Regio strategic Seminar “Beyond the text book”, which took place on 10 May, brought together teachers from across Europe, representatives of European regions and local authorities, education experts and policy makers. Read more here
Developing a self-assessment tool for students – TASK project’s multiplier event
During the first TASK Multiplier Event on 10 May, Flemish teachers got involved in the TASK project and got to know European Schoolnet and the Future Classroom Lab. The TASK project is developing an online tool for students to self-assess their key competences. Workshop participants found the project idea very interesting and gave input on how to improve the assessment situations proposed to students. They also discussed general challenges related to the assessment of key competences: e.g. rigid time schedules but also parents and students that are sometimes sceptical towards new ways of assessment. On the basis of the feedback from teachers collected in all partner countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain), the project will improve the suggested self-assessment. In November 2016, Flemish teachers will be invited to test the online tool. Interested secondary teachers from Belgium Flanders are still welcome to join. Read more here
CO-LAB launches workshops at national level
, the project devoted to supporting the mainstreaming of collaborative teaching and learning in the 21st century classroom, has had a series of launch workshops at national level in each of the project’s participating countries. Four workshops have already taken place, in Ireland on the 17 May, and in Portugal, Poland, and Austria on 18 May. Participants included policy makers and shapers, teachers, teacher trainers, head teachers and student teachers. The main aim of the workshops was to recruit new participants to the CO-LAB project in order to get them on board in helping us test collaborative teaching methods with their students, report on their experiences, and recommend what works based on an evidence-informed dialogue between practitioners and policy makers.
CO-LAB launch workshops are planned to take place in early June in Belgium and Estonia. If you would like to join the project, check out if there is a CO-LAB partner
in your country, or if your country is not represented, contact us at email@example.com
Find more events here
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
(388449-EPP-1-2014-2-BE-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY), FCL Regio
(2015‐1‐IT02‐KA201‐015052), and TASK
(562194-EPP-1-2015-BE-EPPKA3-PI- FORWARD) projecs are funded with support from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme. This newsletter reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.