This newsletter is produced in collaboration with Future Classroom Lab, MENTEP, FCL Regio, CO-LAB, TASK and ITELab projects.
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Newsletter Nº15 - March 2017

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/ICT advisers, nominated by all partners of the project, has recently developed future classroom scenarios and learning activities on the use of mobile devices and K-12 cloud services. The project partners have published three videos to inspire and encourage teachers across Europe. Discover how schools in Italy use apps and mobile devices to design a cultural tour in their towns; how to study the concept of stress in structures by producing digital objects (Catalonia); and the collaborative coding project between schools in Sweden. See the videos here.
 




Webinar series- Building a Future Classroom

European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab (FCL) has inspired many teachers, schools and organisations to create their own labs or learning spaces. The network of Future Classroom Labs is growing rapidly with 29 members up to this moment. All learning labs are different since they have been created to provide for local needs and adapted to the local context. That is why the Future Classroom Lab has organised a series of webinars - Building a Future Classroom - where FCLs in the network could present their experience. The webinar series demonstrates the spirit of sharing that exists in the network of Future Classroom Labs and their willingness to support other educators on their way to creating similar learning spaces. See all webinars here. 


Opening of the Spanish future classroom – Aula del Futuro

On 7 March 2017 European Schoolnet had the honour to take part in the official opening of the "Aula del Futuro", the future classroom created by the National Institute for Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (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. During the inauguration, 5th grade students from the CEIP Miguel de Cervantes de Leganés (Madrid), took part in mini-workshops showing how the classroom is used in practice. Read more about the event here.



Experiencing the solar system with mixed reality – latest FCL blog

Mixed Reality (MR) is a technology, which makes the real and virtual worlds merge, to produce new environments and visualizations a user can interact with in real time. According to Jørund Høie Skaug (FCL Ambassador, Norway), it is already possible to make experiments with mixed reality in a classroom in order to explore how the technology can be used for learning, and envision how devices can be integrated in educational practices. The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education has been lucky to borrow one Microsoft HoloLens set for a lesson in natural sciences with 7th graders at Åssiden school in Drammen.  Read further about this experience in the latest FCL blog


New MOOC: Opening Minds to STEM Careers - Starts on 3 April!


Demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals and associated professionals is expected to grow by around eight percent between now and 2025. This means that Europe needs more young people to pursue STEM subjects and careers in order to become part of a much needed qualified workforce in the coming years. In the Opening Minds to STEM Careers MOOC, we will explore different ideas and we will introduce a number of tools to help you be an active actor in STEM career guidance processes. The course is a joint initiative of three projects, Scientix, funded by Horizon 2020, SYSTEMIC, funded by Erasmus+, and STEM Alliance, which is privately funded. Read more and join here


 

News from related projects

ITELab: Innovative initial teacher education curricula - Call for Associate Partners open


ITELab (Initial Teachers Education Lab) is a Knowledge Alliance project between higher education institutions and industry to foster innovation and knowledge exchange in initial/preservice teacher education (ITE). ITELab is now looking for ITE institutes, Ministries of Education, national ICT agencies, regional authorities and other stakeholders to participate in the project as Associate Partners. The aim is to address the issues of how student teachers currently receive training on the pedagogical use of ICT, and the mainstreaming of innovative pedagogical practice that involves ICT. Read more here.


Future Classroom Lab hosts teachers working with Europeana content 

Launched in July 2016, Europeana DSI2 operates a multi-sided platform for cultural heritage. It aims to maximise the impact for business' that wish to re-use cultural heritage data and the organisations that own digital or digitised objects by attracting the attention of new users. The role of European Schoolnet in the project is to carry out a validation pilot involving 20 teachers from 10 countries who develop and test pedagogical scenarios and learning activities that incorporate Europeana content. The objective is to help mainstream re-use of digital cultural content in primary and secondary schools. Two workshops in the Future Classroom Lab have already taken place. Read more here.


More than 30 teachers around Europe tested the new TASK online tool

European Schoolnet had invited interested teachers to test the new TASK online self-assessment tool until mid-March. With this tool, students can self-assess their key competences. More than 30 teachers accepted this invitation; about half also tested the tool with their students. Most teachers found the tool interesting and easy to use; but also gave critical feedback. On this basis, the TASK tool will be improved now. The final version will be available in July this year. Read more here.


 

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The Future Classroom Lab in Brussels is a fully equipped, reconfigurable, teaching and learning space developed by European Schoolnet, its 31 supporting Ministries of Education and leading educational technology providers. To know more, please see our website at http://fcl.eun.org


MENTEP (388449-EPP-1-2014-2-BE-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY), FCL Regio (2015‐1‐IT02‐KA201‐015052), TASK (2015-1-IT02-KA201-015399), CO-LAB (562194-EPP-1-2015-BE-EPPKA3-PI- FORWARD) and ITELab (575828-EPP-1-2016-1-BE-EPPKA2-KA) 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.
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