Newsletter Nº12 - March 2016
Highlight: The Chromebook research and Professional development pilot programme results are published
To have a closer look at the use of Chromebooks in schools, a collaboration between European Schoolnet, Acer and Google for Education, explored the impact of Acer Chromebooks and the associated Google tools on both pedagogical and administrative processes in the classroom and school. The ‘Chromebook Research and Professional Development Programme’ involved a total of six schools already using Chromebooks. At the heart of the project was supporting teachers’ professional development to enable them to use the technology in a pedagogically effective manner. The full report is available on the Future Classroom Lab website
Why learning space design matters? Learn more from the webinar with Peter Barrett
Based on the results of the HEAD Project (Holistic Evidence and Design) by the University of Salford, clear evidence has been found that well-designed primary schools boost children's academic performance in reading, writing and maths. Peter Barrett from the University of Salford presented the research finding in a recent webinar that is now available on the Future Classroom Lab website
Collaborative Teaching and Learning
is a forward-looking project focused on making collaborative teaching and learning (CTL) a reality in the classroom. CO-LAB is coordinated by European Schoolnet in partnership with Ministries of Education, teacher training organizations and research institutes from six countries. Discover at the CO-LAB website promotional materials
on collaborative learning, and stay tuned for a MOOC
(online course) later this year!
A free workshop for 10 secondary school teachers (Belgium Flanders) on key competences
Are you a secondary school teacher in Belgium Flanders? Are you interested in key competences and their assessment? Then join this workshop 10 May in Brussels organised by the TASK project! In the workshop you will help plan an online tool for self-assessment of students' key competences and learn also more about European Schoolnet projects for teachers. Read more here
Two new online courses for teachers will start in April: digital skills and games
European Schoolnet Academy
is back! Two new courses will start in April, so make sure to enrol today! Sign up for "Developing Digital Skills in your Classroom" course that starts on 4 April (duration 7 weeks) and/or "Games in schools" starting on 18 April (duration 6 weeks).
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 by taking this quick poll
on this crucial 21st century skill! The poll is organised by the School Education Gateway and it's available in 23 languages
, open until 11 April.
Bring space into your classroom! Discover the 'Space Awareness' project
is inviting educators and teenagers to explore its new website. Space Awareness is an international project for children and teenagers, striving to increase their enthusiasm and knowledge of science and technology using the exciting possibilities of space, and inspiring them to pursue a career in relation to space subjects. Visitors will be able to find a selection of educational resources about current and global topics, the latest stories about space discoveries and a series of online apps and games to play, learn, and participate in scientific research! Find more about the project here
Launch of STEM Alliance
The STEM Alliance
builds on the success of the inGenious initiative (2011-2014) to increase the links between STEM education and careers, by involving schools throughout Europe. The STEM Alliance offers 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. Participate in this year’s STEM Discovery Week
and subscribe to the newsletter
to stay tuned on the new developments of STEM Alliance. With the support of ten major industries and private partners
, the STEM Alliance joins forces to improve and promote existing industry-education STEM initiatives and contribute to innovation in STEM teaching and learning. The STEM Alliance is jointly coordinated by European Schoolnet and CSR Europe. Read more here.
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.