Teachers Newsletter

European Schoolnet: transforming Education in Europe
January 2013

Kick off the year with STEM!

Many teachers across Europe are already participating in industry teaching activities, others are simply interested in the idea of teacher and industry collaboration and are keen to learn more about it. Take the chance to learn more on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in this Teachers Newsletter, focused on STEM teaching and careers. This month’s newsletter also explores other interesting initiatives and projects that aim to integrate online safety and interactive digital tools into teaching approaches.

To share your suggestions and thoughts on this newsletter, feel free to write to us at:
teachers-newsletter@eun.org

Highlights

Highlight: New solutions for industry and education collaboration bring STEM teaching and careers further into focus 

inGenious A critical component of inGenious, the flagship European Commission project fostering STEM education and careers, are a series of National deep-dives or "Needs Analyses" on industry and education collaboration in the teaching of STEM. The reports, which are the first to be developed on such a large scale, provide enlightening information about STEM teaching in 15 European countries and will form the basis of a comparative assessment of the state of industry-education collaboration in Europe, enabling best practice sharing. Teachers who register to the inGenious Community will be among the first to read these reports when published. 

Event: Safer Internet Day 2013 – Connect with respect!

desire Safer Internet Day 2013 is almost upon us. Taking place on Tuesday 5 February 2013 with the theme of online rights and responsibilities, we will be encouraging all users to ‘Connect with respect’. A series of events and activities will be taking place in more than 100 countries across the globe to mark the day and raise awareness of the issues.

Resource: New animation for parents – Who are your kids talking to?

European Schoolnet, in conjunction with Liberty Global, has produced a short animation aimed at parents. Titled ‘The Digital Universe of Your Children’, the resource specifically focuses on the topic of online communication. The animation offers online safety tips for parents, and links to a series of downloadable factsheets on topics such as social networks, online gaming and online reputation. The movie will soon be available in Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, German and Dutch (subtitled) also.

Resource: The U4energy competition is over, but resources stay alive

After two exciting years, the U4energy competition has now come to an end. A big thank you to all participating schools and their teachers and students for making it a great success! Be inspired by U4energy’s Best Practices and help spread them across Europe so other schools follow the lead; discover these proven success stories in an interactive e-Book available in 25 languages. Additional resources are also available on the U4energy website. 

Event: New eTwinning Learning Events coming up

eTwinning Learning Events are short intensive online events on a number of themes. They are led by an expert and include active work and discussion among teachers across Europe. Five new Learning Events are scheduled between the end of January and April: have a look on the website for the full list of events and register now!

Resource: Professional development for eTwinning teachers

The Tellnet project has helped create a new type of professional development material for eTwinning teachers. The material comes with easy to use instructions and it can be used by any teachers, for example with colleagues in the same school or with teachers in another school. The material consists of five scenarios introducing different possible futures of teachers’ profession in compulsory education in 2025.

Info: Learning in teams: virtual school trip

Watch how primary school pupils in Florence, Italy, used digital tools to organise a virtual school trip to London and learn about other cultures as part of iTEC learning activities. According to the teacher: “There was a change in the students’ working methods: they worked in groups and discussed in a new way, and the students started to collaborate with new classmates”. Go to the Learning Activity page.

Info: Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair launches at the end of January 2013. The Google Science Fair is a unique opportunity for young people to engage with the scientific community at large. Sign up now for news and we'll let you know as soon as info is available.

 

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