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New CPDLab course published - "Future Classroom - adapting pedagogical practice"

A new CPDLab course “Future Classroom – adapting pedagogical practice” has been published in the Comenius in-service training database (ref: BE-2014-296-003).  The course is aimed for secondary school teachers and will provide a very practical workshop-based experience to help teachers adapt their current pedagogical practice, and learn new tools and skills. 

During the course the participants will:

  • discuss the future classroom, sharing videos of their current practice
  • develop their own future learning scenarios
  • practice with the 'Future Scenarios Toolkit' developed by the iTEC project
  • consider the role of digital literacy skills, both their own and their students, and the importance of critical thinking
  • rethink communication and collaboration within and beyond the classroom, incorporating the wide range technologies found in the classroom today

The course will be organised in two sessions:

  • 17/02/2014 - 21/02/2014
  • 17/03/2014 - 21/03/2014

The interested teachers are able to apply for Comenius in-service training grants through their National Agency. The applications for grants close 17 September 2013. Click here to see more information and to do the pre-registration.

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The CPDLab project is reaching its exciting conclusion, publishing the three courses designed for secondary schools across Europe in the early autumn. This concludes the work of project partners, expert teachers and subject experts working together to develop and validate three courses in: pedagogical use of Interactive Whiteboards and technologies; eSafety in the school and classroom; Future Classroom Scenarios. 

The courses have been developed under the Creative Commons License 3.0 – Attribution, Share Alike, allowing commercial use. This most flexible licence has been adopted to encourage take-up and use within existing course structures and materials used in training schools across Europe.

A series of open webinars will be held in September 2013 for people interested in learning more about the courses. The webinars can be particularly useful for teachers trainers, their organisations, teacher associations and local authorities concerned about their teachers’ professional development. The webinar participants will also learn how to benefit of project’s associate partner opportunities.

The webinar dates are 5 September (09:30 - 11:00 CEST), 12 September and 19 September (16:00-17:30 CEST). Use the form below to sign up for the webinar you would like to attend.

Interactivity, learning scenarios and eSafety - CPDLab event presents opportunies to regions

Over 35 participants representing regions, teacher training organisations and other educational stakeholders joined our event "Education in Europe - Creating the future classroom" on 28 May in Brussels. The event was organised to inform European regional representations on the activities European Schoolnet carries out and on how regional authorities and their teachers can get involved.

The CPDLab project and its teacher training courses were presented largely. Each of the courses consists of ten modules that can be used independently and combined in different ways. Moreover, the course contents will be available for re-use and localisation (translation and adapting) by training providers, under Creative Commons 3.0 licence, for which reason it can be a valuable resource for regions interested in enhancing the professional development opportunities for their teachers.

The participants also learnt some of the results of the pan-European survey in schools: “Benchmarking Access, Use and Attitudes to Technology”. They also had an opportunity to explore the Future Classroom Lab through some activities linked with the CPDLab courses.

Download the presentations here (PDF)

European Schoolnet is interested to develop the collaboration with regions further and is open to discuss on possible ideas with regional and other local authorities.

EUN's first Briefing Paper features CPDLab

European Schoolnet has set-up an "Observatory" which is primarily designed to provide evidence about the use of technology to improve teaching and learning for decision makers in Ministries of Education, practitioners in schools and other ICT in education professionals at national, regional or local level across Europe.

As part of the Observatory, European Schoolnet is publishing each month a Briefing Paper. The Briefing Papers aim to present the findings of the Survey of Schools: ICT in Education on a specific topic and to relate them to the results of European Schoolnet projects on the topic. The first issue of the Briefing Papers is on the 'teacher effect' on the use of ICT in the classroom. The CPDLab project is featured in the first issue.

Event 28 May - Promoting CPDLab to regions

CPDLab will organise a half-day event to make the project results better known. The target audience of the event are the representations of European regions based in Brussels. The event, taking place on 28 May, aims to:

  • Make European Schoolnet, its projects and different collaboration opportunities better known among European regions.
  • Stimulate interest and discussion around the CPDLab courses, with opportunities linked to the Future Classroom Lab and for localisation.
  • Encourage interested regions to sign up as Associate Partners.
  • Lay basis to establish a more frequent contact with the regions.

More information on the event, the agenda and information on how to sign-up is available here. Please note that the seats are limited so an early sign-up is recommended. The event is free of charge.

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