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SUMMARY Issue 43 - October 2009
Launch of the new Insafe portal
Celebrate Data Protection Day!
Winners of Development Youth Prize!
Students' perception of nanotechnologies
Energy is our Future: Design competition Winners
Futurenergia, interview with Pr Jacqueline McGlade
Science education workshops
Get ready for the Xperimania Science Ambassadors
Inspire community of practice launched
Kick-off of the Piccolingo campaign
SAEL seminar on Language Teacher Support
Last days to register for EU translation competition!
European e-Skills conference
METASCHOOL: European state of the art report

One week left to register for the eLearning Awards 2009!

For the ninth consecutive year, European Schoolnet is organising the eLearning Awards, Europe's leading competition to reward excellence and best use of technology in education. Read more...

Eminent 2009 to take place in Vilnius, Lithuania

Registrations for the EMINENT 2009 Conference are now open. Deadline to register is on 25 October 2009 so book your seat soon. Our member countries can register up to five delegates. A limited number of places are opened to experts outside of our network of ministries of education who can request to participate by sending an email to event is scheduled to take place on 26-27 November 2009 in Vilnius Lithuania. Read more...


esafetyLaunch of the new Insafe portal

Insafe, the European network promoting a safe and responsible use of the internet, just launched its brand-new portal More comprehensive and interactive this portal still features a description of all national awareness centres and explains the main online safety issues, giving advice and highlighting best practice. Subscribe to the newsletter or read the blog to be kept up-to-date of all the latest online safety news. Read more...

esafetyCelebrate Data Protection Day through digital creativity!

Young Europeans between the ages of 15 and 19 years are invited to enter the Data Protection Day competition and create digital artwork highlighting the following theme “Privacy is a human right, handle with care.” From 1 December 2009, you will be able to check out and rate the entries in the project gallery. A panel of experts will then select the finalists from amongst the most popular projects. The winners will be awarded cash prizes for their school or youth club, and will have the opportunity to participate in a film-making workshop. Read more...


schoolsYoung people stand for development: the winners of the Development Youth Prize announced!

On 22 October, 54 brilliant students’ artworks will be rewarded in Stockholm (Sweden) by Karel De Gucht, the new European Commissioner responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid. The event will take place in the busy framework of the European Development Days, an open forum on international development policies. And for the first-prizes the journey will continue…flying to Africa! Read more...


mstEuropean e-Skills conference

This year the European e-Skills Conference will take place on 20 November 2009 in Brussels ( The conference is organised by the European Commission and the European Economic Social Committee in partnership with the Council of European Professionals and Informatics Societies and other leading stakeholders. It will bring together experts from governments, academia, ICT industry, ICT professional bodies and other stakeholders. Read more...


mstTest your students' perception of nanotechnologies

This month NANOYOU will undertake an online survey across Europe within a social study about young people’s perception on NT which will give you the opportunity to compare your students’ perceptions with those of the rest of Europe. Read more...


schoolsEnergy is our Future: Design competition Winners

European Schoolnet and PlasticsEurope are pleased to announce the winners of the design Competition which has been part of the “Energy is our Future” School Programme in the school year 2008-2009. The competition encouraged teams of students to search for information and propose a solution to one of the four given scenarios that featured a challenge. The solutions were expected to suit real life situations connected to the fields of energy efficiency, climate protection and resource efficiency. Read more...

schoolsProfessor Jacqueline McGlade urges young people to give more courage to the world leaders at COP15

During an online debate that took place on the FuturEnergia website on 25 September 2009, Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director at the European Environment Agency urged young people to speak out and convince their governments to make a difference and contribute to a good outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) that is scheduled to take place in Copenhagen on 7-18 December 2009. Read more...


mstScience education workshops and practice examples

The STELLA ( project will hold its last workshops and final conference during this autumn. The workshops will take place in Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria and Germany, and the final conference – open to science teachers and educators from across Europe – will be organised in Nancy, France, on 18 November 2009. The final outcomes of the project will be presented in the conference, such as the STELLA eBook "Science Education in European Schools - Selected Practices from the STELLA Catalogue”. Read more...


schoolsGet ready for the Xperimania Science Ambassadors

Do you want to show your students the coolest chemistry and physics tricks and get yourself new ideas for your science classes? This year Xperimania sends science ambassadors right into to the classroom to demonstrate the fun side of science - and your school can be one of their destinations! Read more...


mstInspire community of practice launched during summer school

Inspire invites teachers to join the new Inspire Community of Practice to discuss digital learning objects in Maths, Science and Technology (MST). The online community was launched during the Inspire summer school held in the village of Wals, in Austria. Read more...


policyKick-off of the Piccolingo campaign on Early Language Learning

On Friday 25 September, during the celebrations of the European Day of Languages, the European Commission launched the Piccolingo campaign on early language learning. The campaign aims at raising parents' awareness of the benefits of early language learning and at providing practical information and support. Read more...

policySAEL seminar on Language Teacher Support Websites

The SAEL Seminar will be held in Sèvres, Paris, on 5-6 November 2009, and will be aimed at decision-makers interested or involved in support websites for language teachers. The two-day event, hosted by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), will focus on the results of the SAEL project as well as provide a unique opportunity of peer learning and good practice exchange with decision-makers from all over Europe and experts from the websites eTwinning, Emilangues, Franc-Parler, Primary Languages and PrimLangues. Read more...


schoolsFew days left to register for EU translation competition for secondary schools!

Are you a secondary school? Are your pupils born in 1992 and good at languages? Then hurry up!, only six days are left (deadline: 20 October 2009) to register for the translation competition Juvenes Translatores, organised by the European Commission's translation department. Read more...


lreMETASCHOOL: European state of the art report

METASCHOOL is a project that aims to improve the in-service training of school teachers and school ICT staff on topics related to the organisation, sharing, use and re-use of digital learning resources that can be accessed online through learning repositories. One of the project deliverables is a “European state of the art report” which is a review state of the art in metadata and repositories for digital resources that are used in teaching and learning activities in schools. Read the report. Read more...

20-21 October: eTwinning WG 1
21-25 October: DYP event in Stockholm
21-22 October: eTwinning Work Group 2
22-23 October: eTwinning Work Group 3
24-25 October: Aspect - Lithuanian teachers national workshop
28-30 October: Nanoyou project meeting in Cambridge University, UK
31-01 November: Aspect - Romanian teachers national workshop
25-26 November: Steering Committee, Vilnius, Lithuania
26-29 November: EMINENT Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania
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