European Schoolnet : Transforming education in Europe
SUMMARY Issue 44 - November 2009
eLearning Awards Jury announces top 50 projects in 2009
Launch of the new Insafe portal
Saferinternet.gr: Poll about internet safety education
New eTwinning report: Beyond school projects
Impact of digital learning resources on maths, science and technology education
Get the coolest science tricks in your classroom: apply now for Xperimania Science Ambassadors!
European Directory for Women in ICT
MOLAN - Network for the exchange of information about good practices to motivate language learners
HIGHLIGHTS

Eminent 2009 to take place in Vilnius, Lithuania

European Schoolnet's annual conference EMINENT 2009 is due to take place on 26-27 November in Vilnius, Lithuania. The programme of the event focuses on developing teacher and student skills for the future. High level policy makers are expected to attend the event which will be opened by Gintaras Steponavičius the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science. The event, which takes place at the Houses of parliament of Lithuania, will also be broadcast live; log on the the EMINENT Blog at http://eminent.eun.org/blog for more information.. Read more...

e-Skills Week 2010 campaign launched

The e-Skills Week 2010 campaign was launched at a kickoff meeting on 22 November 2009 in Brussels. e-Skills Week 2010 aims to raise awareness of the growing demand of highly skilled ICT practitioners and users within the industry. The culmination of the campaign will be the European e-Skills Week taking place in the first week of March 2010.

DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet have come together with 20 national partners and is calling on all interested stakeholders to join the campaign. e-Skills Week is funded and organised by the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry which has launched this important initiative as part of the EU e-skills strategy. Read more...


COMPETITION

schoolseLearning Awards Jury announces top 50 projects in 2009

The eLearning Awards Jury is proud to unveil the best 50 projects submitted to the 2009 competition. This year the competition has been very tough with more than 700 entries submitted and 695 approved, showcasing projects of very high quality. A jury session was organised on 9 November 2009 to select the final winners, who will be offered thousands of euros in cash prizes and brand new ICT equipment. Winners in this year’s ten categories will be announced during the eLearning Awards ceremony on 26 November at the EMINENT Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.Read more...

INSAFE

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 www.saferinternet.org. 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...

esafetySaferinternet.gr: Poll about internet safety education

Saferinternet.gr conducted an online survey in order to gather feedback from educators concerning internet safety education. With the invaluable cooperation with the Greek Schools’ Network, the survey questionnaire was sent out to a list of educators of both primary and secondary education levels all around, out of which 679 responded. The results of the survey were forwarded to the European Commission in the framework of the Pan-European Safer Internet Forum 2009.Read more...

STUDIES & REPORTS

schoolsNew eTwinning report: Beyond school projects

eTwinning is pleased to announce the release of a new report on the running of eTwinning during the 2008-2009 school year. "Beyond School Projects: A report on eTwinning 2008-2009" provides a comprehensive look at how eTwinning has developed and grown over the last year. Nearly five years after its launch, it is clear that the European action has grown from strength to strength and has responded to the needs of the teaching community. Read more...

policyEuropean Schoolnet to present STEPS study at ICT in Education conference

European Schoolnet will present the results of the STEPS study on Technology’s Impact on Primary Schools at conference titled: ‘ICT in Education: Harnessing Technology to Improve Educational Outcomes’. The event is scheduled to take place on 3 December 2009 in London. Read more...

PROJECTS

mstImpact of digital learning resources on maths, science and technology education

From August 2008 to November 2009, Inspire (Innovative Science Pedagogy in Research and Education) brought together teachers from five European countries to test and analyse digital learning resources in maths, science and technology (MST) subjects. The results are now being published and distributed through the Inspire project summary brochure and the handbook for teachers, available online. Read more...

PROJECTS

schoolsGet the coolest science tricks in your classroom: apply now for Xperimania Science Ambassadors!

Do you want to show your students the coolest chemistry and physics tricks, and get new ideas for science classes? You have still until 15 December 2009 to join the call for candidate schools for Xperimania Science ambassadors. Starting from February 2010, the science ambassadors will pack their bags and come right into the classroom of the winning schools to demonstrate the fun side of science. If you want your school to be one of their destinations, fill in the application form online by 15 December 2009. Read more...

ICT

policyEuropean Directory for Women in ICT

The European Commission has launched the European Directory for Women in ICT (http://www.ictwomendirectory.eu) – a new online tool that will bring together all information on activities and jobs in the EU related to women and ICT. The directory was created by the European Centre for Women and Technology, a Norway-based network. European Schoolnet recently joined ECWT as a member and was nominated to the executive committee. Read more...

LANGUAGES

languagesMOLAN - Network for the exchange of information about good practices to motivate language learners

The MOLAN network project, financed by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), is coordinated by the Free University in Berlin, in co-operation with European Schoolnet. The project’s principal aim is to create an interactive network throughout Europe to bring about a positive attitude among young Europeans towards the learning of foreign languages, and towards other peoples and cultures.. Read more...

UPCOMING EUN MEETINGS
24 November: FuturEnergia - Online Debate with MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas
25 November: Steering Committee, Vilnius, Lithuania
26-27 November: EMINENT Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania
15 December: ASPECT project review, Brussels
26 -27 January: eTwinning WG
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