On Thursday 11 May, the Council of the EU adopted a general approach on the new integrated Erasmus for All programme proposed by the European Commission. This will replace the current education, training and youth programmes for the 2014-2020 period, and add a new dimension, sport.
The Council nevertheless introduced some changes in the Commission’s proposal, notably the introduction of a separate youth chapter with a separate budget for youth.
Read more and access the official press release on the European Commission website.
Morebackground information about the original proposal and FAQs are available here.
In EDEN's series of interviews with keynote speakers at the 2012 EDEN Annual Conference, David White - Honorary Director General at the European Commission - talked to Steve Wheeler about his life, his passions and what he believes about technology supported education.
Read the complete interview here.
"Education is relational!"
Find out what David White thinks about the impact technology has had on lifelong learning across Europe in the last two decades and what the future will hold for traditional ecuational institutions.
The new Europass website continues to open doors to learning and working in Europe
After almost 7 years of helping citizens make their skills and qualifications clearly understood across Europe, the Europass website has now acquired a new, modern graphic identity.
The new site includes a navigation section, Europass and you, which provides quicker access to the most popular information, according to personal interests.
The Europass website and the online Curriculum Vitae and Language Passport editor continue to attract more and more citizens every month (1.2 million visits in November 2011).
O Euro Rail é um jogo que simula uma viagem de comboio pelas capitais dos países da União Europeia. Quem quiser fazer uma viagem pela União Europeia e usufruir deste itinerário, sem pagar bilhete, só tem de entrar no EURO RAIL.Trata-se de um jogo para ser jogado por equipas de 2 elementos, que decorre através de uma aplicação do FACEBOOK
A Conference hosted by Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič.
The Lisbon Treaty introduces a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). As required by the Treaty, on a proposal from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a Regulation which defines the rules and procedure governing this new instrument (Regulation (EU) No. 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council 16 February 2011 on the citizens' initiative).
The ECI will allow 1 million citizens from at least one quarter of the EU Member States to invite the European Commission to bring forward proposals for legal acts in areas where the Commission has the power to do so. The organisers of a citizens' initiative, a citizens' committee composed of at least 7 EU citizens who are resident in at least 7 different Member States, will have 1 year to collect the necessary statements of support. The number of statements of support has to be certified by the competent authorities in the Member States. The Commission will then have 3 months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it.
In accordance with the Regulation, it will only be possible to launch the first European Citizens' Initiatives from 1 April 2012.
Classroom4.eu is a project that tries to map the cultural history and civilization of Europe as an exchange and communication process with the help of a student-designed wiki. European history is connected with the regional and local research: Students describe in short essays how their city, their region has participated in the European innovation processes. The project aims at all European upper secondary schools, and especially promotes an independent, research-based and propaedeutic learning.
For further information see also: http://www.classroom4wiki.eu/
A virtual community, open to everyone, for sharing ideas, news and events on science teaching in Europe / in your country.
A chance to present your own projects to colleagues from all over Europe. In STENCIL you can directly enter information about your science education project by filling in the Online questionnaire.
An opportunity to get inspired and search for science education projects from all over Europe. In the European catalogue of science education initiatives you will find more than 900 projects realised in schools all over Europe.
The European Online Catalogue of Science Education Initiatives includes initiatives directly submitted online by teachers and schools from all over Europe by filling in a questionnaire which documents the key elements of the school practices. Initiatives submitted are validated by project partners and made accessible by subjects, school levels, country, keywords, etc.
The Annual Reports on the State of Innovation in Science Education are published at the end of 2011, 2012 and 2013 and include the results of the joint reflection on science education themes and models carried out by STENCIL members as well as the detailed descriptions of the innovative practices identified at national and European level, paying particular attention to Comenius and other EU funded projects.
Study Visits are regularly organised from / to schools and other partner institutions in order to illustrate good and innovative practices in science education. A total of 7 study visits will take place in the following partners countries: Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Germany, and Malta, in occasion of partner meetings. Also external users are invited to participate in these study visits, namely teachers and school managers.
Workshops are regularly organised during the project life span for both members and external beneficiaries, mainly teachers, school managers, teacher trainers, etc. focussing on themes and methodologies related to the good practices identified by STENCIL members and adopting a peer to peer learning approach. A total of 7 workshops will take place in the following partner countries: Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Germany, and Malta, in occasion of partner meetings.
International conferences are organised in France, Germany and Italy, addressing teachers, school managers, teacher trainers, school authorities, policy makers, and all key players in science education in order to promote the Annual Reports as well as to present the good practices identified in this framework. They will also to provide occasions of informal exchanges, common reflections and debates, as well as working sessions and social events.
A Call for participants will be launched every year to schools having carried out the successful transfer of a good practice among those highlighted in the Annual Report. An award will be given to the winner school/s.
The Guidelines and Manifesto for teaching and learning science in a creative way will provide educational authorities and policy makers with tools and models for innovating science education in their countries, especially focused on the establishment of contacts between Research and School.
How to join:
If you want to be informed about the STENCIL Network and its activities, please write an e-mail to Ms Francesca Magrefi - e-mail: email@example.com - to be added to the STENCIL mailing list for the promotion of STENCIL activities and events (i.e. study visits, workshops, international conferences).
We are looking forward to establishing a wide range of contacts with practitioners from all over Europe interested in the exchange on science education!
EXPERTS - http://blog.experts.story-telling.eu/ - is an easy-to-handle weblog area for the exchange of experiences among kindergarten teachers. It is about stories of personally experienced situations with children in the daily life of kindergarten teachers and day mothers of different countries all over Europe.
Visit the EXPERTS blog:
EXPERTS – Experts in education reflect by telling stories
EXPERTS is not about telling exciting, extraordinary, unpublished stories or big problems or events. We would simply like to invite you to tell “little pieces of working life you have encountered in your daily working routine”, for example something important for you, or a situation which was difficult to handle, a situation where you were lost for words, a touching experience, a certain problem, situation, event or encounter that you would like to share with other colleagues…
The EXPERTS project is co-funded by the European Commission and aims at building up a Europe-wide network for kindergarten teachers and day mothers providing peer support for this group and lifelong learning through personally experienced situations from working life. The project is coordinated by ILI – Innovation in Learning Institute, Germany, with partners in Finland, Italy, Slovenia and Spain.
Write your story in the EXPERTS Blog!
… read and comment the stories of other Kindergarten teachers and day mothers.
Contribute to the discussion in the EXPERTS Forum!
... read and comment the messages of others, communicate with us and your colleagues in early childhood education about your experiences.
EXPERTS Blog: http://blog.experts.story-telling.eu/
EXPERTS Forum: http://blog.experts.story-telling.eu/forum/
The objective of the Infodays is to give useful information on the priorities of the 2012 call and what's new to the programme, as well as practical advice on the preparation and submission of proposals, and on the management of grants. And of course, to offer you the possibility to speak to the key players from the Lifelong Learning Programme, and with other participants organising projects.
Lifelong Learning: Submission and Selection Procedures
Lifelong Learning: parallel sessions on the sectoral /transversal programmes
Leonardo da Vinci
Key activity 3 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Key activity 4 Dissemination and exploitation of results
Lifelong Learning: parallel Sessions on the sectoral /transversal programmes
Key activity 2 Languages
Lifelong Learning: parallel Sessions on the Jean Monnet programme, involvement of the business community and e-form demonstration
Projects for policy support and cooperation