EMINENT -Experts Meeting in Education Networking is an annual event organised by European Schoolnet. This year's event "Teacher Training for the 21st Century" took place on 4-5 December 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.
As demonstrated by results of research such as the "Survey of Schools: ICT in Education” from European Schoolnet and many of its projects, teacher training is essential to allow for innovation in the classroom, improving pupils’ results and reaching teaching excellence.
Online training possibilities are evolving fast and so are the requests to teachers to integrate new competences and adjust to an ever changing environment. EMINENT 2013 provided for a global overview on innovative teacher professional development initiatives from various educational systems and take stock of provisional results on this matter from European projects such as iTEC
What are the best practices in term of teacher training initial and in- service programmes? How expectations towards teachers have changed? Is online training the answer to provide teachers with adequate professional skills during the duration of their career? Can a European core programme such as the European Schoolnet Academy make a difference and answer some of the national education systems challenges? Those questions were at the heart of our discussions for this edition of our annual EMINENT conference.
This year's conference aimed at:
- Providing policy makers and industry partners with the most up-to-date information regarding the latest trends on ICT use in schools.
- Identifying current roadblocks to upscaling and mainstreaming ICT in schools.
- Helping European Schoolnet to define its future work programme.
The poster session on European Schoolnet projects featured: Future Classroom Lab and Living School Lab; Desire; Creative Classroom Lab, and 1to1 pedagogy; Go-Lab; nanOpinion and GLOBALexcursion.
More information: Eminent Speakers 2013, Eminent Agenda 2013 (pdf)
Download the presentations (pdf):
- Welcome address: Learning is moving ahead, Giovanni Biondi, Chair of European Schoolnet
- Key note address: Educators as the drivers of innovation in digital pedagogy, Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, and Assistant Director for Open Mode Learning, Institute of Education, University of London.
- First plenary roundtable: Latest trends in education - what the research says. Chair: Patricia Wastiau, Principal Advisor for Studies, European Schoolnet; Speaker: Morten Soby The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
- Roundtable on initial teacher training: Challenges and best practices. Chair: Roger Blamire, Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet
- Initial teacher education in National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Majella Dempsey, Maynooth University, Ireland
- In search of the future education, Dr. Kari Kumplainen, University of Oulu, Finland
- Education in Europe, Initial teacher education, Dr. Asa Morberg, Vice president of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe
- iTEC - A look into the future(s), Will Ellis, iTEC Project Manager
- Capacity building for access for all: teacher education in ICT and inclusion, Jan de Craemer, Belgium Flemish Community Ministry of Education
- Universal Design for Learning - designing learning with accessibility in mind
- Digital content - Digital Learning resources
- An online modular course - launching a self-access course to inform and empower teachers
- Teacher professional development and STEM: How to engage pupils better? Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez, Science Programme Manager, European Schoolnet
- KeyCoNet and Entrepreneurial project: can you teach entrepreneurship?, Maite Debry, Project Manager, European Schoolnet.
- The entrepreneurial school project, Elena Ruskovaara, Lappeenranta University Finland, partner in The Entrepeneurial School project
- The Key Competences Network (KeyCoNet), Livia di Nardo, Director of Development at Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe (Ja-Ye Europe)
- Report from the workshops by Roger Blamire, Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet
- New opportunities for in-service teacher trainning, Jim Ayre, Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet
- A European overview on the organisation of professional development opportunities for teachers, Presentation from Eurydice network, Bernadette Forsthuber, Executive Agency for Culture, Education and Audiovisual
- Reform of teacher professional development in Spain, José Luis Cabello, Spanish Ministry of Education
- Best practices in Italy, Samuele Borri, INDIRE
- Experiences and good practices from large scale teacher trainning ICT projects in Greece, Demetra Egarchou, CTI - "Diophantus"
- Moving together with the European School Academy, Patricia Wastiau, Principal Advisor for Studies, European Schoolnet
- Closing of the conference by European Schoolnet