Working groups are set up by a group of Ministries of Education to tackle a specific issue. The remit and duration are defined by the Ministries involved.
1. Indicators Working Group
Description: This working group has been set for European Schoolnet members to exchange about their respective national surveys on digital education, discuss their results and improve the monitoring of digital developments in education at cross-country/European/worldwide level overall. The working group meets twice a year – face-to-face or online – and systematically organise a" tour de table" for the participating country to present their most recent surveys and indicators about digital education; it also provides the opportunity for more detailed presentations and discussions about most recent and substantial surveys or developments.
Recently, Netherlands, Croatia and Italy shared insights from national surveys on the impact of digital education and COVID-19 on teachers, school leaders and students. Switzerland presented results from their national survey on digitalisation of education, as well as insights from their systematic research on meta-analyses on the effect of digital device use on learning outcomes. Norway and Ireland presented the results of their digital strategy for schools, the next cycle of the strategy and how its assessment and monitoring will be organised.
Member countries: Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Wallonia), Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
2. Interactive Classroom Working Group
Description: The Interactive Classroom Working Group (ICWG) allows policy makers to explore common areas of concern, share experience, and address policy challenges related to the integration of a wide range of technologies in classrooms and their impact on teaching and learning. The ICWG is currently focusing on different approaches to personalising learning that includes: developing guidelines on adapting learning spaces in schools; creating short learning activities for teachers interested in personalising learning, and publishing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technical guidelines as a follow up to the BYOD guide for school leaders.
Member countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, and Turkey.
Check out the ICWG's video playlist on personalised learning below, featuring experiences and tips from teachers across Europe.
3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Working Group
Description: The Ministries of Education Representatives STEM Working Group is a platform for discussion and exchange for Ministries of Education regarding their STEM education policies. The overall objective of this initiative is to help lay the foundations for medium and long-term strategies and activities between ministries of education and European Schoolnet in the field of STEM education, following an agenda that addresses the Ministries' priorities and main interests. The working group is coordinated by European Schoolnet and supported by Scientix, the community for science education in Europe. The members of the working group are appointed by the Ministries of Education directly.
Member countries: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.
4. Digital Citizenship Working Group
Description: This new working group has been recently established, following the outcomes of EMINENT 2016, European Schoolnet's annual conference which was dedicated to the issue of digital citizenship. This working group will concentrate in the first instance on a specific sub-area of digital citizenship; the digital competence of teachers, students and schools. Specific meetings of the group are currently being organized and will focus on teachers' self-assessment of digital competence, as well as requirements related to the digital competence and citizenship of students and educational organizations.
Countries: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Federation Wallonia Brussels), Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey.