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, KeyCoNet, SENnet and STEM ones.
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 LabDesireCreative Classroom Lab, and 1to1 pedagogyGo-LabnanOpinion and GLOBALexcursion.

More information:  Eminent Speakers 2013 Eminent Agenda 2013 (pdf)


Download the presentations (pdf):

Day 1

  • Roundtable on initial teacher training: Challenges and best practices. Chair: Roger Blamire, Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet


  1. iTEC - A look into the future(s), Will Ellis, iTEC Project Manager
  2. Capacity building for access for all: teacher education in ICT and inclusion, Jan de Craemer, Belgium Flemish Community Ministry of Education
    1. Universal Design for Learning - designing learning with accessibility in mind
    2. Digital content - Digital Learning resources
    3. An online modular course - launching a self-access course to inform and empower teachers
  3. Teacher professional development and STEM: How to engage pupils betterDr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez, Science Programme Manager, European Schoolnet
  4. KeyCoNet and Entrepreneurial project: can you teach entrepreneurship?, Maite Debry, Project Manager, European Schoolnet.
    1. The entrepreneurial school project, Elena Ruskovaara, Lappeenranta University Finland, partner in The Entrepeneurial School project
    2. The Key Competences Network (KeyCoNet), Livia di Nardo, Director of Development at Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe (Ja-Ye Europe)  

Day 2