The German Education Minister of the Land Thüringen visits our Future Classroom Lab

Helmut Holter, the Education Minister of the German Land Thüringen, visited European Schoolnet last week, together with Bettina Biste, Director of the International German School in Brussels and Wolfgang Borde, Deputy Head of the Thuringian representation in Brussels.

Mr. Holter currently holds the presidency of the KMK (Kulturministerkonferenz), The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany for the year of 2018.

The German delegation visited European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab (FCL) – an inspirational technology-enhanced learning environment - and was briefed on the wide range of projects and initiatives that European Schoolnet coordinates or is an active partner in. Mr. Holter was impressed with the variety of means through which European Schoolnet supports teachers, such as via the eTwinning community, the European Schoolnet Academy and, in particular, the FCL.

The innovative approach to education that European Schoolnet offers through its Future Classroom Lab and its diverse projects was of particular interest to the German Minister, given that he is currently preparing the digital strategy for schools in Thüringen. The ideas generated and results achieved through European Schoolnet's initiatives can serve as great inspiration for a successful approach to digitalization in schools.

Minister Holter commented that in Thüringen they are currently reflecting on how to integrate coding into the school curriculum, a skill that is deemed evermore useful for 21st century learners, and that it will be very important to fully prepare teachers for this. European Schoolnet is active in providing professional development activities for teachers to ensure they can develop their digital skills, and will be shortly co-running the Code Week 2018 campaign on behalf of the European Commission, to encourage and support teachers in bringing coding to the classroom.

Any of European Schoolnet's existing members as well as others interested are warmly invited to bring a delegation of colleagues, teachers or students to come and experience the inspiring learning space that is the Future Classroom Lab! For more information, please contact com-team@eun.org.

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