Looking back on our 20th anniversary celebratory activities

2017 has been a special year for European Schoolnet, as we have celebrated 20 years of transforming education, together with all our members and stakeholders across Europe and beyond. Having begun as a network of 18 Ministries of Education in 1997, we currently have 31 members, all united in our mission to test promising innovative practices, share evidence about their impact, and support mainstreaming effective teaching and learning practices for all students.

So how have we marked this special occasion? During 2017 we launched a series of activities to showcase our achievements to date, as well as reflect on the road ahead. We published monthly videos interviewing experts and stakeholders about key topics concerning innovation in education, as well as their experience of working with us. Hear what our Ministries of Education, teachers, researchers, educational ogranisations, and industry partners had to say in our weekly testimonials on social media. Check out our most popular videos, publications, and MOOCs in our series of European Schoolnet Highlights, to select your favourite resources. Curious to look back at our journey since 1997 in line with the major technological evolutions that have affected our development? Check out our timeline highlighting our milestones over the last 20 years. For a trip down European Schoolnet's memory lane, view our anniversary video here.

Our celebratory year culminated in the 20th anniversary edition of our annual EMINENT conference, which was dedicated to why space, time and eco-systems matter for better learning. With more than 300 participants from 35 countries representing Ministries of Education, schools, universities, major technology companies and the wider education community, EMINENT 2017 featured high-level keynote speakers, as well as special addresses from Ms. Ylva Johansson (Swedish Minister for Employment), and Luigi Berlinguer (former Italian Minister of Education), both key figures in the establishment of European Schoolnet.

EMINENT 2017 looked forward by launching European Schoolnet's vision for the future as well as its first edition of the Open Book of Educational Innovation – a collection of initiatives and organisations at the core of educational transformation in school education across Europe.

Reflecting on the network's future, European Schoolnet's Chair, Giovanni Biondi, said, ‘Teacher-led instruction and subject-based learning have given way to new learning environments, competence-based education, and student-centred learning. European Schoolnet has a clear role in the coming years to support the education community in using ICT to promote these new modes of teaching and learning.'

European Schoolnet's Executive Director, Marc Durando, commented, ‘We look forward to growing our network and to continuing to improve the future of education by driving innovation, together with all our valued members, partners and stakeholders.' On specifying how this will be done concretely, Mr Durando added: ‘By supporting the development of digital citizens, contributing to the professional development of teachers through our Future Classroom Lab and European Schoolnet Academy, and scaling innovation through pilot projects and defining eco-systems to support systemic change.' It is in focusing on these priorities that European Schoolnet hopes to continue to transform education for years to come.

Want to find out more? Check out our 20th anniversary web page and follow #eu_schoolnet20 on Twitter and Facebook.