Although Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields are widely regarded as critical to national economies, so far most countries across the globe are struggling to reduce the current STEM skills shortage. This also applies to Europe, as according to the latest comparative report of the PISA 2022 study, published by the European Commission in February 2024 with a focus on the EU perspective, shockingly, 30% of EU students fail to reach minimum proficiency levels in mathematics, with similar trends observed in reading and science.

The European Schoolnet Academy recently hosted three webinars as part of its 4th Thematic Seminar on the topic of teacher professional development in the age of AI. The webinar series concluded with the launch of the report, " Professional Development for Teachers in the Age of AI." This report provides an overview of crucial considerations and actionable ideas regarding AI integration within teacher professional development.

The 24th of January is the International Day of Education, and UNESCO dedicates it this year to countering hate speech, a topic European Schoolnet knows very well, as Hacking Hate has been one of our lead motifs in response to the growing concerns across European governments, in particular among Ministries of Education, as well as schools, parents, and, of course, students.

A new year is unfolding, reinforcing the goals set by European Schoolnet and its stakeholders from over 30 countries. The year 2023, rich in projects and knowledge, has once again allowed us to fulfill our mission: empowering European education by providing comprehensive support and fostering collaboration among stakeholders.

From 1 January to 30 June 2024, Belgium will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This presidency is important owing to the timing, with the European elections in June 2024 in view.

In today's rapidly evolving digital world, where visual storytelling dominates our screens, film education is becoming an important component of media literacy. As we consume an increasing amount of audiovisual content, understanding the language of film goes beyond entertainment; it becomes a key tool for critical thinking and effective communication. Hence, it is crucial to explore the significance of film education as an essential element of media literacy.

The concept of Professional Development for Teachers, especially in the time of AI, has taken centre stage in the educational landscape. The recent EMINENT Conference shed light on the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating AI into education, emphasising the pivotal role of teachers in this transformative journey. With an optimistic outlook, the panel underscored the need for sustainable Continued Professional Development programmes to support educators in embracing technological revolutions.

The French Ministry of national education and youth has launched this year a series of measures to strengthen students' digital skills and accelerate the use of digital tools for student success. These measures are part of the so-called Digital Education Agenda 2023-2027.

The report "Teacher Survey: Sound in schools and its impact on learning and teachers' wellbeing" captures the results of a pan-European survey conducted by European Schoolnet under its Future Classroom Lab initiative with the financial assistance of Saint-Gobain Ecophon.

Better Internet for Kids (BIK) is looking for you! Are you a teacher of pre-school, primary, or secondary education? Do you have an awareness of – or interest in – keeping children and young people safe online? Can you contribute your views and experiences on a range of topics ranging from children's rights in the digital world, to whole-school approaches to esafety?

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