School Education Gateway Newsletter March 2018
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The value of summative and formative assessment

Share your view in the latest poll on assessment for learning

An ongoing debate in school education is the importance of high-stakes summative assessment in national examinations, which take place at the end of students’ school careers and are regarded as the passport for future studies and professional life. Summative assessment can also take place within schools, via, for example, class tests and end-of-year school examinations. Nonetheless, formative assessment – sometimes called Assessment for Learning – can take place on a daily basis as an integral part of students’ school experience. Arguments for both methods are available, but what do you think? Share your opinion and tell us to what extent both methods are used in your school. Take this short poll in any of our 23 languages!


“Learning in a Museum” MOOC uncovers a new educational space

Five new Teacher Academy online courses topics for 2018 have been selected, with the first one focusing on museum learning launching on 19 March

Modern museums have evolved into community centres for intellectual development, and technological developments have enabled them to provide better access to their collections and enhance the visitors’ experience. The first Teacher Academy MOOC of 2018 introduces teachers to the concept of museum learning, and uncovers how museums can be used as educational tools, communities and learning spaces. Learn how to set the stage, create strategies and active tasks, and develop the right competences for museum learning. Enrol to the course here! If you also want to promote the course to friends and colleagues, you can easily share this Facebook post.

The course is the first one in a series of five this year. The other online courses will focus on the first years of teaching, language learning, and special needs in the classroom. Additionally, a special course will be dedicated to an introduction to eTwinning. More detailed information on the MOOCs will be announced on the eTwinning and Erasmus+ social media channels in due course.


Discover upcoming webinars for teachers!

Are you ready for short learning snacks to enrich your career in education? If yes, don’t miss the School Education Gateway webinars this year

The first set of webinars will focus on the benefits of entrepreneurial education through themes such as creative mind-set, assessment, citizenship and school engagement. Entrepreneurship competence is the ability to identify and seize opportunities and to plan and manage creative processes that are of cultural, social or financial value.

The second set of webinars will provide a deeper insight in different topics. We will start with cultural heritage, which is also the theme of the European Year in 2018. Join the webinar on 27 March to hear from experts how to link your teaching with cultural heritage. The second webinar in May will focus on ‘STEAM’, the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to engage all students in authentic learning experiences. If you want to join either one of the webinars or both, enrol here!


Learning continues after the course with Teacher Academy alumni groups

Moderated alumni groups and participant editorial boards introduced as a new service to recognise and support the outstanding work of course participants

Since late 2017, the Teacher Academy offers two new services to course participants: Alumni groups and the professional publishing of outstanding work of course participants. Alumni groups allow all participants that successfully finish a course to continue exchanges with peers after the course has ended, under the active guidance of a moderator. From these alumni, a team of five to twenty course participants who have demonstrated commitment and outstanding work during the course, is offered to form an editorial board.

Editorial boards review and rate content created by course participants. From this content, a set of works is selected to be edited, translated and published in the Teaching Materials section on the platform. With these activities, the School Education Gateway hopes to strengthen its ties with course participants and make joining the Teacher Academy courses even more beneficial.


Monthly focus

DECEMBER: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE

One cannot overstate the importance of early childhood education and care (ECEC). Preschools and kindergartens are children’s first social circles outside their family. There is time for the important imaginative play, as well as other development activities covered in three recent Erasmus+ ECEC projects. Moreover, ECEC “can lay foundation stones that give children the potential to benefit from education throughout the school system, into professional lives”. The long-lasting impact is also why great attention must be given to ensuring high-quality inclusive ECEC, and why the development of the EU Quality Framework is so beneficial.

JANUARY: CULTURAL HERITAGE

The European Year of Cultural Heritage puts the spotlight on Europe’s rich and diverse history and traditions. By celebrating, sharing and analysing their cultural heritage students learn about their own cultural identity and that of others – regionally and internationally. Celebrating the Year, we published activities contributing to strengthening intercultural understanding: an overview of international projects showing how students let the past meet the future, tips and tricks on the digital cultural heritage database Europeana, and an expert article from Liesbet Ruben how a museum visit can have a lasting impact.

FEBRUARY: VALUES: SUPPORTING A CULTURE OF INCLUSION

It may go under different names, or touch on different themes, but values education has a long history in Europe’s education. Although the European Union leaves national education systems to decide their own curricula, its official communications speak volumes. Indeed, different initiatives focus on the promotion of an open culture in schools, it was eTwinning’s annual theme 2017 and also EU’s first Education Summit shed light on the topic. The personal experience of retired teacher and chair of Terres des Hommes International demonstrates why inclusion is a pressing issue.



The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 34 European Ministries of Education. The School Education Gateway is linked to eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe.
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