Key competence development: resources for online teaching and learning

With many school education systems suddenly shifting to online lessons, we share some links to help and inspire teachers.

General advice for designing and preparing lessons:

Edublogger Kathleen Morris has published a webpage in response to school closures, with a huge range of suggestions from around the world for how teachers and schools can approach online teaching.

UNESCO have also published a useful list of education applications and platforms.

eTwinning offers the chance to be part of one of the biggest learning community in Europe. To better support teachers, the portal provides ready-to-use teaching materials and access to online events, seminars and thematic groups.

And don’t forget that our online Teacher Academy professional development course on Formative Assessment also begins on 16 March. You can catch up even if you miss the start, and we anticipate that teachers will want to discuss online lessons.

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In the Erasmus+ project Let’s cross the boundaries of primary education together, teachers and pupils from different countries created magazines on different curriculum topics. Pupils developed their communication skills, as well as knowledge in different subjects. The magazines are available online and include quizzes that can be completed in lessons or for homework.


The European Centre for Modern Languages has a dedicated page on New Media in Language Learning. It is full of useful guidance and ideas for teachers regarding digital technology and online learning, including the DOTS – Developing Online Teaching Skills – training kit.

Maths and Science

The European Space Agency has a fantastic education site with activities and teacher resources. It is available in six languages.


EU Code Week happens in October every year. The ‘Teach’ page of the Code Week website has links to many different resources from around Europe.

Personal and social wellbeing

Whilst one school in Hong Kong held a virtual sports day, the GoNoodle online library has a range of fun dance videos designed for children of different ages to follow and get moving.


The EU Learning Corner is where teachers can find gamescompetitions and activity books to help pupils to discover the EU in an enjoyable way, in the classroom or at home. The website is accessible in 24 languages and resources can be searched by topic and pupil age group.


Youth Start is a European project that has Entrepreneurship activities and teaching materials in seven languages.

Cultural Awareness and Expression

Many of Europe’s museums offer online tours and educational resources, including the House of European History classroom activities, which are available in 24 languages.

International practitioners C&T (creativity and teaching) offer free online drama lessons. Teachers can also fill in a questionnaire to guide which online resources will be created in the coming weeks on this COVID-19 blog page.

If you are unsure about how to approach online learning in general, check out the Five Strategies for Learning Online MOOC on Teacher Academy!