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November 27, 2008

Enhancing energy education at school

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Florica and Ilie Rus teach at National College “Samuil Vulcan” in Beius, Romania. They share some of their methods of combining traditional teaching and hands-on experiments while teaching science. They also tell us about some interesting activities focusing on energy education at school.

The full report in Romanian and a summary in Frenchare available. Should you have any questions, please get in touch with Florica and Ilie: ilierus@yahoo.com

November 24, 2008

Chat with Thomas Schmidt, a former Olympics Champion

Dear teachers in Europe

Thomas Schmidt, a former Olympics Champion at slalom canoe (2000 Summer Olympics), has accepted our invitation to host a chat on performance materials. This would be a unique opportunity to pose your questions to a former Olympics Champion, so do not miss it!

Chat theme: Plastics, the performance materials
Age group: 12-20
Date: 2 December 2008
Time: 14.00 CET
Guest: Thomas Schmidt
Language: English

The teachers who wish to take part in the debate can register by sending an email in English to Petru Dumitru: Petru.Dumitru@eun.org

The email should contain the following information:

School name
Town
Country
Students' age
Teacher name
Teacher e-mail
Phone number during the chat (debate)

Registration deadline: Wednesday 26 November 2008. For coverage reasons a maximum of two schools per country will be selected to take part in.

Thank you.

Regards,
Petru

Project coordinator and Web editor
European Schoolnet
Rue de Trèves, 61
B-1040 Brussels
Phone: +32.2.790.75.56
Fax: +32.2.790.75.85
http://www.europeanschoolnet.org/

November 23, 2008

The role of technology

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Life in the new knowledge society demands more independent and responsible behaviour and much less routine execution of orders; and most of all, we all need to continue to learn throughout life.

ICT (Information Communication Technology) is now everywhere in our daily lives, it surrounds us, and we use it every day for shopping, using home entertainment systems, buying train/air tickets. Whether you're a secretary, executive or teacher, the ability to use technology is a basic requirement.

Learning Technology has the potential to bring improved learning opportunities to a larger audience than has ever previously been possible, supporting more active learning experience through high degree of learner involvement, thus promoting a deeper understanding .

Practices based on ICT can develop methodologies of cooperative work, sharing and debating experiences, giving also the possibility to create learning communities.

The school project FuturEnergia, bringing together science and culture, gives the opportunity to integrate ICT into powerful lessons in human, social and physical sciences, promoting awareness in school students of all ages of the role of energy: its production, conversion and use.

Its aim is also to encourage energy efficiency and uptake of renewable energy sources in order to promote sustainable development in energy. A good energy education is an essential preparation to develop special energy programmes for changes in the behaviour of current and future energy consumers.

The use of technology applied to science learning can help motivate students and promote better take-up of these scientific topics, giving access to a variety of up-to-date resources that support more effective learning and teaching.

Mauro Verde, Italy
mauroverde1@gmail.com

November 19, 2008

FuturEnergia at the Festival of Science and Technology 2008, Bratislava, Slovakia

Eszter Babati, Mark Bali and Zsofia Ferenczy, former students at Batthyany Lajos Gimnazium, in Nagykanizsa, Hungary were encouraged by their former teacher, Janos Blasszauer, to promote the Energy is our Future school programme (FuturEnergia) at the Festival of Science and Technology.

This event is organized by the Slovak Association for Youth, Science and Technology (AMAVET) at Comenius University on Faculty of Natural Science in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 27-29 November 2008.
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The Festival of Science and Technology 2008 is under the patronage of the President of Slovak Republic, Ivan Gašparovič, and will host more than 150 young scientists from five European countries: the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Poland.

More about the event:
http://www.amavet.sk
http://www.festivalvat.sk

November 17, 2008

Online chat: Fruitful practice

Chat is a form of real-time communication which uses technology similar to that of electronic mail (e-mail); millions of users worldwide spend some time each day exchanging ideas and materials over the internet.

Taking part in chat sessions with experts and classes to discuss energy related themes can be a great opportunity for students and teachers as it helps to increase students motivation, facilitates communication among schools bringing diverse classes closer together.

The chat sessions can create conditions for effective and collaborative learning/teaching allowing long-distance exchange and interaction among groups of teachers, students, experts, who have the chance to investigate and understand ideas that may have a global impact.

These activities encourage students to be independent learners within a collaborative environment breaking the routine and making learning more varied.

Before gathering online the participating schools are provided with background information to help prepare the chat and get familiar with the theme.

http://www.cardarelli-massaua.it/futurenergy.htm

The chat activities aim to enhance common knowledge and relate it to most of school subjects, (science, chemistry, geography and language ); they can also give ideas and materials for teachers/students getting started in CLIL projects (Content and Language Integrated learning).

Education has a strategic role in improving Energy awareness, promoting changes in daily behavior, teaching students and children about energy efficiency and renewable energy .

Mauro Verde, Italy
mauroverde1@gmail.com

November 13, 2008

FuturEnergia Chat 1: Plastics, chemistry and climate protection

Dear teachers in Europe,

The first FuturEnergia chat (online debate) is scheduled on 27 November 2008 at 15.00 CET (Brussels time). The debate will focus on plastics, chemistry and climate protection.

Chat theme: Plastics, chemistry and climate protection
Age group: 12-20
Date: 27 November 2008
Time: 15.00 CET
Guest: Anton de Vries, President, Polyolefins Europe, LyondellBasell Industries
Language: English

The teachers who wish to take part in the debate can register by sending an email in English to Petru Dumitru: Petru.Dumitru@eun.org

The email should contain the following information:

School name
Town
Country
Students' age
Teacher name
Teacher e-mail
Phone number during the chat (debate)

Registration deadline: Friday 21 November 2008. For coverage reasons a maximum of two schools per country will be selected to take part in.

Thank you.

Regards,
Petru

November 12, 2008

Which were the benefits of the Energy is our Future school programme in 2007-2008?

In June 2008, a group of teachers representing all countries in the European Union and Candidate Countries were invited to list the most three relevant benefits of the Energy is our Future school programme. The top ten benefits of the programme would be:

*Encourage classes to produce Web-based content
*ICT use
*Language learning opportunities
*Raising awareness about energy efficiency, climate protection, resource efficiency
*Improving daily behaviour in terms of energy saving
*Team work opportunity
*Competition opportunities
*Chats
*Good practice examples
*Connecting classes to worldwide contemporary subjects such as climate change and energy challenges.