teachers contest webinar – good practice sharing

For educators, nothing is more important than continuing to learn. Our fourth webinar celebrated the sharing of more than 200 good practices among European educators. Over the final months of this year teachers, trainers, academics and entrepreneurs submitted a variety of fantastic innovations to ensure others learn from them. 118 good practices are already published in the Good Practice section here.

Good Practice Contest Snapshot

 

Learning is not a competition, but this was a contest. All of the submissions were evaluated according to five specific criteria:

 

  • Innovation—how revolutionary was the practice?
  • Openness—did it produce or use OERs?
  • Inclusion—was inclusiveness promoted?
  • Replicability—could it be scaled?
  • Political Relevance—was it a fit with an EC priority?

As one of the judges, I was lucky enough to review more than thirty of the best practices in detail. They were varied in their focus and approaches. For example:

  • Contributors ranged from individual teachers running projects in one classroom to pan-European initiatives run by teams of researchers and teacher trainers.
  • Users of the practices included both students and teachers, at the early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education level Practices were drawn from all over Europe, including Serbia, Spain, Germany, Croatia, UK, Europe, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Lithuania, Belgium, Portugal.
  • Formats were varied and combined in interesting ways. There were examples of distance learning, ebooks, practical in-class projects, blended learning approaches, MOOC, radio learning programs, movie making and more.
  • Topics spanned space, CERN, fostering creativity, mapping European history, augmented reality books, social books, media literacy, cyber-bullying, identity and school gardens.

 

Webinar Overview

 

In the end, we selected five finalists from the 200+ good practices that we received. Each of these stood out for scoring highly in all categories. The practitioners in each case were invited to present their work in the webinar in front of an audience of 75 registered participants.