Europa, Summaries of EU legislation - Enforcement of intellectual property rights
In this section of the official website of the European Union it is possible to find the summaries of EU legislation on every subject. The linked page gives an overview of the legislation on IPR. The act the page refers to is the directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The page is available in 15 languages.
aPLaNet Teacher Guide
aPLaNet (Personal Learning Networks for Language Teachers) project is a European Union funded project that aims to help educators to understand benefits of shared knowledge based on social networks, and to learn how to build their own professional personal learning networks using social media.
The Teacher Guide is conceived as a theoretical and practical introduction to the project, providing background to the project and explaining its rationale and goals. It reflects on the terms connected with social media environments, positives and use of the networks, presents educational resources suitable both for teachers development and suggestions for usage within a classroom.
This document acts as a guide for educational institutions, teachers and educators to help them understand:
• What social networks and PLNs exist for language educators
• Why language educators should use them
• How teachers can get involved
The Teacher Guide is intended to be as comprehensive as possible so as to provide a wide range of options for growing as a professional and engaging with educators all over the world. It was developed to facilitate and support teachers´ orientation in the world of social media and ICT-based approaches to teaching/learning.
It also provides highly practical suggestions and hints for teachers. It presents a large number of ICT resources divided for better orientation into several categories. All of them are described both in terms of general characteristics, technical and other requirements, steps to be takes for successful set-up and configuration, navigation and operational rules.
Rosetta's Comet Touchdown
An interdisciplinary educational project about the European Rosetta Mission to a comet (arrival 2014). Suitable for students 15+. It involves making a LEGO model of a spacecraft and many other interdisciplinary activities around the topic of comet exploration. The pilot kit comprises a model of the ESA Rosetta lander, Philae, a film explaining the scientific and technical aspects of the mission and a set of Interdisciplinary Activities Sheets with suggestions for how to use the materials.
Chemistry: All About You
Çhemistry: All About You - Teach chemistry in a fun and innovative way is a website whereteachers can find chemistry resources to organise activities in the classroom around the video "Chemistry: All About You" developed by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) in partnership with UNESCO and IUPAC. The objective is to propose tools for an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach of chemistry teaching.
Video, teachers'guidelines, lesson plans, documents and experiment modules are available on the website.
LRE - Learning Resource Exchange
The Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools is developed and coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN, http://www.eun.org) and enables schools to find educational content from many different countries and providers. Anyone is able to browse content in the LRE federation of repositories and teachers that register can also use LRE social tagging tools, rate LRE content, save their Favourite resources and share links to these resources with their friends.
Other info about the project at http://fire.eun.org.
EU-UNAWE Universe Awareness
EU-UNAWE aims to use astronomy as a tool for inspiring and educating young children, and encourage them to develop an interest in science and technology. The programme also aims to introduce children to the idea of global citizenship and tolerance at a crucial stage of their development – to show them that they are part of an international community.
This programme is aimed at children aged 4 to 10 years, especially those from underprivileged communities, but the resources are open to all: on the website, multimedia as well as educational materials and guidelines are available.
Xplore Health is a European educational portal on cutting-edge health research that offers innovative multimedia and hands-on experiences to young people through the internet, schools and science centres and museums. This project's aims are: to bridge the gap between research and education, to inspire future researchers, to promote scientific literacy and to stimulate dialogue.
On the Xplore Health website, you can find a multimedia gallery with lots of videos, games and experiments and various resources for educators such as classroom activities, educators' guides and experiments protocols.
PRIMAS - PRomoting Inquiry in Mathematics And Science
PRIMAS is an international project within the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union aiming to promote inquiry-based learning in mathematics and science at both primary and secondary levels across Europe by supporting teachers to develop inquiry-based learning pedagogies so that, in turn, pupils gain first-hand experience of scientific inquiry.
To this purpose, the project also aims to develop various resources and make them available to teachers, parents and pupils. Some of these are: teaching materials, professional development courses for teachers, support for teachers, support for professional development facilitators, informational meetings for pupils and parents.
e-Bug is a free educational resource for classroom and home use that makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all students.
The website is divided in three sections for Junior Students, Senior Students and for Teachers, where lesson plans, student worksheets, activities and presentations are available. All activities and plans have been designed to complement the National Curriculum. The student pages complement the teacher resources by providing online games, revision pages and more to continue the learning experience at home.
EU-HOU Hands-on Universe
The EU-HOU project ("Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy to the classroom") is a collaboration of hundreds of teachers and scientists from 14 countries with the purpose of creating a way for students to get excited by science, primarily through the use of astronomy.
This project developed hands-on exercises (available at http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=4...) in lot of different languages, designed to promote an active learning by giving student real astronomical data to find a new planet, explore volcanos on the moons of Jupiter, classify stars, or weigh a galaxy. Each exercise comes complete with detailed instructions for how easily display, analyze, and interpret the data in the classroom, using the free software SalsaJ, downloadable at http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8&Itemid=10.