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Showcase your projectSHOWCASE YOUR PROJECT 

If you have an EU-funded project linked to entrepreneurial learning then Practice into Policy: Entrepreneurial Learning (#PiPEnT) is made for you.

#PiPEnT is a pilot initiative to demonstrate the collective learning, value and impact of EU projects linked to entrepreneurial learning. It will trial a new approach to gathering and showcasing learning from a wide range of EU-funded projects within a specific thematic area, with the aim of learning, supporting and driving improvement at both practice and policy levels.

Submit your project now and showcase it to policymakers and practitioners across Europe.

The event will take place on 11 May at 12.30 – 17.30 in Brussels. It is run by Bantani Education in cooperation with Earlall, vleva, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the LLLPlatform.

Be sure to submit a project, no matter if it’s completed or still in progress, that has received EU funding to support activities linked to entrepreneurial learning. It may include anything from social innovation to community ideas projects, from citizenship initiatives to agricultural projects!

For more info, please click here.

You can submit your project here.


committed europeCOMMITTED EUROPE 

The Jean Monnet Seminar “The future of Europe: a commitment for You(th)” was held in Rome on 23-24 March on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties.

127 participants attended the Jean Monnet Geo-Thematic Seminar, including 94 Jean Monnet professors and 33 international and national level policy makers, journalists, civil society and youth association representatives and students. 40 different nationalities were represented. Web-stream (with over 300 viewers) and social media (150 mentions of the #EU60JeanMonnet hashtag on Twitter and 5300 Facebook posts on the event) allowed for broader and active distance participation

Some highlights from the seminar’s conclusions:

  • EU institutions should reinforce positive messages about the EU’s achievements and the advantages/benefits of being an EU citizen through traditional media, social media and the digital environment
  • Even crises should be turned into opportunities (e.g. communicate Brexit in a positive to EU citizens)
  • Code of conduct is necessary for online journalism to tackle spreading misinformation that has the potential to influence elections. In response, we must promote communication style that is authentic, open and honest
  • Work with trusted third parties as multipliers/mediators, recognising that humans are wired for storytelling and craft messages that resonate on an emotional level
  • Systematically liaise with (young) Eurosceptics and reflect upon the validity of their criticisms without the isolationist touch often associated with the EU debate
  • Academia should share its expertise and extend its involvement to civil society and local communities, particularly children, pupils and young people.
  • Act at both nursery and primary school level to include a European complement in the national identity formation
  • Empower international students and alumni to get involved in a range of social causes (environment, social justice, diversity) even outside their university context
  • Raise visibility of youth movements, volunteering and NGO services, which daily engage with groups that are deemed ‘hard to reach’
  • Reflect on how (at least some) MEPs could be elected on a European basis and how to create fully European constituencies, to reach electors across and beyond national boundaries

Speakers and participants expressed views on the way forward for Europe, taking into account the recent release of the Commission’s White Book and its five scenarios. Possible methods for the reform of the EU were debated and proposals formulated.

For full report and conclusions click here.



WeVideo, the collaborative digital video storytelling choice of more than 6,500 schools worldwide, recently announced that it has joined with Google to expand the availability of the Creative Apps for Chromebooks offering to the UK and Nordic countries. WeVideo has been the exclusive video partner for the Google program since its inception in June 2016. The expansion provides a specially priced package including WeVideo’s cloud-based video editing, green screen, screencasting and more to new Chromebooks purchased for education through resellers XMA (UK), Lin Education (Sweden), and Avalon Solutions (Sweden, Norway, Denmark).

WeVideo offers a comprehensive digital storytelling toolset that addresses the entire range of video project requirements in today’s digital classroom and is a catalyst for learning, collaboration, creativity and expression. Robust Google G Suite for Education integration ensures privacy, security and makes it easy for administrators to provision and manage users, groups, schools and districts. Flexible work modes ensure that WeVideo adapts to the differentiated learning needs of students of varying ages, skillsets and rates of progress.

WeVideo CEO Krishna Menon said, “Thanks to the Creative Bundle, the focus can be put on learning, collaboration and creativity rather than the minutiae of software purchases. The program has been tremendously popular in the US and we are thrilled with Google’s move to extend these benefits to students and teachers in Europe.”

WeVideo is entirely cloud-based so it always up-to-date and accessible anytime, anywhere, from any mobile device, laptop, desktop, or Chromebook. Powered by the Cloud, WeVideo provides significant and scalable video processing to Chromebooks, enabling them to match or even exceed the performance of much more expensive hardware.

With its exclusive new WeVideo JumpStart™ feature, WeVideo is even faster and more practical in the classroom. JumpStart leverages technology developed by WeVideo that enables people to instantly begin editing using locally stored media files without waiting for the files to upload to the Cloud. This enables students to be productive throughout class time by eliminating disruptions from bandwidth limits and unreliability.

For more information, please click here.


Prepared by Simona Varankaite

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