R4C @ the 2nd SELFIE FORUM| Empowering schools to develop a digital strategy

Dear collaborators,

We are very happy to invite you to the second SELFIE Forum that will take place online on the 7th and 8th of October.

This event is organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) B4, in association with the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG-EAC) and with the contribution of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG-EMPL).

The registrations are already open through our website, and for any questions, you can reach us through our functional mailbox: [email protected].

This multi-stakeholder event invites education policy-makers, school leaders, teachers, students, trainers, national coordinators, researchers, practitioners and future potential users to participate.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth will open the Forum, and  Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, will launch the new module SELFIE for Work Based Learning.

There are several interactive workshops planned for all the education community and various events aimed for networking amongst participants. This year’s forum will focus on providing inspiration but also hands on experience to schools and teachers to create their own digital action plans and take a step forward in developing the digital capacity of their school.

During the forum, the Work-Based Learning module of the SELFIE tool will be launched. This new module is aimed at bringing Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions and companies closer in discussing jointly how they can embed digital technologies in education and training.

Another new tool SELFIEforTEACHERS will also be presented during the Forum. SELFIEforTEACHERS is a self-reflection tool designed to support the development of the teachers’ digital skills inside and outside of the school.

Please see our programme here.

All those interested in the event are encouraged to register hereStudents and teachers are strongly encouraged to participate too, and can submit videos or e-posters to be showcased on the website(*minors appearing in the videos would need parents’ consent, see the registration page).

Please,  share this information with all contacts you deem relevant.

We look forward to seeing you!

Yours sincerely,


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Real change takes place in deep crisis – OCC 2021

EDEN Open Classroom initiative presents its next conference entitled Real change takes place in deep crisis with f2f, virtual and inworld participation on 22-24 October 2021. 07. 15.

The event is jointly organised with Ellinogermnaiki Agogi, Athens, the Institute of Educational Policy, Greece, the European Distance and E-Learning Network and the EDEN Digital Learning Europe in the framework of the Reflecting for Change project.

The aim of the OCC 2021 is to explore the idea of “Open School” as an engaging environment that effectively introduces novel methodologies, tools and content by re-designing learning to accommodate and include difference and by bringing together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, into an innovation ecosystem.

Proposals are invited for Papers on the themes of the conference. Abstracts and inquiries about the conference content should be sent in electronic form (by e-mail) to [email protected] by 19/9/2021.

Registration and further information are available at the conference site: http://openclassroom2021.ea.gr

Open Schooling Summer School 2021

Open Schooling Summer School 2021, 5-9 July 2021

The “Towards an Open and e-Mature School” Summer School aims to familiarize participants with the open schooling approach that provides a powerful framework for school heads and teachers to engage, discuss and explore: how schools need to evolve, transform and reinvent; how schools facilitate open, more effective and efficient co-design, co-creation, and use of educational content tools and services for personalized science learning and teaching; how schools can become innovation incubators and accelerators.

It has been designed to promote the use of self-reflection tools as a vehicle to support innovation and systemic change in schools. It proposes an innovation support framework and a roadmap to schools seeking to introduce a change culture that ensures a meaningful uptake of sustainable innovation.

It will focus on the use of self-reflection tools as a valid way to support innovation and systemic change in education. Participants will explore how schools may move from self-reflection to developing a comprehensive plan of action that utilises the results of a self-evaluation exercise, but, crucially, in combination with fundamental principles and mechanisms of European educational policy for schools.

Furthermore, the “Towards an Open and e-Mature School” Summer School will present the concept of Schools as Living Labs. Living labs are user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on a systematic user co-creation approach integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings. In the educational context, we engage the living lab methodology as a technique of crucial value in the heart of initiatives of open schools, which, in cooperation with other stakeholders, aspire to become agents of community well-being by creating new partnerships in their local communities.

The summer school will also present the concept of Digital Media Literacy for Active Citizenship to promote critical thinking and democratic values. Digital advances have brought new challenges for Europe’s pupils, students and teachers. Algorithms used by social media sites and news portals can be powerful amplifiers of bias or fake news, while data privacy has become a key concern in the digital society. EU citizens, but above all young students are vulnerable to cyber bullying and harassment, predatory behaviour or disturbing online content.

Finally, the summer school will discuss Biomimicry, an interdisciplinary approach that uses living organisms as a model to meet the challenges of sustainable development (economic, environmental and social). It will present way for enhancing competences and awareness on biomimicry in the School Community, including students, parents, teachers and directors and Informal Science Education Providers, while reinforcing the sustainability principle in schools for the whole school community.

Participants will look at how schools can be supported in using these tools to understand the current position of the organisation and build on the results to define and implement suitable action plans by applying a step by step support mechanism for school heads and teachers.

Visit the webpage of the summer school and register here

For any questions, please contact [email protected]

Way to make your school e-mature and open:

The benefits of using the r4c self reflection tool and implement changes built around the result




The workshop aims at bringing together policy makers, teachers, school leaders, researchers and representatives of the K12 sector of education on wider benefits of making their schools digitally mature, open and innovative.

Participants will examine how schools can be supported in using self-reflection tools to understand the current position of the school as a learning organisation and build on the results to define and implement a concrete set of actions by providing a step-by-step support mechanism for school heads and teachers.

The event will consist of presentations of the Reflecting 4 Change project results so far, followed by a panel of experts and interaction with the audience.


Sofoklis Sotiriou, Elliogemaniki Agogi, Greece

Nikos Zygouritsas, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece

Menelaos Sotiriou, Science View

Rosa Doran, NUCLIO Interativo de Astronomia, Portugal


Nikoleta Giannoutsou, Joint Research Centre – The EU Science Hub, Barcelona, Spain

Georgia Fermeli, Institute of Educational Policy, Greece

Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece

The participation in the R4C workshop is free.


European recognition of OSOS through the Greek Ministry of Education

The GENE Network announced today a series of awards for 2021.

GENE brings together Ministries and Agencies with national responsibility for funding, coordination, policy-making and support in the field of Global Education. GENE’s work is based on the vision of a universal, rights-based approach to Global Education. GENE works towards the day when all people in Europe – in solidarity with peoples globally – will have access to quality Global Education. This vision provides an ultimate benchmark for the work of GENE.

Our partner, the Institute of Educational Policy of the Ministry of Education has received the NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR QUALITY IN GLOBAL EDUCATION for the implementation of the OSOS project in Greece.

Join the Eratosthenes Experiment March 2021

Following March’s  2019 great success with more than 800  schools from 77countries  around the world involved in the activity (in March 2020 due to covid-19 the event was not disseminated),  we are happy to announce the Eratosthenes Experiment March 2021, which will take place on the 22nd of March! Do not miss the opportunity to participate in this fascinating international event! Take part with your school by registering at the Eratosthenes Experiment website and providing us your school’s longitude and latitude. Once you are registered, you will try to find you another school (partner school) with which you share the same longitude. Together with your partner school, you will record data, collaborate, calculate the circumference of the Earth, submit your data and participate in our photo contest.

In order to stand a chance to win a scholarship to attend the 2021  European Science Innovation Academy’s (ESIA) Summer Schoolin Greece, take a photo of your experiment and submit it until  the 23rd of April along with your data. For more info about the contest please visithttp://eratosthenes.ea.gr/content/photo-contest-2021.

Stay tuned by joining the Eratosthenes Community, where you can also find lesson plans of the experiment (appear as resources) based on the Inquiry Based Model. There, you’ll find your country’s community (Network of related communities – on the right) and the lesson plans for primary school and high school in your languages! If you do not have access to computers or tablets your students’ knowledge on the subject will be assessed by the means of an online questionnaire which can be found here.

Visit Eratosthenes Experiment official website, create your  account  and make use of it   in order to register your school, submit & store your experiment data to compare them with future data. If you already had created an account in order to take part in Eratosthenes Experiment past events, all you have to do is to enter your account, update your profile if it’s needed (e.g. School name and coordinates if you are working in a new school this year, etc.) and don’t forget to check the Eratosthenes March 2021 participation box. Also photos from the experiment taking part at your school (or another location) could be included in  the gallery of Eratosthenes official website. For this purpose.

Join the Eratosthenes Experiment to get a glimpse of FUNdamental science!

Contact Person

Dr. Angelos Lazoudis
Tel: +30.210.8176795