www.aec.asef.org | Jan 2012 Issue

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  10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network Conference

“The AEC-NET is really a good venture to know and learn about technology and meet educators, as well. In this way, it helps the participants to develop their creativity that will impart in their respective schools that will be beneficial to the students”
said Ms Analyn Santos from the Philippines.

“The Conference and the activities of AEC-NET gave me an excellent opportunity to meet people of different cultures and helped me to understand the importance of global teaching to open up the world to the young” said Mrs Jana Vidova from Slovakia.

Both Ms Anayn Santos and Mrs Jana Vidova were two of the 113 attendees from 33 ASEM countries* at the 10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network Conference that took place from 7 to 11 November 2011 in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. The Conference was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in collaboration with the County Louth Vocational Education Committee and supported by the Department of Education and Skills.

Themed “Apps in Asian and European Classrooms! Unleashing Educational Creativity”, the conference kept educators from Asia and Europe informed on the current technologies that could help them to enhance and foster creativity in the classrooms. Apart from getting insights from the invited speakers on the topics related to the theme, 5 different workshops were convened side-by-side showcasing innovative and creative apps and tools that educators could utilise in the classrooms.

Furthermore, the educators also shared creative ideas on how they have been using innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) in their classrooms.

*Austria, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam.
  2010/2011 Gold and Merit Awards  
“I had a wonderful and fruitful experience while working with my project mates from Asia and Europe. Not only am I able to complete a meaningful project task by raising awareness on flora and fauna conservation among my peers, I have also improved on my ICT and communication skills. The most valuable thing I have gained would be the precious friendships I have built with my Asian and European friends.” said 15 year old Gigi Ker from Singapore.

Gigi is one of the six student representatives who were invited to Ireland to co-present the shortlisted project with the Project Co-ordinator.

Six AEC projects groups were shortlisted from 33 entries (developed from the last conference in India) to compete for the Gold and Merit Awards in Ireland. The six finalists, comprised of one Project Co-ordinator and student representative per group, co-presented their project work at the conference.

In the evening of 8 November, the results were announced by Mr Ciarán Cannon, TD Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with the Award certificates presented by Mr Pat Cox, Former President of European Parliament during the closing dinner on 10 November.

The Gold Awards were conferred to these AEC Project Groups, namely “Flora and Fauna Conservation”, “Home Seek”, and “Red listed and Endangered species Database (R.E.D)”.

The Gold Award winners “Flora and Fauna Conservation”, “Home Seek” and “Red listed and Endangered species Database (R.E.D)” received the award certificates from Mr Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament.

The Merit Awards were conferred to “A Magic Flight to Benevento”, “East Speaks West, West Speaks East 2010”, and “GoCyberGreen 2010/2011”.

The Merit Award winners “A Magic Flight to Benevento”, “East Speaks West, West Speaks East 2010” and “GoCyberGreen 2010/2011” received the award certificates from Mr Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament.

The Gold and Merit Award groups walked away with a prize of EUR 2,000 and EUR 500 respectively. These cash prize can be used to further develop their project or as seed funding for new online collaborations.

A total of 39 new and continued AEC projects were proposed and will be developed and completed before the next event in 2012.

To view the full list of AEC projects for 2011-12 please click here.
  Members’ Activities  
Asia-Europe Class has moved from the Virtual Classroom to Reality
An Exchange Programme between Millennia Institute (Singapore) and Gimnazija Ptuj (Slovenia)

22 - 30 November 2011
Ptuj, Slovenia

The students from Millennia Institute from Singapore visited Gimnazija Ptuj, Slovenia. 13 students from Millennia Institute (Singapore) and 13 students from Gimnazija Ptuj (Slovenia) had a face-to-face exchange programme from 22 to 30 November, together with their mentors, Desmond Tan, Tamiselvi Dio Muthu, Irena Ivanuš, Branimir Rokavec and Darja Rokavec. It is also the first time that Gimnazija Ptuj built a bridge linking to an Asia school.

The students from Gimnazija Ptuj prepared a warm welcome with the presentations of their school, town and on Slovenia. An ice-breaking workshop was also organised on the topic “Unhealthy Lifestyle is a Global Problem Facing Teenagers”. [Read more]

Students of St. Mark’s Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh Visited Italy
An Exchange Programme between St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School (India) with I.T.I.S Cannizzaro, Colleferro, I.I.S Galilei - Vetrone, Benevento and IT Deledda, Trieste

6-20 December 2011
Rome, Benevento and Trieste, Italy

The Asia Europe Classroom Network has given the online collaborations between schools from the two continents a completely new dimension.

In December 2011, a delegation comprises of 15 student representatives from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh (India) went on a 15-day student exchange programme in Italy. The delegation s led by their Global Co-ordinator, Ms Geeta Rajan. They were invited by 3 Italian schools, namely “I.T.I.S Cannizzaro, Colleferro”, “I.I.S Galilei - Vetrone, Benevento” and “IT Deledda, Trieste” who were also member of the AEC-NET.

The students from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, not only visited Rome, Benevento and Trieste, but also Naples, Segni, Gorga, Salerno and Venice. They also got a taste of Italian culture, lifestyle and education system as they stayed with Italian families and attended classes with their Italian counterparts. [Read more]
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes greater mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM*). ASEF was established in February 1997 by the participating governments of ASEM and has since implemented over 500 projects, engaging over 15,000 direct participants as well as reaching out to a much wider audience in Asia and Europe. www.asef.org
*ASEM now brings together 46 member states (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam) plus the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. www.aseminfoboard.org
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission. The views expressed herein are in no way taken to reflect the official opinion or position of the European Commission.
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