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SMILE - a digital handbook

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Last year I took part in SMILE (Social Media in Education and Learning), a project that I wrote about here. The project was launched by the European Schoolnet (EUN) and funded by a Digital Citizenship Research Grant from Facebook.  About 100 teachers took part in the first part of the project led by Ollie Bray, an outstanding educator and teacher trainer from Scotland and one of the best speakers I've ever heard - and I have heard many! (I've been lucky to have had the opportunity (actually, more than one) to have Ollie as the leader of the PD workshops here and here - he's simply the best!). 

In the second part we formed 6 Communities of Practice in order to highlight trends and best practices of how social media can be used in education. I was the deputy leader of CoP 4 - Social Media for Professional Development and I'm really grateful to all of you who responded to our Facebook survey that we used to measure and improve the use of social media for PD.

And now, a yea…

Samsung Smart School at my school

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One of my favourite websites that I visit daily is European Schoolnet. Recently I was pleasantly surprised to find the link to one of my blog posts on their Future Classroom Lab Press Review page. The said blog post was about my visit to the FCL back in October 2012. I wrote about a course on iBook Author that I attended and in the post I also lamented about not being able to implement this tool in my school due to the lack of equipment. And I hoped for that "post to be read by a good soul who wants to donate iPads to my school or otherwise I doubt I'll teach with iPads in the near future."

And guess what!!! The good soul appeared in the form of CARNet  - the Croatian Academic and Research Network - who have just been awarded the Euroepan Prize for Innovation in Public Administration for the project Schools 2.0 -  in which I'm proudly taking part as an expert teacher.

Anyway, they invited Sonja and me to pilot the Samsung Smart School program with Galaxy Note 10.1 …