Join FB group & win a E+ course

We had a growth of 50 % in responses to #ErasmusPlus KA1 Call 2017. Thanks to all schools for trusting Euneos, the Finnish course provider! One applicant is sure to get funding for our courses. If you join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/euneoscourses.eu/, you can win a free course. We will draw lots to celebrate 100 years of Finland’s independence and 10 years of our providing EU courses. 

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Challenging to find Erasmus+ courses for my school’s need

It seems to me that competition within the Erasmus + program of the EU becomes tougher year by year. Many of those who had been involved in the previous Comenius program shook their heads when Erasmus+ Key Action 1 was launched in 2014. Before Erasmus+ the EU courses had been regulated. Licenses were allowed to those course providers who had merited in EU activities.Suddenly there was a full liberalisation. The market of course providing was freed from all restrictions. The course providing was opened to practically anybody without any preconditions, quality control or selection. 
Some results can be seen after three years of Erasmus+ KA1. There has been an explosion of offer for courses, whose number has multiplied in School Education Gateway SEG, the official online platform for KA1 courses. The latest number I heard was 6000. 

The more items, the better situation for the customer. This is how the ancient market logic said. But, seeing the matter from the view of a school, is 6000 courses really more favorable than for example 4000 courses? How can a school be sure they will find just the right course among the big number of courses? Is it so that more and more courses bring me better and better quality? Or, to ask an even more fundamental question: how do course providers know what the situation of my school really is? Are they capable to tailor courses just to my need? 

The titles and descriptions in SEG don’t indicate much about the reality of the courses. My opinion is that among the multitude of courses there are ambitious and great courses, but also a big amount of bulk. Schools applying for Erasmus+ KA1 courses need to be careful if they want to find proper courses for their purposes.

There are no convincing methods to evaluate courses on the SEG platform, actually. It’s not a big challenge for a course provider to manipulate the assessments. And if the reputation of the courses risks to be too notorious, the provider can simply stop the old one and start a fresh one with a different name.

The whole conceipt and the program can be copied from some other course, from the original one, or from some other which was also copied and so on. A copied course can hardly be any ‘matter of heart’ to any course provider. How much ambition and professional pride can there be in a course that is fake?

I represent the Finnish course provider Euneos Corp., which organises EU courses since 2006. Ludo Mateusen, a well-known expert of European educational programs designed and started to run one of our most favoured courses “How to make your school more international” . It happened in 2014, at a time when Erasmus+ program was launched. 

Later, when I checked courses offered on the SEG platform, I wondered why Ludo had changed the title into “Let’s make your school more international”. Soon I noticed that it was not Euneos’ course at all, but somebody else had published a course with the same name, except for the first word. 

What a coincidence 😉

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Hello World!

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Hello World! This greeting may revive nice memories in your mind if you were young at the beginning of the 1990s and started making your first Internet page. I have a big notebook where I found my oldest notes from that time. My handwriting is awful, but maybe you can read the word ‘Freenet’ on the photo above, in the middle left.

Technological university of Helsinki organised beginners’ courses for those who were interested in the new digital technology. I was a humanist myself, a language teacher at the time, but I was attracted by the opportunities computers offered in language teaching in schools. About the same time I had started to use computers and a modem in mail correspondence of my students with schools in Brazil and Australia. As a surprise to many I can add that my school was Rudolf Steiner school in Helsinki. But it is another story.

So, as soon as I knew that TU Helsinki had founded Freenet, which was – as the name says – a free network without any charges, I joined it. And I was one of the enthusiastic participants of a Freenet course in 1991 – if I remember right – where we learned the elementary skills of HTML. For the first time in my life I was able to voice to all fellow citizens of this planet “Hello World!”

It’s hard to say how many visitors ever saw my first web page. Some hundreds, possibly.  As everybody can see on the photo (provided that it’s readable), I marked down the names of Heikki Korpinen, Marja-Liisa Smolander and Riitta Varis in my notebook. Even with their email addresses, which means that I was going to be in touch with them later. And I was.

I must have been so excited about my new skill as a maker of an Internet page that I don’t even remember whether it was Heikki, Marja-Liisa or Riitta who helped me on my baby steps to the wonderful worldwide web.

Thanks for the initiation anyway :-).

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Apply Erasmus+ KA1 funding with Euneos FI

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Euneos support documents will increase your chances to get EU grants. We serve all those eligible for Erasmus+ KA1 funding: schools, adult education centres, VET institutions and enterprises.

Euneos gives you 10 % discount from the fee if your school or institution sends 5 or more participants to Euneos’ courses. Our course offer, see http://www.euneos.eu.

Last minute help! Go & enlist in https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Enlisting_call_2017. ‹Euneos’ course administration will respond to you and send you supportive material to prepare your mobility application. Deadline: 2nd February 2017 at 12:00 Central European Time.
Our strengths,

  • Euneos Corp. is a spin-off of Comenius 3 network COMP@CT
    ten years’ experience with EU programmes Socrates, Comenius, Life Long Learning (LLP) & Erasmus+
  • one of the leading course providers in Scandinavia
    experienced trainers and administrative staff, teachers’ in-service training with expertise
  • launches brand-new topics as the first provider, tablet training since 2011, eAssessment, coaching, integrated curriculum, digital badging
  • fifteen (15) different course titles, dozens of sessions, organised in attractive venues (Finland – Helsinki, Estonia – Tallinn, Spain – Malaga/Benalmadena, Barcelona, Tenerife, Portugal – Porto, Funchal Madeira, UK – Liverpool, Netherlands – Amsterdam/Haarlem)
  • benchmarking schools in Finland and Estonia, top performers of school education in Europe
  • capable to tailor courses to groups with specific interests
  • organises courses for VET in cooperation with institutes of vocational education in Finland
  • early confirmation of courses, no cancellation after confirmation
  • online evaluation questionnaires for quality control

#ErasmusPlus #erasmusplus #mobility #KA1 #EUfunding #EUtraining #EUcourses #VETmobility #euneoscourses #teacher-training

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11 Must-See Digital Marketing Stats From

11 Must-See Digital Marketing Stats From the Past Week http://ow.ly/34Lz3Z

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Ilpo Halonen kommentoi HS:n uutista englannin suosiosta kouluissa

Englanninkieliseen aineopetukseen siirtyminen parantaisi muiden kielten mahdollisuuksia koulujen kieliohjelmassa. Ylivoimaisesti suurin osa englannin ja muidenkin vieraiden kielten opetuksen ajasta menee sanaston oppimiseen. Miksi opettaa englannin tunneilla reaaliaineiden asioita, kun sama voidaan tehdÀ aineopetuksessa? EnglanninkielistÀ sanastoa opittaisiin oikeassa yhteydessÀÀn ja jÀrkiperÀisemmin kuin kielitunneilla.

Sujuvan ja korrektin englannin oppiminen vaatii paljon. Sanaston opettelun siirtÀminen englanninkieliseen aineopetukseen vapauttaisi aikaa erityisesti puhumisen opiskeluun. ÄÀntÀmiseen, puhumiseen ja kielen oikeellisuuden varmistamiseen tarvittaisiin epÀilemÀttÀ nykyistÀ enemmÀn panostusta.

Englantia ei opeteta nykyisin enÀÀ samoin kuin muita vieraita kieliĂ€. Englanti on kansainvĂ€listymisen yleiskieli, ”lingua franca”. Opettajat ymmĂ€rtĂ€vĂ€t sen ja tekevĂ€t parhaansa antaakseen oppilailleen mahdollisimman hyvĂ€t evÀÀt englannin osaamiseen. NĂ€in tekisivĂ€t varmasti myös aineopettajat, jos heidĂ€t siihen velvoitettaisiin ja koulutettaisiin.

Olisiko englanninkielinen aineopetus eduksi vai haitaksi muiden vieraiden kielten opetukselle? MietitÀÀnpĂ€! Esimerkiksi lukiossa englannin kursseja suoritetaan 50 – 100 % enemmĂ€n kuin muiden vieraiden kielten kursseja. Jos aineopetus olisi englanninkielistĂ€, englannin kielen kurssien mÀÀrĂ€ voitaisiin vĂ€hentÀÀ samaan kuin muissa vieraissa kielissĂ€, koska sanaston opettamista ei enÀÀ tarvittaisi englannin tunneilla aiempaan tapaan.

EihĂ€n nĂ€in suurta opetuksen muutosta ole missÀÀn toteutettu, huokaisevat monet. ”Content and Language Integrated Learning” on totta mm. Hollannissa, jossa CLIL -opetus aloitettiin 100 koulussa jo useita vuosia sitten. Ei muutosta Suomessakaan voitaisi tehdĂ€ yhdessĂ€ yössĂ€, sillĂ€ siihen tarvitaan luonnollisesti jonkin verran opettajakoulutusta. Mutta Suomen aineopettajien nykyisillĂ€kin englannin taidoilla CLIL olisi mahdollista aloittaa varsin monissa kouluissa.

NykyisellÀ vieraiden kielten opetuksen jÀrjestelmÀllÀ menetetÀÀn muissa vieraissa kielissÀ enemmÀn kuin voitetaan leijonan osan vievÀssÀ englannin opetuksessa.

English abstract

An explanation in English: other languages lose as English takes more and more from language lessons in schools. I propose CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning, because it liberates lessons for other foreign languages and focuses also English teaching on speaking, pronunciation and grammar. Vocabulary can be learned better in CLIL lessons.

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Instagram and Zimilate

Quite many of my friends and acquaintances were active in Instragram, so I couldn’t help joining :-).

Zimilate  is another new application I thought I want to try. I am active in social bookmarking, but I also need a service that collects not only web pages to be shared but also materials that I want to keep mostly for myself. Zimilate allows me to send practically any kind of content to the inbox of the app. Orgaizing things should not be too challenging either.

Let’s see how systematic and careful I can be with the digital contents I want to save and archive.

 

 

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