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MENTEP Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching

Mentep is an experimental “tool” that allows teachers to self-assess their digital skills online and thus choose the most appropriate training courses to fill any gaps or weaknesses.

Mentep  (Mentoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) is the European project coordinated by European Schoolnet for the development and testing of TET-SAT, the online tool for the self-assessment of digital skills and the use of teacher technologies. The tool was created with the aim of triggering self-reflection on the subject in the teachers, to better identify the training needs and thus to launch initiatives to support their professional development.

TET-SAT evaluates digital-pedagogical skills taking into account 4 dimensions:

  • digital pedagogy (development and design of teaching strategies supported by ICT, personalization of learning activities);
  • production and use of contents;
  • communication and collaboration (creation of collaborative activities at a distance);
  • digital citizenship.

After successfully completing the experimentation involving 13 European countries (including Italy, with the involvement of over 700 Italian teachers), EUN has decided to extend the possibility of testing this tool to new users.

A free online course started to give participants the opportunity to have a preview of the online tool, to be guided in its use and to deepen together with the experts all aspects of the research project sharing, in particular, an analysis of the collected data. The MOOC is divided into 3 modules (one module per week) for about 3/4 hours, for a total duration of about 4 weeks.

The course is aimed at policymakers, managers and teachers interested in learning about the tool, to evaluate a possible application within their institution.

Participants in the training receive recognition for attendance.

Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching



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Awesome apps for teachers recommended by teachers #1

For teaching students how to present, create and code


More than 250,000 teachers use TED education tools to spark student curiosity and explore presentation literacy skills. “TED-Ed is an outstanding resource in my classroom,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer Hesseltine. “I use the online platform to add engaging content to topics that we are studying. I have also given students the opportunities to help in the process of creating TED-Ed Lessons by choosing videos and creating questions to include.”


Students can create beautiful presentations with this app. “It’s great for pairing short poems and images,” says TED-Ed community member Jessica Dawn Kaiser.

If the benefits of a bilingual brain motivate your students, try this app. “Duolingo revolutionized the way people learn languages,” says TED-Ed community member Dhruv G. Menon.

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Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary: Word Clouds



Type (or copy & paste) in a chunk of text or individual words and Wordle generates a word cloud of the key vocabulary based on word frequency. Wordle can also be used for many varied purposes.




Similar to Wordle, students type (or copy & paste) into a piece of text and WordSift sorts the text based on word frequency.  The visual thesaurus that displays the words is a nice addition to WordSift. With the visual thesaurus, students immediately see how words are grouped semantically. A useful addition, I think.



Tagxedo is a word cloud app with style! Tagxedo provides a good deal of customization for users. For example, if teachers or students want to create a word cloud in a shape such as an apple shown above, then Tagxedo is the right tool for the job. For younger students, Wordle is much more straightforward to use; however, older students will love the customization Tagxedo provides which includes colours, shapes, fonts, and themes.

adapted from TeachThought

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Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary: Word Walls & Virtual Field Trips




Padlet is an online space to create a collaborative, digital word wall. Getting a leg up on the more traditional word wall, Padlet allows users to create sticky notes that can include text, images, links and videos. Teachers can embed this into a classroom website or blog which makes it a go-to collaborative space for students. For primary students, teachers will probably want to create the wall with words and links for students. Older students will get the hang of it fairly quickly. A great, collaborative tool and virtual classroom space to build online references and key vocabulary for content units. Continue reading “Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary: Word Walls & Virtual Field Trips”

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Educational Avant-garde


The project is the result of a joint initiative by INDIRE and a group of 22 founding schools. This led to the identification and definition of some innovative and sustainable teaching schemes which allowed the definition of the first 12 “Ideas for Innovation”. INDIRE and the schools heading the  Educational Avant-garde movement drew up a Manifesto for Innovation.

Each idea is a piece of a puzzle that aims to revolutionise the education system and space and time of learning and teaching. All the results are the product of hands-on experience.

The number of schools taking part in the Movement is constantly growing. They are institutes that identify themselves with the Movement’s inspiring principles and work daily on rethinking the lecture-based school model to give a concrete answer to the constantly changing challenges of the knowledge society.

Educational Avant-garde is open to all schools that welcome the opportunities offered by scholastic autonomy and can identify innovation, characterise it, and develop it so that it becomes viable, sustainable and transferable to other suitable situations. It is addressed to schools that consider technology an effective tool to overcome the inertia and space-time limitations of “traditional” educational activities. Continue reading “Educational Avant-garde”