New video on Functioning and tasks of the European Commission
New website on Consumer Education
The European Commission has recently launched a new website on consumer education. Consumer Classroom is a community website for teachers bringing together an extensive library of consumer education resources from across the EU, along with interactive and collaborative tools to help prepare and share lessons with students and other teachers.
The website is EU funded and aims to stimulate consumer education in secondary schools.
Consumer Classroom is aimed at teachers of 12-18 year old students throughout the EU.
For more information visit www.consumerclassroom.eu
The European Commission has recently launched a new section of its website on education which will be dedicated to the issue of literacy. These new pages include a section on EU-funded projects linked to literacy.
Blue Star programme for primary schools
The 'Blue Star' Programme aims to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union in primary schools. Participating schools undertake a series of classroom-based projects and activities based on four key themes (Historical, Geographic, Cultural and Creative, Institutional), culminating in specific events to mark Europe Day on 9th May.
Following the successful completion of a pilot phase in 2012 by 32 primary schools, the programme has now been rolled out. 94 schools have registered to participate during the 2012/13 school year.
The programme is an initiative of the Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D. The Department of the Taoiseach, the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs, the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the European Parliament Office in Ireland and the European Movement Ireland (also the national implementation body) are partners in the programme.
For more information see http://www.europeanmovement.ie/?id=15254.
New EU card game for secondary schools
Neurodyssey is a new card game for secondary school students. The game consists of a set of 180 cards including 125 question cards with a total of 500 multiple choice questions about the European Union (4 questions per card) and 27 "memory cards" with facts and figures on each of the 27 EU Member States.
Neurodyssey is designed for 3 to 6 players and is a fun way for students to develop their knowledge of Europe's history, geography and culture. The game comes in a small box (approximately the size as two packs of playing cards) and includes a set of instructions and rules.
For more information see here.