Teacher Booster is a series of learning videos for teachers and other actors in lifelong learning designed to boost their capacity to face the challenges of remote learning and raise awareness of the importance of key competences for all learners.
It is an Open Education Resource produced under the European Training Foundation’s (ETF) Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative in close partnership with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
In this series, one student and seven education innovators from both the EU and the ETF's partner countries share their experience, ideas and 'trade secrets' with the global community of teachers and trainers.
The idea behind Teacher Booster was to create eight TED-talk style videos with key speakers who present 'ideas worth spreading' to help educators in transition from traditional, classroom-based education and training to modes of practice fit for the digital age and in a world where social distancing requires going 'beyond the classroom'. These speakers are advanced in the development of entrepreneurial and digital competences, and related concepts – creativity development, value creation pedagogy, life skills, 21st-century skills, design thinking, change-maker model, social and emotional learning.
The videos are authentic in their content. They do not provide 'three quick tips', or 'five easy steps' to becoming a super teacher. Rather the listener is invited into the speakers’ own private spaces, where a real exchange of ideas can happen.
Both competences and intervention design principles as identified in the EntreComp playbook are the basis of the videos. Such principles help establish the right mindset for creating practical learning experiences that allow learners to develop a relevant combination of competences, as selected by the educators.
CNL initiative 'explores how successful developments in education […] can be multiplied, transferred and sustained'. From innovative trends to grassroots models, CNL collects resources and ideas on how education and training professionals can support new ways of learning. These new approaches to education and training must be better suited to the current state of the world – at all stakeholder levels.
Eva Stojanovska talks about how she learned not to be afraid of making mistakes.
Paz Fernandez de Vera gives tips on unlocking the potential of students.
Marika Zakareishvili provides some tips on entrepreneurial teaching.
Kornélia Lohynova gives some tips on how teachers can tackle the challenges they face.
Märt Aro speaks about innovation in education, collaboration and the future of skills.
Roman Shyyan speaks about reforming education and training.
Shadi Zatara shares his experience in the power of mentoring.
Mervi Jansson speaks about how sustainable development relates to vocational education and training.