Erase the line between teacher and learner with a Self-Organised Learning Environment

27 March 2014

Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) encourages spontaneous and collaborative learning by asking children to explore "big" questions using the Internet and their ability to work together. 

The aim of School in the Cloud is to "spark creativity, curiosity and wonder in children and inspire them to take control of their own learning." 


The initiative was created by Sugata Mitra, who has conducted experiments for over 10 years to show that children are adept at learning on their own given access to the internet and the ability to work together. He is world-renowned for his TED talks, for which he even won the USD 1 million TED prize. 



The School in the Cloud serves as a platform for SOLEs, which can be created anywhere in the world by anyone with an internet connection. It is also a global community of educators to share best practices and ideas. 


In the School in the Cloud, anyone can register and create their own SOLE sessions. To try it out, go to the School in the Cloud website and follow the sign-up instructions.

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What makes me me? - and other interesting questions

19 February 2014

A series of fun and engaging short films, exploring fundamental philosophical concepts through everyday questions that children ask - and adults often struggle to answer.

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Children's participation

27 January 2014

The aim of this learning guide is to help you develop a critical understanding of the values, skills and methods associated with children’s participation. You will be encouraged to reflect upon and creatively apply the experiences of children and practitioners to new participatory contexts.

There are six activities in this unit:

  • Activity 1: Introductory reading on children’s participation (allow 6 hours)
  • Activity 2: Shared values for children's participation: access online participation standards (allow 1 hour)
  • Activity 3: Skills for participation: listen to audio accounts to help construct a list of participatory skills (allow 1 hour)
  • Activity 4: Methods of participation: undertake online activity simulating a participatory activity (allow 1 hour)
  • Activity 5: Adapting participatory methods: adapting participatory activity in response to a case study (allow 45 minutes)
  • Activity 6: Participation into practice: adapting participatory activity for your own practice (allow 1 hour 30 minutes).


By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • understand the principles underlying a rights and participation approach to childhood issues and how these may be applied to a variety of situations within different contexts;

  • develop communication and engagement skills that can be applied to work with children.

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Education of Exceptional Children and Youth

28 October 2013

Through meetings with disabled people, students revise assumptions about attitudes and behaviours, and challenge prejudice, in order to design suitable alternatives through cooperation with disabled people.

Personal perspectives on disability: experience and feelings. Public and media perception: facts and figures. Models of disability, myths and reality. Current sources of support, criteria and aims, good practice, reasonable adjustments…


21 September 2013

The aim of Wikijunior is to produce non-fiction books for children from birth to age twelve. These books could take the form of macropedias, textbooks, or primers. From Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection.

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Ti racconto una fiaba

08 April 2013

La più grande raccolta di fiaba in italiano della rete, dalle fiaba classiche a quelle inviate dagli utenti in versione testuale o multimediale. Un supporto educativo per insegnanti e genitori.

Il progetto nasce dalla profonda convinzione che le fiabe siano un elemento importante per la crescita e la formazione dell’individuo. Il recupero della fiaba come strumento educativo per insegnanti e genitori ci ha spinto a raccogliere più di 1.500 fiabe nel contenitore “Ti racconto una fiaba”, raggiungendo numeri impensabili per un progetto completamente gratuito che dimostra come siano sostenibili progetti culturali quando c’è passione (e tecnologia!).


Il progetto propone la fiaba come “contenitore di realtà” (I. Calvino), uno strumento straordinario per narrare il mondo che ci circonda, sfruttando i grandi classici come stimolo per tutti per creare e raccontare il proprio mondo interiore ed esteriore! Ogni lettore può inviare la propria fiaba, sia essa opera di un professionista o frutto della fantasia pura di un bambino. Ogni forma creativa costituisce l’essenza di “Ti racconto una fiaba”.


I'll tell you a story

08 April 2013

The world largest collection of fairy tales, a really passionate project which involves a lot of creative people! A teaching resource for learning English and as a parenting bedtime-resource.

The project stems from the deep conviction that fairy tales are an important element for the growth and the education of the person, from an early age.


Fairy tales are great educational tools for teachers and parents that’s why we have collected more than 1,000 stories in "I’ll tell you a story". We have achieved unimaginable results for non-commercial project demonstrating how cultural projects are sustainable when … the passion (and technology!) are in the air!


The fairy tales are vehicles of reality (Italo Calvino), they help us to narrate the story of our lives. The greatest classics are incentives for everyone to create and tell their inner and outer worlds!


On this basis, we have promoted "I'll tell you a story" as a teaching resource for learning English and as a parenting bedtime-resource with great success: more than 50,000 downloads for official Android and iOS applications in less than a month after release and we are ranked in the top 100 in 55 different countries (source: AppAnnie)!


Safer Internet Day (SID) 2013: 'Connect with Respect'

13 December 2012
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10th Safer Internet Day

12 December 2012

The Insafe network is pleased to announce that the theme for the 10th Safer Internet Day will be online rights and responsibilities. The campaign will take place worldwide on Tuesday 5 February 2013. As in previous years, members of the public, schools, NGOs, industry and other stakeholders are all invited to take part.

Continuing on from the success of the 2012 campaign, the Insafe network is working on a second SID kit for schools that will mark this anniversary edition of the campaign. As in previous years, the Insafe network will also release, later this year, a campaign video specific to the 2013 theme along with other resources. In the meantime you can view the SID Generic Video.

About Online Rights and Responsibilities

The Insafe Network is currently preparing the campaign information for SID 2013. We can, however, confirm that the slogan will be 'connect with respect'. As soon as more information is available it will be added to this page. 

Want to know how to take part in SID?
You can spread the word by attending or organising an event! You can register for Safer Internet Day by completing the online form. There are three types of registrations available: for schools, for individuals, and for organisations. All registered schools will also receive a digital copy of the SID Kit for schools once it becomes available. Once you've registered Insafe will contact you; if you reside in one of our network countries, this contact will be from your National Awareness Centre.

No national contact point? They why not set up a SID Committee in your country! Contact the SID helpdesk at to create your own.

Now you're ready to organise your event. You can use the resources on this page to help you.

Looking for ideas?
Look at some of our previous actions for inspiration:

  • Post our banner (coming soon) / publish our press release on your website (due for publication end of 2012)
  • Follow our Facebook and Twitter campagin pages, or view SID videos past and present on our YouTube accounts (Insafe / Pan-EU Youth)
  • Spread the word through the media.
  • Host an event such as a conference on online safety in your community.
  • Arrange workshops in schools and private companies.
  • Orchestrate debates between young people and policy-makers.

Don’t forget to keep your National Awareness Centre or SID Committee informed so that they can valorise your action.

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Diploma Safe Internet

11 December 2012

The Diploma Safe Internet is a free curriculum for students from grade 5 to 8 in elementary education. The aim of the curriculum is to make children aware of their actions on the Internet and their skills to make responsible use of the Internet and digital media. The curriculum has an educational function for children, teachers and parents.

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