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12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference

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16-20 November 2015 Education Department ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) Education

Sofia, Bulgaria

Coding has become part of the current generation’s literacy. With technology shaping our world, learning coding empowers people to participate in and contribute to today’s developments. In many Asian and European countries, the subject of Coding has therefore been more and more integrated into the curriculum: The question of “How to work with a computer” has been expanded to “How does a computer work and how can you make the computer work for you”.

The 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference will take place from 16-20 November 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Tackling “Coding for Education”, the Conference will promote the topic of coding and usage of technology and online-based tools in secondary and high-school education through the sharing of good practices, case studies and the training and guidance by technology & education experts. Attracting about 100 teachers from 51 ASEM member countries, the conference is also a platform for teachers to initiate collaborations and jointly develop online projects across both regions.


The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) organises the 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference in cooperation with 32 Secondary Language School "St. Kliment Ohridski”. The Conference is supported by the Sofia Municipality, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.





The 4.5 day programme consists of 4 building blocks:


1. Enrichment

Expert talks and panel discussions on coding, technology and its possible application in the classroom
Get inspired by best practices and learn about the many facets of technology and coding in education!

2. Development & Training

Practical workshops and trainings on computer literacy, digital literacy and coding
Get feedback from experts on how to integrate ICT and programming in your educational setting!

3. Showroom & Awards

Presentations of 6 outstanding ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations to compete for the 2015 ASEF ClassNet Awards
Vote for the most outstanding ASEM Online Collaborations in 2015!

4. Networking & New Collaborations

Working groups to develop ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations 2016
Meet your Asian and European counterparts, jointly brainstorm and create an ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration for 2016!




  • 32 Secondary Language School


  • Sofia Municipality
Funded by the European Union

Project Updates

  • Emerging language of coding

    Published on 02 Dec 2015

    The 12th ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) Conference has been wrapped-up successfully. Around 100 secondary, vocational and high school teachers and educators, representing 38 ASEM countries, met between 16-20 November 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, to enhance and build new links between the classrooms of Asia and Europe.

    The 4-day event was designed as a space for networking and skills-development for teachers. 6 student-teacher coordinator duos showcased the most outstanding ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations of 2015, to compete for t­­­­­­­he ASEF ClassNet Awards.

    The winners in the Gold Award category are:

    •          Let's Eat: Mix It! represented by Ms Nur Aida binte MD KHALID, Singapore

    •          Pop Science! Let's Explore! represented by Ms Masinah SAHID, Malaysia

    •          World History in Family Photos, represented by Ms Daniela IANNI, Italy

    The winners in the Merit Award Category are:

    •          ClassNetNews represented by Mr Jouni SARPOLA, Finland

    •          Language - A Mantle of Communications represented by Ms Anjali HANDA, India

    •          Moments and Monuments represented by Ms Merlissa Elpedes SUEMITH, Philippines

    The conference also provided the opportunity for the teachers to design and develop proposals for ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations for 2016. 

    Besides good-practice sharing and connecting teachers, the conference agenda included professional skills trainings on ICT, coding and other technological tools that can enrich the school curriculum. Through an interactive and rotating workshop the teachers tackled the topics of Coding, Open Source Tools and Games in Education.

  • Ms Nelly KIRKOVA-KOSTOV is the Head Teacher of 32 Secondary Language School “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Sofia, Bulgaria. Together with her school team, she will host the 12th ASEF Classroom Network ConferenceCoding 4 Education” on 16-20 November 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. ASEF interviewed Ms KIRKOVA-KOSTOV to know her views on this project.

    Q. Why did you join the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet)?

    My school joined the ASEF ClassNet because it provides tremendous opportunities to the participating educational institutions through international educational online projects. Communication between students from different Asian and European countries help develop many social skills and competences while communication between teachers and exchange of ideas and experience broadens their knowledge. Teachers are able to think beyond traditional methods and apply new approaches that help in improving the quality of education in our school.

    Q. The topic of the 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference is on coding and ICT. How do you integrate both in your daily curriculum?

    The main objective in our school development plan is to gain experience in ICT, in order to modernise teaching methods but also to introduce techniques that increase students’ commitment. Effective integration of ICT in the educational system is a complex process that includes changes in technology (by investing initial capital), changes in curriculum and pedagogy, institutional willingness and teacher competencies. Our school has invested considerable funds to build a modern digital environment, and will try to implement all the innovative methodologies discussed at the conference in order to defend its position as an innovative school.

    Q. What is your school’s interest in hosting the 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference?

    The conference provides us with the exceptional opportunity to enrich our knowledge and learning approaches through face-to-face communication, personal contacts and the sharing of experience with colleagues from different countries. At the same time, we enable the participants to familiarise themselves with the Bulgarian school system and our students’ achievements. In our school we strive to keep abreast with the development of our students, society and technology. That is why our school employs highly motivated teachers interested in the integration of innovative techniques and methods in the learning process. Being a school leader in new methodologies, it is a great honour for us to host this ASEF ClassNet conference. 

  • We are proud to announce that 6 out of 26 ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations in 2015 have been selected for the ASEF ClassNet Awards. They will compete for the Gold and Merit Awards at the 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference on 16-20 November 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The final results will be out on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, after the review by our jury of 4 experts in the field of education and ICT. 


    1. ClassNetNews (CNN)An Online Collaboration of 10 schools where students played the role of reporters and produced short news broadcasts with interviews and reports on school events, sports, politics, culture and the environment. (closed group)
    2. Language – A Mantle of CommunicationAn Online Collaboration where students learnt about and appreciated the cultural diversities embedded in Asian and European languages.
    3. Let’s Eat: Mix It!: A virtual and real-life culinary journey where students from 2 or more countries teamed up to create a unique Asia-Europe fusion recipe and dish.
    4. Moments and Monuments: An Online Collaboration where students travelled to their country’s landmarks and explored the landmark’s role in shaping national and cultural identity as virtual tour guides. (closed group)
    5. Pop Science! Let’s Explore!An online and offline dive into the field of science where students conducted hands-on experiments with materials from their surroundings as well as in laboratories.
    6. World History in Family PhotosA digital archive of Asia and Europe’s contemporary history made of personal stories, photographs, curiosities and historical events.
  • Are you an enthusiastic secondary/high school teacher who wishes to collaborate on innovative projects with like-minded schools from Asia and Europe? Is coding a topic you wish to explore?

    If your answers are “Yes”, then you are the person we are looking for!

    Come join us at the upcoming 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference taking place on 12-16 November 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    This conference themed “Coding for Education” aims to:

    • Encourage schools to initiate ASEF ClassNet projects across both regions in ASEF’s 6 thematic areas.
    • Promote the topic of coding and other online-based tools in secondary and high-school education through case studies and practical applications.
    • Enlarge the network with new active members (particularly from ASEM countries not yet represented).

    The 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference programme will include:

    • The Role of Coding and Technology in a Classroom (Experts’ Presentations)
    • Building Block Workshops (Development & Training)
    • Presentation of ASEF ClassNet Projects and Awards (New Collaboration & Awards)
    • Working Groups to Strengthen Cooperation (Group Activities)

    Application Criteria:

    The Conference is open to all secondary and high school teachers from ASEM countries. The applicants should:

    • Be proficient in both spoken and written English
    • Have a keen interest in integrating ICT and coding for today’s education
    • Willing to share, exchange information and best practices on coding in the schools and beyond
    • Ready to cooperate with schools in Asia and Europe on collaborative projects and/or to propose new project ideas
    • Possess basic knowledge of ICT

    The organisers will cover all local costs related to the Conference (including 4 nights’ accommodation, meals and local transport). Participants are, however, requested to cover their travel costs to and from Sofia, Bulgaria either on their own, or with the support of their schools or other agencies.

    Be part of the conference and apply now!

    For more information about the conference, please visit the ASEF ClassNet website.

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