Arjana and Bart have been compagnons de route for many years to support teachers in their professional development. Since more than 10 years they have hosted Teachmeets, both online and onsite.
Arjana Blazic is a language arts teacher, education technology consultant, course designer and international speaker. Arjana holds a Master of Education from the University of Zagreb and a Course Designer Diploma from the CARNet e-Learning Academy. She is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Award at Penn State University, where she successfully completed a year-long Teaching and Learning with Technology Programme. She is co-author of the Croatian National Curriculum for English Language Teaching and the Croatian National Curriculum for the Use of ICT as a Cross-Curricular Topic. Her research interests focus on technology enhanced teaching and learning and the impact of digital technologies on teacher professional development. Arjana is author and founder of award-winning projects, learning platforms and online and onsite professional development training courses. She has written articles about teaching and learning with technology and an ICT book for children. Her projects have been awarded by Microsoft Partners in Learning, eTwinning, Europe@School and Edublogs. Arjana speaks at conferences and leads workshops, seminars and webinars. She has expertise in organizing international onsite and online events for professional development including Twitter chats and Teachmeets.
Bart Verswijvel is a Belgian educator and expert trainer who works as a Senior Pedagogical Adviser for European Schoolnet in Brussels. He is the pedagogical lead of the Future Classroom Lab, the concept of a flexible learning space. He also coordinates the EUN network of Future Classroom ambassadors and the emerging network of Future Classrooms. Bart works with Ministries of Education, schools and communities of teachers. His special interest is in whole-school approaches to stimulate active learning and innovative practices in a context of innovative learning spaces with the support of technology. Bart promotes and investigates innovative ways of continuous professional development for teachers. He designs and delivers online and onsite courses and workshops. Bart is an international keynote speaker and a host of Twitter chats, hackathons, webinars and Teachmeets. Bart is the co-founder and co-host of the International Teachmeet at BETT. Bart has been a project judge for Microsoft and other organisations at Belgian and European competitions for teachers and he held the title of Microsoft Innovative Educator for 2 successive years. He has been very active in the eTwinning community both as a teacher and as a member of the Central Support Service. Bart holds a master’s degree in Germanic Philology and a postgraduate in E-learning and Digital Didactics. He is a co-author of several textbooks for Dutch as a mother tongue. In 2010, Bart was awarded the Queen Paola Prize for Education. Bart’s power is to spread the joy of learning. Store your knowledge in friends, is his favourite quote.