What is eTwinning?
eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe.
eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.
The eTwinning action promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools.
The eTwinning Portal (www.etwinning.net) is the main meeting point and workspace for the action. Available in twenty-five languages, the eTwinning Portal now has the involvement of nearly 170 000 members and over 5324 projects* between two or more schools across Europe. The Portal provides online tools for teachers to find partners, set up projects, share ideas, exchange best practice and start working together, immediately using various customised tools available on the eTwinning platform.
Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme, eTwinning has been firmly integrated in the Lifelong Learning Programme since 2007. Its Central Support Service is operated by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 40 European Ministries of Education developing learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe. eTwinning is further supported at national level by 40 National Support Services.
Step 1: Register on eTwinning
Now that you know that eTwinning is for you, give details about yourself and your school and create your very own eTwinning profile. Be sure to fill out the form carefully: this information will be featured on your profile. Once registered, you’ll have your own username and password which will allow you to access the eTwinning Desktop and learn about others.
More about registration
Step 2: Develop your eTwinning experience
Once registered, you can login to your Desktop to get in touch with other eTwinners, exchange ideas, learn together and plan future collaborative activities. The Desktop is your personal window in the platform, so be sure to keep it updated so that you can share what you do with other eTwinners.
If you want to set up a project, start looking for a potential partner with the following criteria:
- sharing similar objectives and agreeing on a topic for your collaborative project;
- communicating regularly and openly;
- having comparable age, number and language level of pupils;
- having access to ICT equipment at school to allow for effective collaboration.
Step 3: Start working with your partners
If you are ready for an eTwinning Project, once you have found a partner and have decided on the project you will run together, you can register it on the Portal. You then have access to the collaborative tools in the TwinSpace as well as the eTwinning Label, which you can print off and post in your school. To keep the world up-to-date on the progress of your work, you can publish entries in your Project Diary.
My personal eTwinning journey started in 2010. At that time I was only a passive member who signed up ,but who did not create any projects or join them either. The big change happened in 2011 after my participation in the European Workshop “Converging competences in action – How to promote the balanced learning of subject specific and transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge”in Estonia and Latvia. After the workshops 3 of us ( all language teachers) sat together and decided to create a common project. The first question that arose was -Which tool should we use in order to let our students collaborate with others? Out of the blue, I shouted eTwinning learning platform. My friends did not hear of it, but they decided to sign up. It happened in September 2011 when we created our first project entitled 3 I’s- The project turned out to be very successful and even received the European Quality Label in 2012. Right now I cannot imagine my teaching practice without the use of eTwinning platform. It has so many advantages and can be easily implemented in teaching of all the subjects European students have at school
2017/2018- Be the Change, Take the Challenge
2016/2017- The Universe is Made of Tiny Stories
2015/2016 Boosting Language Skills
2014/2015 Health issues among teenagers in European countries
2013/2014 What’s up in Europe?
2012 A Culinary Journey Through the Eyes of the European Students
2012 Graphic Novels in the Classroom
2011 3 I’s – Interaction, Interdependence and Interculturalism
Våre ferske eTwinnere-http://www.nannestad.vgs.no/aktuelt/nyhetsarkiv/?article_id=52274
2011 Enhancing the well-being and health of young people living in Europe
2011 Advocating a Critical Media Literacy
eTwinning at Nannestad High School/Norway