Developing school collaboration and citizenship through eTwinning projects
The annual eTwinning conference took place in Lisbon from the 14th to 16th March.
Its main motto was Citizenship and European School Collaboration . The conference turned out to be a great success as we celebrate the European Year of Citizenship this year. Yelitze Yanez and Barbara Anna Zielonka, two active users of eTwinning platform in their teaching, represented Nannestad High in this Year’s Lisbon Conference.
eTwinning is a free educational platform and the biggest internet-based learning community in Europe. It promotes school collaboration in Europe between teachers and students through the use of digital, web-based Information and Communication Technologies. Not only does it offer great innovative tools that 21st century teachers should be equipped with , but it also helps empower students with the skills they will need to possess and use in their future life such as the ability to think critically, to collaborate with others, to reflect, to solve problems, to be digitally literate, flexible and adaptable. This means eTwinning plays an important role in re-skilling the role of the teacher and developing the key competences for lifelong learning among our students.
During the conference almost 500 participants from 33 European countries had the opportunity to discuss the power of eTwinning projects, share good practices, successful projects and suggestions for further effective use of eTwinning in education. Besides, we participated in several lectures and workshop sessions presented by outstanding speakers such as Professor R.H. (Bob) Fryer, Dr Conor Galvin,Marta Hunya, Pieter Hogenbirk,Bettina Zeidler, Riina Vuorikari and were able to find future partners for our next projects that we are planning to undertake during the next school year.
Out of many scheduled sessions that we could choose from, we decided to participate in the following ones:
Session 1: Building Projects on Better, More Responsible Use of the Internet presented by Annick Van de Velde. Annick, a Communication and Resource Officer at European Schoolnet at European Schoolnet, explained how to incorporate e-safety in teaching of different subjects and presented a wide range of materials that could be used in the classrooms. Group work and discussions were the two methods she used in her session.
Session 2: Teaching European Citizenship: Project Examples and e Twinning Kits by Beate Vollmer and Christiane Meisenburg. During the session both speakers gave a short introduction to the project they have been working on and discussed a variety of themes such as citizen participation, European utopia, social spaces and importance of citizenship in the 21st century.
Session 3:eTwinning Groups: Share, Connect, Develop by Dr Riina Vuorikari, Irene Pateraki and Dr Brian Holmes. This session showed how important it is to share your own work, ideas with other European teachers and how to become a moderator and a part of a live teacher community. Brian shared also tips and hints for supporting online groups that we are part of.
In addition, we could get to know the winners of eTwinning Prizes 2013 and participate in the Gala Dinner that was a great opportunity to chat informally with some of the teachers and to summarize what we have learnt. Even though the time flew very quickly during our 3-day stay in Lisbon, we enjoyed it a lot and become we were inspired to create other fruitful and effective projects in the coming years. Hopefully, more and more teachers will create eTwinning projects and become active and engaged members of the biggest teaching and learning community in Europe.
All in all both participants from Nannestad increased their awareness and application of eTwinning and have brought back valuable knowledge to share with other teachers at Nannestad High School.
Description of the Workshops
Active Citizenship – part 1
Pieter Hogenbirk (NL) and Dr Conor Galvin (IE)
In this workshop Pieter Hogenbirk and Conor Galvin will explore the state of implementation of citizenship into the curriculum of the school, based on some quality indicators used by the Dutch inspectorate, The group work will focus on discussing the value of developing citizenship activities, how these are attached to the school subjects, what impact they have to develop pupils’ citizenship competences and how you can evaluate the state of involvement of your own school with respect citizenship.
Active Citizenship – part 2
Pieter Hogenbirk (NL) and Dr Conor Galvin (IE)
In this second workshop Pieter Hogenbirk and Conor Galvin will explore in small group discussion the challenges of things like identity issues in relation to digital lives & active citizenship. The discussion will explore topics such as questions of privacy / visibility, ‘footprint’, ownership of the digital self, levels of citizenship (in the neighbourhood, national, global), etc. and how we might work with young people to make sure they understand these issues.
Though there is a gradual increase in the attention given to online safety in schools, all too often it is difficult to incorporate this topic in the curriculum. In this workshop we will present some of the materials available to teachers and pupils to be used in a classroom context. These materials can be slotted in to any eTwinning or indeed Citizenship lesson and we will explore through discussion and example, how you can develop a sense of responsibility in the young people you teach, both in the ways in which they use, and the ways in which they reflect on their use of the internet.
This workshop will focus on the important theme of intercultural understanding and cultural integration of European pupils and their teachers. eTwinning is one of the educational initiatives that can actively contribute to educate future European Citizens and help to broaden awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity. The focus of the workshop will be on exploring ways in which we can develop awareness of self and others as a starting point in exploring what it means to be a European citizen.
Creative eTwinners as composers… Music related activities for eTwinning students and teachers Michał Dyląg (PL)
This workshop will take into account the fact that we all as the creative eTwinners are also able to be aspiring musicians. Thus the session will look at the free online resources that will help you and your students add a bit of music flavour to your eTwinning projects. During our workshop we are going to compose the music and try to create your musical eTwinning conference badge, an eTwinning jingle or even an eTwinning song (btw do we have an official eTwinning anthem?) Come and indulge yourself into a musical feast. You do not need to be a singer 🙂
Designing future schools and 21st century creative teachers “A Hands on 21st century Teacher and Teachings in schools
Mehmet Fatih DÖĞER and Adil TUGYAN (TR)
Nations around the world are undertaking wide-ranging reforms to better prepare children for the higher educational demands of life and work in the 21st century. What are the skills that young people demand in this rapidly changing world and what competencies do teachers need to effectively teach those skills? What can teacher preparation and continuing professional development do to prepare graduates to teach well in a 21st century classroom? What are the different roles and responsibilities of 21st century teachers and how do countries succeed in developing these leaders? How can projects such as eTwinning contribute to schools preparing the more technological generations called Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants.”
The great advantage of eTwinning is its flexibility in allowing people to work in many different ways. Yet many teachers are still concerned about the quality of the work for both themselves and their pupils. Are you interested in raising the standards of your eTwinning project both for yourself and your pupils? This workshop will discuss and show tips, ideas and approaches for raising the quality of your work in all phases of an eTwinning project
Die Teilnahme einer Schule an internationalen Projekten benötigt neben dem Engagement von Lehrpersonen auch die Unterstützung durch die Schulleitung. Anhand meiner Erfahrung werde ich Möglichkeiten der Unterstützung aufzeigen und zur Diskussion stellen.
“Do you want to share your work with your colleagues? Be inspired by other teachers around Europe? Take part in interesting activities like webinars, competitions, and campaigns? So, you are in the right place! In our workshop, you will discover through hands-on activities what eTwinning groups are about, how you can take an active role as a moderator/sub-group moderator or member and become part of a live community!
During this workshop, participants will be introduced to science projects, resources (both reports and teaching materials), forums, events and news, available in through Scientix and will learn and discuss the importance of collaboration and evaluation in science education. Together the participants will explore and share ideas on creating new eTwinning projects using Scientix resources.
The eTwinning in Practice workshops gives you an opportunity to hear from the winners and runners up of the eTwinning Prizes about the challenges, opportunities, ups and downs of their journey to the prizes with their projects. There are five workshops:
eTwinning in Practice 1.Winners/runners up Cat 4-11
eTwinning in Practice 2. Winners/ runners up Cat 12- 15
eTwinning in Practice 3.Winners/ runners up Cat 16-19
eTwinning in Practice 4. Winners French/German/Spanish Special category prizes
eTwinning in Practice 5. Winners Mervlana Prize/Marie Skłodowska Curie Prize/ English Language Prize
Ever wondered what life in like in Azerbaijan? How languages are taught in the Ukraine? Or what teaching practices are popular in Tunisia? Well, now is your chance to find out more. The eTwinning Plus workshop will open your eyes to a whole new world – using hands-on activities and training, we will learn more about Europe’s neighbouring countries and how you can work with them on your eTwinning project.
Running an eTwinning project always requires planning and a certain degree or coordination. This workshop will explore challenges as well as the methods and planning needed to organise and manage a very large multinational project.
Have you ever finished a project and wished you could share the outcomes with a wider audience? This workshop will focus on ways of making the work of you, your partner and your pupils more visible in a wider context, Claire will focus on communication techniques while Danilea will describe the objectives of the eTwinning Group, eTwinning Project Trailers
How can we improve teaching on European Citizenship? During this workshop we will provide a general introduction by looking at good project practice. We will explore communicating methods and means for embedding eTwinning in the curriculum will be provided and show how teachers can enhance their pedagogical and educational work with eTwinning. The participants will become familiar with the partner finding tools and the tools of the TwinSpace S and will learn how they can be used in an optimum way.
The Teacher Exchange Workshops are about teachers talking to teachers, sharing experiences and knowledge on the practicalities of their eTwinning experiences, what works best, what approaches to take, how to avoid the pitfalls. There are three sessions shown in the following table:
|Renata Wojtaś||Communicating between students in eTwinning projects.||English|
|Tea Horvatić||Project “Mini Hotels Network”||English|
|Svetlana Varbanova and Teodora Valova||eTwinning – The Best Supporter of Reading in Bulgaria for 2012 / eTwinning – Bulgariens bester Leseförderer 2012||English and German|
|Silvo Muršec||Presentation of project||English|
|Teodora Valova||eTwinning Approaches for developing Early Literacy||English|
|Session 2 Slavic language teacher exchange|
|Katarzyna Chojnacka||Project: Japan||Polski|
|Marzena Kaszyńska||Project:”Matematyka zmysłami i zabawa gotowa”||Polski|
|CZ TBC||Slovak or Czech|
|Kornélia Lohyňová||Project Faster, stronger, higher / how to motivate children||Slovak|
|Dubravka Granulić||Projekt “Moja knjiga – moj prijatelj”||Croatian|
|Małgorzata Chwalewska||Kindergarten without pre toys||English|
|Eric Redegeld||QR Code||English|
|Hendrien Exel||Augmented Reality||English|
|Manuela Correia||“EUrope” (EU+rope) is an eTwinning project linking people through music.||English|
|Emmanuil Kontogiannakis||Project: “Footsteps for peace”||English|
|Nick Shiekkeris||Project “Zootopia”||English|
Bart Verswijvel (BE) – Arjana Blazic (HR) – Room
eTwinning projects offer the perfect framework to build 21st Century skills. In this workshop we focus on Critical Thinking, Assessment and Reflection, Collaboration and Citizenship though activities and discussion. We will explore how you can bring real pedagogical value to your eTwinning work.
The role of Ambassadors as leaders of change – A model for whole school and teacher teams transforming teaching and learning through eTwinning
Lesley Atkins (Glasgow City Council) and John Warwick (UK)
Lesley Atkins and John Warwick (UK eTwinning Ambassadors) have been working with a special needs school in Glasgow, Scotland using eTwinning as the vehicle to effect transformative change in teaching and learning throughout the school. The workshop will demonstrate how change begins, how it continues -preserving what works and having the courage to explore new ways of working- and how it is sustained. The session will also demonstrate how the challenges and opportunities of change are negotiated and developed strategically to offer a clearer picture of the ‘ emerging future’ to offer a whole school eTwinning approach.
The participation of a school in international projects needs the commitment of the teachers and also the assistance by the school principal or head teacher. Guided by my own experience in running many international projects I will show options open to head teachers to assist and guide teachers in working in international projects. We will explore these options through group work and discussion.
“Towards an International School. Placing Global education & nternational learning at the heart of the school and curriculum” Rob Ford (UK)
“By looking at practical case studies in successful schools that have not seen international education as something on the periphery but placed the philosophy at the centre of the curriculum to have a significant impact on the educational ethos of the school, the staff and the students. A practical session to examine how schools can use their resources, plan for effective international learning and how to ensure this can be embraced across the school through strategic leadership.”
HungaryHow can we enhance visual education with ICT tools? From simple graphic programs to sophisticated collaborative environments there are several ways a teacher can improve the class. During the workshop participants can get familiar with some tools, learn about good practices and take part in a brainstorming about the use of ICT in visual education.