What’s going on in schools?
What’s going on across Europe?
Teachers can submit their eTwinning project for the eTwinning Prizes 2011 until 15 June. The prizes, an Interactive White Board and three cash prizes will be hand out on 5 October 2011 in Brussels.
From 28-30 April, the Czech National eTwinning conference connected with the National eTwinning Prize Award and Quality Label Award took place in Prague. More than 150 participants (teachers, headmasters, participants from local authorities) had the possibility to attend within two days not only practical workshops (Desktop, Twinspace using, ICT tools, Pupils´ motivation) but also presentations of the awarded projects and share their own project experience.
On 18 April, an eTwinning Ambassador from Croatia organised a webinar presented by Terry Freedman on how to address the problems that arise from the implementation of the Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
A new team of eTwinning ambassadors are ready to help Danish schools get going in eTwinning. They officially started their duties together with “EMU”, the lovely blue mascot of the Danish education portal, during the recent conference in Budapest.
eTwinning was presented at the launch of the Defismed project organised by the UNESCO. The project aims at involving new generations in building Euro Mediterranean links on the environment. Representatives from the Academie de Nice and the French NSS were invited to present eTwinning.
Share your experiences in European school partnerships during the Comenius-eTwinning-Week 2011. From 2 - 9 May 2011 schools and pre-primary institutions all over Germany are invited to give some insight to their eTwinning and Comenius projects. Register an event with your German school and present all benefits you gain by school partnerships in Europe.
From 8-11 April, the Icelandic NSS organised two training sessions for beginners using the training platform. 35 teachers from pre-primary, primary and secondary levels enjoyed meeting partners from different countries and trying out the various tools offered by the TwinSpace.
From 24-26 March, more than 100 ambassadors gathered in Rimini, Italy, for a very successful and intensive training seminar. The seminar focused on: the quality criteria and the evaluation process for eTwinning projects, the planning of effective local training seminars, and the new eTwinning philosophy behind the new eTwinning Desktop tools.
On 7 April for the first time a conference specially dedicated to Comenius teachers was focused on eTwinning and other ICT tools. Future cooperation between eTwinning and Comenius is envisaged.
On 18 March, a delegation of 31 teachers from Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia joined 11 Maltese teachers for a 2 day seminar in Malta. The main aim of this seminar was for teachers of young children to meet, receive training on the eTwinning platform and TwinSpace, learn how to use different Web 2.0 tools in collaborative projects and finally discuss and register new projects.
In April, the National Support Services visited the schools of the winners of this year's eTwinning Carnival competition. The winners were presented with their prizes. All the schools welcomed the Maltese National Support Service warmly and a small celebration took place within the classrooms.
From 14-16 April a contact seminar addressed to Polish speaking teachers of any subject at primary or lower secondary schools took place in Kraków, Poland. 60 participants from Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, UK and Poland had the opportunity to learn eTwinning tools and other ICT tools useful in education.
On 14 April, the annual national eTwinning conference took place in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The event was part of the international ICT conference SIRikt 2011 and hosted over 1000 participants.
On 11 May, a workshop for experienced eTwinners will take place in Celje, Slovenia.
The winning teachers of the 2011 national eTwinning prizes have seen their efforts suitably rewarded. At the ceremony held in Madrid the winners were able to share their experiences with their colleagues and relate how eTwinning has brought exciting new changes to their classrooms.
Spanish as a foreign language is increasingly popular in Europe and it is not difficult to find partners who want to work in this language. In fact, it is easier and easier to find projects in which the Spanish language is the main one or at least one of the working languages used for communications among the partners.
Comenius Partnerships and eTwinning projects are being highlighted at the British Council through published case studies in SecEd and 5-7 magazines in the UK leading up to Comenius Week on 2-9 May. Read some of the inspiring press articles from our teachers and schools online. More articles to follow in May!
A seminar for beginners has been organised in one of the south-eastern cities of Turkey, Şırnak. The Ambassador of Şırnak, Yılmaz Kadirhan, has created a special website for the presentations and workshops related to all seminars he has organised with all eTwinners.
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