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Online Professional Development Workshop for Ambassadors – Promoting eTwinning in a Digital World

The Online Professional Development Workshop involved more than 200 participants from 44 eTwinning countries.

eTwinning Ambassadors are the pillars of the eTwinning community. They work with the National Support Services (NSS) and Partner Support Agency (PSA) to promote eTwinning in their country, facilitating training for eTwinners. It is therefore essential that they have the essential skills and information to promote eTwinning effectively and this Workshop offers one of the rare occasions to have them all gathered together.

Going fully online, this year’s Professional Development Workshop allowed participants to learn about “Promoting eTwinning in a digital world” and to explore their creativity during virtual networking sessions.

On the first day of the conference participants were officially welcomed by Cécile Le Clercq, DG EAC, European Commission, Claire Morvan, CSS, and Sushama Doebri, Dutch NSS.

The keynote address “The power of online communities and digital transformation” was delivered by Maartje Blijleven. She stressed the importance of communities as eTwinning and gave a lesson and some tips and tricks about community building.

“To drive change and digital transformation an online community is needed.”

After the keynote address, it was time to start with the networking activity and the workshops that kept the Ambassadors engaged over the three days.

 Participants took part in a total of 15 workshops organised around three main areas:

  • Digitalisation & eSafety
  • Promotion & dissemination
  • eTwinning and inclusion in the digital era.

The event saw various expert speakers from around the educational community, the eTwinning Friends network and the digital space. Ambassadors learnt how to engage more actively online, tips and tricks for being better speakers and moderators, and how to create online European events open to the entire eTwinning community, among other things. Furthermore, they also discussed the challenges of the digital world and learnt how to tackle them in their classroom.

The networking activity proved there is no end to the drive and the commitment shown by the eTwinning Ambassadors. The participants were invited to film themselves and to upload their videos in an online collaborative space.

On the last day, the closing speech about “Media literacy and disinformation” was delivered by Claire Morvan CSS and Sabrina Vorbau, Project Manager – Digital Citizenship Team at EUN.