The European eTwinning Prize Competition
The main category is sponsored by the European Commission and has three levels as follows.
The three prizes are for projects involving:
1. Pupils age 4-11
2. Pupils age 12-15
3. Pupils age 16-19
In addition to the main eTwinning Prize category there are also a number of special categories sponsored by other organisations. You can find more information on the special categories for this year here.
To apply for the competition, projects must have been awarded the European Quality Label in any year of the project’s lifespan. All projects must demonstrate that they have been active in the 2016-2017 school year.
NB. If the project is a winner, only those partners who have received a National Quality Label for this project will be eligible to participate in prize related awards.
Projects can only apply once for the eTwinning Prizes; however, projects that have demonstrated a significant improvement over time can apply a second time at the discretion of the National Support Services involved.
All entries are submitted by clicking the link available on eTwinning Live.
Click on the projects tab, and you will find the link in the list of actions below the project description.
Each year several hundred projects compete in different categories for the honour of being awarded. The competition is high and the standard attained by the teachers and pupils involved in the projects rise each year.
eTwinning Quality Labels are granted to teachers with excellent eTwinning projects. They indicate that the project has reached a certain national and European standard. For this reason, there are two labels: the National Quality Label and the European Quality Label.
- NATIONAL QUALITY LABEL – Apply today!
If you think that your eTwinning project deserves an extra mark of success, then you can apply for the National Quality Label through your eTwinning Desktop. This appears under the section ‘Labels’. If you have more than one project that you think deserves the Label, then simply fill out an application for each.
What are the benefits? The Quality Label is concrete recognition to teachers and schools of the high level of their eTwinning activities. For pupils, this offers a boost to their work efforts, and for the school in general, a public affirmation of their commitment to quality and openness in European collaborative work.
Who grants the national Quality Label? The National Support Service (NSS) in each country evaluates applications from schools for the national Quality Label. Labels are awarded throughout the year, however, in some countries, deadlines are fixed, so be sure to consult your NSS for information about the deadlines in your country. Once the application is accepted or rejected, your NSS will contact you. The NSS apply 5 specific minimum requirements in granting the Quality Label to a project. All 5 requirements must be met:
These requirements are:
1. The project must have common goals and a shared plan.
2. It must be finished, or in its last stages.
3. The applying teacher must have made a significant contribution to the project.
4. A certain degree of collaboration must appear.
5. Project results must be visible.
Once these 5 requirements are met, the project is then evaluated on the six criteria required.
What are the criteria? A project has to broadly achieve excellence in the following areas:
(1) Pedagogical Innovation
(2) Curricular Integration
(3) Communication and exchange between partner schools
(4) Collaboration between partner schools
(5) Use of technology
(6) Results, impact and documentation
- EUROPEAN QUALITY LABEL – No need to apply!
The European Quality Label is a second mark of success. From October 2012 it will be awarded by the Central Support Service to schools in a project which:
1. Have been proposed for the European Quality Label by at least one National Support Service, after a screening process.
2. That at least two partners have already received the National Quality Label. The European Quality Label is awarded only once a year and is featured on the eTwinning Portal.
You must have a European Quality Label to participate in the European eTwinning Prizes competition.
eTwinning Prizes – Rules
1. What is an entry?
• An entry is a European collaborative eTwinning project involving schools from different countries using ICT.
• The project must have a tangible outcome that gives evaluators a concrete idea of the project’s value, process and results.
Each entry should be described as follows:
• Title of the project.
• Project Information containing the correct age category as well as links and documents to project outcomes.
• Descriptions about the various elements of your projects as defined by the criteria (max 150 words per criteria section).
** Submitters must publish as much of their work as possible. Evaluators do not have access to restricted material, such as private TwinSpaces. Please provide a guest access and password so evaluators can assess the work done in the TwinSpace**
Where applicable, the submission should also contain contextual information such as earlier awards or competitions entered or won, company funding, etc.
2. Legal and Ethical Issues
All entries must follow European agreements on copyright. Short quotations may be used if the source is clearly indicated. Pictures, film, audio and other multimedia may be used only if produced by the school or similar, or if the owner has explicitly permitted use, or if taken from free sources such as Clip Art.
Entries submitted to the eTwinning Prizes competition remain the property of the school/organisation or teacher. The European Commission and the eTwinning Central and National Support Services have full rights to make the material freely available for educational purposes on the Web, CD-ROM or other media from the date of submission until 31 December 2017.
eTwinning Prizes - Evaluation
Evaluators will consider the following criteria:
- Pedagogical Innovation: How aspects of the project can be considered more innovative and creative regarding content and objectives, the approach, activities and methodology, final products, dissemination and publication.
- Curricular Integration: How the project was integrated in the existing curriculum.
- Communication and exchange between partner schools: How teachers and pupils between schools communicate and work together throughout the project (i.e., not simply sharing outcomes but actively working together).
- Collaboration between partner schools
- Use of technology: How to get beyond emailing; how the project made use of ICT tools creatively.
- Results, impact and documentation: What came out of the project as well as why your project deserves to be awarded.