November 14, 2011

Just a good idea for etwinners :-) :

"I understand other people's languages, without being able to speak them. This is why, when I communicate with them, I speak to them in my language and I understand theirs".

Are you interested ? Just have a look to this multilingual document (english, Deutsch, español, français, italiano, português, româna) :

Claire Chevalier"

August 17, 2011

The 10 Best Countries to Be a Teacher written by Jasmine Hall

While teachers may be educating the future leaders of the world and molding young minds, they often don’t get the respect they deserve for doing a hard, time-consuming and sometimes frustrating job. Education may not be a glamorous profession in the strictest sense, but it does garner more respect — and often more benefits — in certain parts of the world than others. Though this list by no means discusses every country where it’s good to be a teacher, it does point out some of the places where they receive the most respect, professional treatment, benefits, pay and opportunities for advancement. If you’re a college student who’s planning an education career, it could make you suddenly start feeling a whole lot more worldly in your professional ambitions.

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August 08, 2011

10 Reasons Schools Should Teach Text-Speak by Selena Routh

Texting in school is a very popular topic with people able to argue both sides. Some schools in Australia are teaching text speak or SMS in school. The students put together glossaries and compare their versions to the formal written language. Many might argue but listed below iare ten reasons schools should teach text speak.
1. Translation. Teaching students how to translate one version of the English language into another version of the English language exposes them to critical thinking skills.
2. It is useful. Students tend to wonder when they will ever use what they are learning. Not long ago students were required to take Latin, and a very small percentage ever applied it in real life. Texting, on the other hand, is quite useful to just about everyone who owns a cell phone.
3. Teaches creativity. There are plenty of words or terms that have not been condensed down into SMS text language. By engaging the students to create their own versions they are not only teaching creativity, but instilling self-esteem and confidence when they come up with something useful for others.
4. Quicker note taking. By teaching SMS text speak in schools the students can apply it to other classes as well by using it as a short hand note taking skill. Unlike formal note taking which can take too long and lead to missed notes, SMS can help students effectively take notes at a speed close to the verbal communication of their teachers.
5. Can wrap ethics in. Classes can have an ethical or moral tone to them by discouraging students from using texting in inappropriate ways. Many kids today are using texting to bully or send lewd messages to one another. This topic can be brought in to dissuade that kind of behavior.
6. Can prepare them for the future. Technology is improving at a rate that some of us cannot keep up with. By bringing this into the classroom you can prepare students for the ever evolving technological advances.
7. Engages students. Since you never see a teenager very far from their phone and in some cases it seems like it is permanently attached to their fingers, it makes sense to utilize them in the classrooms as well. Using cell phones in school is a great way to engage students with something they are already familiar with and then use texting to draw them into other subjects as well.
8. Can save future embarrassment. If texting is taught in school, then students have the opportunity to learn the different acronyms and what they may or may not mean. This can save face in the future when texting a client or other professional. Some SMS texts have different meanings and some, like in verbal communication, can be said in a variety of ways.
9. It CAN be used to teach spelling. Most people think of texting as eliminating the bulk of a word in order to condense it. This is true but it can be used in reverse in a school setting. Teachers can use SMS text language to give the students their spelling words and then have the students send back a message with the correct spelling of the word or words.
10. Increases participation. By integrating texting into the classroom, teachers have been using it to get students to participate that otherwise wouldn’t. Some students may be afraid to answer a question out loud in class for fear of being wrong, but by texting answers to the teacher more students can participate at once.

Some people believe that texting in school is a distraction and can lead to cheating, but by bringing it into a classroom session and properly teaching them how to use texting, it can be beneficial to both the student and the teacher.

Original article

August 02, 2011

Involving Students in Maths eTwinning Projects

Due to the specific features of Maths projects and to the “arid” nature of the subject, they should have an incentive aspect, that can be achieved through the types of activities that are planned, the degree of collaboration and the tools that are used. Mathematics can thus become a “vehicle” for learning about the partners and for the mutual understanding of our cultural environment.
How many times have we heard from our students the question: “Why do we have to study this?
As opposite to the common perception of Maths as being an abstract, mechanic, repetitive and boring subject, by means of creative and imaginative projects, it can become interesting, helpful, surprising, flexible, intriguing, and fun. Students can become aware of Mathematics role in our physical and cultural environment as well as in our cultural heritage.
ETwinning can help teachers to significantly enhance the students’ motivation due to its features: it empowers collaborative and peer-to-peer learning, as well as learning communities, benefits the students’ different skills by a multiple intelligence approach and promotes a natural use of ICT.
This presentation is focused on a few ways to enhance the degree of students’ involvement in projects, as well as on specific examples of activities from several eTwinning Maths projects.

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eTwinning Visibility Group - a new newsletter

The editing team of the 1st Newsletter of the eTwinning Visibility Group are proud to present their work! Take a seat in the boat that is making the right waves on the eTwinning sea and read interesting and up-to-date pieces of writing that will provide you with information about the work in the Group, recent achievements, important new Web 2.0 tools and various thoughts on what eTwinning is all about.

Since October 2010 the enthusiastic members of the Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group have been working together with the main purpose of eventually devising and evaluating guidelines for boosting the visibility of eTwinning projects. We have been doing this by promoting the eTwinning action as part of Comenius - the EU programme for schools -, sharing experience and knowledge, promoting imaginative ideas, giving constructive feedback, giving inspiration about how to make the most of eTwinning projects, strengthening the feeling of belonging to a truly European network!

Here is the Newsletter: Enjoy!

We have been having many irons in the fire this past school year, and warmest thanks are in order to everybody in the Group for their involvement and dedication – it has been an exciting year, and we look forward to the years to come and to the contributions old (by now) and new members can offer! Do join the Group if you are not already in!

July 30, 2011

A Taste of Maths

A Taste of Maths is a project connecting Mathematics, culture and gastronomy developed by 6 schools in the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Spain. The title also suggests that one of the aims of the project is to develop our students' apetite for Mathematics and help them share the taste and the flavour of their cultures by using Maths as a vehicle for communication and mutual understanding.
The main goal of the project is to increase students’ motivation and interest for Mathematics, to promote investigation and curiosity by combining common mathematical contents of the curriculum with aspects of day-to-day life in different parts of Europe, using concrete objects such as kitchen items or food as well as representations of mathematical concepts. It is also intended to facilitate mutual understanding through getting knowledge on the historical and cultural contexts partners live in. The main tool of the project is a blog all the partners contributed to.

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May 03, 2011

ICT4U: getting ready for Madrid

Next week we will be working in Madrid, thanks to our Comenius-partnerschool. Students will present 3 tools: Prezi, Google-docs and Screencast-o-matic for an audience of Spanish teachers. They are working on the educational cards right now and will collaborate into 3 groups to prepare the presentation in Madrid.
In the last months we also could organize some workshops: at the eTwinning-conference in Budapest (HU), at an eTwinning-meeting in Brussels (BE), at a Comenius Monitoring Day in Alden-Biesen (BE) and at the dutch ambassadors-meeting in Antwerp (BE).
Look at the site for the latest news.

December 07, 2010

First ICT4U-projectmeeting in Iceland was great !!!!

The ICT4U-project is a combined Comenius- & eTwinningproject where teachers and students will collaborate to create educational cards for teachers about the new Web2.0 - applications and other interesting IT-tools, usefull for the classroom.
Thanks to Comenius, we really could meet face-to-face and this week together was really fantastic ! The students had to work in international groups about 2 topics: the videotool Animoto and Wallwisher to collect sticky notes. They also had to prepare a demonstration before an audience of students and teachers.
We also visited places like Geysir, Gullfoss, and the way from Reykjavik to Akureyri was breathtaking.
On the programme there were visits to museums and a swim in the Blue Lagoon from the north.
The impressions, movies and pictures you can find here
You are welcome to signup and give a comment on this project.

September 01, 2010

Maths in Wonderl@nd- an Adventure in the Land of Mathematics

It's a Maths eTwinning project developed by 13-15 years old students from Italy (Liceo Ginnasio "Emanuele Duni", Matera) and Romania (School No. 195, Bucharest). The project aims to enhance the students' motivation by making Mathematics a learner-friendly subject, to help them discover and develop their creative, social, language, learning and ICT skills, by means of collaborative work and active learning. We want to show that Maths can be more than a class in the timetable, an exam subject, a compulsory and tedious work- it can be a world of imagination and creativity, populated by interesting and peculiar things, just like Lewis Carroll's book "Alice in Wonderland" is.

Its starting point are the mathematical allusions in the book, but the activities go beyond that, by searching for unusual Mathematical objects that can be recognized in our every-day environment, using the mathematical notions we get in class. Other aims are to promote team work, collaboration and mutual understanding, and to make students more aware about the main values of European citizenship and gender.
The @ in the project title emphasises that this Wonderland is also a world of ICT, of new teaching and learning tools. We used an on-line magazine , a blog , a loudblog, videos, Google Maps, animations, Voki, podcasts and other web 2.0 tools. Our TwinSpace is at

Both the approach and the tools we used contributed to the innovative aspect of the project. The mathematical notions we studied were embedded in the common Maths curriculum: areas, perimeters, volumes, formulas, such as Gauss' formula or Heron's formula, the history of Mathematics, similarity, percentages, cuboids, powers etc. Since part of my students were facing the national examination this year, it was a good and enjoyable opportunity for them to revise or learn these notions. At the moment, our educational system is changing its focus from acquiring knowledge to acquiring skills and competences, the less abstract form of the mathematical content was very appropriate, because some of the tasks in the exam also have such a practical aspect.

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June 25, 2010

Seminario etwinning a Benevento:caratteristiche e potenzialità

Il 17 maggio 2010 si è svolto a Benevento un seminario dedicato interamente al portale etwinning,al fine di illustrarne tutte le caratteristiche e le potenzialità.Tra gli interventi dei numerosi relatori provenienti dalle scuole campane,dagli uffici scolastici provinciali e regionali e dall'Università del Sannio,interventi tutti ricchi di esperienze e progetti realizzati,è stato dedicato ampio spazio proprio al portale nella sua struttura,da parte della Prof.ssa Balena Antonella

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June 07, 2010

British Summer School on the Black Sea in Bulgaria

The British Summer School in Bulgaria „ARKUTINO” is the new concept for english language studies on the Black Sea. It combines the British experience in english language training with the beauty of the unspoiled nature of Bulgaria.

The beautiful South Coast of the Black Sea and the nearby Natural Park on Ropotamo river provide us with unique location and vast opportunities for children to explore nature, enjoy summer and improve their engilsh.

If you are interested in nature and would have 10 students who are interested to attend, you can come and stay for free and join in all explore-nature- excursions, beach activities and visits to local traditional villages.

Arkutino is located in Burgas county, Bulgaria. This is one of the last unspoiled places on the bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
From the see to Arkutino there are sand dunes and on the Arkutino beach itself grows the sand Lully.
The natural reservate is located alongside the River Ropotamo that flows into the Black Sea.
During thair stay students will be haveing english language classes with british teachers. The aim of the summer school is to teach children english and help them use it in a variaty of situations in and outside of the class room.

Here is what out main teacher David Kirwan says about the camp:
"Our overall goal is to achieve teacher and learner collaboration. By being approachable, positive and caring as teachers we will develop learner confidence and encourage them to be more open in exchanging information which they can see will help them in the learning process. The methodological approach will be eclectic and draw on a range of materials, classroom activities and technologies to stimulate the children and keep them wanting more.

The activity co-ordinators will also contribute to this analysis by providing us with on-going feedback on what language the children are using when they meet and where there are gaps in knowledge and barriers to communication.

Within this framework our aims will be to

• recognise individual differences
• arouse curiosity about language
• stimulate reflection on language
• encourage collaboration rather than competition
• set learning goals which are challenging but achievable
• facilitate learning
• activate existing knowledge
• build confidence.

It is also important for the participants to understand and accept that they must take ownership of and final responsibility for their own learning. "
Irina Christova
Integral Educational Programs

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June 05, 2010

ICT4U: IT-tools for etwinning-projects

Early this year we started the ICT4U-project: students in international groups will create educational cards for IT-tools that are usefull in the classroom. This project is a parallel-project with the Comenius ICT4U-project, so the international groups will meet eachother during projectmeetings and give hands-on sessions to an audience of teachers from the hostschools.

The ICT4U-project uses 2 platforms: the TwinSpace for eTwinning and Chamilo for Comenius. We are working on the educational cards (available online in HTML, Word and PDF) and some are almost ready: Twitter, Diigo and Facebook.
These are only the beginning of an IT-tool library that can be used for your eTwinning-projects.

We are working on Doodle, Digsby, MSN Messenger, Tuenti, MWSnap, Flashmeeting and many more. Your suggestions are welcome at

Have a look at our platform

ICT4U - projectcoördinator
Robert Conings
PTS Maasmechelen

May 25, 2010


The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Throughout this year a lot of initiatives will be organized to spread information and to reduce the constant loss of biological diversity worldwide.
It's a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives.

On May 22th we celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity.
Our eTwinning team developed this project ‘Biodiversity’:

Lieven Van Parys

May 09, 2010

Teaching each other

Este proyecto ha consistido en una enriquecedora experiencia de mutuo conocimiento entre estudiantes de tres nacionalidades (Eslovaquia, Noruega y España) que, a lo largo de todo un curso, han intercambiado información acerca de sus culturas y formas de vida mientras practicaban y enseñaban a los otros en español y en inglés.

Este es nuestro blog

Kati Kanozsay, Gymnázium Hansa Selyeho, Komárno
Hanne Kvam Ramberg, Breivang Videregående Skole ,Tromsø
Carmen Fernández, IES de Poio, Poio

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Teaching each other

Our project, ‘Teaching Each Other’, involved an enriching experience of mutual understanding between pupils from three nations: Slovakia, Norway and Spain The students have exchanged information about their cultures and ways of life - practiced and taught both in Spanish and English.
You can see our blog

Kati Kanozsay, Gymnázium Hansa Selyeho, Komárno
Hanne Kvam Ramberg, Breivang Videregående Skole ,Tromsø
Carmen Fernández, IES de Poio, Poio

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April 06, 2010


Un projecte europeu d’introducció de l’anglès
per a infants de P4 i P5

Ingrid Colom i Carme Hoyas, mestres de l'escola Fluvià
curs 2009-2010

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L’experiència que es presenta a continuació és una aposta innovadora
d’introducció de la llengua anglesa a l’educació infantil mitjançant el
relat de contes, l'ús de la tecnologia i l’intercanvi d’experiències amb
altres escoles d’arreu d’Europa.

L'escola Fluvià, una oportunitat per començar de zero

L'Escola Fluvià és un centre de nova creació que va entrar en funcionament
el curs 2007-2008 al barri de Poble Nou (Barcelona). L'equip de
professionals que va iniciar el projecte imaginava una escola diferent,
adaptada a les necessitats reals dels infants del segle XXI, i amb aquest
objectiu va començar a traçar els eixos bàsics que anirien definint la filosofia
del centre. La conversa, entesa com capacitat de l'infant per dialogar amb si
mateix, amb els altres i amb l'entorn, esdevé un dels paradigmes bàsics per
interpretar el nou currículum i per planificar la tasca educativa.

Sota aquesta mirada, l'ensenyament i aprenentatge de l'anglès es planteja a
P4, quan l'infant ja ha gaudit del temps necessari a P3 per posar en joc les
seves estratègies comunicatives en llengua catalana i s'ha iniciat en el
coneixement de les estructures del llenguatge amb activitats com la filosofia,
el bloc d'aula, el joc simbòlic, les exposicions orals i la psicomotricitat, entre
d’altres. A P4 doncs, l'infant pot començar una nova aventura lingüística en
una llengua que, tot i presentar una pronuncia i un vocabulari diferent a la
pròpia, manté una estructura similar (existència de paraules, frases,
entonacions, etc.). Aquesta similitud de llegües li permet fer assimilacions
entre l'anglès i el català per deduir-ne el significat. El context i la informació
no verbal també juguen un paper fonamental a l'hora d'interpretar els

Basant-nos en les capacitats que ha de desenvolupar l'infant a llarg de
l'educació infantil segons el nou currículum i tenint present la conversa com a
eix bàsic de l'aprenentatge, l'equip reinterpreta les sessions tradicionals
d'anglès i els dóna un sentit pràctic: l'infant ha d'aprendre la llengua per una
necessitat comunicativa. Aquesta necessitat ens porta a buscar relacions
reals fora de l'escola, altres comunitats amb qui poder intercanviar informació
en llengua anglesa.

La plataforma eTwinning se'ns presenta des del principi com un lloc segur i
àgil per buscar altres centres educatius d'Europa interessats a compartir el
projecte i a idear un currículum funcional per l'ensenyament i l'aprenentatge
de l'anglès. Com veurem, les noves tecnologies juguen un paper clau en tot
aquest procés.

Once upon a time….

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Actualment en el projecte hi participem un centre de Catalunya, tres de
Polònia, dos de Romania i un de Bulgària. Cada mes una de les escoles
implicades a l'aventura proposa un conte en llengua anglesa que pot
visualitzar-se a la xarxa i que s'adapta a l'alumnat d'entre 3 i 8 anys. En el
transcurs d'una setmana totes les mestres participants pengen a l'espai
etwinning diferents propostes per a treballar la història en qüestió. Durant les
quatre setmanes posteriors, en tots els centres integrants, es desenvolupa la
unitat amb el compromís de recollir en format digital tot el procés per poderlo
compartir. Així doncs, un cop transcorregut el mes de treball podem trobar
a la plataforma digital la unitat de programació i una mostra de les propostes
realitzes a cada escola.

Creem i ens divertim

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En les classes d'anglès el canó de projecció i l’ordinador amb connexió a
Internet sempre estant funcionant. El llenguatge audiovisual és un dels eixos
vertebradors del procés: d'una banda, és un recurs motivador pels infants i
de l'altra, fa possible la recollida i l'intercanvi d'experiències. Aquest però, no
és l'únic llenguatge present durant les sessions ja que s'intenta que les
activitats proposades ens permetin experimentar altres formes
comunicatives: el llenguatge verbal, el plàstic, el corporal i el musical.

Per tant, mentre un país de l'est d'Europa escull, d'entre les propostes
didàctiques, cantar una cançó i fer una dansa, un altre del sud potser
prepara una representació teatral de la història. Aquesta diversitat de
recursos permet adaptar les activitats a cada grup classe, fet que es
transforma en riquesa en el moment que les experiències es comparteixen.
En un context més, la varietat ens fa créixer.

Ha arribat l’hora de compartir

La publicació al twinspace de les activitats realitzades fa créixer la comunitat
educativa des de tres bandes. En primer lloc, l'alumnat es pot endinsar en
una realitat diferent a la seva i descobrir la funcionalitat de la llengua anglesa
per comunicar-se amb els companys i companyes de la resta d'Europa. En
segon lloc, els equips de mestres creixen a nivell professional i personal
compartint experiències i descobrint altres docents amb les mateixes
inquietuds per millorar els diferents sistemes educatius. En darrer lloc, també
les famílies poden apropar-se al treball realitzat des de l'escola mitjançant la
web i iniciar un diàleg amb els seus fills i filles.

Valoració del projecte

El termòmetre del nostre projecte està als 37º, té una temperatura ideal i
gaudeix de bona salut. La totalitat dels participants implicats en el projecte
durant el curs anterior aquest any s'ha afegit de nou a la proposta, i amb més
energia que la darrera edició. El fet de comptar amb un equip estable ens
permet ara delegar funcions i agilitzar les tasques de coordinació. Totes les
escoles han manifestat un alt grau de satisfacció per part de l'alumnat, qui
està evolucionant en el seu procés d'aprenentatge de la llengua estrangera i
ja comença a produir petits textos orals.

El curs passat el nostre projecte va ser guardonat per la plataforma
Etwinning amb els reconeixements de Qualitat Nacional i Europeu.

Webs d’interès:


Ingrid Colom i Carme Hoyas, mestres de l'escola Fluvià
curs 2009-2010

March 04, 2010

Reflections from a French student

French student, Charlotte Durando, recently spent a week at European Schoolnet, the Central Support Service for eTwinning. About eTwinning, she had the following to say to her fellow classmates in Europe...

Get involved in a technologic class with eTwinning!!!

Not liking school? Finding the teaching boring? Wanting to have courses on digital media, and a new way of working? All this is possible thanks to eTwinning! If you agree, you will see the difference.

eTwinning promotes school collaboration in Europe through information technology and communication (ICT) in providing support, tools and services to facilitate the creation of school partnerships in the short or long term. eTwinning is very interesting because trough it we can get in touch with many other schools and works on a same project. It’s a new way of designing learning in schools.

For examples on how to get involved in eTwinning, eTwinning has also created a blog for teachers. On the teachers’ blog, teachers can post comments about their eTwinning project and discover what it is about. In this way, they can involve their class into the eTwinning project.

There are currently 68446 schools in partnerships with the various projects submitted by eTwinning. There is no principal blog for the teenagers, but there are some blogs within the different projects themselves. In France, there are 7769 schools involved in eTwinning.

So, if you want your school to change, to use more technology, ask your teachers and get involve into eTwinning!!!

By: Charlotte Durando, France

January 18, 2010

eTwinning Bulgaria-Portugal

Hello friends! We want to tell you about our project. It started in 2007 year.
The project ‘Nosa Cultuta’ – ‘Our culture’ is about cultural heritage, traditions, customs and celebrations in both countries - Bulgaria and Portugal. Its main goal is to provoke thoughtful consideration amongst students towards learning and then presenting their traditions and customs before their counterparts.
Using the latest technologies, we are performing our project’s activities via photos, pictures, presentations, video clips from the most interesting moments in our work. We exchange IT information as part of student’s learning activities and motivation.
Introducing the interactive board as part of the teaching process is the biggest achievement in our work so far. The board provides equal opportunities for all students to take part in presenting and exchanging the information of relative subjects. It is a team work where the teacher acts as coordinator and consultant. Every team member presents and learns the subject and vice versa. The team work is an innovative approach of the education system.

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December 18, 2009

5 years eTwinning!

Dear friends of eTwinning,


“Hip Hip Hooray 5 years eTwinning!”

That deserves a lot of flowers! To celebrate this special event, a team of eTwinning Ambassadors created together with their pupils a carpet of flowers in a virtual way. Right from the heart for all who made this European project possible.

Project website:
Kind regards,

'The 5 from Crete' ('5 eTwinners' who met each other in Chania (Crete) during a Professional Development Workshop in October 2009 and made a lot of plans…)

Anne McMorrough (Ireland)

Ursa Bajda (Slovenia)

Patrick Carroll (United Kingdom)

Heikki Kontturi (Finland)

Lieven Van Parys (Belgium)

November 08, 2009

Drawing Adventures from Malta and Poland

This collaborative project is part of an etwinning project ‘Colours of Life’ for children of ages 4 to 5 years old. During this project children observed colour in the environment, colour in food and colours of the seasons. The children were encouraged to be creative and to discover the link between shape, form and colour. The partner schools from Malta and Poland wanted the children to think, imagine, explore, be curious and express themselves. They wanted the participating children to feel closer together by working online in a common task. A Web2.0 tool,, provided the solution. Sketchfu is a simple drawing tool where children start a drawing, send it online to their partners who in turn continue the drawing. The drawing can be sent back and forth until it is finished.
The sky and sea were chosen as topics for the drawings. The teachers from both schools agreed that they didn’t want to encourage the finished drawing but the process of creating it to build the children’s thinking skills. The children did four drawings collaboratively. Using video editing software the drawings were turned into a digital story. The children made up the story from the finished videoclip. The English language was the agreed common language. The narration was recorded in English. The children had a lot of fun making sound effects for the story.
The children were highly motivated and excited with the whole project. This video clip took some time to finish as each day saw a progression in the drawings and the storymaking. The children came to school enthusiastically and looking forward to open the drawings to see what their European friends had drawn and what sounds they had produced. The enthusiasm infected the parents also as the children happily recounted what they were doing with this project. A parent volunteered to compose the background music for the video which was warmly welcomed. The parents can watch the video on our project’s website.

This product was an experience in creative story ‘writing’ for these young children. They were free to fantasize, be creative and develop their thinking skills. Working together the children shared ideas, opinions and information. It promoted teamwork and it helped the children learn from and with their peers.

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October 09, 2009

Promote your eTwinning project with the eLearning Awards

The eLearning Awards 2009 is a great opportunity to promote your eTwinning project and get a cash prize too! The competition was launched in September and will close on 23 October. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in Lithuania on 26 November 2009.

If you have an innovative project matching the categories below, register it on Joint prizes between schools will be awarded by sharing the prize between eTwinning partners. Prizes include cash money for schools as well as equipment such as digital white boards as well as a trip to Vilnius, Lithuania to attend the ceremony.

Here are the categories for this year’s eLearning awards:

  • Cultural expression
  • Mathematics, science and technology
  • Collaborative learning
  • eLiteracy
  • The e-mature school
  • Special category for outstanding teachers

    More information about each category, go to

  • April 17, 2009

    Quick guide to create Podcast

    Simple tutorial quide to create Podcast with Audacity.<

    January 16, 2009

    Erase una vez...

    Una tarde del otoño de 1985, apareció ante mí Europa en forma de alumno de intercambio. Un compañero de clase nos presentaba a un chaval inglés que había venido a vivir a su casa y a estudiar a nuestro instituto durante un trimestre.
    Recuerdo que me pareció un sueño apasionante e … inalcanzable. Mi familia no podía permitirse tal dispendio y desde luego, aunque hubiera habido posibilidad de becas, no me imaginaba a un inglés en mi casa cenando noche sí, noche también, tortilla de patatas.
    Han pasado más de veinte años de aquello y este otoño, por fin, puedo hacer realidad aquel sueño, en forma de proyecto Comenius. Ahora que disfruto de un destino definitivo como maestro de educación física en Náquera, puedo plantearme objetivos a medio y largo plazo y las posibilidades de participación en proyectos educativos conjuntos que ofrece la Comisión Europea con otros países de la unión suponen una oportunidad que no quiero dejar escapar por más tiempo.
    El primer paso ha sido lanzar la propuesta de participar en alguna acción educativa de la Comisión a los miembros del claustro de maestros de mi centro. Después de contar con su apoyo y aprobación, el segundo paso ha consistido en la inscripción en el portal etwining. El tercer paso, previa presentación de la idea del proyecto, será la búsqueda de socios. A continuación, crearemos el proyecto formalmente y por fin, si todo va bien, lo pondremos en práctica a principios del curso 09/10.
    He aprovechado los días de vacaciones de Navidad para hacerme un regalo personal: la inscripción en etwining. El regalo ha sido aún mayor de lo que pensaba cuando he empezado a recibir mensajes de otros miembros del portal. Reconozco que me he emocionado al ver que gentes de sitios tan distintos como el Reino Unido, Rumania, Grecia o Turquia han considerado atractiva mi propuesta de proyecto de Intercambio de Juegos y Deportes Tradicionales.
    En unos días volveré al colegio con una sonrisa de oreja a oreja y pondré al corriente de las novedades a mis compañeros de claustro. Comienza un nuevo año donde los sueños pueden hacerse realidad.

    Juan Dols
    CP Emilio Lluch de Náquera (Valencia, España)

    Once upon a time...

    Once upon a time, in autumn 1985, Europe came out in front of me. It was in the form of an international exchange: I met an English boy who had arrived to Spain to improve his Spanish and who was going to stay with one of my classmates for three months.

    I remember it as a fascinating and an impossible dream. My family had a rough time and we could not afford such an experience. Of course, even considering the possibility of getting a grant, I could not imagine a foreign boy or girl having for supper, almost every night, a spanish omelette.

    More than twenty years have passed since then. And this year, at last, I can make that dream come true in the form of a Comenius project. Nowadays, I enjoy a definitive job as a teacher in Naquera (Valencia). For this reason, I can consider the possibility of participating in European educative projects in the middle and in the long run, and I do not want to miss my chance.

    First of all, I suggested to the members of my staff the possibility of participating in some educative action related with the European Council. After having their support, the second step was to sign up as a member of the etwining site. The third step, after having launched my idea, will be the search of partners all aroung Europe. Next, we will design the definitive project and finally, and if everything goes according to plans, we will put it into practice by the beginning of 2009/10 school year.

    I have been making good use of my time during my Christmas holidays, by making myself a present: as I said before, I have register as an etwinning member. And the present have become better than best when I have started receiving e-mails from other members of the site. I must recognize I have felt deeply touched when I have been contacted by people from a variety of countries like United Kingdom, Rumania, Greece or Turkey. People who have considered that my proposal of an exchange related to traditional games and sports should be attractive.

    In a few days, I will come back to my school with a huge grin, with the purpose of filling my staff on the results of my work. A new year when dreams can be made true begins!.

    Juan Dols
    (Tr: Toni Moragas)
    Primary School Emilio Lluch in Náquera (Valencia, Spain)

    January 09, 2009


    La présentation du projet eTwinning classes virtuelles V2CL est disponible sur le site de l’AGENCE NATIONALE DES USAGES DES TICE :
    Le projet V2CL-eTwinning accueille 1000 élèves en provenance de 30 établissements scolaires de 15 pays. Les élèves sont répartis au sein de 60 classes virtuelles de 15 personnes environ. 250 élèves du lycée l’Oiselet de Bourgoin-Jallieu participent au projet, ce qui représente 15% des élèves de l’établissement.

    November 13, 2008

    My eTwinning Experiences - Josephine Ebejer Grech (Malta)

    I joined eTwinning in 2005 after that my school organised an evening seminar by the NSS Mr Emile Vassallo. The way he described eTwinning made me very curious to explore this new world, and when I got home I registered. I placed my ideas for a new project about how Avian Influenza was affecting different countries in Europe since that year it was a very hot issue. Another teacher soon replied that he was interested to start off a project with me, and I was too enthusiastic. My form 5 students , did research about this microbe, and were monitoring all newspapers and news regarding how this Influenza was being dealt with in Malta and in other countries etc. We did a lot of work, but our parnter ended up doing nothing, and that was a big blow for us. We were very disappointed, but our headmaster appreciated our work and that was an intrinsic reward for my students and me.

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    October 30, 2008

    Discover Europe through a set of interactive learning objects!

    In the previous school year my pupils and I together with a group of pupils and teachers from Italy and Spain worked on an e-Twinning project called ‘Discover Europe’(a safe web-based collaborative project focused on cultural awareness and intercultural learning).
    Apart from exchanging information and photos about our local communities and our customs and traditions we decided to create a set of interactive learning objects based on the participating pupils’ personal accounts about their cultures (multiple choice exercises, drag and drop exercises, crosswords, fill-in exercises etc). These are digital modules built on certain didactic sequences aiming to enable a learner to acquire knowledge and skills on a specific topic or theme.
    They help teachers increase their learners' interest and motivation in learning. Besides, they make learning and teaching more dynamic, intuitive and interactive and improve both pupils’ and teachers’ ICT skills.
    As regards our learning objects, they are focused on cultural awareness and intercultural learning and aim to help pupils reinforce the information learned in the project.
    I was really surprised to see how much of their own time my pupils devoted to participating in the project as they found eTwinning a rich and rewarding experience!
    That is why, beginning with this school year our School Board has decided to include it in our school curriculum and allocate an optional course addressed to the 5th grade A and 7th grade A.

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    I am a child, just like you!

    The evolution and the transformations in the social area which took place in our country for the past years, have highlighted the necessity of some special services in the phicho-pedagogigal and social fields. These special services are addressed to several categories of beneficiaries- people in difficulty or with several needs which they cannot handle and who often end up behind isolated, maladjusted, marginalized or isolated from the society.
    With this project, we hope to reduce some of this difficulties which characterize many children who come from a family or from The Recovery Centre of the Children with severe Handicap Galata, Iasi.
    “Tudor Argezi” School, The B structure of “Titu Maiorescu” school from Iasi, wants to facilitate the access of the pupils with special needs to free speech, education, games, songs, arts, practical abilities, stories, theatre, puppet plays by giving them a programme centered on the individual. We have chosen various activities, we have become partners with other schools and institutions, which will help our pupils to socialize, make friends and communicate.
    There is no doubt that these children are seeking for love and support, just like the rest of us. That’s why the society cannot oversee or abandon these children with special needs and must offer them an equal chance.
    All the activities we planned focus on reducing the marginalization of the children with special needs by the community and also, we want to give them opportunities to enlarge their knowledge horizon so that their social and relational results improve.
    eTwinning is a great opportunity for all kids from Europe .
    Teacher Eugenia Apetroi
    “Titu Maiorescu” School-structure ”Tudor Arghezi” - Iasi (Romania)

    October 24, 2008


    Maria Vaida, "Ioan Bob" School, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    eTwinning a great opportunity for pupils and for teachers

    Last year, in October, Romania was accepted in eTwinning and I was very delighted that I became a member of this community. In a short time I find a partner for my project, a school from Spain, Colegio Caja Granada.
    Our project is called THE CELEBRATION OF THE MONTH. The pupils, coordinated by the teachers work on gathering information related to the most important holidays of each month (ethno-folkloric, literary, historical etc). In the same time different products are developed: articles for the school magazine, pp presentations, a web site, CDS, a holiday calendar, an album with all the phases of the project. The representative works are published on the Internet in English, Romanian and Spanish.
    During the activities performed together with the partner school the teams will identify the similarities but also the differences between the two cultures. There will be supplementary foreign language lessons, lessons about local and national history and geography. These activities will constitute a good opportunity for practicing linguistic competencies but also for socializing and developing tolerance and mutual respect.
    The development of the project will be permanently monitored, the suggested objectives will be followed, and the activities will be adapted to the newly appeared needs.
    The dissemination of the results will be an important aspect of the project. It will be realized throughout the whole period of the partnership. Finally, they will be presented at both schools involved and to the public in order to generate interest for learning foreign languages and to understand the similarities and differences between European cultures. - here you can see a part of our work
    We do our best in order that our school should obtain a European dimension with a large opening towards Europe, conditioned by the entrance of Romania into EU.

    This project constitutes an opportunity for our pupils to practice and develop their linguistic competencies. On the other hand involving pupils in an intercultural dialogue would improve their personal development and would contribute to a better social cohesion.
    Our expectations are:
    - The cooperation between the involved schools in order to identify cultural similarities based on the Latin origin of our countries; involvement in an intercultural dialogue.
    - The promotion of some national and local elements together with the acceptance and respect for the cultural identity of each country.
    - The formation of research and learning skills necessary for personal development and social integration.
    - Raising awareness of the importance of life long learning.
    - Improvement of pupils motivation and their communication skills in a foreign language.
    - Formation language competencies in other languages besides those learnt at school.

    Maria Vaida, "Ioan Bob" School, Cluj-Napoca, Romania