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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) :
http://www.euro-mania.eu/docs/autour_euromania/dglflf_pierre_janin.pdf

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.

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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: http://www.myebook.com/index.php?option=ebook&id=89096. 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 http://ict4u-project.eu 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 http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p20278/welcome

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 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. "

http://bg.hit.gemius.pl/hitredir/id=.AGQmzib.6N4mWWP9ekvX6e0DtaU3o9KQRDnx6g5j5z.p7/stparam=kgkrkkfqzo/url=www.arkutino-school.eu/?lng=EN

irina@integral.bg
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 ict4u.project@gmail.com

Have a look at our platform

ICT4U - projectcoördinator
Robert Conings
PTS Maasmechelen
Belgium

May 25, 2010

Biodiversity!

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’:
http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/ourworld/biodiversity.htm

Lieven Van Parys

May 09, 2010

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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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,

Congratulations!!

“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: http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/hiphiphooray/5yearsetwinning.htm
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) annemcm@eircom.net

Ursa Bajda (Slovenia) ursa.baj@gmail.com

Patrick Carroll (United Kingdom) pc@shawwood.doncaster.sch.uk

Heikki Kontturi (Finland) heikki.kontturi@oulu.fi

Lieven Van Parys (Belgium) lieven.van.parys@skynet.be


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, www.sketchfu.com, 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 http://elearningawards.eun.org/register. 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 http://elearningawards.eun.org/ww/en/pub/elearningawards/categories.htm

  • April 17, 2009

    Quick guide to create Podcast

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    January 16, 2009

    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)

    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)

    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

    Calendar

    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.
    http://thecelebrationofthemonth.wetpaint.com/ - 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

    October 20, 2008

    eTwinning the European Heart

    The country: EUROPE
    Let´s make the European heart beat!


    Teacher and students can gain a lot from eTwinning project. Here goes my opinion about it:
    - Improve skill languages;
    - Learn about each country culture, economics, folks, food habits, politics aspects, geography, history and others;
    - Exchange experience about pedagogical strategies;
    - Improve the use of ICT tools and also learn how to use new ones;
    - Be aware of difference between European countries and learn to respect them;
    - And many other pedagogical aspects.
    I think it´s important to fill near to other countries! Portuguese people use to say “Away from the eyes away form the heart”. After an eTwinning project we learn to love and worry about someone in other country. I really think it ´s important to approach people and that students fill near each other, because younger’s are our future!

    So, eTwinning approach ours hearts. And after all, we are a country called EUROPE!

    October 19, 2008

    My name is Asterio

    October 17, 2008

    About eTwinning projects...

    Hello!
    My name is Aurelia; I`m chemistry teacher in Constanta, the most beautiful Romanian city port from Black Sea. I want to tell everybody about my eTwinning`s practice.I have 2 European labels, a lot of friends and many teaching`s experiences. Last school year, I was involved in a few eTwinning projects. For many projects, collaboration was`nt only virtual: I found my partners for Comenius project (the project was winner!), I knew new friends from Czech Republic (we have visit each other), I met new colleagues for new eTwinning projects.
    eTwinning experience was the most interesting part of my past school year! I love eTwinning! Welcome for the new partners!
    Aurelia Cezar, Constanta - Romania

    October 15, 2008

    Learning by cooperation- an eTwinning characteristic

    One of the most important and most generous features of the eTwinning concept is learning by means of cooperation.
    Some time ago, I noticed that there was a widespread opinion among teachers that only competitive relationships generate a proper motivation for learning, but many experimental research and analysis have highlighted the differences between learning through cooperation, learning in an individualistic manner and the one done in a competition situation, emphasizing the high efficiency of groups of students facing a common task of learning.
    A class is a specific social group that mediates, in time, fundamental changes at the cognitive level of each of its members. The climate in the class has a huge impact on the perceptions that the students and teachers have, reflect the reasons for which they work (or don’t work) together, the ability to talk together and to examine ideas critically and reflects the characteristics of that class as a learning community.
    The collaborative learning climate, such as the one in the projects, brings:
    • in terms of school performance: more effort to succeed, therefore, better results for all the pupils (labeled in the traditional manner as "very good", "mediocre", "weak"), inner motivation, involvement in solving tasks, a better dosage of the available time in order to achieve the task, critical thinking;
    · in terms of interpersonal relationships: deeper and warmer pupils’ relationships by boosting team spirit, appreciation and valuing of multi-ethnical diversity through the development of empathy and cohesion at the national and international group level.
    · in terms of personal identity: self-identity strengthening, development of social skills, self-image improvement, developing the capacity to handle stress and adversity.

    Through such an management of the learning situations, students positively rely on each other, and this positive interdependence leads to loyalty towards the group. Other essential elements in learning through cooperation are :
    · the responsibility of the individual
    · stimulating interaction
    · interpersonal skills and competencies
    · awareness and assessment of the way the group works
    When learning is achieved through cooperation on a regular basis, students can turn from “lonely learners” into “colleagues who learn together”, reaching levels of academic competence both in the group and as members of teams.
    Groups that learn through cooperation focus on maximizing the academic success of all the group members.

    Irina Vasilescu, School no.92, Bucharest, Romania

    October 13, 2008

    Invitation to be our partner

    We are two schools: Základní škola Malecí, Nové Město nad Metují, Česká Republika and Scoala "Ioan Bob" Cluj-Napoca, Romania and we start a project in which we would like to associate with us a lot of many schools to create a great Eurobook.

    Eurobook: Around Europe. This is our project. http://eurobook.wetpaint.com/

    What is the project „Around Europe“?
    It is a tendency in it, that children of all EU will make together one big book about the place, where they live. That place called Europe. Each school will process a few of pages about their country, towns and surroundings, famous people and school. A part of the book will be an internacional vocabulary with the most use phrases. If the book will finaled, it will printed and gived to weave.

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    October 11, 2008

    eTwinning-a open gate for making friendships

    My students come from Romania, from a country school named "Dimitrie Anghel", a flower's poet.She is situated near Iasi city, in Cornesti-Miroslava.My name is Dorina Marin and I'm their primary teacher.
    We have participated at several etwinning projects since 2006, firstlly as guests, then as partners.We have started with "Across The Bible Across Europe", a project about truth, justice, sympathy, generosity, forgiveness and love, coordonated by Teresa Fernandes from Escola Secondaria de "D.Dinis"-Lisboa-Portugal and Irene Szymansky from "Peter Petersen"School-Frankfurt/Main-Germania.In time, we have descover new friends: from IES-Thalassa-Barcelona-Spain-Eva Campoy and Marc Julia-"How young european combat boredom",from GBS De Waterleest, Eppegem-Belgium-Kristof de Loose-"Happy faces join us",from 1ο Δημοτικό Σχολείο Γιαννιτσών, Γιαννιτσά-Greece-Zoe Abrazi and from Direzione Didattica Rionero in Vulture, Rionero in Vulture (PZ) -Italy-Maria Teresa Carrieri-"My school through time", from Szkoła Podstawowa nr 9 im. Orląt Lwowskich w Tarnowie -Poland-Krystyna Gądek-"How we spend our freetime" and from Escola Secondaria de "D.Dinis"-Lisboa-Portugal-Teresa Fernandes-"Joy@Singing".In the new school year 2008-2009 we have found others and we have started new projects.
    That experience, since last years, from etwinning portal, was a good opportunity for our students to learn how to identify cultural similarities and differences, about new customs and values and how to gain intercultural experience.
    We have learn many things about each others and we think now that Europe is not just a "strange place"but a open gate for making friendships, and we can define that in three important words:"We love eTwinning !"
    We invite you to see some memories from our life on eTwinning:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8243889612660642319&hl=en

    October 07, 2008

    Different Ways of Using Photos in a Project

    Photos are a very important element in a project, a way of both displaying our work and expressing our ideas. As the old proverb goes: “A picture says a thousand words.”
    The TwinSpace offers a good way to use them, in photo-galleries, but since I usually take quite a lot of photos, I have been looking for more ways to display them within my projects. This is what I have found so far:

    1.You can turn your photos into videos, using Photo Story 3 for Windows or Windows Movie Maker. I used both for JPEG files and they are both easy to use. The steps to take are more or less the same: you import the pictures (one by one or multiple files, from your computer or from a network folder-for the Photo Story, or a video device- for the Movie Maker), you arrange them in the order you want by simply dragging them to the right place and then you can edit the video. With the Photo Story, you can automatically or manually crop the photos, correct the contrast, the colour levels, the red eyes, add various effects such as Black and White that change the appearance of the picture. The Movie Maker also has lots of effects and the navigation is even easier, as the interface is quite similar to the Office suite.
    Note that none of the changes that you make affects the original picture that is stored on your computer, a network folder, or on the Internet.

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    October 02, 2008

    eTwinning - a great opportunity to make a lot of friends from all European Union

    First of all, I present myself:
    I am a Maths teacher in a big school, named Scoala "Liviu Rebreanu" from Mioveni, Arges, Romania.
    My school has registered on the etwinning platform in October 2007. By participating in eTwinning projects, students and teachers from my schol had the opportunity to communicate with other students and teachers from all participating countries, to exchange impressions about the culture, civilization and education of each nation from European Union, to improve IT competencies and languages.
    All our projects were presented in the meeting with parents, of the committee methods, the local council of our town Mioveni, to our blog for school
    http://liviurebreanuschool.blogspot.com
    http://www.freewebs.com/scoalarebreanu
    This was an incentive for other colleagues to enter into such projects.
    For the activity of our school in etwinning, we were awarded with Quality Label and European Quality Label.

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    October 01, 2008

    eTwinning: my story… with a happy end.

    First a few words about my professional situation… so you can better understand how I experienced working within eTwinning and what and how I learned.

    I am a primary school teacher working in 5 primary schools and in kindergarten.
    I am ICT co-ordinator for these schools and co-ordinator for all the ICT-teachers in the region.
    I was teacher trainer for 9 years in the catholic school system in Flanders.
    I started 25 years ago with ICT in my class and in my school. 10 years ago I started with eTwinning projects with partners from all over the world. (They called it ‘twinning-projects’.)
    More than 20 projects are now completed, some are small, other very big.

    A few years ago The European Schoolnet started with eTwinning and so I join this important project with my activities and my partners in Europe.

    What did I learn working within eTwinning? (as a teacher, co-ordinator and teacher trainer)

    -eTwinning projects made it possible to integrate ICT better in all areas of the curriculum.
    Before eTwinning the computer was for the most part used in training of Arithmetic’s and language. My search for integration of ICT went in the right direction.

    Examples: (some of my projects)

    ICT and protection of nature
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/anewworld.htm

    ICT and children’s rights
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/sleutel.htm

    ICT and feelings
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/feelings/kidshandinhand.htm

    ICT and art
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/earthlink.htm

    Communication and collaboration are the keywords.

    -International collaboration and communication made it possible to create new materials. Virtual and real objects that can be used by everyone. In these materials you discover ideas of teachers and children from different countries and cultures.

    Examples: (some of my projects)

    A card game about “expressing feelings”
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/feelings/kidshihcardgame.htm

    A collection of animals
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/zooproject/zoo.htm

    -I learned to create my own online software and tools that can be used by our partners.

    Examples: (some of my projects)

    A sketching program
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/feelings/kidshihflash.html

    A construction game
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/meetkunde2/lgotorenstart.htm

    -I learned to build up an eTwinning strategy, so I can help my colleagues to start up their own projects.

    My 10 rules are:
    -keep it simple
    -use a universal language
    -use a universal subject
    -involve all your pupils
    -make use of virtual and real objects
    -look for partners all over Europe (the world)
    -make your own online tools (or make use…)
    -reply to your e-mails
    -join the projects of your partners
    -(let) evaluate your project


    How did I learn?

    I started very early before Internet was used by most people (with FIDO-net). I built up a bulletin board and communicated with other teachers in a very very slow way…

    I learned by doing, often with a lot of difficulties. 10 years ago I had to send 5000 e-mails to find some partners. Now I have a team of 25 fine people from Europe and all over the world. always ready to work with me… Now the European Schoolnet and eTwinning is THE instrument to find a partner.

    I learn a lot during my teacher training sessions: teachers needed open source software, pictures, documentation. They had a lot of questions…

    Once a teacher said: “The computer will destroy the social connections between people”. Since this day on I try to proof the opposite.

    Did eTwinning change my life and my teaching?

    Yes, as you see I learned a lot… ICT integration is for me the most important problem.
    But there is more!
    I met great teachers with great ideas. I met new friends who even travelled from the other side of he world to see me and to teach my pupils.


    What would I be without eTwinning? I don’t know? Maybe a lonely computer nerd…
    eTwinning saved my life ;-)

    “eTwinning is winning!” That’s my conclusion! That’s my story!

    Lieven Van Parys, Primary Schools Meulebeke, BELGIUM
    (Now working on a few new projects ;-)

    @ni & m@te
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/animations/aniandmate.htm

    Make @ wiz
    http://www.sintamandusmeulebeke.be/myworld/makeawiz.htm

    Research and Creativity

    WebQuests are a possible way to work combining research and creativity, two features any eTwinning project needs. Using specific Internet tools, the WebQuest technique suggests a new method of working, based on the constructivist idea of students designing their own knowledge through personal effort, a model of searching the Web space, which includes at the same time the elements of learning through cooperation . The technique was developed and implemented in 1995 in the U.S. by Bernie Dodge and Tom March, professors at State University of San Diego. There are a number of references (mostly web references) that try to define the WebQuest model and various ways of organizing it. Dodge defines the WebQuest like this: „A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web”. At the same time, he gives at least two distinct levels of an organization WebQuest:

    Short Term WebQuests

    A short term WebQuest aims to the acquisition and integration of knowledge. At the end of implementing such a project in a short period of time, the student has gathered a significant amount of new information and proceeded to its in-depth understanding. A short term WebQuest can be completed in one to three-hour time.

    Long Term WebQuest

    A long term WebQuest aims to enlarge, structure and refine the knowledge. After attending a long term WebQuest, the student has processed and analyzed the accessed information, transforming it to a certain extent. Finally, he demonstrates knowledge of the material by creating a product to which the others are expected to respond on-line or off-line. A long term WebQuest is normally completed with one class during a one week up to a month period.

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    September 30, 2008

    An invitation to join a hands-on workshop LIVE online!

    What
    Calling all maths teachers involved in eTwinning. you are invited to take part in a webcast called the The International Challenge
    This presentation will explore cross-cultural connectivity and the effectiveness of real time collaboration in the teaching of Mathematics, using a Grand Prix car racing simulation software modelled on real data. This software uses practical maths skills along with problem solving, teamwork and strategic thinking to set up a car for a virtual grand prix. Add to that an international challenge between schools across the world, then the opportunities to enhance the learning and teaching of Maths is immense.

    Who
    Angela Jones and Val Brooks are the presenters for this online workshop so come along and experience the software and discuss the possibilities. During our presentation they will be discussing their use of the car simulation software, web conferencing software and a VLE developed by Val.

    Although they will be using a Mathematical context for their presentation, the ideas and uses of the various technologies in their presentation are applicable across many other subject areas.

    Where: http://tinyurl.com/3vjogk or or contact Val Brooks at val_brooks@stocktonclc.org.uk .

    When: October 9th, 2008 at 9.00-10.30pm (GMT) 22:00 - 23:30 (CET)


    Anne Gilleran

    September 11, 2008

    A Simple Maths Project

    "M@ths on Fingertips" is a very simple project on the constructivist approach to teaching Mathematics to Lower Secondary School pupils. The project was initiated due to a Comenius in-service training. It is connected to a parallel teaching experiment that took place simultaneously in two schools: College Jean Rostand (France) and School no. 92, Bucharest (Romania). The French and the Romanian teacher organized this experiment in order to compare their reactions and the way they solved the tasks. After comparing our syllabus, we decided to work with the 5th grade in Romania (11years old) and the 6th (12 years old) grade in France, because there were many similarities in the curriculum.
    The experiment consisted in teaching Geometry in a constructivist manner to 11-12 years old pupils. We wanted to compare the way our students react to this new approach. We also hoped this would be a way to diversify or teaching techniques, bring to life the ideas of constructivist teaching, use ICT for describing and reporting our experiences and to communicate, share our pupils' results, ideas, our educational environment, compare our curriculum etc.
    As both classes were getting the fist Geometry notions, both in plane and solid Geometry, we decided to help them by teaching a few Geometry lessons in a constructivist manner. This would give the pupils a different experience of already known concepts such as perimeter and area of a rectangle, nets of a cube etc.
    The main differences between the usual teaching manner and the way we solved the tasks were that the pupils made and manipulated the objects themselves, worked in their own pace and their own manner, with no indications or algorithm, with different tools, worked in groups all the time, not just for a sequence of the lesson, and decided their own group strategy.
    The French teachers and I exchanged opinions and compared our pupils reactions by emails. We elaborated Powerpoint presentations of the tasks and I also uploaded photo-galleries, videos and short task descriptions on the eTwinning portal, to show how the tasks had been solved.

    Continue reading "A Simple Maths Project" »

    September 10, 2008

    The waste is the enemy of the modern society!

    Waste, is an unwanted or undesired material or substance. It is also referred to as rubbish, trash, garbage, or junk depending upon the type of material and the regional terminology.
    Waste is directly linked to the human development, both technologically and socially. The composition of different wastes have varied over time and location.
    With industrial development and innovation being directly linked to waste materials.
    We can classify the waste: paper, glass, wood, metals, plastics, biodegradable waste (food waste or sewage), nuclear waste.
    Some components of waste have economical value and can be recycled once correctly recovered.

    We are two schools (“Lycee Condorcet” from France and “Vasile Alecsandri” High School from Romania) and we just begon this new eTwinning project.

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    September 07, 2008

    "Under the sign of water!" a new etwinning project

    Water is an essential element in the life of each human being and it is placed like positive condition for the welfare of the entire community. Life, as we know, it can not exist without water.
    75 % of the Earth is covered in water providing an environment for organisms to live in. Water is the most important substance in our evolution and our daily lives.
    Without water, life as we know it would not have been possible.
    The main aims of this project are: to focus on the importance of the water issue, to become aware of the differences and similarities wtithin different countries of Europe about this problem, to communicate in English, to develop a responsible mature attitude toward water, understand that water inspired works of many artists: painters, musicians, writers, architects of all ages.

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    September 01, 2008

    A Useful Tool for eTwinners: the MagazineFactory On-line Newspaper

    The on-line magazine was my students' favourite external tool in the eTwinning project called "PLI. The Place We Live in". The project makes part of a Comenius project with the same name and the participation of five European countries: Spain, Poland, Romania, France and Italy. The partners' main aim is to explore and value the geographical, historical and cultural heritage of our provinces and to promote them by means of tourist guides. You can see our last year's work at http://www.gonzaleztablas.es/profesores/2006_2007/index.html and our magazine's address is: http://www2.edu.fi/magazinefactory/magazines/placewelivein/

    The on-line newspaper is an interactive tool and it can be used in various purposes, including education, communication and at the same time for getting acquainted. For example, students in schools located in different countries can produce the newspaper together, and can thus improve their journalism skills, but also their IT knowledge .
    The role of "journalist" and the simple way to publish are designed to motivate the students and make them enjoy this activity. Seeing their work published outside the Twin Space too, in a very visible place and getting feed-back are extremely motivating for them, while the general theme "The Place We Live in" is open to a wide variety of topics, new ones appearing every day and stimulating creativity. The on-line newspaper is a living being who receives new ideas each school term.

    In our project, the goals of using this tool (along with others such as the eTwinning site, the blog, the project's web page) were: to find new ways of collaboration and mutual knowledge, to get the students more aware of their environment and the every-day reality by collecting the latest information published in media related to our project's theme, to increase their responsibility by giving them the opportunity to form and express opinions. We also aimed to enhance students' interest, by providing various working tools, pleasant and easy to use, to improve their communication in English, the language of our project, to reinforce their reading habits and to enrich our project with a new dimension, the "last minute news ".

    Continue reading "A Useful Tool for eTwinners: the MagazineFactory On-line Newspaper" »

    August 29, 2008

    Can Kids Teach Themselves? (Do you remember professor Sugata Mitra?)

    I think every teacher who attended the eTwinning conference in Bucharest (Romania) this years remembers professor Sugata Mitra and his "Hole in the Wall" experiments.
    The "Hole in the Wall" project demonstrates that even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge.
    I have embedded this video for those who haven't listened to professor Mitra yet and for those who want to remember his speech in Bucharest.

    Here is also the website of this project: http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/

    Liliana Mihalachi
    Comanesti School, Suceava
    Romania

    Science is everywhere!

    The main aim of this project is to help students to understand how sciences improve our lives.
    We want to "discover" the chemistry, physics and the mechanisms of the life! Science is universal, science is everywhere!!! Science has enormous influence on our lives. It provides the basis of much of modern technology - the tools, materials, techniques, and sources of power that make our lives and work easier.
    The discoveries of scientists also help to shape our views about ourselves and our place in the universe. Science is universal. Imagine a job that doesn't need some background in science. Law? Farming? Running a restaurant? Business? Lawyers must know about DNA testing and forensic evidence. Farmers are swamped with genetic modification choices, salinity problems, worries about the lesser spotted godwit or precious purple frog requiring protection in the lower paddock. As for chefs: try cooking gourmet meals if you've never heard of salmonella or botulism. Business people are challenged constantly by new technology.
    The point is there is no job in the 21st century that can be done effectively without some feeling for science.
    Participating to the project activities is a unique opportunity for students to stimulate their scientific and analytical observation. Participating in this project can be very instructive but also very fun and you can find friends all over Europe!

    In this project are involved 22 schools from 10 countries: Romania-3 schools, Italy-4 schools, Poland –6 schools, Portugal –1 school, Slovakya-1 school, Latvia-2 schools, Spain-1 school, Iceland-1 school, Czech Republic- 2 schools, France- 1 school.

    The project "Science is everywhere!" was based on curricular objectives having the following subject clusters: Environment, Cross-curriculum, Geography, Biology, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Foreign Languages, Media, and Sports. The pupils have shared each other photos from their countries and documents of their activities celebrating the most important scientific days in calendar:
    -the International Day of Water (March 22nd 2008)
    -the International Day of Earth (April 22nd 2008)
    -the World Day Against Smoking (May 31st 2008)
    -the World Day of the Environment (June 5th 2008)
    -the International Sun Day (June 21st 2008), as well as a lot of materials about Biodiversity and Energy.
    For the 2008-2009 school year we propose to celebrate the following events:
    -International Ozone-layer protection Day (September 16 th 2008)
    -International Day for animals protection (October 4 th 2008)
    -the World Day of Alimentation (October 16 th 2008)
    -AIDS World Day (December 1 st 2008),
    as well other scientific events (scientific sessions and exhibitions in the partners schools).
    The Science Mathematics Dictionary is our innovative educational product. The pupils have used the photos taken by themselves, not downloaded on the Internet. They have posted them on this dictionary, adding a word for each of it in their language and in English. Then, each partner team had to complete the scientific words in the mother language. This scientific dictionary could be used by all the European friends simply, sorting the terms by column "Type". The pupils liked the idea of multilingual dictionary very much and some of them even suggested including phonetic transcription in each language section. They have added terms from Biology, Physics, Geography, Math, and Chemistry in order to be translated by their European school partners.
    The web address on the project: http://my.twinspace.etwinning.net/launchercfmlangencid27016?l=en
    During the 2008-2009 school year we will develop the blog too: http://scienceiseverywhere.myblog.it/

    Lidia Minza - Chemistry teacher
    "Vasile Alecsandri" High School
    Galati, Romania

    August 27, 2008

    A Discovery and an Adventure

    This is what eTwinning meant to my pupils and to me.

    In the autumn of 2005, I was looking for ways to diversify my activity, to broaden the horizon of my pupils, to learn about collaborative work, to meet teachers from other countries and share experience, to bring something new into our school. Then someone asked me an incomprehensible question that brought a big change into my life: "Would you like to twin with us?". I am grateful to my first partners who opened that door with their trust.

    The first project our school was involved in was called "Nature and Human Activity", and since Romania was not in the European Union at that time, I was only a collaborator and an apprentice. It was initiated by schools from Avila (Spain) and Opole (Poland) and it compared the environmental situation and the cultural heritage of our three cities. It was a complex project and, to be honest, first, both me and my students found it a bit difficult to work at. At that time, not all of them had a computer or an Internet connection at home, and using it as a research and creative tool was totally different from every-day school work. As for myself, I didn't know much about computers either and I was afraid I'd not be able to learn so quickly. But, the friendly eTwinning platform made it easy for all of us.

    Our school is now part of a few other projects. We've been working with our partners and two new ones, a French school and an Italian one, in an eTwinning project connected to a Comenius one: "PLI. The Place We Live in". There are more teachers and students working and we have been using both internal and external tools, such as the blog or the on-line magazine.

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    Traditions across Europe: an Online European Project Meant to Promote Interculturality

    In the European year of intercultural dialogue, the eTwinning project Traditions across Europe is aiming to facilitate intercultural communication and make students and internauts familiar with national, regional and local traditions.

    The project consists in a blog which can be accessed at http://traditionsacrosseurope.wordpress.com, where students and teachers of the 21 partner schools have posted and will be posting nice and interesting materials about old and new traditions in their countries, regions and towns. The materials are posted as the events take place, the project being not only a simple collection of traditions, but a blog celebrating events which are lived and being reported on from their proximity.

    Traditions across Europe
    started in February 2008, having celebrated so far the Italian Carnival, the Lithuanian spring festivals, Mother’s Day, Martisor Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Catholic Easter and other more events through articles, photos, recipes, drawings, cards, audio and video files. You will also be able to get acquainted with traditional dances, recipes and songs from different European countries. Students’ and internauts’ message exchanges and commentaries have made our virtual space a place where cultural dialogue and communication in general are at home.

    New materials will be posted soon, so we all look forward to reading your opinions, suggestions and why not messages that you can enter in our guest book on the blog.

    Liliana Mihalachi
    Comanesti School, Suceava
    Romania

    April 09, 2008

    Tutorial

    I produce 2 tutorials to help my eTwinning partner to create a folder, photo gallery and also how to make our work in Twinspace visible to other persons. I hope it can help other colleagues too.
    - Folder and photo gallery - here
    - Publish CMS - here
    - How to publish a message, image or video in a blog (blogspot) - here
    - How to edit message in the blog - here

    January 23, 2008

    Podcasts and the International Polar Year

    Sharing our eTwinning project.
    As part of the Lycée Paul Moreau Reunion Island and
    Sackville School UK podcasting project students from Reunion
    Island are conducting interviews with a team of scientist
    who are conducting research in the Arctic and Antartic. The
    website links to video podcasts created by students from
    Lycée Paul Moreau, Reunion Island.
    A blog provides the opportunity for participating students
    to share ideas and thoughts about the environmental changes
    in the polar regions brought about human activities.
    We would like to share this with other students. Please
    visit the site, view the podcasts and contribute to the
    blog.

    http://www.andeducation.co.uk/polaryear.htm

    November 06, 2007

    A boy´s Project…



    I start this project (user and password: etwinning), in March 2006, with a colleague from Italy (Danilo) from a professional school. Like my class his class had only boys. So, a project with more or less 45 boys.
    In September/October we had 2 colleague interested in participating in our project. Bea form Slovak and Irena from Poland… and guess what??? More boys… and both from technical school! So, we have a project with approximately 100 boys. Where the girls have no place…?!

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    October 17, 2007

    Article from eTwinner, Nada Kadlecova

    On 26th September our school celebrated these two important days which are connected together. When we take place in international projects, we have to use foreign languages such as English, German and French.

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    There were a lot of events during the day for all the students, the seniors and the students from the junior grammar school , as well. Mrs Gebauerová prepared a concert for older students. They could hear beautiful Irish songs, sang by Věra Klásková, the famous folk singer. The students who study German had a chance to see a play in German, students from tercie A acted in it and the play was prepared by Mrs Hronzová.

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    August 14, 2007

    Participate in the eTwinning Weeks 2007

    The "back to school" eTwinning Weeks 2007 will be taking place this year between 17 September and 19 October.

    There are various activities planned, but be sure to participate in the eTwinning Blog by continuing to post information and start discussions with others.

    Best of luck for the 2007-2008 school year!

    The eTwinning Team

    June 15, 2007

    How to cope with an unsuccessful project

    I have been working in eTwinning for more than three years and I must say that not always all the projects have been good. During all those months of interesting work, our school have created about twenty projects.

    What are the reasons of the problems to finish the project?

    • the number of the students on one side is much larger than on the other side. It has happened to us with Portugal this year and my students were confused each having two Portuguese children as their pen friends. Then we preferred using the forum where all the kids talked together.

    • we had a plan but we forgot about the partner’s holiday and the end of the school year. We had to change the plan and make the project shorter.

    • the technical equipment of the schools was not on the same level. I had to explain to the children that they were lucky to go to our school and they had to accept the conditions of the other side. It was a problem because the children didn’t get as many letters as they had wished. But on the other hand I could use it educationally. My students were proud of our school ICT rooms more than before.

    • ICT knowledge of the partner teachers wasn’t the same. It can often happen but then, the more experienced teacher can help the new friend. It happened to us with Greece, but my friend from Greece was a good student and today she is just perfect. We spent a lot of chats discussing technical problems. There are seminars in all the EU countries for the teachers who are not sure what to do. Those teachers can also use the help from their local NSSs.

    • But the worst problem is when one of the partners finishes without saying a word. Then we have to tell the children and explain the situation. If it happens ones, it can be explained easily but if it happens more times, it is not easy to motivate the children for a new project. They should always feel that their work was useful.

    What to do with an unfinished project?

    • If the children are registered in the Twinspace in My team section, we can go on with the project as if nothing has happened. We can try to find another partner who would replace the first one, which can be a bit confusing but sometimes it is better than nothing.

    • If you do not find a new partner, then you still can use the Twinspace. You can divide the children into two groups and they can choose the country they will represent. I know that it is not the same like with a real partner, but we need to finish the project. The students can still write letters, work in the Forum, and create folders and photo galleries. They can work with the Internet and create PowerPoint presentations about various details of the chosen countries. Maybe they will become interested in a new country and they will be motivated to start a new project. The only thing is that we probably will not be successful in the National or International competitions.

    But what is more important? Definitely not to discourage the children from other contacts but make them happy that they had done a good job.

    How to protect our partnership?

    • set clear conditions at the very beginning
    • discuss the school year holidays
    • be in touch regularly- it is important especially at the beginning of the project
    • try to get to know your partner better before you promise anything to the children
    • prepare the project with the children - you can help them but they should be involved as much as possible
    • keep the list of the students with their partners- they may forget them. It is useful to put the list in the Twinspace
    • keep the list of the students‘ usernames and passwords for the eTwinning web page. If you do not go regularly into the Twinspace, younger children might forget them.
    • be diplomatic when you chat or write to your partner. We are different nations and different mentalities and so we can hurt our friend unintentionally.

    In conclusion

    Be optimistic and believe that every new project will be better and more successful than the first one. The friendship which is offered to in an eTwinning project is a treasure. So do not waste it, keep it, look after it, enlarge it and you will never be alone in this world.

    Naděžda Kadlecová, Gymnázium Česká Lípa, Czech Republic
    Visit her blog at http://et-friendship.blogspot.com/

    May 29, 2007

    Interview with Oscar Stringer

    Armin Hottmann interviews Oscar Stringer during the eTwinning Camp 2007 in Sicily (25-28 April).

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpi2-MW9psA

    May 24, 2007

    A bridge made of flowery flags

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    Ponte di bandiere in fiore

    Bambine/i di 4-5 anni italiani
    e ragazze/i delle superiori della Romania si incontrano grazie ad un ponte fatto di e-mail, materiali pubblicati on line, bandiere dell’Europa trasformati in foglie di esili, ma forti tulipani

    Copii italiani de 4-5 ani din Italia si elevi de gimnaziu din Romania se intalnesc printr-o punte de mesaje e-mail,
    materiale publicate online, steaguri ale tarilor din Europa transformate in petale de lalele

    A bridge made of flowery flags

    4-5 year old Italian children and students from Romania meet thanks to a bridge of emails, online materials and European flags transformed in delicate but strong tulips.


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    May 07, 2007

    Enjoying Cultures through Blogs

    Through a central blog entitled "A Portal to our Global Classroom", students from across Europe share their own cultures with each other in this eTwinning project.

    The central project blog, containing a large amount of information also regroups a number of personal student blogs where individual students post information and share it with the group. You can view their Blogs in the Blogroll section of the master Blog page.

    Many thanks to Brian Diack for sharing his project information.

    enjoyingcultures.edublogs.org


    Euroteaching Blog

    To follow an interesting blog run by a group of teachers working in eTwinning, check out the Euroteaching Blog!

    The blog has a number of discussion topics, mostly about literature, and information is available in both English and Spanish.

    Many thanks to Maria Eugenia Matia for sharing her project information.

    euroteaching.blogia.com

    February 20, 2007

    CLIL Community

    This joint Italian and Austrian eTwinning project is about CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning): Teaching English Across the Curriculum. Teachers interested in taking part need to be involved in CLIL experience.

    Continue reading "CLIL Community" »

    CLIL Community

    This joint Italian and Austrian eTwinning project is about CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning): Teaching English Across the Curriculum. Teachers interested in taking part need to be involved in CLIL experience.

    Continue reading "CLIL Community" »

    January 07, 2007

    OPENING UP THE CLASS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD WITH ETWINNING

    Linking computers onto a network and using Virtual Learning Environments enables teachers to open up their classes to other pupils, other cultures and to promote cross-discipline projects such as CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning.

    The first step consists in finding partner teachers who are prepared to take part in a class project on an international scale. Having contacted Secondary Schools by email in 1998-1999, we used the partner finding forum of the European Schoolnet in the beginning of 2000. Since January 2005 a new opportunity has emerged with the ETWINNING School partnerships in Europe communication platform.

    Through ETWINNING, spectacular results can be obtained since we have access to a database which numbers 22000 Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Schools, with motivated teachers prepared to take the necessary measures to guide their pupils into class projects on an international scale.

    Our WKTO virtual class project was born in September 1999. It links 30 schools together in 15 different countries. The project involves studying class material through the medium of a foreign language : English, German, Spanish and French. The topics covered so far have ranged from economics to sustainable development and the arts.

    ETWINNING is a fabulous opening for finding correspondents in the most efficient and effective way. The time of inter-school connections and virtual classes has come, ETWINNING is no longer merely an opportunity, but a priority.

    May we invite you to visit the working site of our WKTO project on
    http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/wkto/as/activity.htm
    and wish you all a very Happy New Year 2007.

    Asuncion, Kathryn, Jean-Claude, Bernard.
    LYCEE L'OISELET, BOURGOIN JALLIEU, FRANCE.
    Contact: http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/wkto

    November 22, 2006

    Exciting project

    This twinning programme seems very exciting and challenge. We need a lot of time, but my students enjoy doing it. I hope we can achieve our goal, but if not, we have practised a lot of English and known more about Europe.

    Exciting project

    This twinning programme seems very exciting and challenge. We need a lot of time, but my students enjoy doing it. I hope we can achieve our goal, but if not, we have practised a lot of English and known more about Europe.

    November 15, 2006

    etwinning: A European site and some fresh air

    Though it´s the first time I take part in eTwinning, I have followed you in the last years. You have grown quickly since this virtual site allows teachers to communicate creativity, their interest of doing something more than lessons and something which could be called as the feeling of fresh air from other distant schools.
    Reality is not great when working with difficult teenagers, and these virtual pages (Comenius Space, Spring Day, Etwinning) offer us the sensation that a project can be carried out with certain nearness to other positive teachers (whose we don´t know, but who can be encouraging for us in a common educational task). So in some ways, these iniciatives create a kind of invisible threads linking future realities in my pupils (they may not understand all of English; however they can take part in projects and join this virtual community.
    And not only for the teaching of foreign languages, but also for the creation of a feeling of a common citizenship... linked by generous teachers who offer us ideas and products to share.

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    October 15, 2006

    Using twinspace in English lessons

    I have been working in the eTwinning programme since the very beginning and it is always very adveturous when I open the twinspace and can see some possitive changes there. My students just love the twinspace and they visit this etwinning tool more often than only at school.
    When we find our partners and register a new project, we will get our twinspace. This twispace is an exellent place, where we can display our contributions, pictures/ a new tool photogallery is very useful/ and also forum is there. The most important thing is the possibility of sending letters to our twin partners via the mail in the twinspace. You do not have to use your personal post, there are no spams and you have all your letters stored there. The students do not have to remember the addresses, they will find their partner in the list of My team. This is what we always do. When the students are ready to write a letter on the given topic, we go to the computer room and use the twinsapce.

    I also like the forum very much. T have allowed my students to create their own topics and when I am not at school, I give them my topics to answer themselves. It is also very educational, they can see various mistakes and they talk about them. They know that more people will see their contributions and so they always want to correct the mistakes.

    My students are users in th etwinspace, they can use only limited number of the tools there. Those, who are very active and serious, get the role of the administrator later and it is the biggest reward for them.

    The eTwinning has become the important part of our lessons.

    Three years old!

    It was three years (Summer 2004) ago when by "accident", as I surfed in the net I bump on to the web side of the unformed yet e-twinning. I watched it growing up year by year till it become the large community that it is today. I participated from the first moment with great enthusiasm and the experience reward my expectations. I love it but most important children love it as well. What a "big" open window to the educational world of Europe!!! How many friends did we make and hopefully are going to make in the future!! What an interesting experience. And the most important thing... it offers its goods asking nothing in return. No bureaucracy, no endless paper work, nothing. Our only obligation is towards our partners and ourselves! We are working for the joy and we enjoying the work.
    That's what makes the difference from anything else before it.
    Thank you e-twinning for the experience!
    Keep up going as undemanding as you are today!
    Keep up offer us these great experiences!
    Vasiliki Kotsana
    Hellas

    October 12, 2006

    eTwinning - a great asset to schools, teachers and students

    eTwinning is a way for schools to work across national borders to harvest pedagogical, social, cultural and language benefits. This programme develops and reinforces networking and learning among schools, it provides an opportunity for young Europeans to learn about each other’s cultural and social lives, develops skills in ICT and helps to improve their language skills.

    My students and I, from Business Academy in Levice, Slovakia, joined eTwinning from the very beginning in January 2005 and found a partner from Bundeshandelsakademie Linz, Austria. Our project was successful and it brought us great recognition - we were the winners of the Slovakian eTwinning project competition in 2005. Our eTwinning project has given us a chance to cooperate with a new partner who was interested in the same topic, “After school activities - Human rights”.

    My students and I think it has been a new challenge to modernise classical ways of teaching and learning, and therefore has been a valuable experience. It has lead students to work creatively, independently and responsibly. eTwinning is illuminating and valuable for both teachers and students.

    Dr. Zuzana Mészárosová
    Teacher at Business Academy in Levice, Slovakia
    e-mail: meszarosovaz@nextra.sk
    eTwinning project: "After school activities – Human rights“ with partner from Bundeshandelsakademie Linz, Austria
    Project website: www.oalevice.edu.sk/etwinning

    October 09, 2006

    DigiSkills Etwinning-meeting

    DigiSkills is an European Comenius 1.3 / eTwinning project. It's about developing digital skills for teachers (Comenius) and students (eTwinning). 10 schools in 8 countries are participating and we now have started our 2nd project-year.

    We will meet in Realschule Regenstauf (Germany 10-15 october) and teachers and students will be working with ejournals, blogs, the LMS Dokeos (opensource) and the content management system Joomla and Fronter.
    We are trying to have the national quality-label for each country, and Germany already has it. Afterwards we are going for the European label. We also try to prepare a Flashmeeting (videoconference) between students.
    At this point we are interested in Web 2.0 and some of it's educational web-applications.

    Maybe we will meet you next year in Bruges (Belgium 23.02.2007 - 25.02.2007) for the European eTwinning-meeting. Many teachers are coming....

    Contactpersons:
    Uschi Schmack (Germany): project-coördinator
    Hans Feldmeier (Germany): webdesign
    Robert Conings (Belgium): Dokeos webplatform-administrator

    Some websites:
    Web- en communicationplatform Dokeos
    eTwinning-website
    DigiSkills eTwinning Blog
    DigiSkills ejournal

    October 01, 2006

    Benefits of an eTwinning experience.

    As teachers, our eTwinning experience has given us many benefits, so that we
    are now developing our third project. Both partners in the eTwinning
    project like to enrich their pedagogical practices, and have found new ideas
    and new ways to teach pupils.

    ICT gives us the opportunity to exchange material and to show the results
    obtained.

    An example of the content management system of our project called UNIVERSAL VALUES is shown in:

    http://www.glogow.pl/pp5/

    In order to share the information more efficiently, Webnews systems and
    Blogs are being considered. They have been developed for our last project,
    but as they are new they are changing everyday:

    http://mediablog.mail2web.com/littleexplorers/

    http://webnews.textalk.com/pl/view.php?id=8842


    Our skills in using ICT are improving through the partnerships. Another
    important benefit is being able to practice English in real communications.
    More like a teacher training course.

    In summary, with ICT: (1) We are improving as teachers, (2) we reflect on
    our pedagogical practices, (3) we reflect on our knowledge of the English
    language, and most important of all (4) the children have fun too.

    What more can you ask from an eTwinning experience?

    I would recommend an eTwinning partnership to all kind of teachers,
    especially when you teach a language (like English). Moreover, for the
    teachers and pupils involved, the intercultural exchange is important too.

    Seeing the rewards of the achievements, our eTwinning team is so
    enthusiastic, that it keeps on participating with examples and new material.

    Best regards,

    September 30, 2006

    eTwinning THE motivational learning experience

    Our school has been involved in eTwinning since the start of the project. We have found the concept of using European links to motivate pupils and staff by using ICT in a real and meaningful way as a successful strategy of tackling curriculum objectives. The use of the eTwinning portal ensures online safety and the support of the National Support Service is very effective. Pupils have ceated rich learning experiences through the contact with other cultures and languages in a number of European countries. Using cross curricular approaches we have provided new and exciting learning experiences based on History, Geography, Health and Healthy Lifestyles, second language skills, citizenship, global citizenship, cultural understanding, Art, PE, dance, Language and Maths.
    If you would like to see more information on some of these projects click the links below.
    www.ww2inthehighlands.co.uk/etwinning
    (archiving memoirs project)
    http://cauldeen.blogspot.com
    http://nessie-gozo-scotland.blogspot.com
    (Nessie /Gozo project)
    http://mediablog.mail2web.com/miriamschembri/portal (Infant healthy lifestyles project)
    http://highlandclearances.info/clearances/index
    (history & population movement project)

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    Hi everybody!

    Dear All,

    before sharing my ideas with you, let me introduce myself briefly.

    I am Silvia and I've just got involved in this wonderful eTwinning experience by my collegues at Muratori High school in Modena Italy. I'm very happy to take part into this activity because I've always been interested in international projects. Since it is the very first time for me I hope to start off on the right foot!
    My collegues at "Muratori" are enthustiastic about how the eTwinning went on last year and so everybody is eager to continue.
    I hope to get to know you all as soon as possible and to start interesting projects together. I send to you Elisabetta's and Raffaella's best regards together with those of our Institute.

    All the best,
    Silvia

    September 29, 2006

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    September 26, 2006

    Learning Through Friendship

    A couple of weeks ago I received a wonderful e-mail. It was from my Spanish colleague Arturo, who wished to go on with our eTwinning project. Last year our students worked together in a shared learning environment. They wrote forum posts telling about their everyday life in their home countries (205 letters altogether!).

    One of the most exciting things was the exchange of the students' favourite recipes. In IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva they actually had a special cookery class and tried out our Finnish recipes. It really must have been an extraordinary experience. And we got a few lovely pictures of our partners cooking.

    So, all through the year, it was a lot of ideas and experiences, photos and video clips passed on to each other. What I hadn't anticipated was that a true feeling of friendship would slowly grow as we worked together.

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    September 25, 2006

    Share your experience in eTwinning!

    During the special "eTwinning Weeks" organised from 25 September - 15 October, teachers already working in eTwinning can share their experiences with fellow teachers across Europe.

    For experienced eTwinners, share information about your project, your partnership and the various challenges and successes you had along the way.

    For teachers not yet involved in an eTwinning partnership, this is a great opportunity to find out first-hand just how easy it is to get involved, make new friends in other European countries, learn together and have fun!