How we do it in Poland - M. Chodakowska-Malkiewicz and D. Tokarz

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How we do it in Poland - M. Chodakowska-Malkiewicz and D. Tokarz

  1. 1. How we do it in Poland By Mariola Chodakowska-Malkiewicz and Dominika Tokarz
  2. 2. eTwinning in Poland: top-down approach
  3. 3. TASKS OF REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Coordinators, Promoters, Ambassadors Common tasks for all Regional Representatives 1. Promotion of the eTwinning Programme through: • cooperating with local media • the websites of Regional Educational Inspectorates, Teacher Training Institutions, schools • other educational events like eTwinning Weeks, competitions, conferences 2. Participation in regional conferences, seminars, workshops 3. Dissemination of promotional materials and publications 4. Preparing Annual Report on activities 5. Cooperation with NSS Different tasks of Regional Representatives Promoters • Cooperation with Coordinators and Ambassadors • Running workshops Coordinators Coordinating educational events and initiatives Ambassadors • Giving good practice examples • Running workshops for teachers
  4. 4. ❶❺ Online course trainers ❶❻ Promoters (teacher trainers) ❶❻ Coordinators (regional school inspectors) ❸❶ Ambassadors (experienced practitioners)
  5. 5. eTwinning in Poland in our dreams... eTwinning in EACH Polish school
  6. 6. eTwinning ambassador in Poland – how it works • Marketing – needs analysis • Recruitment – done by the ambassador or the workshop host – audience numbers range from 20 to 40 – length ~ 2-5 hours • Venue – provided by the ambassador or the workshop host
  7. 7. A workshop consists of two parts: 1) Introduction stage (temptation)
  8. 8. A workshop consists of two parts: 1) Introduction stage (temptation) 2) Practical stage (ICT taming) Photo credit: tarotastic / Foter / CC BY-NC
  9. 9. The temptation stage • introduction to the eTwinning programme – why get involved? – the benefits
  10. 10. eTwinning for school staff... • Contact with education professionals • • • • in another European country An awareness of teaching and/or management approaches used in another country Sharing and celebration of your own professional skills and experience Using eTwinning as a first step to international linking and forming a Comenius group Professional development e.g. online courses on eTwinning
  11. 11. eTwinning for students… • Increased motivation, as they have an audience for their work in a school in another country • Enhanced key skills, including ICT use, communication and foreign language skills • Greater cultural awareness through direct contact with peers in other countries • Learning through/and fun
  12. 12. eTwinning school projects - Best Practice examples
  13. 13. The practical ICT stage - hands-on training
  14. 14. • • • • Registration – school/teacher Desktop – profile TwinSpace – cooperation platform (and or optional) Training in using ICT tools such as forums, chat, instant messengers e.g. Skype or how to use Voki, Glogster etc.
  15. 15. • Workshop completion – – – – theory+skills handouts/tutorials promotional materials (from NSS) certificate of attendance
  16. 16. Follow-up activities • being a 'Helpdesk' for the new eTwinners Photo credit: omnia_mutantur / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
  17. 17. September 2012 – June 2013: • 277 meetings to promote eTwinning • 6 095 participants took part January – June 2013: • 126 meetings • 2 812 participants • 840 newly registered eTwinners
  18. 18. • Promotion – regional actions
  19. 19. • Informing and inviting local media
  20. 20. • Distributing promotional materials • Providing information via email, telephone, face-to-face meetings • Running eTwinning Open Door Days in schools • Taking 'any' chance to get to the potential eTwinners
  21. 21. How is the programme perceived by regional representatives? • Only pros? • There are some cons too...
  22. 22. 1. • • • teachers about themselves (SWOT) low ICT competences insufficient language skills lack of cooperation between teachers
  23. 23. 2. teachers about their work environment (SWOT) • insufficient ICT equipment • sometimes… NO from the school head • poor cooperation between the eTwinning representatives in regions • lack of support from the local edu authorities
  24. 24. New approach of information and promotional campaign by the PL NSS: • Regional Conferences in cities like Gdansk, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Warsaw, Cracow etc. • Regional Competitions – local authorities e.g. Sopot or Podlaskie Region • Stronger ties with the local media • Closer cooperation between ambassadors and promoters
  25. 25. Mariola Chodakowska-Malkiewicz eTwinning promoter m.chodakowska@wmodn.elblag.pl Dominika Tokarz eTwinning ambassador dominikatokarz@gmail.com

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