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Step two: Starting your eTwinning project …

Step two: Starting your eTwinning project

Now you’ve found an eTwinning partner, you are ready to start a joint project. This session shows you what makes a successful project plan and takes you step-by-step through the process of registering your project on the eTwinning portal. You’ll also get tips on how you can get a recognised mark of success for your project with an eTwinning Quality Label.

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  • KAREN RECORD thank you for joining us this evening - welcome to today’s session which is all about Starting your eTwinning project. In this session, we will explain to you what makes a successful eTwinning project plan We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of registering your project on the teachers desktop. We’ll show you how you can get a recognised mark of success for your project, with an eTwinning Quality Label.
  • The webinar is going to be in three sections, Part 1. Process, Content and Approval will cover the process of registering a project – this includes the elements and outline content required, then a quick look at what happens when you submit Part 2: Project Kit Inspiration! we’ll take a look at ready made projects that you can use Part 3: we’ll show you how you can manage your project and gain some recognition for it The first section will last around 15-20 minutes, the 2 nd and 3 rd sections will last around 5 minutes each - we’’ll ask a few questions throughout just to check you’re still with us and we’ll stop after each section during which you can ask any questions, I will put the microphone down so you can come in and say your question. Alternatively you can also use the chat box at any time during the webinar to ask questions. So if you suddenly think of something just add it to the chat box. we will make sure that we answer it during the session or at the end of the section There will also be a final recap and chance for any last questions at the end of the webinar. The presentation and a recording of this webinar will be made available to you via email so you don’t need to take loads of notes
  • Step 2: Part 1 Process, Content and Approval So before you start the process of registering a project, you may ask yourself – am I ready? I am going to ask you a few questions. This will help you work out whether you are at the stage when you are ready to register a project on the eTwinning website. To answer the questions you need to use the “yes” and “no” voting buttons.
  • To begin with, a reminder that you always logon first to the eTwinning.net homepage and you do this in the top right corner
  • Firstly, in the “Profile” section you should view your list of contacts. Click on “see all contacts” to expand the list
  • You will now see the complete list of all your contacts. You should check that your partner is listed in your contacts list. You will need your partner to be listed as a contact in order for you to submit your project.
  • If they aren’t listed, search for your partner, click in to their profile and click the add to Contacts icon
  • Once your partner has accepted your contact request, go back to the Projects Tab. Click on “Create A New Project”. If you have other eTwinning projects they will be listed here as well
  • select the one partner that you want to set up the project with. NOTE – Any eTwinning project that is being registered need to have at least one partner. You may have more than one partner school you are working with. If so, you can add more partners to your project later on. This is going to be explained later on in the webinar. At this stage you must only select one partner . When you’ve done this you click on “Next Step”
  • It’s really important to agree a project plan at the start - It makes registering the project much easier.
  • So you have selected your school / partner, this will bring you to “Project Description” Notice that your selected partner is listed at the top In this screen you are going to give your project a title and a description. Project Description Page – these are details for the project as a whole not just your school, you are writing on behalf of your partners too so don’t be UK-centric. Also it’s important to remember that this is a partnership project, so you should be giving consideration to this in your registration form. So, you should have an agreed title, and you should be able to give a brief overview of the project. You will also need to tick the language or languages in which you will be communicating.
  • The final step is probably the one that requires the most thought. The Aims of the project should be what you hope to accomplish. So that could be non specific things like students working in teams, or learning how to use an IT tool like PowerPoint or Video, to more specific things that cover certain parts of your lesson plans or curriculum. Work process means literally the steps you will go through to work on the project. “What”, “How” and “When” are all questions to consider here Expected results are how you intend to complete the aims. For example, students will have learnt how to use PowerPoint and will have published their presentations on the TwinSpace
  • When you have completed all these stages you will come to: The preview screen, where you can see everything that you have added. If you want to amend anything, click “Change” in the bottom left corner. Or if you’re happy with it you can click “submit”
  • what happens after you have completed your registration and hit that submit button Firstly, back in the “Projects” tab of your Desktop, you can click in the section called “pending” to see the status of your project. Remember, your project will remain in the pending stage until 2 things happen: Your partner has approved it (or vice versa if it is your partner who submitted the project) The National Support Service has approved it
  • You can view the current status of the project here. It will either be ‘waiting for partner approval’ or ‘waiting for NSS approval’. Note that you can also edit or even delete your project at this stage
  • your partner will need to approve the project. They will have received a notification in their Desktop to say that the project has been registered and is waiting to approved. To approve it, they need to go to their own Pending list where they can accept (or reject) the project. As mentioned, the notification will come to their eTwinning Desktop. But it’s a good idea for you to let them know you have registered the project anyway. They will not receive automatic notification to their e-mail address unless they have specified so in their settings. To set automatic notification, click on the blue “notifications” tab. (see next screen)
  • Click on subscribe to get the e-mail notification. You get a daily summary of activity if you do this.
  • the next step is that the project is sent to the NSS in each of the two countries to verify and approve it. NSS’s will differ in their approach. We check new projects every day – other NSS’s may work differently, but verification would not take longer than three days. You do not need to contact your NSS to let them know you have registered a project. We receive automatic notification of t his.
  • We have looked at steps you need to take to register your project, the project elements, you have a template to make it easy for you and your partner to discuss before submitting and we’ve looked at the approval process, Does my project “go live” straight away? NO 2) Will my partner be automatically e-mailed when the project is ready? YES 3) Do I need to contact my NSS to tell them about my project? A) NO So either yourself or your partner needs to approve the project before the National Support Service will receive notification of this
  • JOHN Step 2: Part 2 You can get lots of ideas for projects here, you can look at the aims, work process and expected outcomes from hundreds of different rated projects
  • Go to www.etwinning.net . Click on collaborate
  • You’ll see there’s a Project Gallery, short modules for projects (you may want a project idea for just a few hours activity), also you’ll find tips here for pupil collaboration. We’ll take a look at the project kits section
  • As it explains on this screen shot, project kits are ready made guides - You’ll see that they are split into different categories and are rated by users, so click on a category or a title for more detail. For example, one of the most rated kits is ‘cooking and culture’ – click on the project title
  • Each project kit gives details, pedagogical objectives, a suggested process – which is highlighted here – tips on how to evaluate the project, suggested follow up activities, useful links and comments from teachers who have used the kit. Please do explore these – they’re very useful but are also there to act as a guide – so you can tweak in whichever way you like.
  • We have looked registering your project, the project elements required, the approval process and project kits 1. Do you need to think about the end of the project when you’re registering it? A) YES 2. Can you change your project details before you submit it? YES 3. Which button should I click on to access project kits. A,b,c or d? ANSWER C
  • JOHN Step 2: Part 3 Project management & recognition
  • JOHN So now you will hopefully have an approved project that is up and running on the eTwinning website - You will know it has been approved as you will receive notification and it now appears in the Open projects tab To manage it, you will need to look at the Actions bit on the right hand side It is here where you can add new partners. Just click on this and it will take you to the list of partners we looked at before. Then you can just select new partners and invite them in. Once they accept the invitation they will become member of the project straight away. Remember that any partner you wish to add must be in your Contacts list before you can add them to your project. you can also “Manage Partners” form this screen. if you click on manage partners (NEXT SLIDE)……
  • … .you can change the role of the members of the project to either ‘Administrator’ or ‘Member’. ‘ Administrators’ can add (and remove) others to/from the project and change the project details whereas ‘Members’ can just view this information. Should you wish to remove a partner from the project you can do so from this screen. So, a member is just a member of the project. They can contribute to the project TwinSpace. An administrator is someone who is able to manage the project more deeply (eg they are able to invite new members, edit project details, close the project and apply for a Quality Label, which I’ll talk about shortly). We suggest that you only have very involved partners as Administrators. Too many and it can get out of hand, and you risk losing track of what is going on, or even data if someone accidentally deletes something.
  • If we look back at the previous screen, we’ll see a few other things worth pointing out USE POINTER You will now have access to what is known as a TwinSpace. This is the collaborative area where you can upload and share project work with your partner school – there is a training webinar on using the twinspace details at the end You can close your project. Once it is finished it is a good idea to close the project. This will avoid any confusion if you start any new projects and it will help keep your Desktop organised. You can apply for a Quality Label. This is something you can do at the end of your project. We’ll look at this next
  • When the project finishes or is nearing an end, we really encourage you to apply for a National Quality Label, this will be assessed.– if you are awarded with a QL, When you apply for a QL Your project must meet these 5 requirements before the National Support service will assess it. 1. The project must have common goals and a shared plan. 2. It must be finished or in its last stages. 3. The applying teacher must have made significant contributions to the project. 4. A certain degree of collaboration must appear. The minimum to be considered is using and reacting to partners ’ materials. 5. Project results must be visible.
  • These are all indicators of a good project. You may find these elements useful to discuss at the planning stage
  • This is the certificate you receive and can download this from your desktop. You’ll also receive a plaque at the end of the year and further to this you may then be put forward for a European Quality label or a National award, which could then be put forward for a European prize- prizes have included a trip to a european country for the class and their partner class or classes – lots of recognition!
  • Can a project ‘Member’ add new people and edit the project? A) NO 2) Do eTwinning projects carry on forever on the eTwinning Desktop? YES 3) can anyone describe to me where you would apply for a quality label?
  • if you wish to join the training webinar for this or any other etwinning training http://www.britishcouncil.org/etwinning-events.htm
  • Please do follow us on twitter – lots of tips on everything eTwinning, For any help at all contact us. Check out the web, particularly if you are interested in professional dev events


  • 1. Step 2: Starting your eTwinning project
  • 2. Step 2: Starting your eTwinning projectPart 1: Process, Content and ApprovalPart 2: Project Kit Inspiration!Part 3: Project management &recognition
  • 3. Step 2: Part 1Process, Content, Approval
  • 4. Have you identified a partner school that you are going to work with?Question 1  Yes x No
  • 5. Is your partner in your eTwinning ‘Contacts List’?Question 2  Yes x No
  • 6. Have you agreed what kind of project you are going to work on together?Question 3  Yes x No
  • 7. Have you planned your project with your partner(s) yet?Question 4  Yes x No
  • 8. 4. Does my project “go live” straight away?Recap 5. Will my partner be automatically e-mailed when the project is ready?Step 2:Part 1 6. Do I need to contact my NSS to tell them about my project?
  • 9. Step 2: Part 2Project Kit Inspiration!
  • 10. 1. Do you need to think about the end of the project when you are registering it? 2. Can you change your project detailsRecap before you submit it?Step 2:Part 1 & 3. Which button would I click to access project kits? Part 2 A B C D
  • 11. Part 3:Project management & recognition
  • 12. Quality Labels – Project Requirements1. The project must have common goals and a shared plan.2. It must be finished or in its last stages.3. The applying teacher must have made significant contributions to the project.4. A certain degree of collaboration must appear. The minimum to be considered is using and reacting to partners’ materials.5. Project results must be visible.
  • 13. Quality Labels – CriteriaThe Criteria Indicators of a good projectPedagogical Innovation Creativity: Pedagogical and methodological aspects ofand Creativity the project are original. Innovation: The project has meant new ways of teaching and learning for the students and teachers involved,Curricular Integration The project is integrated in ordinary lesson plansUse of Technology ICT tools used are appropriate according to the activities and goals.Sustainability and Sustainability in the school: the project is not an isolatedTransferability event but has become an integral part of the activities and the educational objectives of the school Transferability: aspects of the project can serve as a model for other teachers and an example of good practice.Results and Benefits The extent of effects of the project results, including dissemination outside the school. Educational and pedagogical relevance of results and benefits.
  • 14. Quality Labels
  • 15. 1. Can a project ‘Member’ add new people and edit the project? 2. Do eTwinning projects carry on forever on the eTwinningStep 2: Desktop?Part 3 3. Final question???
  • 16. Step three: Using your Twinspace This session shows you how to use your Twinspace to communicate and share your work with your partners. You’ll also find out how the Twinspace can help you share your project with the wider community. – 11 October 2012, 16:30-17:30 – 1 November 2012, 16:30-17:30 – 22 November 2012, 16:30-17:30
  • 17. Twitter #etwinningukBlog http://etwinninguk.typepad.com/Email etwinning@britishcouncil.orgWeb www.britishcouncil.org/etwinning Thank you!