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  • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme Brian Holmes Chair of the eTwinning Steering Committee
  • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    • The Executive Agency and the eTwinning Steering Committee
    • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    • Partnerships in Comenius
  • The Executive Agency Directorates A & B Policy and Programmes European Commission Policy Programme implementation Centralised actions
    • Policy documents
    • Programme definition
    • Priorities
    • Committees
    • Impact analysis
    • Management of decentralised actions via National Agencies
    • Management of centralised actions
    • Calls, selection, contracts
    • Monitoring, acceptance, payments
    • Clustering & dissemination
    • Results & feedback
    • Centre for Programme management
    • ~300 staff
    • Based in Brussels
    • Managed by EC officials
    Executive Agency
  • e Twinning Infrastructure NSS NSS NSS NSS European Commission CSS National Support Services Central Support Service School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School
  • e Twinning Infrastructure NSS NSS NSS NSS European Commission CSS Community School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School Service Practice European Commission Central Support Service Executive Agency eTwinning Steering Committee
  • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    • The Executive Agency and the eTwinning Steering Committee
    • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    • Partnerships in Comenius
  • The Lifelong Learning Programme Jean Monnet Programme 3 key activities – Jean Monnet Action; European Institutions; European association s Transversal Programme 4 key activities – Policy Cooperation; Languages; ICT; Dissemination and exploitation of results (valorisation)‏ Grundtvig Adult education Leonardo da Vinci Erasmus Higher education & advanced training Comenius School education Jean Monnet Programme 3 key activities – Jean Monnet Action; European Institutions; European association s Transversal Programme 4 key activities – Policy Cooperation; Languages; ICT; Dissemination and exploitation of results (valorisation)‏ Grundtvig Adult education Leonardo da Vinci Vocational education and training Erasmus Higher education & advanced training Comenius School education Comenius School education 2007-2014 ~7 000 million € 13% 910 M€ 40% 25% 4%
  • eTwinning - part of the Comenius Family (1/2)‏
    • Specific Objectives:
    • To develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages and its value
    • To help young people acquire the basic life-skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship
    http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/comenius/ Comenius
    • Types of activity supported:
    • Mobility of individuals
    • Development of partnerships
    • Multilateral projects
    • Network projects
    • Accompanying measures
    • eTwinning
    eTwinning - part of the Comenius Family (2/2)‏ 2008 Total Budget ~149 Million € Decentralised – National Agencies Centralised – Executive Agency Comenius
  • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    • The Executive Agency and the eTwinning Steering Committee
    • eTwinning in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    • Partnerships in Comenius
  • Pedagogical partnerships in Comenius
    • Comenius school partnerships:
    • at least three partners from different countries
    • financial support from Comenius
    • eTwinning partnerships:
    • two or more partners
    • use of ICT for collaboration
    • pedagogical and technical support, tools, ideas, training, visibility and recognition rather than funding individual projects
  • eTwinning so far - visits to the portal Visits per month Continuous growth 2005 2006 2007 2008
  • eTwinning so far - project registrations 455 average 2.8 1 534 average 4.8 2 846 average 8.4 average 17.4 Reg. per month -2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-
  • Partnerships - benefits for pupils
    • increased interest, knowledge and understanding of other cultures
    • greater awareness of their own cultural background
    • improved proficiency in foreign languages
    • improved social skills
    • improved ability to work in teams
    • specialist knowledge in the subject area covered by the project
    • Increased motivation to learn, self-confidence and capacity to work autonomously
  • Partnerships - benefits for teachers
    • better knowledge and understanding of other school systems
    • skills in working in interdisciplinary teams
    • improved proficiency in foreign languages
    • opportunity to try new teaching methods
    • shared learning experience with pupils
    • better climate in the school (collaboration with colleagues) and in the classroom (collaboration with pupils)‏
    • lots of opportunities for peer learning
  • Success factors
    • Pupils involvement: The more intensively pupils are involved in project activities, the more positive the impacts of the school partnership
    • Team work: The more strongly schools encourage pupils and teachers to work in groups, the higher the increase in knowledge and skills
    • Motivation Enthusiasm to participate in project work by teachers, pupils and parents is a key to success
  • Challenges ahead
    • Community of practice Encourage communication between teachers and across projects, to share lessons learnt and disseminate good practice
    • Synergies within Comenius Exploit synergies between eTwinning and other Comenius actions
    • Enhanced collaboration support updated tools for collaboration
    • Increased stakeholder participation involving more national, regional and local school actors in eTwinning.
  • Thank you! http://www.etwinning.net/ Comenius and the Lifelong Learning Programme: The Executive Agency: ‘ I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think ’ Socrates http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/index.htm eTwinning portal: http:// ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/index_en.html DG Education and Culture: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/index_en.html