eTwinning for Democracy &
Central Support Service
PDW Stockholm, Sweden, October 2013
3. The Internet phenomenon
4. eTwinning & Democracy
What is Democracy?
It is derived from the Greek δημοκρατία
([dimokratia), "popular government” 5th
- 4th Century BC
Do you know how many countries are in the world?
195 countries in the world
Do you know how many are democracies?
117 Electoral Democracies
Who is this man?
Gettysburg Address 1863
‘that all men are created equal.’
‘and that government of the
people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the
The Consitution of the 5th Republic
States that the principle of the Republic of
"gouvernement du peuple, par le peuple et
pour le peuple"
a literal translation of Lincoln's words.
Wikipedia:definition of democracy
Even though there is no universally accepted
definition of 'democracy', there are two
principles that any definition of democracy
The first principle is that all members of the
society have equal access to power
the second that all members enjoy universally
recognized freedoms and liberties
Another History lesson!
Now an accompanying measure to the Comenius programme
2005 - Officially launched in January
2007 - Officially Integrated into the Life
Long Learning Programme
2013 - Due to run until this date
An initiative of the European Commission
to give an opportunity to as many EU
children as possible to communicate
with other children in other EU countries
using Information and Communication
Technologies at school.
National Support Service
(1 in each country)
Central Support Service.
Run by the European
Schoolnet on behalf of the
eTwinning is a portal :
• Which takes advantage of the possibilities offered by
the Internet and digital media
• to promote European school cooperation, collaborative
learning and project based pedagogy.
• eTwinning does not finance single projects but
supports them by offering tools and support.
Re-examine this sentence
European school cooperation
Project based pedagogy.
What has happened since 2005?
The Internet phenomenon
1. The Internet has changed
Pre 2004 Web 1.x
– Read the news
– Retrieve information
Essentially an online encyclopedia
Interactive & Creative Web 2.0
- make the news
- publish ideas
- create archives
- comment on events
The Internet is democratic
Democracy and the Web
Editorial New York Times - Published: May 19, 2008
‘Users of the Internet take for granted their ability to access all
Web sites on an equal basis. That could change, however, if
Internet service providers started discriminating among
content, to make more money or to suppress ideas they do not
What has happened in eTwinning since 2005?
September 2005 7000 teachers registered
Oct. 2013: 213096 members
3045 Active projects
eTwinning is not just about projects.
Projects are the outcome of a much larger
The process of community
To benefit from a media you must
understand the media
A digital citizen commonly refers to a person
utilizing information technology (IT) in order to
engage in society, politics, and government
participation. K. Mossberger, define digital
citizens as "those who use the Internet
regularly and effectively.“
eTwinning for Digital citizenship
eTwinning can easily be seen as the
perfect entry to become a great Digital
Citizen via project based learning and
Being Digital Citizen in etwinning
Teachers connected in groups
To collaborate and create together
within and outside formal projects
development & Recognition
– eTwinning learning events
– Communities of practice based on pedagogical
Conference on Citizenship
Winning project last year: rainbow village
eTwinning also continues
To empower the teachers and pupils of
Europe to work together engaging and
To provide the tools to promote
understanding between schools of