eTwinning - A Roadmap of Developement
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  • 1. eTwinning: A roadmap of development Anne Gilleran Pedagogical Manager eTwinning Central Support Service 15-17 October 2009 - Porto, Portugal
  • 2. Anne who? I have been involved in many projects involving schools, teachers and school leaders I come from Ireland university lecturer school counsellor head teacher researcher expert in ICT for education worked in Brussels for the European Schoolnet since 2001 Pedagogical manager for eTwinning since 2005
  • 3. What is eTwinning? A Lifelong Learning Programme initiative - Comenius action Launched January 2005 Phase 2: September 2008
  • 4. National Support Service (1 in each country) Central Support Service. Run by the European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission
  • 5. D esigned to find partners ; create, manage and run school projects Launched to encourage school collaboration in Europe eTwinning 1.0 (2005 - 2007)
  • 6. What happened between 05-08?
    • The Internet phenomenon
  • 7. Since 2005: February 2004 January 2005 February 2005 October 2006 February 2004 . 2006 2005/06 April 2006
  • 8. 1. The Internet changed
    • Pre 2004 Web 1.x
      • Passive
      • Read the news
      • Retrieve information
    Essentially an online encyclopedia
  • 9. Interactive & Creative Web 2.0
    • - make the news - publish ideas - create archives - comment on events - communicate
  • 10.  
  • 11. Informal collaboration Comenius Partnerships Peer learning Sharing of resources and ideas Community building eTwinning Projects Many things were also happening In eTwinning... Above... and below the surface Time to go beyond eTwinning 1.0
  • 12. Informal collaboration Comenius Partnerships Peer learning Sharing of resources and ideas Community building eTwinning Projects eTwinning had evolved Time for eTwinning 2.0 Critical Mass Communications and networking beyond Projects Activities outside the Portal Sharing and exchanging
  • 13. eTwinning 2.0 The heart of eTwinning is the portal: www.etwinning.net
  • 14. eTwinning Portal – 3 layers
    • 3. The TwinSpace
      • Private project workspace
      • Where project partners and pupils collaborate online
      • Where project work is/can be published and shared online
      • TwinBlog Where project partners share their experience
    • 2. The Desktop
      • Search tools and profiles
      • Where teachers get in touch and register an eTwinning project
      • Also a tool for communication about events
    • The Public Portal
      • Public Information for all
      • Where teachers register for eTwinning
      • Project ideas and kits
  • 15. eTwinning 2.0 Desktop Enhanced communication tools
    • Internal messaging
    • Contacts
    • Guestbooks
  • 16. eTwinning 2.0 Desktop
    • Forums
    • Teachers, Schools and Projects Profiles
    • Walls and ‘MeToos’
    Enhanced communication tools Networking and Social networking
  • 17. eTwinning 2.0 Project blog Enhanced communication tools Networking and Social networking User generated content (TwinBlogs)
  • 18. eTwinning 2.0 - Searching Enhanced communication tools Networking and Social networking User generated content (TwinBlogs) Tagging and Maps
  • 19. eTwinning 2.0 Tagging and Maps School/Project search
  • 20. Learning resource exchange (LRE)
  • 21. Resources on demand
  • 22.  
  • 23. eTwinning 2.0 Twinspace change From this
  • 24. eTwinning 2.0 To this
  • 25. The evolution of eTwinning 2.0
  • 26. Learning Events Started March 2009 Podcasting Creative use of media Exploring creativity MindMapping
  • 27. Learning Events – live sessions
  • 28. Learning Events – live session 2
  • 29. Participation – 1 st Series
  • 30. October 2009
    • Podcasting = 600+
    • Creative use of media = 300
    • Using Elluminate in eTwinning = 90
  • 31. eTwinning Groups
  • 32. 3 Groups – eTwinning for school leaders Creative Classroom Maths, Science and Technology
  • 33. eTwinning Groups – next steps
  • 34. What is the appeal of eTwinning 2.0?
  • 35. eTwinning offers Find each other and get in touch Set up & run projects with their pupils Get together in interest groups Are engaged in formal & informal learning Share practice and ideas A community for schools in Europe where teachers: In 23 languages…
  • 36. eTwinning projects eTwinning schools
  • 37. Rationale for etwinning Simplicity & Flexibility
    • SIMPLE approach
    • S hare
    • I nnovate
    • M otivate
    • P articipate
    • L earn
    • E xchange
    Involving 31 countries
  • 38. To be supportive and offer opportunity for professional development To be connective & non bureaucratic To offer recognition through prizes, ambassador network, conferences To have built in quality assurance at national and European level in the form of Quality Labels eTwinning Continues
  • 39. And…. It’s still for free!
  • 40. 70,000 users 500,000 messages 20,000 users/day 600,000+ pupils 32,000 projects eTwinning (2009) – in figures 20,000+ teachers across Europe engaged in professional development through eTwinning
  • 41. Web 2.0 Enablers in education process Enablers Enthusiasm of pupils e Confidence of teachers (overcome of the isolation of teacher) Cooperation & Collaboration: the driving force Working Safely online
  • 42. European key competencies
  • 43. Literacies?
  • 44. What next: Challenges for the future Curriculum Teaching process Assessment Web 2.0 embedded in the curriculum Web 2.0 part of the assessment In - service training including Web 2.0 Three pillars of education
  • 45. In this fast evolving 2.0 world there are no natives! But everyone has a voice! Final thoughts - Digital Natives?
  • 46. Thank you for your attention!
    • eTwinning portal:
    • www.etwinning.net
    • Contacts:
    • [email_address]