eTwinning & STEMProfessional Development WorkshopJune 7, 2012, LithuaniaDr. Riina VuorikarieTwinningCentral Support Service
Who am I?• Riina Vuorikari from Finland• Teacher from my first training• … then studies in hypermedia, web, e-learning, research, doctoral, etc.• External expert • Since 2000 in European Schoolnet as Senior Research Analyst and Project Manager • …
European Schoolnet (EUN)• Created in 1997, based in Brussels• Network of 30 European Ministries of Education (MoE) or National Educational Authorities• Transforming schooling through the use of new technology
TopicsThe question…what is eTwinning?What about eTwinning projects?eTwinning & STEM projectseTwinning Teams in schools
the portal:www.etwinning.net is the heart of eTwinning
Launched January 2005 A Lifelong Learning Programme initiative - within Comenius2005-2008 Phase 12008-2013 Phase 2
eTwinning offers:1. Cross-border school projects • Using Information and Communication Technologies2. Formal and informal professional development • On-line: distance courses and online interest for teachers, • Off-line: Professional Development Workshops, national meetings3. Social networking tools
Viedo: A Taste of Mathhttp://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/news/news/top_european_2012.htm
What is an eTwinning project?A cross-border partnership (min 2 countries),a good idea, that…motivates learners – e.g. creative ways to teach and learn, – task and project based learning, – involve and empower learners, – collaboration through games and common activities
What is an eTwinning project?The use of ICT for communication andcollaboration – Different ways to use ICT, e.g. – Help communication in real time – Collaborate without the ICT in the class and share the work online later.
What is an eTwinning project?A theme that allows involving – different subjects (e.g. math and poetry), – international events rooting the project in the society – normal and special activities and happening…
What is an eTwinning project?And what is there to gain? – Students learned • to communicate in different languages, • look at the world differently • team working within and across schools – Teachers • enjoyed communicating with other • Co-planned activities with others • Learned to work as a team
What is professional development? “Professional development is defined as activities thatdevelop an individual’s skills, knowledge, expertiseand other characteristics as a teacher. This definition recognises that development can beprovided in many ways, ranging from the formal to theinformal. It can be made available through external expertise inthe form of courses, workshops or formal qualificationprogrammes, through collaboration between schools orteachers across schools or within the schools inwhich teachers work” (TALIS, 2009: 49).
On-line:Teacher Rooms Designed as places to invite other people to discuss topics 27
eTwinning – a social network orteachers’ professional network?
Personal profilePersonal contentContacts ProjectsJournal 31
Why teachers’ networks?The power of immediate and contextualisedhelp from colleagues!The expertise of the colleague determinatesthe usefulness of the help.Teachers receive Social capital from networkswhere expertise, information and resourcesflow between individuals.
Channels through which expertise, information and resources flow =
Teachers’ co-operation (TALIS, OECD, 2009) Co-operation among staff creates opportunities for – social and emotional support, – exchange of ideas and – practical advice. It can thus enhance – professionalism, – feelings of self-efficacy and – prevent stress and “burnout”.
Ever thought of collaborating with other teachers in your school?
Two or more educational professionals in a school (e.g. teachers, librarians) working together on eTwinning activities(one project vs. separate project)