VLARINA - An eTwinning project 2012-13 (Greece-Serbia-Italy)

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The Students participating in this project had the opportunity to meet fellow mates from other European (Mediterranean) countries and communicate with them via e-mail or via instant messaging. They developed friendly relations with each other and shared details about their daily lives, traditions, cultures, perceptions, ideas, lifestyle.Establishing a common point of view of the past, students explored how the Mediterranean Sea is still the bridge between different cultures and religions.
All students developed their English language vocabulary and skills. They also developed their intercultural skills, exchanged ideas, gifts and postcards and also made use of a variety of resources in order to upload powerpoint presentations, documents, files and images about their countries on twinspace.
Last but not least students familiarised themselves with working in a virtual environment, identified and discussed the challenges they face living and working in them. The most important thing is that they made new friends and they gained insights from online school collaborations which will be valuable and worth remembering a life time.

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VLARINA - An eTwinning project 2012-13 (Greece-Serbia-Italy)

  1. 1. VLARINA: Vlasotince (VLA), Larissa (RI), Messina (NA) eTwinning project 2012-13 Συντονίστρια προγράμματος: Βασιλική Παπαϊωάννου, ΠE06 10o ΛΥΚΕΙΟ ΛΑΡΙΣΑΣ
  2. 2. Participants • 10o Λύκειο Λάρισας (10o Lykeio Larissas), Ηρακλειανού τέρμα, 41447, Λάρισα, Greece http://10lyk-laris.lar.sch.gr/wordpress/ • Gimnazija “Stevan Jakovljevic”, Vlasotince, Serbia • Liceo "Ainis“, Via Fleri, Messina, Italy www.ainis.it
  3. 3. Goals of eTwinning project: • – Using linguistic, intercultural, financial and technical information, vocabulary and terminology; • – Increasing the motivation to learn foreign languages - mainly English as a global language with an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar (some basic Italian and Greek words can also be introduced). Students can also learn to develop their oral and writing skills in many languages; • – Increasing the students’ interest in the history of their town and its surroundings, native culture, religion, tradition, lifestyle and their partners’ culture; • – Developing new opportunities to use English, as a foreign language, through working in a different context (cooperation with foreign partners via e-learning); • – Getting rid of prejudices against other cultures and learning to accept them without judging in order to build an attitude of openness and intercultural tolerance.
  4. 4. Suggested steps • Location on the map of their country and city • A Brief History of the city • Places of Interest in the area • Monuments, museums , landscapes • Traditions • Regional cuisine • Cultural and entertainment and leisure activities by residents • Local musical preferences • Sports activities
  5. 5. Benefits for students: • Gaining social and intercultural skills • Promoting English language vocabulary and skills • Enhancing ICT skills • Getting to know eTwinning (web) netiquette
  6. 6. • The students participating in this project had the opportunity to meet fellow mates from other European (Mediterranean) countries and communicate with them via e-mail or via instant messaging. They developed friendly relations with each other and shared details about their daily lives, traditions, cultures, perceptions, ideas, lifestyle. Establishing a common point of view of the past, students explored how the Mediterranean Sea is still the bridge between different cultures and religions. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwJ91If0aIg
  7. 7. • All students developed their English language vocabulary and skills. They also developed their intercultural skills, exchanged ideas, gifts and postcards and also made use of a variety of resources in order to upload powerpoint presentations, documents, files and images about their countries on twinspace. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =flWidFupITo&feature= youtu.be • Last but not least students familiarised themselves with working in a virtual environment, identified and discussed the challenges they face living and working in them. The most important thing is that they made new friends and they gained insights from online school collaborations which will be valuable and worth remembering a life time.
  8. 8. Benefits for teachers: • Sharing and discussing ideas suitable for this particular age group/supporting each other! • Exploring/implementing ways to make intercultural communication and friendship easier to be developed. • Collaborating on issues related to adolescence, e-twinning twinspace, internet safety issues, web tools and virtual learning environments. • Planning, re-planning, evaluating, self-reflecting • Being involved in Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  9. 9. Working with Twinspace:
  10. 10. Working with Wiziq: Online seminar about Twinspace 24 February 2013
  11. 11. Exchanging postcards
  12. 12. Exchanging gifts
  13. 13. Exchanging information
  14. 14. Working with Facebook:
  15. 15. eTwinning spring campaign, May 2013 Our school participated in the E- twinning spring campaign with a poster and activities for students. POSTER →
  16. 16. We are eT-winning
  17. 17. Celebration of our e-twinning spring poster campaign: process • Students in various classes were divided into groups of 4-5 people ready for action/discussion. • Information about e-twinning was also given to students who were not participating in the project. • Students were given a few tasks to complete after discussing and exchanging information with students who had participated in the project. • Colorful pens and materials were given to students to help them with their tasks. • Clear instructions and deadlines for tasks were also given to students.
  18. 18. CELEBRATING Et-winning! Spring 2013 poster campaign! Name of school: ……………….. ………………………… 12/05/2013 Being involved in an eTwinning project can be a rewarding experience for both teachers and pupils. Task 1: What are the benefits of eTwinning for pupils? (Draw something, make a comment, write bulleted points, use your imagination!) Task 2: What do you think of our VLARINA project this year? NAME(S): ……………………………………………………………………………………………..
  19. 19. What the students did…. The students looked for pupils who had participated in the e-twinning project this year, discussed with them about their experiences and found out about the type and quality of communication/interaction between cultures, pupils and schools throughout the year. The winners’ activities were hang on the wall and were used in the video production. Students ate lollipops and cakes as part of the celebrations about eTwinning for schools in Europe. They also learnt a lot about eTwinning based on distributed information sheets coming from the e-twinning platform, had a look at the spring campaign poster we created for ‘We are eT-winning’ campaign, commented on it and said they are looking forward to new projects and exciting/fun learning opportunities next year!
  20. 20. Students’ answers became a video! The following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4Bmux6-8Vo also contains shots from our closed facebook group, pictures that have been uploaded on twin space as well as a small sample of pictures which were taken from students’ group activities focusing on two tasks: 1. What are the benefits of e-twinning for students? 2. What did you think of our VLARINA project this year in which 3 countries/schools were participating?
  21. 21. ETwinning is the community for schools in Europe. ETwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe. The eTwinning action promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools. http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/discover/what_is_etwinning.htm (17/9/2013) What is eTwinning?
  22. 22. Please contact us if you need more information about our project! • Vasiliki: elryab@gmail.com http:// blogs.sch.gr/vaso_papaioannou/ • Biljana: vladini94@open.telekom.rs http:// about.me/biljana.pipovic • Francesca: francesca.luppino@alice.it THANK YOU!

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