Web 2.0 in History and CivicEducation: An experiencewithwikisthrough the eTwinningPlatform By María Jesús Campos
Developedby: IES Parque de Lisboa (Madrid, Spain) English-Bilingual Section, 14-15 years old students National School for Plastic Art and Design (Kazanlak, Bulgaria), 14-16 years old students
Where did the idea of this project come from? Bilingualstudentsneed: To share knowledge Topractise English To work collaboratively, reachagreements and produce materialswithstudentsfrom a differentcountry and culture
WhyeTwinning? Itencourages the establishment ofschoolpartnershipsbetweenEuropeancountries on the Internet Itoffers a safeenvironment, easy access and management forstudents and teachers Itprovidesconstantsupport and supervision through National Services
Objectives: To communicate, collaborate and reach agreements with students in other European countries Topractice English Todevelop the students’ technologicalskills To learn about the history of European cities To contemplate theirroleasEuropeancitizens
Methodology: Students play the leading role in the learning process Teachersactasmediators and facilitators Students and teacherscommunicatethrough the eTwinningPlatform They create and load materials on a wiki site (europeancitiespastandpresent.wikispaces.com)
Tools: Web 2.0 tools: wiki, blog, xtranormal, CmapTools, google.maps, etc. More traditionaltools: PowerPoint, Moviemaker, etc.
Built on The eTwinning Platform The European Cities – Past and Present Wiki http://europeancitiespastandpresent.wikispaces.com
The eTwinning Platform Safe working space, only accessed by authorized users Divided in fiveareas: homepage, project activities, staff room, pupils corner and chat
Homepage General information Calendar Blog Members
Staff room Only accessible to teachers On this area, educatorsreachagreements, communicate, solve problems, etc.
Students’ corner Accessibletostudents and teachers On this area, pupilsreachagreements, communicate, solve problems, share concerns, etc.
Project activities The area whereactivities are developed
Advantages Ithas more design options Itis the students’ work showcase on the Internet A wiki stores easy available contents to be used for teaching or other purposes It is easy to access and manage Itpromotes the typeofintelectualcollaborationthat web 2.0. wasmeanttoencourage
Focused on: Madrid (Spain) and Kazanlak (Bulgaria), the cities which the students live in Research on the cities’ history, main buildings, main sites, sport centres, museums, festivals, etc. Develop language skills (English, Spanish and Bulgarian)
Studentshave: Researched Set up web pages, videos, audios and presentations Reachedagreementsthrough the “discussion” feature on the wiki Translatedtheirpeers’ work intotheirownlanguages
Results Although the project isnotyetfinished , the studentshave: Learnt about European cities Enjoyed meeting studentsfrom a differentcountry Realizedthat, despite cultural and linguisticdifferences, whatunitesusisgreaterthanwhatseparatesus.