The x factor


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presentation for the eTwinning Conference "Leading 21st century education", Genova 2011

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  • eTwinning Learning Course for Ambassadors Topic 4: Presentation techniques

    - Last year I had the opportunity to attend the eTwinning Conference 'Leading 21st century education' (Genova, 16-17 November 2011). The conference faced issues related to the changes of the 21st century school: teachers' professional development, pupils' and teachers' motivation for learning and teaching, key competencies for the training of European citizens. For the first time, the eTwinning Conference brought together policy makers, educational authorities at various levels and educational actors in a mutual effort to identify and develop actions and strategies to get a better 21st century education. In this context, I was asked to introduce the eTwinning Teams opportunities in the “Pedagogical Practices” workshop. The target group being policy makers and educational authorities at national level, I had to introduce the eTwinning action first, in the frame of the European educational policy. I was quite disappointed in finding out that not only the policy makers had never heard of eTwinning before (and the may be excused) but even the educational authorities were often clueless (no excuse here!). Anyway this presentation, which quickly developed into a discussion, turned out to be very successful. I hope they won’t forget eTwinning so fast :)

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The x factor

  1. 1. eTwinning Teams: the X Factor “ Remember: upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” Alexander the Great Laura Maffei, Genova 2011
  2. 2. Steps of the EU's strategy strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training ("ET 2020") adopted by the Council in May 2009 Education and Training 2010 work programme (launched in 2001)
  3. 3. <ul><li>2006 - 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>2010 - 2020 </li></ul>8 key competences for lifelong learning – 5 benchmarks 4 strategic objectives – 5 benchmarks Steps of the EU's strategy
  4. 5. Most of the goals were not met <ul><li>WHY ? </li></ul>Are European teachers not good enough ? Are our curricula outdated ? Are we using a wrong methodology ? Were the benchmarks a mistake ? Was there a problem in coordinating the different measures ?
  5. 6. Strategic Objectives for 2020 <ul><li>Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality; </li></ul><ul><li>Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training; </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship; </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training. </li></ul>The long-term strategic objectives of EU education and training policies are : How can eTwinning help?
  6. 7. eTwinning can build bridges between countries ( and teachers ) A teachers’ network teaching us how to become a team “ If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”
  7. 8. All that we need: Patience Trust Committment shared goals communication Time A reliable partner!
  8. 9. eTwinning teams benefits of any teaching team + the eTwinning factor <ul><li>European dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Use of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Use of language in a real context </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to learn </li></ul>Quality of education
  9. 10. <ul><li>In our experience we found that teachers are often eager to try new approaches </li></ul><ul><li>but the stressing day-to-day routine often make them give up </li></ul><ul><li>When you feel overwhelmed, the task of taking new initiative seems more than you can deal with </li></ul>… but teachers can’t do everything on their own
  10. 11. Some problems <ul><li>Dysfunctional schools’ setting </li></ul><ul><li>lack of ICT or language competences </li></ul><ul><li>conflict between teachers </li></ul><ul><li>teachers’ insecurities </li></ul>National and European policies should help us here ! For these ones, there’s eTwinning, colleagues & common sense
  11. 12. Our common challenge is to coordinate European and National policies Common policies for Education and Training? High quality pre-primary, primary, secondary, higher and vocational education and training are the fundament for Europe's success. A crash between these two levels would mean a common failure. Quality in Education demands joint efforts and countries can grow together by sharing experiences.
  12. 13. So what’s The X factor ? <ul><li>Teachers’ feeling to be part of a team , in their own schools, in their countries and in Europe </li></ul>Laura Maffei, Genova 2011