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Anne Gilleran: eTwinning: the community for schools in Europe

Scientix European Conference, Brussels, 6-8 May 2011

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  1. 1. eTwinning: opportunities for teachers Anne Gilleran – pedagogical manager eTwinning Central Support Service
  2. 2. Anne who? I have been involved in many European Schoolnet projects involving schools, teachers and school leaders I come from Ireland university lecturer school counsellor head teacher researcher expert in ICT for education Worked for the European Schoolnet since 2001 Pedagogical manager for eTwinning since 2005
  3. 3. <ul><li>The question…….. </li></ul><ul><li>The context………. </li></ul><ul><li>The details……. </li></ul><ul><li>eTwinning & Scientix </li></ul><ul><li>Some reflections and considerations </li></ul>Topics
  4. 4. What is eTwinning?
  5. 5. A Lifelong Learning Programme initiative - within the Comenius action Launched January 2005 2005-2008 Phase 1 2008-2013 Phase 2
  6. 6. Key Facts about eTwinning <ul><ul><li>33 countries participate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each of those countries has a National Support Service NSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall coordination by the Central Support Service </li></ul></ul>Run by European Schoolnet on behalf of the EU Commission <ul><ul><li>It all happens on the eTwinning Portal www.eTwinning.net </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Context………
  8. 8. European key competencies
  9. 9. Lifelong learning strategies <ul><li>Quality of Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal perspective: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal fulfilment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social inclusion/citizenship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employability/careers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social perspective: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constructive democracy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World of work perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skills for innovation </li></ul></ul></ul>Lifelong learning « From cradle to grave » Life-wide learning formal non-formal informal Lifelong learning school
  10. 10. 21 Century Literacy Debate
  11. 11. 4 suggested literacies
  12. 12. What happened in 2005 or…. <ul><li>The Internet context </li></ul>
  13. 13. Within two years……….. February 2004 January 2005 February 2005 October 2006 February 2004 . 2006 2005/06
  14. 14. 2005 – 08 eTwinning also changed! Evolved from a solely a project based activity between two teachers to….. Providing a social network platform that allows for teacher exchange on practice and experience in a variety of different ways + An improved dedicated collaborative working space for projects + Extended opportunities for professional development
  15. 15. eTwinning 2.0 <ul><li>3 main elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal social network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online collaborative work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing professional development </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The eTwinning Portal </li></ul>
  17. 17. The heart of eTwinning is the portal: www.etwinning.net
  18. 19. Examples <ul><li>Desktop tools…………. </li></ul>
  19. 20. News from the eTwinning world Suggests resources based on your profile Informs on upcoming events
  20. 21. Personal profile Personal content Contacts & projects Journal
  21. 22. Teacher Rooms Designed as places to invite other people to discuss topics over a short period of time
  22. 23. Collaborative working tools……..
  23. 24. TwinSpace Teachers Pupils <ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Image Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Document folders </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>And professional development………. </li></ul>
  25. 26. eTwinning Groups 34 Groups now active
  26. 27. Learning Events 15 Learning events in 2010 20,000 + teachers involved
  27. 28. Is eTwinning successful?
  28. 29. 133,000 users 1million messages 20,000+ users/day 3 million + pupils 53,941 projects eTwinning (May 2011)
  29. 30. Professional Development numbers
  30. 31. eTwinning & Scientix <ul><li>Compliment each other </li></ul>Scientix provides you with unique subject resources, contact with research and new developments in science education eTwinning provides you with a communications platform for collaborative project work, formal and informal contact with other teachers and an alternate set of professional development opportunities
  31. 32. Sir John Holman <ul><li>‘ Science and art belong to the whole world and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.’ Goethe </li></ul>
  32. 33. <ul><li>‘ Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ’ Henry Ford </li></ul>
  33. 34. Thank you for your attention! <ul><li>www.etwinning.net </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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