eTwinning & 21 Century Learning


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This is the presentation from the eTwinning Webinar 6, December 2013

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eTwinning & 21 Century Learning

  1. 1. eTwinning: towards a 21st Century Pedagogy Anne Gilleran – pedagogical manager eTwinning Central Support Service
  2. 2. Anne who? I come from Dublin, Ireland worked in Brussels for the European Schoolnet since 2001 Pedagogical manager for eTwinning since 2005 Career: university lecturer school counsellor head teacher researcher expert in ICT for education I have been involved in many projects involving schools, teachers and school leaders
  3. 3. Topics of this presentation Reflections on the educational demands of the 21 century – Societal demands – Communication demands – Curricular demand – Teaching demands
  4. 4. Demands of a new social order
  5. 5. The changing world of work Where the only certainty is the certainty of constant and continuing change
  6. 6. Demands of Mass Communication The Knowledge Society More global than schools can prevision for
  7. 7. The explosion of technology and the internet that potentially puts the access to this information at everybody’s fingertips
  8. 8. Demands of Changing Curriculum Schools are changing – more autonomy & more accountability Curricula are changing less formal More enquiry based learning Less rote learning More focus on collaborative learning – higher order thinking skills
  9. 9. Demand of Shifting Educational Worlds Formal Formal Informal Informal Closed Open Top down Bottom up Teaching Learning Consumption Creation Curriculum driven Life as curriculum
  10. 10. Changes in perceived roles Changes in practices Changes in Societal Expectations
  11. 11. Demands of Modern Youth Culture Consumers Collaborators Creators Leaders of tomorrow What capabilities do they require as learners?
  12. 12. Key Capabilities for learners Key capabilities 20th century learners Conformity, compliance working alone, silence, teacher rules Collaboration,community, team work Creativity, ingenuity Interaction, noise, teacher as facilitator Key capabilities 21st century learners
  13. 13. The teaching context summarised The children we teach are changing The core values of education are going through a radical change as the knowledge society impacts on institutions and ways of instruction that date mainly to the 19th Century. We (as teachers) are mostly still seen as conservative in our methods and our views about learning.
  14. 14. What is necessary now in educational thinking? A new literacy set underpinned by competencies
  15. 15. European key competencies
  16. 16. Why eTwinning?
  17. 17. What’s in eTwinning for the Teachers? A different way to deliver the curriculum An easy way into transnational collaboration Natural way to use ICT in the classroom Provides opportunity for professional cooperation with other teachers Teachers are free to choose subject and method to carry out the project
  18. 18. What’s in eTwinning for the Pupils? The possibility of more authentic learning Develops a better understanding of cultures, habits, religions Using ICT and developing digital literacy / abilities. Richer curriculum experience; geography, MFL, mother tongue, other history viewpoints, different takes on science.. The non-ICT aspects: co-operation, planning, taking responsibility, making choices… The play ethic: because projects are usually stimulating, motivating and fun for the pupils & teachers
  19. 19. What’s in eTwinning for the School? Easy-entry to the world of international projects The opportunity to become part of a collaborative learning community A level of built-in quality in the project because of the quality labels Opportunity for personal professional development of teachers & school leaders Greater visibility for the school- Parents are impressed
  20. 20. 2 examples of projects
  21. 21. Recap
  22. 22. Thank you for your attention! eTwinning portal: Contacts: