eTwinning: Pedagogical ConsiderationsAnne Gilleran – pedagogical managereTwinning Central Support ServiceeTwinning Plus – Kiev April 2013
Today…Review the messages of our lastmeetingExamine the pedagogical ideas behindeTwinningLook at the way in which some projectsare structuredHear from 2 practitioners, Lukasz fromPoland and Michael from Scotland.
Learning is taking place in …. A technologically enabled world A world driven by media.
Demands of Modern Youth Culture Consumers Collaborators Creators Leaders of tomorrow What capabilities do they require as learners?
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.
Today……Examine the pedagogical thinkingbehind eTwinning
3 AssumptionsThe teacher is autonomous in decidingthe focus of eTwinning workThe teacher is familiar with 2pedagogical concepts – Inquiry based learning – Project based learningTeacher does not work alone
Inquiry-based instruction is……..a pupil-centered and teacher-guidedinstructional approach that engages pupils ininvestigating real world questions that theychoose within a broad thematic framework.pupils acquire and analyse information,develop and support propositions, providesolutions, and design products thatdemonstrate their thinking and make theirlearning visible
Project based learning a dynamic approach to teaching inwhich pupils explore real-world problemsand challenges. With this type of active and engagedlearning, pupils are inspired to obtain adeeper knowledge of the subjects theyrestudying
3 minutes….discussionWhat are the benefits to theseapproaches for the pupil?
Benefits of this approachDevelops problem-solving, critical thinking skillsin relation to subject contentPromotes the transfer of concepts to newproblem questionsTeaches pupils how to learn and builds self-directed learning skillsDevelops pupil ownership of their inquiry andenhances pupil interest in the subject matter
10 steps for success in PBL…..1. Start with a guided exploration of a topic as a whole class.2. Proceed to put pupils into small groups to discuss an open-ended,debatable, contended issue.3. Encourage pupils to ask personally relevant and socially significantquestions.4. Work in groups to achieve diversity of views.5. Plan well, set goals, define outcomes.6. Find or create information...look for patterns.7. Instruction serves as a guide to help pupils meet their goals.8. Create a tangible artifact that addresses the issue, answers questions,and makes learning visible and accountable.9. Arrive at a conclusion...take a stand...take action.10. Document, justify, and share conclusion with larger audience.
eTwinning project concept… Takes all this into account+ Adds the concept of collaboration
Questions to ask before starting…..What kind of partner school should it be?· What age should the pupils in the partner class have?· Project language?· Subjects the project should be related to· Concrete ideas and suggestions for the project· Tools I’d like to use· What is of special importance for an eTwinningpartnership?
TomorrowWe will explore the project messages inthe forumSee if they are matching some of theconditions mentioned todayTry to match teachers to projects.
Thank you for your attention! eTwinning portal: www.etwinning.net Contacts: Anne.Gilleran@eun.org