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  1. 1. eTwinning & teacher professional development Anne Gilleran – pedagogical manager eTwinning Central Support Service Multilateral Contact Seminar eTwinning- Warsaw
  2. 2. Anne who? I have been involved in many projects involving schools, teachers and school leaders I come from Dublin, Ireland Career: university lecturer school counsellor head teacher researcher expert in ICT for education worked in Brussels for the European Schoolnet since 2001 Pedagogical manager for eTwinning since 2005
  3. 3. Topics <ul><li>Overview of the development of eTwinning </li></ul><ul><li>Some concepts regarding professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Evolution of professional development in eTwinning </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3 questions <ul><li>What is the relationship between eTwinning and Professional Development? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they influence each other? </li></ul><ul><li>How can eTwinning contribute to professional development and visa versa? </li></ul>
  5. 5. This presentation will include ideas……. <ul><li>Based on the report: </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers Professional Development: an overview of current practice </li></ul><ul><li>Published March 2011 European Schoolnet </li></ul><ul><li>available at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. Background <ul><li>Let’s start by looking at the OECD Talis report 2009 </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is eTwinning?
  8. 9. A Lifelong Learning Programme initiative - within the Comenius action Launched January 2005 2005-2008 Phase 1 2008-2013 Phase 2
  9. 10. To understand eTwinning <ul><li>You must know the following facts </li></ul><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>Coordination by the Central suport Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its heart is the eTwinning Portal </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. eTwinning Phase 1: 2005 – 2008 Description and context
  11. 12. eTwinning life cycle 2005 Information, ideas, examples, resources 2.School registration 3.Desktop: Find partner 4.Register a partnership 5.TwinSpace 6.Progress Card Learning Resources 7.Quality Label eTwinning Prizes
  12. 13. Within two years……….. February 2004 January 2005 February 2005 October 2006 February 2004 . 2006 2005/06 April 2006
  13. 14. Web 2.0: Interactive & creative internet <ul><li>Provided us with the possibility to: </li></ul><ul><li>- interact - publish - create - comment - communicate </li></ul>
  14. 15. Changing educational context <ul><li>Less emphasis on knowledge acquisition as the primary goal of education </li></ul><ul><li>More emphasis on the development of skills and competences. </li></ul><ul><li>The appearance of the concept of 21 st Century literacies </li></ul>
  15. 16. European key competencies
  16. 17. Informal collaboration Comenius Partnerships Peer learning Sharing of resources and ideas Community building eTwinning Projects Led to eTwinning Phase 2 Critical Mass Communications and networking beyond Projects Sharing and exchanging Between 2005/08 eTwinning had also evolved
  17. 18. eTwinning phase 2: 2008 - present <ul><li>2 additional elements developed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of an Informal social network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Achieved by a complete overhaul of the collaborative tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced by a series of different developments </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Lets take a look…. <ul><li>at the evolution of professional development opportunities in eTwinning </li></ul>
  19. 21. Dec 2008 … eTwinning Phase 2…. Jan 2005 Dec 2005 Sept 2006 Jan 2008 Learning Events, Groups Teachers Rooms, Profiles Multimodality of professional development offerings Sept 2010 European-wide professional development workshops National training courses raining, e.g. online courses eTwinning school collaboration projects
  20. 22. European Professional Development Workshop <ul><li>Organised jointly by CSS & one NSS </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all participating countries </li></ul><ul><li>Normally 7 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 100 participants per workshop 25/75 ratio </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed either at specific audience or theme </li></ul>
  21. 23. PDWs - Evolved to include……… <ul><li>Bilateral and multilateral workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Aim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>of providing face to face meetings with a partner finding focus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organised by several collaborating NSS </li></ul>
  22. 24. National Training programmes <ul><li>Many countries run extensive training programmes both face – face and on line. </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the national in-service programme most notably in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estonia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Czech Republic </li></ul></ul>
  23. 25. Learning Events <ul><li>A Learning Event is a short intense course that offers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an introduction to a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stimulates ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helps develop skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>does not require a long-term commitment in terms of time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involves a lot of interaction and discussion between teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>designed to be an enjoyable learning experience. </li></ul>
  24. 26. eTwinning Groups <ul><li>35 Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The groups are opened on request </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>places for teachers to exchange about various interests on a long term basis </li></ul></ul>
  25. 27. Teachers rooms <ul><li>A Teachers Room is a place where teachers can discuss specific topics over a short period of time and are created directly by eTwinners. </li></ul><ul><li>Public Teachers Rooms are open to all eTwinners to view and contribute. </li></ul><ul><li>Restricted Teachers Rooms can be viewed by all eTwinners; however, to contribute to them, one must be invited. </li></ul>
  26. 28. The Journal <ul><li>a digital portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to share </li></ul><ul><li>An instrument for social networking </li></ul>
  27. 29. Professional Development 2011-2012 <ul><li>Addition of more formal type courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course for the European Network of ambassadors ( September 2011) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In planning stage 2012 onwards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Course on online moderation skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possible course for school leaders on European exchange on school management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Introduction of eTwinning Mentorship </li></ul>
  28. 30. Some statistics
  29. 31. At this moment: <ul><li>140 000 teachers registered </li></ul><ul><li>12 500 participate in a project </li></ul><ul><li>20 000+ log in every day to the Desktop </li></ul>
  30. 33. Back to the 3 <ul><li>What is the relationship between eTwinning and Professional Development? </li></ul>
  31. 34. Informal dialogue to improve teaching Professional Development Network
  32. 38. 2. How do they influence each other?
  33. 39. <ul><li>eTwinning is seen as something that allows up-skilling in areas such as the use of ICT to support teaching, language learning, project management skills and other areas of personal development that can also be recognised as key competences for lifelong learning </li></ul>
  34. 40. 3. How can eTwinning contribute to professional development and visa versa?
  35. 41. <ul><li>The kind of professional development a teacher participates in is more important than the amount of time invested . The net effects of days of professional development are small and only significant in a few countries, whereas indicators of participation in networks and mentoring (and in some countries also in workshops and/ or courses ) have significant and stronger net associations with teaching practices in a majority of countries (TALIS, 2009: 117). </li></ul>
  36. 42. Future context of educational professional development
  37. 43. ET 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 </li></ul>
  38. 44. Pisa 2015 <ul><li>Will broaden its focus to include examining competencies such as problem solving and collaborative learning </li></ul>
  39. 45. Final points <ul><li>It is at initial teacher training level that the seeds of future classroom practice are sown </li></ul><ul><li>eTwinning is a grassroots activity </li></ul><ul><li>eTwinning does offer opportunities for a range of professional development experiences </li></ul>
  40. 46. Questions? <ul><li>Thank you for your attention  </li></ul><ul><li>My contacts </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>