eTwinning - How to find partners


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  • eTwinning - How to find partners

    1. 1. Step 1 Sign in Click on the Sign in button
    2. 2. Step 1 Sign in Type in your username and password Tip: Use the ‘Forgotten your password?’ prompt, if you can’t remember your password
    3. 3. Step 2 Refresh your profile Click on the Profile tab
    4. 4. Step 2 Refresh your profile Tip: You will know which ‘tab’ you are currently on, as the tab title will be highlighted Look at My eTwinning Life on the right-hand side and make sure you have chosen the option ‘Yes’ in response to I am ready for an eTwinning project
    5. 5. Step 2 Refresh your profile To update your profile, click on Edit Profile Tip: It’s good to upload a photo of yourself – you are not obliged to do this, but it will make your profile more attractive to potential partners. If you don’t feel comfortable putting a photo of yourself, you could put a photo of your school, your school logo or a famous landmark from your town/city.
    6. 6. Step 2 Refresh your profile You can edit most parts of your Profile, including your name and email address Tip: You can also change your password Tip: Try to write a short and interesting text about yourself, your professional interests, your school, your experience and your project ideas. It’s very important that you write in a language that potential partners will understand – many teachers have bilingual profiles, using both their native language and a second, more-widely understood language, like English, French, Spanish or German.
    7. 7. Step 3 Think about your project idea Tip: If you already have a project idea, you can let people know about it by writing on eTwinning and me: My Journal and then clicking the Share button. People will be able to respond to your Journal posts and express interest. If you don’t yet have a project idea, you can still use this space to say what you are interested in doing, eg, I’m interested in an email exchange or I’m interested in Science projects
    8. 8. Step 3 Who would you like to find? Check list Here are some questions which might help you define your potential partner: • • • • • • • What kind of partner school should it be? How old should the pupils in the partner class be? What should the language of the project be? Which subject areas would you like to cover? Do you have any concrete ideas or suggestions for the project? Which tools would you like to use? Is there anything of special importance for your eTwinning partnership? Tip: If you’re stuck for ideas you can always browse through the Kits (ready-made projects) in the Collaborate section
    9. 9. Step 4 Using the Search Function Click on the Find eTwinners tab Type in a name If you already know the name of the person or school you would like to find, you can type this in the Quick Search field
    10. 10. Step 4 Using the Search Function Or you can use the more general Search Function by filling in selected fields, eg. Country, Subject, Language etc. Tip: It’s not an application form, so you don’t need to fill in every field. The more general your search, the more results you will get. Tip: It’s also good to tick the Available for an eTwinning project box, so your search results will only show teachers who are currently available Don’t forget to click on the Search button
    11. 11. Step 4 Using the Search Function On the Search Results page, you will see how many teachers are available for an eTwinning project according to your specifications
    12. 12. Step 5 Getting in touch with someone To see more results simply scroll down the page Tip: On this page you can see an overview of someone’s profile, including the language they use, the subject areas they are interested in and the country they are from
    13. 13. Step 5 Getting in touch with someone To have a closer look at someone’s profile, you simply need to click on their name Tip: The button with the green plus sign is used to send someone a ‘Contact Request’, so you can add them to your Contact list as a potential project partner. It’s not good to use this button before you’ve had a chance to introduce yourself. We would recommend sending the person an email first, or writing something on their Journal, before sending them a contact request.
    14. 14. Step 5 Getting in touch with someone You can get in touch with someone by sending them an email, just click on the white envelope Tip: You can look at the last Log in date to see how active someone is.
    15. 15. Step 5 Getting in touch with someone If you’ve already had some contact with the person, you can click on the green plus sign button to send them a ‘Contact Request’ Tip: You can also see who their contacts are – these could be potential partners. You can write a comment on their Journal or ‘like’ their Journal entry, to show them that you are interested.
    16. 16. Step 6 Using the forums You can use the Forums to post a message which will be seen by other people who are interested in finding an eTwinning partner
    17. 17. Step 6 Using the forums Tip: These are grouped by Age range, so choose the Forum that is most relevant to you – there is also a more General forum, if age range isn’t important to you To access a forum, just click on the Forum title, e.g. eTwinning Projects 12-15
    18. 18. Step 6 Using the forums Tip: Before posting a message on the Forum, it’s always good to browse existing messages, to see if there is anything of interest to you. To see an existing Forum post, simply click on the title
    19. 19. Step 6 Using the forums You will then see the Forum post and can ‘reply’ if you are interested Tip: You can see other people who have replied to the post, they might also be potential project partners
    20. 20. Step 6 Using the forums To post a message on the Forum simply click on Create Message
    21. 21. Step 6 Using the forums Give the Forum post a title Write your message Choose the relevant subject areas
    22. 22. Step 6 Using the forums You should choose a Vocational subject, if this is relevant Tip: It’s a good idea to tag your post with key words, so it will come up in any searches people do on the Forum Choose the language of your post Click on Post your message
    23. 23. Step 7 Online and Offline Events You can also meet partners at events such as Contact Seminars and at online Learning Events and Partner-finding Fairs. Keep an eye on your national news on the Desktop Home page and the Keep up-to-date section of the eTwinning Homepage.