eTwinning PDW on STEM


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  • Even if eTwinning is not about physical mobility, some ‘ on-site events ’ take place (PDW, Conference), they are instrumental to the set-up, development, strengthening, uptaking of virtual communities (of eTwinners, of Ambassadors, of NSS, of partners in projects etc.). eTwinners say that they create new contact both through online channels (50%) and through face-to-face meetings (50%).
  • Watch the movie of ATOM, a taste of math. Stop the movie in 1:43 and go through the first part
  • Watch the movie of ATOM, a taste of math. Stop the movie in 3:03 and go through the second part
  • Watch until the end.
  • Watch the movie of ATOM, a taste of math. Stop the movie in 4:16 and go through the first part
  • Both the mentoring campaign and school teams are examples where teachers networks are formed. What is important in providing help. In the case of a school team, it is the close contacts within a school that counts, ... and in out mentorship campaign, it is help from others who are not that close, but accessible through the Internet, that counts .
  • So here is an example from a network where information and resources flow between individuals.
  • And this is another example from networks where expertise, information and resources flow between individuals.
  • from networks where expertise, information and resources flow between individuals. There are different types. Social networking creates different types of links between individuals, weak ones first, that are of importancce..
  • Like we heard from Anne Looney on Thursday, the TALIS study is one really interesting and important one to better understand teachers of today, and to prepare for the future. Teachers’ cooperation is an investment, in time, resources, etc. There are different types of co-operation, more often teachers exchanges teaching material and practices than really do professional collaboration, scuh as team teaching or eTwinning projects.
  • Willingness to involve colleagues in the same school
  • eTwinning PDW on STEM

    1. 1. eTwinning & STEMProfessional Development WorkshopJune 7, 2012, LithuaniaDr. Riina VuorikarieTwinningCentral Support Service
    2. 2. Who am I?• Riina Vuorikari from Finland• Teacher from my first training• … then studies in hypermedia, web, e-learning, research, doctoral, etc.• External expert • Since 2000 in European Schoolnet as Senior Research Analyst and Project Manager • …
    3. 3. European Schoolnet (EUN)• Created in 1997, based in Brussels• Network of 30 European Ministries of Education (MoE) or National Educational Authorities• Transforming schooling through the use of new technology
    4. 4. TopicsThe question…what is eTwinning?What about eTwinning projects?eTwinning & STEM projectseTwinning Teams in schools
    5. 5. What is eTwinning?
    6. 6. the is the heart of eTwinning
    7. 7. Launched January 2005 A Lifelong Learning Programme initiative - within Comenius2005-2008 Phase 12008-2013 Phase 2
    8. 8. eTwinning offers:1. Cross-border school projects • Using Information and Communication Technologies2. Formal and informal professional development • On-line: distance courses and online interest for teachers, • Off-line: Professional Development Workshops, national meetings3. Social networking tools
    9. 9. What are eTwinning projects?
    10. 10. Let’s learn from an example!
    11. 11. Viedo: A Taste of Math
    12. 12. What is an eTwinning project?A cross-border partnership (min 2 countries),a good idea, that…motivates learners – e.g. creative ways to teach and learn, – task and project based learning, – involve and empower learners, – collaboration through games and common activities
    13. 13. What is an eTwinning project?The use of ICT for communication andcollaboration – Different ways to use ICT, e.g. – Help communication in real time – Collaborate without the ICT in the class and share the work online later.
    14. 14. What is an eTwinning project?A theme that allows involving – different subjects (e.g. math and poetry), – international events rooting the project in the society – normal and special activities and happening…
    15. 15. What is an eTwinning project?And what is there to gain? – Students learned • to communicate in different languages, • look at the world differently • team working within and across schools – Teachers • enjoyed communicating with other • Co-planned activities with others • Learned to work as a team
    16. 16. We help you to get started!
    17. 17. Collaborative working tools……..
    18. 18. Pupils TwinSpaceTeachers•Chat•Image Gallery•Document folders•Publishing tools•Blog•Wiki
    19. 19. What aboutprofessional development?
    20. 20. What is professional development? “Professional development is defined as activities thatdevelop an individual’s skills, knowledge, expertiseand other characteristics as a teacher. This definition recognises that development can beprovided in many ways, ranging from the formal to theinformal. It can be made available through external expertise inthe form of courses, workshops or formal qualificationprogrammes, through collaboration between schools orteachers across schools or within the schools inwhich teachers work” (TALIS, 2009: 49).
    21. 21. On-line:Teacher Rooms Designed as places to invite other people to discuss topics 27
    22. 22. On-line: eTwinning Groups34 Groups now active
    23. 23. On-line: Learning Events15 Learning eventsin 201020,000 + teachersinvolved 29
    24. 24. eTwinning – a social network orteachers’ professional network?
    25. 25. Personal profilePersonal contentContacts ProjectsJournal 31
    26. 26. Why teachers’ networks?The power of immediate and contextualisedhelp from colleagues!The expertise of the colleague determinatesthe usefulness of the help.Teachers receive Social capital from networkswhere expertise, information and resourcesflow between individuals.
    27. 27. Breuer et al. (2009)
    28. 28. Breuer et al. (20
    29. 29. Breuer et al. (2009)
    30. 30. eTwinning,spreading a(positive) viruscalledpedagogicalinnovation.
    31. 31. Channels through which expertise, information and resources flow =
    32. 32. Teachers’ co-operation (TALIS, OECD, 2009) Co-operation among staff creates opportunities for – social and emotional support, – exchange of ideas and – practical advice. It can thus enhance – professionalism, – feelings of self-efficacy and – prevent stress and “burnout”.
    33. 33. Ever thought of collaborating with other teachers in your school?
    34. 34. Two or more educational professionals in a school (e.g. teachers, librarians) working together on eTwinning activities(one project vs. separate project)
    35. 35. Login to theDesktop
    36. 36. Click on the banner
    37. 37. Check out articles,interviews, FrequentlyAsked Questions.
    38. 38. Check posts from othercolleagues who areinvolved in SchoolTeams.To reply to the post gotheir profiles by clickingon their names.
    39. 39. Go to theTeachersRoomdedicated toSchoolTeams andpartecipate tothediscussions
    40. 40. Check outprojectsinvolvingschool teams
    41. 41. If you are involved in aSchool Team or havecomments, ideas,proposals, go to yourProfile and write a postin your Journal
    42. 42. When you publish, donot forget to tag the postwith school teams andclick on share.The post will be visibleon the School Teamscampaign page!
    43. 43. ‘Coming together is a beginning; keepingtogether is progress; working together issuccess.’ Henry Ford
    44. 44. Happy eTwinning! Thank you for your attention : )