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Twin space for teacher admin beginners
Welcome Twinspace GuidanceThis guidance has been designedfor use by Teacher Administratorswho are new to the TwinSpace.It will help you:- Access your Twinspace- Edit your profile- Create project activities- Invite pupils to participateThis guidance will also describe themain features of the TwinSpaceHomepage.
Go to www.etwinning.net and click onthe Sign in buttonStep 1 Sign in
Type in your username and password andgo to the DesktopTip: Use the ‘Forgotten yourpassword?’ prompt, if you can’tremember your passwordStep 1 Sign in
Once on the Desktop, click on the Projects tabStep 2 Access your TwinSpace
Choose a ProjectStep 2 Access your TwinSpaceClick on the link to the project TwinSpace
Features on the TwinSpace HomepageYou can log out of your TwinSpace or manage yourTwinSpace profile by clicking on this buttonThis is a public link to your TwinSpace, if you need it!You can seethe name ofyourTwinSpaceTip: It’s a good idea to use theorientation tabs along the top, ifyou want to move to different partsof the TwinSpace
Features on the TwinSpace HomepageThis is your TwinSpace Inbox,where you can send and receivemessages related to your eTwinningprojectIn the Latest Actions box, you can keeptrack of all activity on the TwinSpace, eg ifsomeone publishes a new blog post orinvites a new memberThis is your TwinSpacecalendar, where you can planactivities throughout the schoolyearTip: At the start of your project, it’s a good idea to find out when your partnerschools will be on holidays. School holidays vary throughout Europe, so yourpartners may not be available for project work at the times you expect them to be
You can also see TwinSpace members’ namesand when they last logged inIf you have never used a TwinSpace before, thenit’s best to click on the New to TwinSpace?button and follow the recommended stepsThis section allows you to manage members,which includes inviting new TwinSpace membersand changing pupils passwordsHere you can see how many teachers, pupils andvisitors are members of your TwinSpaceTip: Click on the View all button to see a full list ofyour TwinSpace membersFeatures on the TwinSpace Homepage
You can update your profile, by adding a photo of yourself orwriting a text to introduce yourself and/or your classFeatures on the TwinSpace Homepage
You can also Create ‘Project Activities’ – Project Activities includethings like file archives where you can keep your project work andimage galleries where you can display any images related to the projectFeatures on the TwinSpace Homepage
And youshould, ofcourse, inviteothers toparticipate inyour projectworkTip: The other ‘founder member’ of your project will automatically be a member of yourTwinSpace and have administration rights. However, you might want to invite otherproject members, like pupils, teachers from non-eTwinning countries, parents or other‘guests’ who are interested in seeing your project work. Please note: If you wish to invitecolleagues or teachers from countries involved in eTwinning – they must be invitedthrough the eTwinning Desktop, rather than through the TwinSpaceFeatures on the TwinSpace Homepage
Step 3 Update your profileClick on the Go button toupdate your Profile
Upload a photograph to give yourTwinSpace a more ‘personalised’ feel. Thiscan be a photograph of yourself, your schoolor a famous landmark in your town/city.Step 3 Update your profileWrite a description ofyourself, the class youteach or yourinterests/hobbies
You can change yourpassword by clicking onthe Edit buttonStep 3 Update your profileDon’t forget to clickSubmit to makeyour changes
Step 3 Update your profileYou can use your Profile Wall as acommunication tool, to updatepeople on your latest activities.You can also post messages on thewalls of other members.Click on the Postbutton, to post amessage to yourWall
Step 4 Create Project ActivitiesClick on the Go button toCreate “Project Activities”
Step 4 Create Project Activities Tip: This is what theCreate Project Activitiespage looks like. Noticehow the ProjectActivities tab ishighlighted.What are ProjectActivities?Your project can be madeup of different types ofActivities. For example, itmight involve use of digitalimagery, a blog orcollaborative writing.Project activities pages giveyou access to the tools youneed to do the project, aswell as a place to store yourproject work.
Give your Project Activitiespage a name – eg Getting toknow you or Pictures of ourtownStep 4 Create Project ActivitiesChoose the type of activities youwould like to have on each page
The Activity blog is a writing tool, which allows project members towrite around a specific theme. The texts can be written byindividual pupils or in pair/group work. Once the blog has beenposted, it can be read by other project members.Step 4 What are the different activities?
The File archive is a place where you can store any Word documents,Excel sheets, videos or other files related to your project work. Themaximum file size is 20MB.Step 4 What are the different activities?
The Forum is a place where you can create topics for discussion, setproject tasks or focus on specific topic areas, eg My favourite colour is . . .Step 4 What are the different activities?
The Image Gallery is a place where you can store all of your photos andother digital images related to your project work, eg scanned images ofartwork etc. Again, the maximum file size is 20MB.Step 4 What are the different activities?
The Wiki is a tool which is particularly useful for collaborative writing.Like a blog, you can create text which can be shared with projectmembers. Unlike a blog, other project members can also ‘edit’ your textand add their ownStep 4 What are the different activities?
The Web content activity allows you to upload content from the web bypasting in the code. For example, you could embed a video fromYouTube, eg one created by your local tourist authority – or you couldembed an application showing the time, or your local weatherStep 4 What are the different activities?
You will know that you havechosen an activity becausethe activity box will behighlighted in yellow and youwill see a green tick sign in thebottom right-hand cornerStep 4 Create Project ActivitiesTo create a Project Activities page,simply click on the Create buttonTip: You can create as manyproject activities as you like,but you must choose at leastone. You will also be able toedit your choices andadd/remove activities later
Step 5 Invite membersClick on the Go button toInvite members
Type in the pupil’s firstname and last nameStep 5 Invite New pupilsTip: The Invite newpupils field defaults to 3names, but you can addmore by clicking on thesmall plus sign directlybelow the number 3Click Submit
The system will propose a logon name and passwordfor your pupil.Step 5 Invite New pupilsTip: You can edit the proposedlogon name and password – itmight be useful to change thepassword to something that iseasier to rememberWhen you are happy with theusername and password clickSubmit
Step 5 Invite New pupilsTip: You can change your pupil’s role oneTwinning by clicking on the drop-downmenu – there are two choices TS Pupiland TS Pupil Admin – see the boxedtext for more information
You will see a message confirmingthat you have successfully invitedyour pupil or pupils to theTwinSpaceStep 5 Invite New pupilsTip: You will receive an email confirmation with your pupils’ log in details – keepthis email in a safe place, as you may need it again later. Many teachers alsochoose to write down the pupil usernames and passwords.Click Done to return to yourTwinSpace