The new Europeans –
The two wooden dolls project
Two imaginary pupils (the two wooden dolls) are pictured
starting a new life in Berlin, Germany and in Stockholm, Sweden.
The project focuses on their leaving their native countries for a
new life in Europe and their stories are documented in weekly
PDW Copenhagen November 2006
Part 1: PowerPoint presentations and emails
Part 2: Power Point presentations, emails,
blogs and video-conferencing
Published on the eTwinning website and the
two school webpages
the Storyline method
The way we worked
Brainstorming session – PowerPoint presentations:
creating dolls’ identities evaluated, e-mailed and
and six themes published on websites
Teams Blogs and webconferencing
Photos and illustrations
This is how we work in
We use English ”building blocks” and
Research (Internet), Designing the doll (Paint
Shop Pro, Animation Shop 3), Communication
(Blog, Video conferencing).
…. and in Sweden.
This is us working on
the project together
with our school
We watch the German
presentations and check
our own before mailing
them to Berlin.
The presentations are shown
on the SMART Board.
Together we work on the
slides in class.
January - 2007
The start of the wooden dolls eTwinning project
The two identities were created
in a brainstorming session
Part 1 – January 2007
Arriving in a new country
Family and friends
Family and friends
Sightseeing in Berlin
Here are Here you can
many people! see my in
front of it.
In our winter-holydays I went to the city of Berlin with my friend
Kristina and aunt Elif .
First we went by bus 100 to the “Brandenburger Tor”.
Do you know the Berlin bear?
It is the heraldic animal of
You can buy it everywhere
Oh, I must have
I like ice-cream!
Next we went to
“Gedächtniskirche” and to the
The “Gedächtniskirche” was
destroyed in second world war.
Now it’s a memorial for all
In the zoo I visited many animals. My favourite animals are the
monkeys and the tigers.
The weather is nice
and many animals can
Back at school my
class and I visited
objects of interest
Damla is our travel
Response on your work
Feedback - questions
Experiences and feelings
Response – Family and
… D am Siegerlandschule
Friday 9th March, 2007
Thank you for the response on my Friends and
Family Power Point slides.
It’s a good thing that the church was left – it’s
interesting. The church helps us remember our
Did you have fun at the zoo? What animals are
there at the Berliner Zoo?
We have a big zoo here, too. It’s called
Skansen. When the weather is good it’s nice
to visit the zoo. There are many animals at
Skansen and places where you can eat.
P.S. Visit this website:
Would you like
It’s nice and fun
to be here.
The zoo in Stockholm, Skansen, is
wonderful. It is situated across the
water. You can go there by ferry.
Nice people At the zoo
– yum, yum. I want to eat them.
I wonder what they
Planning – part 2
Berlin October 2007. Project discussions in
the computerlab in Berlin.
September 2007 – April 2008:
The pupils in Berlin and Stockholm chose six new
themes – three in each school.
a blog or
Things can go wrong
Timetable problems - Involve/Invite other teachers
Real time conferencing - Blog or chat instead
Computer access - Planning, take turns, teamwork
ICT time consuming - Within curriculum - Reduce
number of presentations - Free periods
Parents’ permission - Participation without names
and photos. Use personal illustrations
Language - Communication rather than correctness
Material dolls - Make your own
The tools we used
MS Word (textwork)
Paint Shop Pro 8 (image processing)
Animation Shop 3 (animated image processing)
MS PowerPoint (presentation)
Digital cameras (photos) – webcams (Skype)
The Internet (information)
E-mails (communication and exchanging material)
eTwinning website (Activity Card, TwinSpace)
School websites (publishing)
And of course: the dolls!
Communicate Use a ’non-gender’ doll
Plan and be flexible Build a ’bank of photos’
Build a structure
Agree on a pattern
Keep it simple
The main theme
Benefits - pupils
Open - obvious Hidden - less obvious
ICT skills improved Self-confidence
English improved Personal stimulation
Sharing experiences/stories Participation
Mixed age group
Benefits - teachers
a chance to exchange experiences and
a chance to discuss new ideas and solutions
a way to motivate pupils
the National Curriculum
Communication in English
Feelings, thoughts and experiences in English
Reflection upon ways of living and traditions
Goals from the National Curriculum
Improved knowledge of English
Growing interest in further computer and project work
A European and global dimension
Communication across ’borders’
Sharing of experiences
Older and younger pupils together
A stimulating learning situation for everyone involved
In my opinion
- We‘ve learnt many
words as we‘ve all the
time written in English
to the other class. We
have also learnt to type
better and quicker.“
Da wir mit den anderen Klassen immer in
Englisch schreiben, haben wir mehr
Vokabeln gelernt. Wir können auch dabei
am Computer besser und schneller
In my opinion
I am proud that we
did our best. (Luna)
- I wish that I could be in a
project like this again. I
have learned English
words and about
PowerPoint, too, and it was
fun doing it . (Simret)