eTwinning for cross-border learning: School projects of the year announced
29.03.2012 Now in its eighth year, the European Commission's 'eTwinning' scheme involves more than 155 000 teachers in 31 countries who are using information and communication technologies (ICT) to set up cross-border educational projects. 500 teachers are meeting in Berlin on 29 - 31 March to share ideas for future eTwinning initiatives and to celebrate the best eTwinning projects of the year, involving schools from Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Portugal and Slovenia.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: “eTwinning is much more than an online support tool to promote ICT at schools. It has created a grassroots community and become a catalyst for change in many schools. This is all thanks to enthusiasm of thousands of teachers and pupils. The Commission has proposed to expand eTwinning as part of the new 'Erasmus for All' programme from 2014-2020 to make it a platform for all schools that co-operate across borders with EU support.”
The six winning projects were selected from more than 300 submissions and are divided into three age categories: 4-11, 12-15 and 16-19. Each is an example of innovative practice in which at least two schools from different countries have been learning together in a new and creative way.
For example, “Reporting without borders” brought together students from the Lycée Marguerite Yourcenar (France), the Grupul Scolar "Dr Mihai Ciuca" (Romania) and the Zespół Szkół nr 1 from Pszczyna (Poland). eTwinning allowedthem to draw on each other's strengths and talents to write an e-magazine together.
The eTwinning awards have separate categories for language learning in French and Spanish, as well asa special "Marie Skłodowska-Curie prize" for science projects. The latter is sponsored by the French and Polish eTwinning National Support Services.
What is eTwinning?
eTwinning uses ICT-based support, tools and services to make it easier for schools to form partnerships in any subject area.
The scheme is part of the EU's Comenius programme and receives around €10 million in funding each year. It does not finance individual projects but offers tools and support to teachers and pupils such as the eTwinning portal and seminars for teachers.
National Support Services, organisations or institutions which represent and promote eTwinning in all EU countries plus Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey, provide training and support by phone and online, organise meetings and national competitions, and run PR campaigns.
To find out more:
European Commission: Comenius programme
European Commission: Erasmus for All (2014-2020)