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Bruxelles, den 14. marts 2008

35 000 skoler deltager allerede i virtuelle eTwinning-skolepartnerskaber

eTwinning er et EU-initiativ, der skal tilskynde skolerne til øget netværkssamarbejde over internettet. Initiativet blev startet for tre år siden, og antallet af deltagende skoler er nu over 35 000. På en eTwinning-konference i Bukarest den 14.-16. marts vil Europa-Kommissionen uddele priser til otte særlig fremragende eTwinning-skoleprojekter.

eTwinning blev igangsat i januar 2005 og har nu over 35 000 deltagende skoler fra hele Europa. Projektet hører nu under Comenius-aktionen i programmet for livslang læring, der er Kommissionens vigtigste støtteprogram inden for undervisning. Med eTwinning kan skolerne gratis finde partnere til samarbejdsprojekter over internettet. I 2008 vil fokus skifte fra at være projektorienteret til at fremme onlinefællesskaber, hvor skolerne kan udveksle viden og deltage i diskussionsfora ved siden af projektarbejdet.

Dette års eTwinning-konference bliver afholdt i Bukarest fra den 14. til den 16. marts 2008. Der bliver over 400 deltagere, heriblandt lærere fra hele Europa, repræsentanter fra eTwinnings centrale og nationale støttetjenester og andre vigtige aktører fra undervisningssektoren.

Umiddelbart før konferencen forklarede Ján Figel', EU-kommissær for uddannelse, kultur og ungdom, hvorfor eTwinning er et så vigtigt projekt: "Dette program forener på elegant vis muligheden for at lære noget om andre kulturer med anvendelsen af informations- og kommunikationsteknologi. Gennem de virtuelle partnerskaber mellem titusindvis af skoler i Europa er eTwinning med til at give eleverne gode pc-færdigheder og samtidig fjerne den skepsis, som de kan have over for børn i andre europæiske lande, fordi de simpelt hen ikke kender dem. Her i 2008, der er det europæiske år for interkulturel dialog, finder jeg ikke mindst dette aspekt ved eTwinning meget positivt."

Konferencens højdepunkt vil være prisoverrækkelsen, hvor der bliver uddelt priser til otte af de bedste eTwinning-projekter fra skoleåret 2006-2007. Der er fire kategorier, tre efter alder (4-10, 11-15, 16-19) og en inden for naturvidenskab og matematik.

Over 400 projekter er blevet vurderet på grundlag af deres innovative elementer, integration i læseplanen, samarbejdsperspektiver, kreativitet og overførbarhed. De otte prisvindere kommer fra 26 skoler i 17 lande (Belgien, Danmark, Det Forenede Kongerige, Estland, Frankrig, Grækenland, Italien, Litauen, Norge, Polen, Slovakiet, Slovenien, Spanien, Sverige, Tjekkiet, Tyskland og Ungarn).

De fire allerbedste projekter vinder en tur til eTwinning-lejren i maj.

Yderligere oplysninger:

eTwinning-portalen: www.etwinning.net

ANNEX

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP, ETWINNING PRIZES 2008

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Pedagogical Innovation and Curricular Integration: how the project and the use of ICT change the daily life of the partner schools and fit in with national policies and exam constraints
  • Collaboration Between Partner Schools: how teachers and pupils communicate in order to work together
  • Creative Use of ICT: how to get beyond emailing
  • Sustainability and Transferability: how to guarantee that the project will last, involving the whole school and be able to share benefits with others
  • Results and Benefits: what came out of the project as well as why the project

WINNERS

WINNER: Age 4-10

My town, your town. Our lives in a calendar

www.northtynesideict.org.uk/item.asp?CID=46565

Schools: Backworth Park Primary School, UNITED KINGDOM

CEIP Virxe da Luz, SPAIN

Teachers: Susie Arnott (UK) and Aurora Gay (ES)

This project set out to examine the similarities between culture in Spain and the UK, looking at such things as costumes, folklore, significant dates in the year, food habits etc.

The jury said; “... a nice neat project with simple objectives, and easily obtainable results. The pupils really seemed to enjoy it”.

WINNER: Age 11-15

The new Europeans: The two wooden dolls project

http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&cid=13353

Schools: Hässelbygårdsskolan, SWEDEN

Siegerland-Grundschule, GERMANY

Teachers: Birgitta Flodén (SE) and Christiane Meisenburg (DE)

This project examine the life of migrant children in their new communities using mixed techniques of puppetry, mime and theatre to examine the issues surrounding settling down in a new country.

The jury said, “this project showed great flair and creativity in working on issues than can be difficult for pupils, in a fun and no threatening way”.

WINNER: Age 16-19

Planete @dos

http://users.skynet.be/rdw/3iemecorrespondance.htm#2006-2007:%20Plan%E8te%20@dos

Schools: Sint-Janscollege, BELGIUM

Liceo Scientifico "F. Cecioni", ITALY
Lycée Geneviève de Gaulle Anthonioz, FRANCE

Teachers: Ria de Wilde (BE), Marina Marino (IT), Brigitte Vaudoric (FR)

The young people in this project may come from different cultures, Belgian and Italy, but they discover that their common roots are twinned through the history, the traditions and the life of people living on the coasts of the Mediterranean.

The jury said, “This is a very rich project where the young people not only learned a great deal from each other, but creatively expressed their opinions in a variety of media including cartoon, blogging and podcasts”.

WINNER: Science and Maths

Fizika - svarbi ir įdomi. Physics is interesting and important

Schools: Kauno Statybininkų Rengimo Centras, LITHUANIA
Publiczne Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II wTyczynie, POLAND

Teachers: Kudinov Kaunas (LT) and Elżbieta Gawron (PL)

The understanding of how the laws of Physics rule our everyday lives is the theme of this project, and how these laws may be used to enrich our lives for the better.

The jury said, “this project addresses practical ways of introducing complex ideas to pupils and making them relevant to everyday life experiences”.
RUNNERS-UP


RUNNERS-UP: Age 4-10

Kids H@nd in H@nd
http://www.sip.be/STAManD/feelings/kidshandinhand.htm

Schools: Primary school Sint-Amandus, Belgium
Osnovna Sola Solkan, Slovenia
Pärnu Koidula Gymnasium, Estonia
ZŠ A. Stodolu, Martin, Slovakia
Kalocsai Belvárosi-Dunaszentbenedeki Általános Iskola és a,
Óvoda,
Hungary
CEIP Vidal Portela, Spain
CEIP Sestelo-Baión, Spain
Jerney János, Hungary

Teachers: Lieven Van Parys (BE), Viljenka Savli (SI), Tiiu Leibur (ET),

Alexandra Pilková (SK), Margit Horváth (HU), Mela Rodríguez

(ES), Belen Junquera (ES) and Erika Raffai (HU)

A simple and creative project for young pupils.

The jury said, “this project demonstrates how very young pupils can express themselves and their emotions in a clever visual way without language. A simple and engaging project”.


RUNNER-UP: Age 11-15

Aspects of Religion in Europe
http://aspectsofreligion.wikispaces.com/

Schools: 2nd High School of Kozani, Greece
Højby Skole, Denmark
Sint-Ursula-Instituut, Belgium

Teachers: Diamantoula Naka (GR), Ella Myhring (DA) and Hilde Van Ouytsel (BE)

This project explores the multiplicity and the variety of religious expression in today's multicultural European society.

The jury said, “this project is a brave one in attempting to look at a subject that is often the basis of prejudices, and in doing so provides a variety of ways to encourage students to learn about faith from different viewpoints in a non-judgemental way”.


RUNNER-UP: Age 16-19

Facciamoci noi lezione!
http://www.etwinning-noi.blogspot.com/

Schools: IIS E.Majorana/sezione commerciale Marro, Italy
Heinrich-Heine-Gesamtschule Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Teachers: Paola Ferrera (IT) and Lucia Steinhage (DE)

The Italian and German students in this project used blogs and video to share their opinions on issues such as Cyberbullying.

The jury said, “this is a good use of modern technologies which utilised the tools of social networking while at the same time exploring the issues surrounding that use”.


RUNNER-UP: Science and Maths

Draw me the task
http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&cid=8548

Schools: Eastbourne Comprehensive School, United Kingdom
Gimnazjum 37 im. K.K. Baczyńskiego, Poland
ZŠ Karviná, Czech Republic
Holmlia School, Norway

Teachers: K Haines (UK), Ewa Piotrowska (PL), Pavel Němec (CZ), Anita Støstad (NO)

This project is a fun approach to teaching basic mathematical concepts to younger pupils.

The jury said, “this project demonstrates how effective a simple approach to a topic can be. The children obviously learned a lot while having fun”.


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