Brussels, 5 February 2010
eTwinning: Online school partnerships celebrate their fifth anniversary
Nearly 500 teachers are meeting in Seville to celebrate the fifth anniversary of eTwinning, an action that creates online communities of teachers and schools across Europe. Through eTwinning, over 85 000 teachers from across Europe work together in international school activities involving more than 50 000 schools in 32 European countries. In the five years of its existence, eTwinning has grown from being a partner-finding tool for teachers to become a rich, Europe-wide community of teaching and learning ( www.etwinning.net ). On 5 February, a prize ceremony is being held for 37 schools from 21 countries that are the top winners of this year's eTwinning Awards for excellence in eTwinning.
This year's annual conference in Seville marks the fifth anniversary of eTwinning. Over the three days of the conference (5 – 7 February), teachers from thirty-two countries in Europe, as well as national and European representatives, will take stock of the initiative. eTwinning makes the most of Web 2.0 tools to promote —
Odile Quintin, the European Commission’s Director-General for Education and Culture, will open the conference. She congratulated the many thousands of dedicated teachers for their contributions to this innovative education tool: “ eTwinning is a true community of practice, learning, excellence and innovation in education both at the European level and worldwide. The teachers participating in eTwinning have shown how powerful the learning experience can be for children when it is enriched through international collaboration, cultural and linguistic exchange using twenty-first century tools.”
On 5 February, the top eTwinning projects will be awarded prizes for their excellence in eTwinning during the 2008-2009 school year. The awards come in three age categories (4-11, 12-15 and 16-19) and four thematic categories (Spanish language, French language, Maths & Science, and Creative use of Digital Media). In total, 37 schools from 21 countries came away as the top winners. The list of winners is attached in the appendix. The prizes fro the age category winners are participation in the eTwinning Camp (to be held in April/May - location tbc), and the special categories winners receive school equipment and professional development opportunities.
The eTwinning action is coordinated by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission.
A PPENDIX – The 2010 eTwinning Prize Winners
AGE CATEGORY WINNERS
Age category 4-11:
Jury Comment : Excellent use of various methods for cooperation in a group of very small children from kindergarten. It showed a high degree of cooperation between teachers to plan their work together.
Age category 12-15:
Jury Comment : This project managed to turn a depressing and complicated topic into an inspiring search and study into our environment. The pupils and teachers from different countries actually worked together and created a wonderful web-magazine and videos that could be used as learning material. This project can serve as a good model for any eTwinning project.
Age category 16-19:
Jury Comment : This project has an outstanding combination of learning and teaching strategies. There is a well-structured plan from aims to evaluation and all these reflect on the practical results. The ICT help to develop modules and exercises for learning and teaching furniture design in a vocational and intercultural context.
SPECIAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Maths and science (prize sponsored by European Schoolnet )
Jury comment : The project shows a concrete ad innovative collaboration among partners using web 2.0. In the project blog you can find videos of experiments carried out by the pupils in the school activities, very amusing and useful to see!
Spanish language (prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education )
French language (prize sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service in France )
Jury comment : Projet très bien documenté et bien présenté sur l’espace public de Twinspace avec un très bon dictionnaire comparatif des gestes accessible sur cet espace .
Creative use of digital media (prize sponsored by eSkills Week )
Jury Comment : The idea of all-round-Europe competition sounds to be very interesting and very innovative in connection with school kids.