Teaching European Citizenship Project & eTwinning Kits

This workshop was run by Beate Vollmer, a secondary school teacher of English and Philosophy. During the introduction, Beate explained with visual PowerPoint slides how the project was planned and shaped by the students, which were aged 12-18 year olds. Two years of project work we subdivided into 3 project kits, aimed at 10-13, 14-16 and 17-21 year old students. After a very interesting introduction, the participants were divided into groups of 4/5  – by working with partners on the ideas that had been presented and on how to turn these ideas into practice for the pupils.  This was an interesting activity for secondary age teaching, unfortunately there was no catering for primary school age planning in this session.

The feedback from the  different groups was very interesting, with different ideas relating to the subject of European Citizenship and how to use eTwinning and various ICT tools / video.

The crucial aim was for a project with sustainability by creating a community of responsible European Citizens working for a democratic and peaceful world, and at the same time give students a boost of self confidence, encouraging artistic expression and developing intercultural understanding through eTwinning.

A very well thought out session, delivered professionally. Well done, Beate!!

 

Inspiring keynote speech on Learning Citizenship

Professor R. H. Fryer´s keynote address on learning citizenship for the 21st century was inspiring, both within in an eTwinning context and in a wider scope.

IMG_8391The future is not only here for the taking – it is here for the making”
Professor Fryer talked about risk society – the fact that the world we live in today is unpredictable and if you will scary – and what this sort of world demands of its citizens and of teaching and learning. Fryer stressed that in an uncertain world citizenship is not only about coping with or responding to the situation. It is about active engagement and about shaping the world. Therefor the real issue for eTwinning according to Fryer, is how do we make students the authors of society they live in today.

”Diversity can lead to a higher level of cohesion”
Fryer also talked about social movements, the voices these movements have given groups that have not had a voice before ¬- and the diversity that this results in.  Fryer stressed that peoples’ attitude to “other”, the way we look at “other”, is of importance. He talked about the notion that diversity actually can lead to cohesion; that coming in contact with other ways of thinking, other sets of priorities and other ways of doing things actually can lead to a higher level of social cohesion.

Giving the pupils a sense of themselves in a social world”
What kind of teachers does this new world of risk need? Professor Fryer left this question for the conference audience to think about.

Concerning the role of the teacher, Fryer emphasized the teacher as someone who draws out the potential in others. He also stressed the importance of giving the pupils a sense of themselves in a social world.

Press Release: eTwinning Conference 2013 awards success, spotlight on Citizenship and European School Collaboration

More than 500 teachers from across Europe will discuss the impact eTwinning has through school collaboration on citizenship at the annual eTwinning Conference on 14 – 16 March 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

This year the eTwinning Conference celebrates the theme “Citizenship and European School Collaboration”, and Professor R.H. (Bob) Fryer CBE, Chair of the Campaign for Learning UK, takes the floor to introduce various facets of citizenship, belonging and continuous training, making the link between eTwinning, extensive engagement in lifelong learning and enriched citizenship.

 In this European Year of Citizens, it is important to emphasize how participation in eTwinning and other forms of cross-border school cooperation help young people to develop a sense of pride in their local, national and European identities, to broaden their Androulla Vassiliouhorizons and to become active citizens of Europe – and of the world”, says Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Commissioner Vassiliou continues on the future of eTwinning: “eTwinning is here to stay. It has still an enormous potential to unfold and it has a bright future in the context of Erasmus for All, the new programme for education, training and youth for the period 2014-2020. From next school year, you will start noticing an expanded role for eTwinning with a stronger platform, new actors and more services on offer.”

The work of the conference will concentrate on sharing good practice, exploring new ways of teaching and fostering the eTwinning community, through workshops, interactive session and informal meetings. The conference will be also an occasion to celebrate outstanding achievements in school collaboration in eTwinning. The winners of the eTwinning Prizes 2013 will be awarded in 3 main categories based on the age range of pupils. These main prizes are sponsored by the European Commission. In addition there are 6 special category prizes, for example for projects using various European languages, projects focussing on cultural understanding, and projects in maths and science, sponsored by various organisations.

Now in its eighth year, the European Commission’s eTwinning action involves almost 200 000 registered teachers in 33 countries, who communicate, work together, and set-up cross-border educational projects. eTwinning has affirmed its important role in shaping a European space for education, helping teachers connect, collaborate and share and, ultimately, feel and be part of the biggest learning community in Europe.

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Conference website: http://conference2013.etwinning.net/

Follow the conference on Twitter: #etwconf2013

Link to the video from last year’s conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHMrfP3qhXA

For further information, please contact:

  • Valentina Garoia, Communications and Press Officer, European Schoolnet, mob.: +32 (0)488 495246, valentina.garoia@eun.org

Background

eTwinning is the Community for schools involving almost 200 000 teachers across Europe, funded by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency. European Schoolnet acts as eTwinning Central Support Service.

The eTwinning platform offers opportunities for teachers to meet and interact with each other in school projects, special interest groups and online forums. It also offers a rich professional development element via online Learning Events, focusing on collaboration skills and the use of technology with the goal of contributing to the modernisation of educational systems, making them more attractive to today’s youth. Find out more on www.etwinning.net.

“At the end of my first project, when summing up the results and my pupils’ feedback, I started to think that eTwinning could be more than an extra project and could be fully incorporated into teaching. eTwinning is the most flexible tool of my teaching that allows my pupils and me to learn, improve, have fun and make friends.” Maria Doria, Italy

“Our school had never been in any international project before. When our School Management saw our eTwinning projects, they brought a PC and a projector to the classroom and support us in many ways. Some of my colleagues joined eTwinning too. Suddenly Europe became very close to us.” Ayca Oğuz, Turkey

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