The pedagogical value of eTwinning projects

Bart Verswijvel (BE) – Arjana Blazic (HR)

Arjana and BarteTwinning projects offer the perfect framework to build 21st Century skills. In this workshop we focus on Critical Thinking, Assessment and Reflection, Collaboration and Citizenship through activities and discussion. We will explore how you can bring real pedagogical value to your eTwinning work.

The Internet has brought immense changes into the classroom in recent years. A plethora of web 2.0 tools have been placed at teachers’ disposal. Teachers have embraced wholeheartedly all these new technologies and with so many tools at their fingertips, they feel like a kid in a candy store. However, teachers are aware of the fact that a tool can’t be used for its own sake with no pedagogical value whatsoever. Teachers must make sure that a tool is used properly, so that it helps their students achieve the goals.

eTwinning projects offer a solid pedagogical framework that gives students the opportunity to build the 21st century skills through the use of web 2.0 technologies. The workshop summarizes the activities of the 10 day eTwinning Learning Event on the Pedagogical Value of eTwinning projects. During the previous weeks some 150 European eTwinning teachers took part in this Learning Odyssey. The workshop will also focus on the integration of activities that stimulate the acquisition of the key pillars of 21st century teaching and learning: critical thinking, collaboration, citizenship and assessment and self-regulation. These skills are essential for preparing students for their future life and career.

More information: http://learninglab.etwinning.net/web/the-pedagogical-value-of-etwinning-projects/welcome

Have a look at Arjana Blazic’s blog: http://traveloteacher.blogspot.be/2013/03/odysseus-goes-portugal.html and Bart Verswijvel’s one: http://teacherinresidence.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/teaching-is-a-learning-odyssey/

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