The eTwinning Conference on Social Media

The eTwinning Conference was a successful event… online too! Many eTwinners followed the plenary sessions from home thanks to the live streaming video, including the welcome speeches and the Keynote address. During the Panel discussion, the audience could pose questions to the panellists using, a backchannel chat platform designed for teachers.

During the entire event, the debate was open to everyone on Social Media. The official hashtag #eTconf14 was widely used (2,991 tweets) and the participants shared over 800 pictures from the activities and links to resources on Twitter. Have a look at the summary here.

Find below some statistics from the official hashtag on Twitter:


And we shall not forget the Social Media team! It was composed by eTwinners who attended the Conference and volunteered to help share the “eTwinning world” and foster the buzz online, using their personal profiles on different social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+….).

A big thanks to: Karsten Klokkerholm, Lydia Huskens, Robert Reuter, Leonilde Casale, Helene Moller, Antonio Saraceno, Wendy Geerts, Magdalena Madej, Eva Toth, Paula Lefering, Soumaya Hlali, Chiara Sabatini, Roberta Maria Delle Monache and Marina Screpanti.


Keep spreading the word and follow eTwinning on Social Media too!

Spreading Innovation in School

Webcast & Flipped classroom

Webcast & Flipped classroom

The world of teaching has dramatically evolved in the 21st century and it is now whereby teachers and all other people involved in educating young people need to rise to the challenge. So what is this challenge all about? It is, of course, innovation in our schools.
Teachers across Europe attended this workshop which was very informative, inspiring and demonstrated a variety of ways and methods to encourage teachers to be creative and enthusiastic in their teaching through new technologies and initiatives. With this positive outlook, educators can inspire, enthuse and motivate students and of course, students themselves can become more independent learners and be self-disciplined. The video “Above and Beyond” sums this up:

As the world is changing rapidly and becoming smaller, faster and more competitive, the 21st learning design requires a new and dynamic approach using innovative ways to manage and cope with the changes. During this workshop, the speakers presented various links to establish more contact with schools across Europe and how to embed ICT across the school, whether it is used for homework, in lesson time or as a means of communication in the school.

The Primary school in Paphos, Cyprus was an excellent example of how it used ICT through Living Schools Lab and its success was down to a whole school approach and by using Webquest and the Flipped Classroom. With regards to LSL, the idea of collaboration is essential and it was clearly defined with the words: STEPS
S – Share/present: something we know
T – teach/technology: something we want to know
E – evidence/research/collaborate: something we have learned/something we are learning about
P – plan/innovate: something we will do
S – support: something we will do
A useful site was recommended called

The way forward now is to see the benefits of using the latest ICT, and tools which will help students acquire skills to be well-prepared for the future. Teachers, educators and students can learn to think creatively, critically and collaboratively by implementing these new approaches to learning.
Useful websites:

eTwinning & the family


Workshop: “eTwinning & the family” / Rute Baptista & Rita Zurrapa

20141129_103521Teachers know how important it is to be in contact with students families. Also me 🙂 Communicating with parents, involving them in class and project life always give back a more motivated students ! But I never try to think about it more, because the teaching material always seems the dominated importance.

After Ruta Baptista and Rita Zurrapa workshop “eTwinning & the family” I start to think about cooperation with families more seriously .. it could be included also on eTwinning projects !


We live in time, when generations live separated, and don’t communicated much – in schools children are divided by age, also later, when kids becomes an adult – they communicate on workplaces with people like themselves. Maybe schools – by involving families with parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters could make this generations communication gap a little smaller …

Some useful ideas about school and family cooperation:

Thanks Rute Baptista & Rita Zurrapa for show us this interesting theme in so joyful and attractive way 🙂 For me this workshop was the last one on Rome conference list – so it was like good inspire with bright taste for future ideas 🙂

Tatjana Gvozdeva (@tanagvz) / eTwinning Ambassador LV

“Twitter in the class and staffroom”


Workshop: “Twitter in the class and staffroom”
Bart Verswijvel (@BartVerswijvel) and Arjana Blazic (@abfromz)

Most of new technologies tools are not produced for education needs,  but, .. fortunately there are people who find out and share how to use that tools for education 🙂

TWITTER is definitely one of that tools, that is NOT educational native tool.  Anyway, it seems that exactly TWITTER could have a lot of handicaped educational features.

Bart Verswijvel in Rome and Arjana Blazic online from USA on workshop “Twitter in the class and staffroom” show us exciting presentation with lot of ideas about what to do with twitter.

Actually, I am very surprised about all that possibilities!
So I learned that twitter is not only for tweet some news about my live, as I thought before 😀

I find out, that with twitter we can find or share resources, we can organise polls and group tweets and much more ! I learned also about hashtags, retweets, twitter walls and thunderclap, ..

During that presentation we also were welcomed for try and interact many twitter possibilities tasks. Unfortunately, internet connection was very poor, actually it stopped to be here .. so I don’t enjoy and understand exactly everything.

Thanks this workshop I feel now that i made my first step in absolutely wonderful, democratic and great opportunities WORLD OF TWITTER COMMUNITY ! hope I will have enough knowledges for to go forward 🙂

P.S.  Just recently I take a part also on Bart Verswijvel and Arjana Blazic eTwinning Learning Event “Augmented eTwinning reality”. I recommend – if you want learn some new technologies – take part on this event (if it will be held again!)! There was a lot of very useful materials, prepared in so CREATIVE way, that all of us (event students) was feel so really enthusiastic motivated to follow all the tasks 🙂

Tatjana Gvozdeva (@tanagvz) / eTwinning Ambassador LV

“Dramatic Lectures! Drama techniques for speaking in public”


Workshop: “Dramatic Lectures! Drama techniques for speaking in public”
NSS Spain Diego Rojas
and Speakers TBC Annette Westerop and Mirian Olga Cecilia Martinez

1896882_10203492288127817_774026094556582670_nDo you know?! To be a really teacher, we must know and use endless number of other profession skills, really ! psychologist, first aid, storyteller, bookkeeper, decorator, producer, .. also ACTOR.

That is why I choose to come on the workshop “Dramatic Lectures! Drama techniques for speaking in public”, hoped to gain some new knowledge and experience in acting: how to address the audience or how to keep the audience’s attention.

In fact, the benefit from workshop was even higher as I expect.

10806281_10203492288247820_1220481673536447024_nDuring very short time, we get so MANY ! useful information – explanation about main acting aspects (body, voice, rhythm, listening and text), we see various examples, do exciting exercises, … ! During that all we find out that our body is NOT SPHERICAL 🙂 and that we can TRAIN our voice (just like we train the muscles!), .. that we can DOMINATE over our text message, .. and much more !

So … you would like to learn how to be NOT BORING person ? and how to help our students learn and understand well all that useful things we teach for them ? Than look for NSS Spain Diego Rojas and Speakers TBC Annette Westerop and Mirian Olga Cecilia Martinez workshops 🙂

Good luck to all !

Tatjana Gvozdeva (@tanagvz) / eTwinning Ambassador LV

Panel discussion – eTwinning and Competences

WP_20141129_012The eTwinning conference ended with some food for thought on eTwinning and Competences brought by the experts present in our panel discussion (Brian Holmes, from EACEA (moderator), Patrick Griffin, from University of Melbourne, Riina Vuorikari, from IPTS and Donatella Nucci, from Italian NSS).

Brian Holmes introduced the topic saying “The teacher role in learning with ICT has changed from knowledge expert to mentor, facilitator and orchestrator.”

The panel was challenged to answer three questions:

  • How can teachers help children of today to be ready for the challenges of tomorrow?
  • How would we describe the competences needed to make effective use of technology?
  • What can we do practically to support teachers?

Patrick Griffin reflected mainly on the first question stating, “There is a consensus that we need the content of the curricula to be the context to develop competences.” There is a need to shift the curricula to allow building competences such as: Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, coding and creativity. Teachers need to challenge students by formulating hypothesis (what if? What about?…). This is at the basis of collaborative problem solving skills.

Captura de ecrã 2014-11-30, às 11.25.33Reflecting on this need to challenge the environment Riina Vuorikari presented what does it mean to be digital competent. As she said being Digital competent is not being competent on the use of ICT tools, it is the combination of the attitude, knowledge and skills.Digital competence involves the confident and critical use of ICT for employment, learning, self-development and participation in society (EC, 2006)”

Captura de ecrã 2014-11-30, às 11.25.54Riina V. introduced theEC digital competence Framework, exemplifying the competences included in that framework with an eTwinning project kit (A taste of Maths ATOM) reinforcing that eTwinning widely promotes Digital and other competences.

Donatella Nucci affirmed that “School as it is conceived now does not satisfy the need to society we have now”. The focus of elearning shifted to learning and, therefore we need to create a different type of school and teaching. Donatella sees eTwinning as new way of teaching. Talking about Italy in particular she mentioned that Initial teacher training is more focused on content than in methodology. Hence there is an effort at a government level to implement new directions in several regions.

Captura de ecrã 2014-11-30, às 11.10.17The teachers in the audience were reminded that the competences needed for a collaborative teaching are Social and interpersonal skills. To finalize the discussion Brian Holmes emphasized that Teachers Professional Development is changing to include a wider reality.


Etwinning : challenging for the future

IMG_20141129_114402Beyond the community!  We are a family ! Bring back home  this atmosphere of enthusiasm and collaboration.”

These were the words Santi Scimeca used to introduce the last plenary session   in which we as teachers were given a lot of great hints for reflection  on and about our job from the panelists moderated by Brian Holmes from the Executive Agency for Education , Audiovisual and Culture .

Our  intervention has a very significative role in preparing  students for future lives said Patrick Griffin from the University of Melbourne …..and since Education has changed from Dickens’s times where everything was based on Facts we are supposed to teach students  how to use the competences developing their collaborative communicative, creative, coding, problem solving skills.

In short he suggested us having  them solve problems collaboratively  asking questions like “what about……?, lets’ try, what if……?, it depends…

Riina Vuorikari from the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies made us  reflect on what it really means to be digitally competent and how   it is important to have  a confident and critical use of ICT  required for employment, learning, self development and participation in society.

She showed us  three levels of proficiency in digital competences and how  to move between levels showing at the same time as joining an etwinning project  have the students  develop the  digital competences all in one!.

Ewinning as acquisition of skills and the best place to implement competences  even before  policy makers  suggested in the Recommendations on key competences in 2006   was what Donatella Nucci from the Italian National Supprt Service  told us  . Etwinning can give support on training  to all teachers who are experts in subjects but not in methodology since “ the teacher’s role has changed from knowledge expert to mentor, facilitator and orchestrator of learning ( Brecko et al.,  2013)

So eTwinning is the place to be now and at the same time  the challenge for  future   because   “ teachers  are not going to be  solo but they have to participate in a collaborative environment so that problem solving skills can be developed” Griffin  said .

But the last point of reflection came from the past from Cicero whose sentence in latin was shared by a warm final great applause.


eTwining as a never ending friendship!

Collaborative Activities – Key to Success

WIN_20141129_095151This workshop was an amazingly inspiring. The presenters , Paraskevi Belogia and Irene Pateraki, led all participants in a great way through all stages of doing a collaborative project, starting with planning a project and finishing with its evaluation. They created a nice cooperative atmosphere in all group. They showed plenty of great ideas how to work collaboratively to make a successful project.

The first collaborative activity of each project can be expressing opinions, collecting ideas and sharing them among all partners with the help:

Another activity is creating transnational groups and this can be done through breaking the ice with the help of:

A very beautiful collaborative activity is creating common texts, stories in which all participants can make one part through:

Another idea is to create a common logo of the project with the help of :

Doing a project this way is very motivating. In the end it is possible to do a poll about the activities and do an evaluation with the help of:

The workshop was fabuluous. Thank you and we were happy to share the time with you.