eTwinning Conference 2014: Opening Education – Innovation in teaching & learning (Press release)

More than 500 teachers from across Europe will explore how eTwinning contributes to opening up education via innovation in teaching and learning

Rome, from the 27th to the 29th November 2014

This year the eTwinning Conference celebrates this theme “Opening Education”, in its broadest sense. The State Secretary for the Italian Ministry of Education, Davide Faraone, and Antonio Silva Mendes, from the European Commission (DG EAC), will open the conference with a welcome address. This will be followed by Lord David Puttnam who will take the floor to introduce his keynote: “Resilient Education”, how can our education systems cope with the triple threat: “climates changes” – digital, ecological and economic.

As a recent communication from the European Commission puts it, “teachers should be able to acquire high digital competences (…) to connect through strong communities of practice (…) as shown by the massive engagement of teachers in the eTwinning platform and be rewarded for new teaching methods”. The work of the conference will concentrate on sharing new practice, exploring new ways of teaching and fostering the eTwinning community, through workshops, interactive sessions and informal meetings. The conference will be also an occasion to celebrate outstanding achievements in school collaboration in eTwinning. During the last day, a panel of experts and educators will explore, together with the audience, how eTwinning enhances competences of pupils and teachers.

Now in its ninth year, the European Commission’s eTwinning action involves almost 280 000 registered teachers in 42 countries, who communicate, work together, and set-up cross-border educational projects. eTwinning has affirmed its role in shaping a European space for education. It helps teachers connect, collaborate and share via the biggest learning community in Europe.

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Conference website: http://conference2014.etwinning.net/
Follow the conference on Twitter: #eTconf14
Link to the video from last year’s conference: http://youtu.be/Tg_5c0VJ-PQ

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

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Background

eTwinning is the Community for schools involving almost 280 000 teachers across Europe, funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ Programme. 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

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