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 https://todaysmeet.com/, 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:

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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.

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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: http://youtu.be/A4wOJj6KUWc

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 www.weebly.com

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: www.skevi.net
www.lsl.eun.org

eTwinning & the family

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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 !

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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”

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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”

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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