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!

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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European Schoolnet is a network of 31 Ministries of Education from across the European member states, leading educational innovation at European level. As a major international think tank, European Schoolnet operates key European services in education, including the Central Support Service for eTwinning, on behalf of the European Commission, member Ministries of Education and industry partners.
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Welcome to the official blog of the eTwinning Conference 2014

Over 500 teachers from 39 different countries will participate in the annual eTwinning conference, which will take place in Rome (Italy) from 27 to 29 November. They will explore how eTwinning can open up education to promote creativity and innovative practices in both teaching and learning, through different panel discussions, networking activities and over 50 workshops.

In this blog, you will find all the pictures from the event, videos, articles, practical information and the latest updates. Do you want to follow the conference in real time? Keep posted to the eTwinning Social Media accounts (hashtag: #eTconf14). You will be able to follow along the plenary sessions with a live streaming video.

Learn more about eTwinning here and follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@eTwinningEurope) and YouTube.