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

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

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.


Making ripping- SIXth SENSE of eTwinning

Workshop took place the third day of the Rome eTwinning Conference  and there were 38 participants from all kind of schools from Europe.

What´s the  impact of etwinning on teachers during 10 years ? How to work with  great amount of energy  accumulated in this project? How to create good dissemination plan?

Those were the very interesting questions on the Clair Marvan´s workshop and participants tried to find the answers. They worked  in 5 groups and had focused on diffrent target groups – parents, headmaster, policy maker, press repreentative and other schol .  It wasn´t so easy to think of objectives  and messages – short and concrete – how to disseminate results to these groups.  The biggest  value of the workshop was  serious feed back from presenter and from other participants as well.

Materials from the workshop you can find here: http://conference2014.etwinning.net/

Teacher Exchange Workshop 3


At this session six teachers from several countries presented their projects and experience. Workshop started with an example presented by the teacher from Poland, Jadwiga Szendera who talked about her project TRAP – Take a Role and Play, which was enhancing pupils’ creativity, cooperation and foreign language skills. They created a variety of plays with classmates in partnership with schools from different countries. Ms Szenera showed some of student’s work samples which were not only fun to see but also proved commitment and motivation.

WP_20141128_15_16_54_ProSecond one was a presentation by Weronika Kuś, English teacher from Poland, who showed some examples of her work with students in the project What links us? – pull the rope and create Europe. EUrope in fact is EU and rope (EUrope=EU + rope) so they used this quotation as a metaphor of the project. They found music as a symbolic rope which connects people around Europe, and they used it as a main theme of the project. Students did research how their countries fit into a particular kind of music, also they created and performed different songs together and by each country alone. One can have a look to some of results of the project such as the book with created songs and an anthem of the project as well.   

WP_20141128_15_27_43_ProMałorzata Łaska, another teacher from Poland shared with the audience a story of her adventure with eTwinning. She started as a participant in an online course and then found a partner for her 3 month long first project. After that, she was invited to a longer project by another partner and that’s how her story begun. Since then she participated in the number of projects and gain a lot of experience. Małorzata shared with us some thoughts on who is a good partner: works hard, is full of ideas, has a lot of free time and, surprisingly, does not have to know ICT tools. In her opinion it is worth to bear in mind that pupils come and go but teachers stay.

WP_20141128_030Jim Bateman form UK talked about some ideas how one can enrich teaching by using cryptology. He presented a number of ways how to exercise cryptology in the classroom and how teachers can intertwine this into a project.

WP_20141128_032Tine Jespersen from Denmark showed us her example how an eTwinning project influenced the whole school and suddenly became a School Development project for participating schools. She explained 4 facts, why a project can be a huge success: 1. a very relevant and important subject, 2. headmaster wanting school project, 3. well done documentation, 4. partner meeting before start. Finally she revealed she has learned as much as her pupils while working on the project.  

WP_20141128_034The last teacher in this session was Cornelia Tschuggnall from Austria who shared with the audience her experience how she used synergies between eTwinning and Erasmus+ on the example of the project Triple AAA – All About Apples. Participants of the project were primary, secondary and vocational schools from 9 countries. They worked on different aspects of apples from the economy through agriculture, form biology to geography. Apart from the online work during the project, participants had an opportunity to visit not only one another but also some interesting places such as Apple Market in London.


“How to teach coding” workshop


eTwinning is literally able to change schools teaching methods! Lots of European teachers worked in the workshop “How to teach coding” following the passionate words of two youngsters , Karl and Kart, accompanied by their teacher Ingrid Maadver.

They led the eTwinner teachers through the world of coding helping them to understand how to teach it in their schools and to move the first steps in programming. They first showed the project they are working in at school, then they challenged the teachers present at the workshop with some tasks, first experimentations of coding.

This workshop is a clear example of how students, who are digital natives, find easy and motivating working with ICT. They let understand that logic can be developed that way rather than with traditional teaching, that students can really be part of the learning process and that are eager to learn if they DO.

Just to have an idea, you can have a look at the project presentation made by the two students


or you can use the tools they presented. Here are some examples.

A tool to programme easily: http://doodle.com

A fantastic free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations: http://scratch.mit.edu/

An educational programming with open code logo language http://mswlogo.en.uptodown.com/

A tool to make your images interactive: http://www.thinglink.com

A site to make you easy to create your own free games online: http://www.sploder.com/ One of the best tools to collaborate and comunicate: http://it.padlet.com/

A site full of tools, projects, ideas: https://eclipse.org/

The coding workshop was a great example of how to develop all the key competences.Never seen before students so rich in entrepreneurship, creativity, learning to learn, logic and linguistic competences!

coding 2

Setting online safety standards for schools


Today’s workshop “Setting online safety standards for schools” was really useful. The session began with Janice Richardson who told us about three main factors to be aware for teachers:

  1. Policy
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Practice

Janice gave the main idea of online safety standards for schools. Then she introduced Steven Opsomer who outlined the rules of using the internet, computers, copiers etc. at his school. Then he shared some experience of work, namely incident handling. The participants were given useful hints on how to solve problems concerning cyberbullying, irresponsible use of the internet.

The participants were given the task to draw up a set of guidelines for their school in the 3 areas: Policy, Practice, Infrastructure.

Then the participants worked in small groups and studied the typical situations in which the cyberbullies damaged other people’s reputation. The participants discussed possible ways out.


Steven provided useful links:

 Thank you, Janice and Steven for this wonderful workshop!

How to Flip your Classroom!

In this workshop we explored the Flipped Classroom method of teaching.

If you feel that your students have different needs which you want to address or that they are bored during the lessons Flipped Classroom is for you! You can find the introduction about this method here: http://www.fi.ncsu.edu/project/fizz/ or you can search the net for the information prepared by Katie Gimbar.

The workshop leader Helen de Lange attracted the attention of the participants by showing practical examples of Flipping the Classroom.

Various advantages of implementing this method address both teachers and students:

  • the students get the materials before the class e.g. video lectures and they watch it at home;
  • it allows your students to learn in their own pace because they can pause, rewind, rewatch the material. This way the students take more responsibility for their own learning;
  • it saves teacher’s time during the lesson which instead can be used to do hands on activities, lab activities, helping the students, doing the quizzes or posters, working on a project, etc.
  • Flipped Classroom allows you to work on different levels, involve parents or collaborate with other teachers.

If you want to create your own memorable lessons you can do it with the following tools i.e.: sceencast software, Camtasia.com, screenr (tutorial for elearning), Jing.com, Sparkol.com, Explain Everything for iPad (advanced white board), Prezi, etc.

There are also other tools for sharing the content and getting inspirations e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Edmodo.com, Teachingchannel.com, YouTube.com, Khanacademy.org

The discussion in small groups let the participants of the workshop to come up with their own ideas how to introduce the Flipped Classroom in their work. There were many brilliant ideas!

Thank you Helen for this great workshop and fantastic inspiration!