An interesting workshop with six individual speakers exchanging good practice, ideas and teaching tools. Unfortunately the Internet was unreliable so we were unable to fully explore the teaching tools on offer. Follow the links and explore for yourselves.
Pick n mix to fit your student and teaching needs.
Whether you run a short or longer one eTwinning project – to make it effective – you’ll need to use the TwinSpace as a platform for collaboration with your partner. Still, there is a sizable group of teachers in eTwinning community who don’t know how to organize project work on TwinSpace.
Bill Griffin from CSS and over 60 teachers who attended the workshop during the second session tried to find out best models of project implementation into TwinSpace.
Participants worked in small groups, each was assigned with the task: come up with an idea for the project and then perform it on the training TwinSpace. For advanced eTwinners it might have sounded very simple, but the snag was to include in the project activities different tasks provided by the trainer.
Once projects were ready, Bill together with audience, went step by step through the platform explaining each tool and how it can be used in project work.
Either you are a beginner or a teacher who runs any other project already, you should not be afraid to enter the TwinSpace. Especially now, when eTwinning offers completely new platform for collaboration with not only safe but also user friendly environment.
The commission funded a three-year project called SENnet: Special Educational Needs Network. The work will shortly be coming to an end but a dedicated Facebook page will remain active: www.facebook.com/groups/SENnetwork/
The definition of SEN students is not well defined internationally and sharing of good practice and inclusion and understanding of students with SEN differ greatly throughout Europe, however, The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD: http://www.oecd.org/els/family/50325299.pdf do offer some guidance.
It’s important to think about how you can engage and cater for students when creating eTwinning projects and activities. It’s our responsibility to “open the door” and provide access and inclusion for our students. The use of video and photography can be used along with different roles and responsibilities for students within your group to support differentiated and inclusive learning.
The use of technology within schools differs greatly with some schools and colleges having their own ‘bring your own device’ policy, however, this in itself can highlight inequality, particularly for students within socially deprived or low-income families.
Roger talks about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to support with training and development of staff around awareness raising and confidents of teaching and supporting students with SEN and shares a selection of resources from EU countries for students with SEN.
Blog post written and contributed by Joe Baldwin, eTwinning Ambassador UK (@JosephBaldwin)