eTwinning: The community for schools in Europe

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The eTwinning community for schools provides teachers across Europe with the opportunity and the tools for collaboration in maths, science and technology education projects.

eTwinning promotes collaboration between schools in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The community provides support, tools and services to make it easy for schools to form short or long term partnerships in any subject area, and thus to improve and develop teachers’ practices and education in Europe.

Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme, eTwinning has been firmly integrated in the Lifelong Learning Programme since 2007. The Central Support Service for eTwinning is operated by European Schoolnet, on behalf of the European Commission. eTwinning is further supported at a national level by 32 National Support Services

The eTwinning Portal (www.etwinning.net) is the main meeting point and workspace for the action. Through the eTwinning portal the schools can:

In the Public Area

  • Read news from the eTwinning Community.
  • Find and download the ready-made project kits.
  • Get information about eTwinning events, awards and online courses.


When registered

  • Contact other teachers in eTwinning (through the Desktop).
  • Find partners.
  • Develop common project ideas.


When they start a project

  • Use the collaborative platform (TwinSpace) to carry out work.


For maths, science and technology (MST) education eTwinning provides a wide range of resources and projects. Running an eTwinning project on MST is a great way to enrich teaching, take these subjects beyond the classroom walls and into real life, and foster new interests and passions for pupils in this area with the help of ICT.

There are several project kits on MST subjects available at https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/collaborate/kits.cfm (see Maths and Sciences, and Technology). The project kits range from biology, chemistry and maths topics to geography and ICT including many projects encouraging cross-curricula collaboration with subjects such as foreign languages, art and music.

MST teachers can also join the eTwinning groups on Maths & Sciences and Experimental Sciences to share their professional experiences within MST teaching and to learn how these subjects may be used in eTwinning. See more at https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/progress/groups.htm

Additionally, eTwinning provides Professional Development Workshops and Learning Events where teachers can learn more about eTwinning and develop their skills in using ICT in teaching.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Coordinator: European Schoolnet, http://www.europeanschoolnet.org

Programme: LLP

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Target groups: secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, under school-age kids, vocational school students

Topic: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Computer science, Chemistry, Earth science, Ecology, Food science, Geography, Information technology, Materials science, Maths, Physics, Physiology, Technology, Education

Start year: 2005

Url: http://www.etwinning.net

Contact person: info (at) etwinning.net

eTwinning is a living and learning laboratory for the wider application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in schools in Europe. The eTwinning publications and studies analyse the use and the impact of ICT and the eTwinning projects in schools, including maths, science and technology teaching.

eTwinning includes some success stories of creativity and innovation in action. The studies show that eTwinning can facilitate sound, pedagogically well-grounded practice in schools. The studies provide both structure and support in terms of the means by which they tackle the digital challenges of the twenty-first century.

Running an eTwinning project on MST is a great way to enrich teaching, and take these subjects beyond the classroom walls and into real life. With the help of ICT, eTwinning fosters new interests and passions for pupils in MST.

The main tool for the projects is the eTwinning portal at www.etwinning.net. The portal is available in 23 languages and offers partner-finding tools, resources, ready-made project kits, social networking facilities and online working platforms for teachers and pupils to collaborate online.

The eTwinning Handbook for Teachers provides the basics for joining an eTwinning project and using the resources in the classroom.

The e-Twinning Kits (http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/inspiration/kits.htm) for MST subjects offer teachers concrete ideas on how to implement a European collaborative project in their teaching. Each kit relates to a theme and provides information on the target group, objectives and pedagogical value of the activities. The eTwinning Kits can be used as such or adapted to the teaching context.

In the Maths & Science eTwinning group teachers are invited to explore different areas within maths and science teaching: how these subjects may be used in eTwinning, how the participants can learn techniques from each other and how the pedagogy of maths and science is approached in daily work.
 
The Experimental Sciences eTwinning group is a subject-based web 2.0 community of teachers sharing their professional experiences on physics, chemistry, biology or technology.

Further information on the eTwinning groups at http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/professional_development/etwinning_groups.htm

Also, eTwinning organises Professional Development Workshops, Learning events and training for teachers. For further information, please visit
http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/professional_development/european_workshops.htm
http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/professional_development/learning_events.htm
http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/professional_development/training.htm

 

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