eTwinning - Connecting Schools in Europe
Etwinning – Connecting Schools in Europe www.etwinning.net
The eTwinning action is an initiative of the European Commission that aims to encourage European schools to collaborate. The platform almost has 200.000 members and over 5300 projects (as at July 2012).
What kind of projects? The range is very big and this process of intercultural learning can be applied to all subjects: local and national history, everyday culture (e.g. how is Christmas celebrated? What is the origin of your first name?), cooking and culture (e.g. What is your traditional food?)
The EVS volunteers fully participated in the preparation realization and evaluation of the following E-twinning projects (www.etwinning.net) together with the teachers and the 104 children of the local governmental primary school.
• "My Classroom's Garden for Europe",a project with partners from schools from Greece, Poland, Finland and Bulgaria about the nature and different countries. We can exchange information, experiences and ideas concerning everything the participants are interested in and would like to share. By finding similarities and appreciating differences we aim to create a miniature garden, tolerance and European awareness.
• “Being friendly to insects”. Project with partners from schools from Greece and France. The project is about building up little "Hotels" for different insects. The main aspect is the eco- friendly behavior of the children (and us). We collect insects and observe their living conditions. In the end, we organized a blog to exchange all the results. The blog of the project is at: http://helpfulinvisiblebugs.wordpress.com/
The project introducings went very well and the children had a lot of fun while talking about these topics and accomplishing the tasks we gave them in order to show our French, English, Italian, German, Bulgarian and Romanian project partners the results in the eTwinning Twinspace.
We hope that we are able to continue with this great opportunity for the children and for us!