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How to get the most out of an eTwinning Collaboration

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for the eTwinning Contact Seminar in Tunisia

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How to get the most out of an eTwinning Collaboration

  1. 1. Paraskevi Belogia eTwinning Ambassador in Greece
  2. 2. Share with your partners all the necessary information:  Number of students participating in the project.  Your students’ age and interests.  Your students’ level in the foreign language and their ICT skills.  Publish all this information in a folder added in the staff room in Twinspace
  3. 3.  Contact your partners regularly and arrange meetings online to plan the activities that follow together.  Always reply on your partners’ messages.
  4. 4.  Set the starting dates for each task  Mark the dates each one of the partner schools is on holidays.  Share it with your students  Tag the deadlines in the calendar in Twinspace to remind everyone of what should be done.  Set deadlines and keep to them.
  5. 5.  Decide with your partners upon the tools that you will use in each one of the activities. Share your ideas and try to choose the best.  Agree upon the format of the shared files published in Twinspace.
  6. 6.       Plan a meeting, introduce the project to the children and inform the parents, the colleagues and the headteacher about the specific project. Add more teachers from your school to the project and form school teams. Announce the beginning of the project on the school website. Create Twinspace Accounts for all the participants and invite the students to the Twinspace. Organise mini-courses for your students on ICT tools to be used and on how to use the Twinspace Create Twinspace tutorials for students or partners who are beginners in eTwinning (if necessary).
  7. 7.  Create activity pages for each one of the planned tasks.  Add a short description for each one of the activities planned on the top of each activity page.  Agree with your partners about the most suitable twinspace tools for each one of the activities and add them to your activity pages.
  8. 8.  Activity Blog: a writing tool which allows project members to write about a specific theme. Everyone can comment on each other’s messages.  File Archive: a place where you can store Word documents, Excel sheets, ppt presentations, videos or any other files related to your project work  The Forum: a place where you can create topics for discussion, set project tasks, or focus on specific topic areas.  Image Gallery: a place where you can store images related to your project.  Wiki: a tool particularly useful for collaborative writing. Unlike a blog, members can edit your text and add their own.  The Web Content: it allows you to upload web content by pasting in the embed code (eg. Videos from Youtube, presentations from slideshare etc)
  9. 9.  Have students interact as much as possible.  Ask them to update their Twinspace profiles by adding a short description of themselves and a representative avatar.  Ask them to leave comments on their partners’ walls.  Vote for the best Twinspace profiles.  Plan chat sessions and skype meetings regularly.  Find creative ways to have your students introduce themselves and their school or country.
  10. 10. My name is Natalia. My birthday is on May 5th 2000. I live in Poland. I’ve got a younger sister. She’s 3 years old and she’s very cute. I’m tall and slim. I’ve got blue eyes and blond long hair. I like basketball and ice hockey. In my free time, I like drawing. I love dogs, but I don’t have one. My favourite subjects are Art, Geography, English and I.T. I’m very friendly and cute. My name is Romana Králiková. I’m 11 years old. I live in Poland.My birthday is on August 14th 2000. My favorite subjects are Chemistry and English language. I’ve got long brown hair. I’m thin and tall. I have got green eyes. My favorite hobbies are gymnastics, cycling, swimming, athletics, reading
  11. 11. http://youtu.be/4Xp0Vg9Dk7g
  12. 12. http://youtu.be/ZAuqryHxZwc
  13. 13.  Team the students up in transnational groups.  Create table with the newly formed transnational groups and add it to the Twinspace.  Ask your students to work together and write a short description of their group members.  Ask your students to agree upon a name for their group and draw together a symbol or an emblem (tool: DrawItLive) for each group.
  14. 14. http://youtu.be/D2MbjXyxqpw
  15. 15.  Try to plan activities that need your partners’ contribution to be completed.  Use as many collaborative tools as possible (google.docs, prezi, DrawitLive, glogster etc)  Try to avoid creating folders for each country in Twinspace. Successful collaborative activities are the ones in which you cannot tell which of the partners did what!
  16. 16. http://youtu.be/Eo5n9ErRrpA
  17. 17.  Discover your students’ talents and skills and give them responsibilities.  Team the students up in groups, according to their talents (the painting group, the photography group, the ICT group etc)  Assign to some students the role of ‘student administrator” in Twinspace
  18. 18. Be ready to rearrange activities and plans in case:  a partner stops working on the project  an activity needs more time to be completed or could not be completed at all.  new partners ask to join the project  mixed ability groups take part in the project
  19. 19.  Try to evaluate along with your partners the quality of your project.  Recognize Key Strengths  Identify areas that need improvement  Plan ongoing evaluation activities ( Ts and Ss share opinions, make proposals, comment on each other’s work)
  20. 20.  Plan an evaluation activity at the end of the project for students  Ask them to comment on -what they liked/didn’t like from the specific project - what they gained from the whole experience
  21. 21. Once your project is complete:  Close your project  Apply for a Quality Label  Take part in the National eTwinning awards competition  Take part in the European eTwinning awards competition
  22. 22.  Present the project to the school community  Publish the material created in your school website  Write articles to be published in local newspapers or in online educational blogs  Present your project in conferences, seminars, workshops etc