Project-Based Learning: The creative pedagogy of eTwinning projects

My paper  «Project-Based Learning: The creative pedagogy of eTwinning projects» is included in the 8th newsletter of the eTwinning Visibility Group ISSN 2247-6881 – ISSN L 2247-6881, which was published on August 3rd, 2018.

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The newsletter promotes the objectives and activities of eTwinning, provides a platform for writers in the eTwinning community and beyond, offers an open forum for eTwinning teachers to share their practices, encourages professional development, helps build feelings of collegiality and sustains professional motivation.

Daniela Bunea, thank you for this valuable collection of articles about about the core values of eTwinning with a plentiful of resources!

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Happy GaP at School

Happy GaP at School at https://twinspace.etwinning.net/45896 is an eTwinning project that focussed on games pupils from different countries can play or even create. Creative and original activities helped the participants not only to become aware of the of the way pupils can connect and interact. of the various cultural similarities and of the empowering qualities of ICT.

 

 

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Feel the Story

Feel the Story is a collaborative project carried out by five elementary schools in Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Poland. It took place during the school year 2017-2018. Digital Storytelling, Project Based Learning and CLIL are the principal pedagogical approaches applied in the project in order to help learners  develop their productive and collaborative skills.

 

Through the pedagogical use of stories and fairy tales, combined with the pedagogical integration of ICT, in an interactive environment, the participation of students in the implementation of the program has strengthened their creativity, improved their cognitive, communicative and social skills and familiarized them with a multitude of applications and online tools.

Online quizzes and games, pictures and cards as well as dramatization are some of the products of the pupils’ work. They even created their own story in the end. A kit of activities is the creative product of the collaboration of the students.

Let’s hope it can inspire other students too!

 

#etwftstory

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Food 4 all, Zero Hunger, eTwinning project

Carefully structured learning outcomes, clear and specific expectations from the students, challenging yet manageable tasks and collaborative activities contributed to the creation of various, multimedia and interactive products in our project, Food 4 All, https://twinspace.etwinning.net/48612

The questionnaire in the beginning of the project, the tale of bread ebook, the video presentations of the recipes, the information about healthy diet, the plate pledge, the mock United Nations Conference on Malnutrition, the hunger trees as well as the final evaluation boosted the students’ self-confidence and willingness to take initiatives.

The project has been presented during the school year in various educational events:

  • The presentation of school projects 2017-2018 organized by the Department of Primary Education in the prefecture of Ileia, Greece

Ss’ reflections show that they developed their cognitive as well as communicative, collaborative and social skills.

Parents’ highly positive feedback proves the success of the project which has offered learners an unforgettable learning experience. This picture demonstrates the significant impact of the project not only on the learners, the immediate participants of the projects, but also on their parents who learned about all our work and the implications of the issue we explored through their children.

Teachers managed to raise ss’ awareness on global issues, become familiar with ICT tools and get inspired to take action. Our collaboration was highly creative, focused and effective. We learned from each other, shared practices, ideas and goals.

Let’s hope that through our project we are driving change!

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eTwinning workshops in June

 

The fifth eTwinning workshop for this school year took place in the Department of Management, Economics, Communication of Cultural and Hospitality Units of the Western Greece University of Applied Sciences, TEI of Western Greece,  in Pyrgos, on Saturday 1oth June 2018. egkiklios

Special thanks to the president of the TEI,  Mrs Anastasia Zafeiropoulou-Makrigeni, and to Mr Panagiotis Zafeirakis.

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Monumental Europe

«Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation». Nelson Mandela’s words have been our inspiration and motto in the implementation of our project, Monumental Europe, during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. With close cooperation and coordination, the five partner countries have achieved our goals and strengthened our sense of European identity.

https://twinspace.etwinning.net/44435

Collaborative activities have allowed us to deepen into each partner’s cultural heritage and to be sensitized about the value of our monuments, traditions, languages ​​and cultural diversity. The project helped our students become more autonomous, creative, social, communicative and extrovert. They also significantly improved the level of English, as this was the language of communication. Since the beginning of the action, students have had a new challenge: to discover countries, monuments and cultures from Europe and to spread their new knowledge beyond their classroom, school and their cities.

According to their views, they now feel more European. The project plan was fully completed as the participants collaboratively created original material on specific themes.

The synopsis of this multidimentional creative collaboration is a video titled «Monumental Europe in Three Minutes» showing the most important points of the project.

It is important to add that our project has been presented during the school year in several official educational events such as:

  • Two eTwinning workshops for teachers in Pyrgos, Greece
  • The presentation of school projects in the prefecture of Ileia, Greece
  • The presentation of european projects in Patras, Greece, https://www.teachers4europe.gr/repository/node/137 
  • eTwinning teacher training session in Manresa, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • President Mattarella, Sardinia, Italy
  • USR Sardegna  Progetto Erasmus+ “Cosmopolitismo Digitale  Italy
  • Project Presentation in The Town Hall and in the Gramsci Museum Ghilarza Italy
  • School Gala in Poland
  • School show in France
  • International Projects Presentation in Navàs, Catalonia
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eTwinning workshops in March

The third and fourth eTwinning workshops took place at the 1st Junior High School of Pyrgos on 22/3/2018 and in the 1st Senior High School of Zaharo on 27/03/2018.   egkiklios

 

 

 

 

 

 

Million thanks to all the colleagues who attended the workshops.

Thank you for all your hospitality, Mrs Athina Avramidi, the headteacher in Zaharo, and Mrs Vivi Lampropoulou, the ICT teacher at the school. Thank you, Mr Birba, the headteacher of the 1st Junior High School of Pyrgos, and the ICT teacher , Mr Mantas.

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eTwinning workshops in Pyrgos

Two eTwinning events took place  at the 1st Junior High School of Pyrgos on Friday January 26th, 2018, at 16:30-18:30 and 18:30-20:30. Look at the invitation/newsletter of the Department of Primary and Secondary Education: egkiklios

Colleagues from all over Ileia came to be informed about eTwinning and eTwinning Live. The first part was the presentation and then there was the workshop where colleagues took active part.

Since they were the first workshops in the new year, 2018,  there was pita cutting too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all for attending the workshop!

Thanks are in order to the headteacher of the 1st Junior High School, Mr Birbas, and the ICT teacher, Mrs Mantas.

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to the dearest colleague and friend for her gift!

 

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eTwinning report, 2017

Almost 6,000 eTwinners participated in the 2017 survey and the results were presented in the eTwinning conference in Patras, Greece in November 2017.

90% of the respondents reported that the top skills most impacted by eTwinning are their ability to teach cross-curricular skills and project-based teaching skills.

However, eTwinning’s impact not only affects teachers but also their schools and students. Students are not only becoming more creative but also more collaborative with their teachers and fellow students.

Over 90% of respondents state that eTwinning has had a positive impact on increasing student motivation and fostering collaborative work among them.

eTwinning is an amazing foundation that fosters the development of  a European collaborative culture: appreciating cultural diversity, international collaboration, collaborative learning and professional development!

The full report “eTwinning Twelve Years On: Impact on teachers’ practice skills, and professional development opportunities, as reported by eTwinners” will be online soon. Until then, check the article on the portal of eTwinning  here  or the summary of the report here.

Find out why you should join the biggest community of teachers in Europe, and inspire your learners and school!

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The Climate Action Project

The Climate Action project is a project founded by Koen Timmers. In october 2017, 250 schools over 69 countries participated in the Climate Action project. This project is supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Jane Goodall Foundation, the 2 directors of Greenpeace, Unesco, Microsoft Education, scientists and other public figures.
Students over 6 continents focussed on Climate Change during 4 weeks.

You can see the amazing work hundreds of teachers and thousands of pupils did on the site at https://www.climate-action.info/

Climate Action
Go to this Sway

We broke down our classroom walls and connected students over 60 countries working on a project. It was a student-centered project which engaged the learners to explore an issue of vital significance.

The students did the research, brainstorming and discussion. They shared their findings via weekly videos or presentations. We, the teachers, did not give away any knowledge. Teachers pointed their students in the right direction and made sure the students verified their sources. All students learned in very different ways, collaborative, by expressing and creating, by doing research, by discussing, by connecting to experts on social media, and had very different outcomes. This project covered several subjects: Science, Math, History, Biology, Literature, and helped ss learn to use certain tools without being instructed how to use them.

My class had the chance to work on this project and cooperate with a school in Ireland but my students explored the work done by many different schools all over the world. You can see our submissions at https://www.climate-action.info/users/kouzouli

Thank you, Koen Timmers, for inspiring us!

 

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