Monthly Archive for February, 2009

Annual eTwinning Conference 2009 Report

Report by Marlene Gatt

The eTwinning Conference was held in Prague, Czech Republic between 13th and 15th February 2009.

I had worked on an eTwinning Project during the previous year, which venture had been extremely rewarding both for my students and for myself. “eTwinning is a framework for schools to collaborate over the Internet with other partner schools from around Europe. Using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) two or more schools from two or more European countries can work in partnership on a project of their choosing. This becomes a valuable learning experience in which pupils and teacher alike encounter new cultures while developing ICT skills”.

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Annual eTwinning Conference 2009 Report

Review by Maria Montebello

At the conferenceOVERALL REVIEW

This year’s annual conference was held in Prague from 13 – 15 February 2009. The event hosted over 400 participants, comprising teachers from across Europe, representatives from eTwinning’s central and national support services, and other important stakeholders in school education. The conference focused on ‘Creativity and eTwinning’ and speakers included Jan Figel, the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth; as well as Dr Edward De Bono, an expert in lateral thinking, and an Ambassador for the European Year for Creativity and Innovation 2009.

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Annual eTwinning Conference 2009 Report

Report by Isabelle Vella

Workshop 1: Creativity and Innovation

This workshop was mostly interactive and so we had the opportunity to explore several facets of creativity through hands-on tasks.

Firstly we listened to relaxing music and then we were invited to write down what we had imagined while listening to this particular music. Surprisingly enough one of my colleagues and I imagined the same thing and this made me realise that being creative doesn’t necessarily mean to be original or unique in whatever you do. In fact I started thinking of my students’ work and how sometimes I tend to reward only those students who come up with original ideas. This realisation made me feel rather uncomfortable but I made it a point to start appreciating each and every student’s ideas more. Another aspect of the workshop which I had never reflected on was that one needs to be relaxed to be creative. In fact I am now realising that neither my students nor I can be creative in an environment where we are time restricted or where we do not feel relaxed in any way.

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Carnival Fun Competition deadline

March 6, 2009

StopMotion Activity @ Nadur Primary

May 20, 2009
9:00 amto1:00 pm

eLearning Expo Week

May 25, 2009 8:00 amtoMay 29, 2009 4:00 pm

Europe Day

May 9, 2009