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A Maltese eTwinning Project shortlisted for the European eTwinning Awards

The bilateral project between Malta and France ‘The Other Side of the Coin’ has made it to the European eTwinning Awards finalists! This project was between Mr. Mario Xerri’s class at Gozo College Girls Secondary School and Ms. Claire Nevot’s class at Collège Jean Vilar from France. This project had also won first price in Malta’s National eTwinning Awards and an Innovative Project award in France. To know more about this project you can see a review of it on our blog.

The Malta National Support Service would like to congratulate Mr. Mario Xerri for his work and wish him good luck for the final round!

eTwinning: Online school partnerships celebrate their fifth anniversary

etwinning_anniversaryBrussels, 5 February 2010

Nearly 500 teachers are meeting in Seville to celebrate the fifth anniversary of eTwinning, an action that creates online communities of teachers and schools across Europe. Through eTwinning, over 85 000 teachers from across Europe work together in international school activities involving more than 50 000 schools in 32 European countries. In the five years of its existence, eTwinning has grown from being a partner-finding tool for teachers to become a rich, Europe-wide community of teaching and learning (www.etwinning.net). On 5 February, a prize ceremony is being held for 37 schools from 21 countries that are the top winners of this year’s eTwinning Awards for excellence in eTwinning.

This year’s annual conference in Seville marks the fifth anniversary of eTwinning. Over the three days of the conference (5 – 7 February), teachers from thirty-two countries in Europe, as well as national and European representatives, will take stock of the initiative. eTwinning makes the most of Web 2.0 tools to promote –
• project work with pupils,
• online communities for teachers, and
• numerous opportunities for professional development.

Odile Quintin, the European Commission’s Director-General for Education and Culture, will open the conference. She congratulated the many thousands of dedicated teachers for their contributions to this innovative education tool: “eTwinning is a true community of practice, learning, excellence and innovation in education both at the European level and worldwide. The teachers participating in eTwinning have shown how powerful the learning experience can be for children when it is enriched through international collaboration, cultural and linguistic exchange using twenty-first century tools.”

On 5 February, the top eTwinning projects will be awarded prizes for their excellence in eTwinning during the 2008-2009 school year. The awards come in three age categories (4-11, 12-15 and 16-19) and four thematic categories (Spanish language, French language, Maths & Science, and Creative use of Digital Media). In total, 37 schools from 21 countries came away as the top winners. The prizes for the age category winners are participation in the eTwinning Camp (to be held in April/May), and the special categories winners receive school equipment and professional development opportunities.

The eTwinning action is coordinated by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission.

John Macdonald : + / John.MACDONALD@ec.europa.eu
Sophie Andersson : + / Sophie.ANDERSSON@ec.europa.eu

The 2010 eTwinning European Award Winners


Age category 4-11:
Colours of Life – common story written by children
– Ewa Kurzak, Przedszkole Publiczne nr 5 w Głogowie (PL)
– Miriam Schembri, St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A (MT)

Jury Comment: Excellent use of various methods for cooperation in a group of very small children from kindergarten. It showed a high degree of cooperation between teachers to plan their work together.

Age category 12-15:
50 easy things you can do to save the Earth
– Florenci Sales Vilalta, IES Sòl-de-Riu (ES)
– Nelly Vicheva, Secondary School of Economics “Georgy S. Rakovsky” (BG)
– Remei Ibáñez Alcocer, IES Sòl-de-Riu (ES)

Jury Comment: This project managed to turn a depressing and complicated topic into an inspiring search and study into our environment. The pupils and teachers from different countries actually worked together and created a wonderful web-magazine and videos that could be used as learning material. This project can serve as a good model for any eTwinning project.

Age category 16-19:
LED – Learning and Teaching Furniture Design in Europe
– Gabriela Bodiková, Stredná odborná škola drevárska (SK)
– Rahel Böhlke, Marcel-Breuer-schule berlin (DE)

Jury Comment:This project has an outstanding combination of learning and teaching strategies. There is a well-structured plan from aims to evaluation and all these reflect on the practical results. The ICT help to develop modules and exercises for learning and teaching furniture design in a vocational and intercultural context.

Maths and science (prize sponsored by European Schoolnet)
Magic but real experiments
– Alexandre Costa, Escola Secundária de Loulé (PT)
– Claudia Cziprok, Colegiul National “Mihai Eminescu” (RO)
– Claudia Radu Scoala Gimnaziala, “Gheorghe Lazar” (RO)
– Danuta Tracz, Zespół Szkolno-Przedszkolny w Brzeźnicy (PL)
– Irena Babinska, Vilniaus r. Pagiriu gimnazija (LT)
– Manuel Díaz Escalera, Colegio Sagrado Corazón (Esclavas) (ES)

Jury comment: The project shows a concrete ad innovative collaboration among partners using web 2.0. In the project blog you can find videos of experiments carried out by the pupils in the school activities, very amusing and useful to see!

Spanish language (prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education)
– Mauricio Del Gallego Naredo, IES LLANERA (ES)
– Isabel Monteiro, Escola Secundária de Pinheiro e Rosa (PT)

French language (prize sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service in France)
Sous le ciel de la compréhension
– Angela Riccomi, ITCG Paolini (IT)
– Wioletta Sosnowska, Zespół Szkół Tekstylno-Handlowych (PL)

Jury comment : Projet très bien documenté et bien présenté sur l’espace public de Twinspace avec un très bon dictionnaire comparatif des gestes accessible sur cet espace .

Creative use of digital media (prize sponsored by eSkills Week)
Schoolovision 2009!
– Anna-Lena Larsson, Grimsåsskolan (SE)
– Aurelija Dirginčienė, Šiaulių „Juventos (LT)
– Bergfrid Kolltveit, Odda barneskole (NO)
– Corina Ciobanu, Scoala cu clasele I-VIII “Vladimir Streinu”, Teiu, Arges (RO)
– Dana Ciglová , ZS Husova, Brno (CZ)
– Gabriela Krížovská, Základná škola a materská škola Poprad , Jarná ulica 3168/13 (SK)
– Ilaria Pelucchi, Scuola Elementare San Giovanni Bosco (IT)
– Ingrid Maadvere, Gustav Adolfi Gümnaasium (ET)
– Katja Auffret, Ecole de Florentin (FR)
– Kolbrun Svala Hjaltadottir, Flataskoli Gardabaer (NO)
– Larisa Voronyuk, Jelgavas 2. pamatskola (LV)
– Marek Fularz, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1 (PL)
– Maria Antoinette Magro, San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary (MT)
– Michael Purves, Yester Primary School (UK)
– Nezaket KANDEMİR GÜNAY, Nazire Merzeci İlköğretim Okulu (TR)
– Oleflemming Nielsen, Stadil-Vedersø Skole (DK)
– Svetoslava Georgieva, SOU “Georgi Izmirliev” (BG)
– Tanja Povhe, OS Venclja Perka Domzale (SI)
– Νίκη Νικολαΐδου, Agros Primary School (CY)

Jury Comment: The idea of all-round-Europe competition sounds to be very interesting and very innovative in connection with school kids.

A Winning eTwinning Project with a Maltese Partner!

fourthgodj8The eTwinning Annual Conference is now on our doorstep and will be celebrating the achievements of the best eTwinning projects carried out during 2009. The list of the finalists for the main three categories and the winners of the special categories is now official too. The winner of the Creative use of Digital Media Category is Schoolovision 2009 which was a project between 28 different countries. We are very proud to announce that Malta is part of this winning project too! The maltese teacher taking part in this project is Maria Antoinette Magro, a Year 4 teacher at San Gorg Preca College, Hamrun GP Primary.flsh06

Schoolovision 2009 made use of a variety of digital resources to make a song contest between 28 countries, where each country had to vote the best song for Europe. Flashmeeting was used to make live conferencing among all 28 countries at the same time. These sessions were used among the teacher participants to plan the project first. Later on other Flashmeeting sessions were carried out during school hours where all the 28 classrooms involved could meet to get to know each other. Finally it was used to vote for the best song. All the songs were performed and videorecorded by the class children and uploaded in the Schoolovision 2009 blog for the rest to view. The winner of the song contest was a school in Brno, Czech Republic and the founder of the project presented them with a trophy.

This project has won many other awards. Many countries, including Malta, has awarded this project a National eTwinning award, but it was also awarded two other prestigious awards: The Global Junior Challenge 2009 award and the eLearning award 2009 for the Best Cross Border Cooperation in Europe.

Congratulations to all the members of this project especially to Maria Magro!

eTwinning European Prizes 2010

trophy_bigBetween 15 October and 27 November, teachers can submit online entries for the European eTwinning Prizes 2010. Finalists will be announced in January 2010 and invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony. 

The aim of the European eTwinning Prizes competition is to highlight best practice in collaborative school projects using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). If you participated in a successful project during the 2008-2009 school year, be sure to submit an entry! 

New this year: in order to participate in the competition, you must have personally received a European Quality Label for the project in question. Only partners who have received the Label are eligible to participate in the rewards. 

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The Maltese eTwinning Finalist’s experience in Prague

by Miriam Schembri, KG Asst, STMC Fgura Primary A

Late January I received an email from Anne Gilleran, eTwinning manager CSS, congratulating me on being one of the finalist in the European eTwinning prize competition, Category for Maths and Science, with my project ‘1, 2 buckle my Shoe’. I was very pleased because although we were twelve partners in all, my Polish partner and I were the founders of the project.

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European eTwinning Awards – the Winners!

eTwinning winners and runner ups 2009                    Finally the results of the European eTwinning Awards have been announced! Almost all the finalists were present for the award giving ceremony which took place on the first day of the annual eTwinning conference in Prague. The first four category winners will be getting a trip to the eTwinning Camp in Greece in April while the winners of the French category are having a French-study grant in France during summer 2009.

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