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Prize Ceremony

The Prize Ceremony on Thursday was certainly one of the day’s highlights. All the winner projects are of outstanding quality and particularly committed to overcome borders within Europe. They convinced the jury with great creativity and varied results in the TwinSpace such as online magazines, films, photographs, wiki, blogs and many more.

It started with the special categories, the French and the Spanish language Prizes. The French National Support Service sponsored the French Language Prize which aims to encourage students to communicate in French. In the project “Journalistes en herbe” the students created a journal and analyzed news reports from various fields. The Spanish Prize was awarded by Juan Ramón Villar Fuentes of the Spanish Ministry of Education. He highlighted that the project “Carpe Nuntium: voilà nuestra “FrItalianza” carried out in Spanish as main language for communication also integrated cultural aspects of Europe’s diversity.
The Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Prize (sponsored by the National Support Services of Poland and France) was awarded to “SOHO: Sunspots Online – Helios Observatory”: in this project seven partners from six countries built up a scientific collaboration with each other. They investigated the sun as the center of our solarsystem and observed sunspots. The classes even arranged video conferences with scientists.
In the age categories, the following projects were awarded for their outstanding creativity and international collaboration:


4-11 years – “The new adventures of the Twinnies around the world”: Twinnie yellow and blue went on a virtual journey and shared their adventures in each country in the TwinSpace. One teacher of the project concluded the results like this: “collaboration became friendship”.

Winners of age categorie 4-11: "Adventures of the Twinnies around the world"








12-15 years – “A Taste of Maths (ATOM)”: This project aims to increase student’s interest in mathematics combined with culinary experiences.

16-19 years – “Reporting without borders”: Instead of oldfashioned newspapers the students created together an extensive e-magazine. The students chose their topics to write about and interviewed their European partners.

The Prize Ceremony was really a great event to give an insight into some very impressive projects. Teachers, keep up the good work for your students!

Idioms and reality

You may all be familiar with the common idiom “too many cooks spoil the broth”, don’t you?

During yesterday’s Prize Award Ceremony though, I asked myself if this could also apply to eTwinning projects. So, I decided to take a closer look at the facts: 320 prize entries (high quality projects from across Europe) that qualified for this year’s European Prizes had to pass 3 jury rounds with evaluators from 32 countries. This returned a shortlist of 24 projects of which 9 were finally awarded All of them turned out to be highly collaborative, involving several “cooks” – interesting.

Now, what about the ingredients of each of them? Collaboration, team work, communication, curiosity, very diversified ICT use and the key ingredient of all of them: pupils! Each awarded teacher emphasised the importance of team work which does also include their students as principal actors of the projects.

2012’s best eTwinning project “A Taste of Maths” even went a step further, not only taking the cooking metaphor literally, but also giving pupils a central role in the project by delivering them insights into the teachers’ perspective: They prepared riddles and mathematical quizzes for their partners – a motivating way to deal with a subject and getting to know what it means to be precise, engaging and to interact with the partners in a foreign and specialised language.

If this quickened your appetite, please forget about old fashioned idioms. I highly recommend you the project’s blog instead:

For more recipes, please also have a look at eTwinning’s new Cookbook (available on