eTwinning Conference 2012 awards success, spotlight on School Teams
The eTwinning conference showcases the strong commitment of teachers to open their classrooms and let Europe enter in their work; This year the work on the conference will focus on the fostering of school teams, teachers and other professionals working together in schools and communities to further the work on eTwinning. This will be addressed in Keynote speeches delivered by Anne Looney, CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – Ireland, Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy-Director General of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture and Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet.
In its sixth year, eTwinning continues to grow from strength to strength. Now involving over 150,000 registered teachers across Europe; the Action has affirmed its ever-important role in shaping a European space for education. Free of fees and administrative tasks, eTwinning offers schools from all corners of Europe the opportunity to work together on projects that directly benefit their pupils’ learning development and knowledge of Europe.
One of the highlights of the conference is awarding of the eTwinning Prizes. There are six prizes, 3 special category prizes and 3 main categories based on the age of the pupils. The winning projects in the three age categories will be awarded with a four-day camp taking place in Antalya, Turkey giving the opportunity to the teachers and students to meet their partners face to face, learn more about online collaborative projects and spend time with other students from across Europe. In addition, this year a new award is being instituted, the Best eTwinning project 2011 will be announced. The winners of this award will have the opportunity to discover and explore the Future Classroom Lab at European Schoolnet as well as visit the European Institutions in Brussels.
In addition to the prize ceremony, the work of conference will concentrate on sharing good practice, exploring the idea of the future classroom and fostering the eTwinning community, through workshops, interactive session and informal meetings.
European Schoolnet is an international partnership of 30 European Ministries of Education developing learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe.