eTwinning is a framework for schools to collaborate on the Internet with partner schools in other European countries.
eTwinning is the main action of the European Union's eLearning programme.
It promotes the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at schools in Europe. Teachers and students use the Internet to work together across borders. They cooperate, exchange information and share learning materials.
eTwinning broadens the scope of the pedagogical opportunities that are offered to teachers and students, motivates to learn and opens the classroom to Europe.
Who can get involved?
Teachers in any subject, headmasters, librarians and other school staff,
Schools from the European Union, Norway and Iceland,
Schools in primary and secondary education (indicative age bracket: 3 to 19 year-olds).
What can you do in eTwinning?
There are no requirements to the aims, duration or scope of activities, except the pedagogical relevance of the project for the school and its pupils and the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Projects can take many forms, for instance:
A short project lasting one week where you focus on a specific part of your curriculum,
A three months' project teaching your pupils how to set up a common web site and present information in a foreign language,
A whole school year project on European history, mathematics or art, which is integrated into the curriculum and eventually part of final examinations,
A project that sets up a cooperation framework with one or more partners.
Why get involved in eTwinning?
European collaboration through ICT gives a new dimension to teaching and motivates teachers and students to learn. It also:
Fosters intercultural competencies and communication skills,
Improves ICT skills,
Gives a perspective to culture and values,
Enables pedagogical innovation,
Creates an attractive learning environment for teachers, pupils and the whole school,
Provides the basis for long lasting projects which can develop over time.
Thanks to eTwinning, it is now easy to collaborate across borders using ICT. Schools can involve themselves in eTwinning without any application procedure, and eTwinning partnerships only have to meet a minimum of criteria.
Etwinning in Practice - Slovak experiences
In last two decades there were significant changes in the field of education. Classic style of education retires and new modern techniques start to grow up.
The changes are also remarkable in the perceiving the teacher role in the education process. He must be adviser, mentor, attendant in the world of information. New type of teacher works with new communication technologies and prepare for new type of knowledge and competencies very creative way.
eTwinning program supported by EU and national government, has the aim to support co-operation between schools in European area by means of modern communication technologies, to monitor their activities, help them in using new IKT skills and strengthen creativity, fantasy, team work, multicultural cooperation.
Actual situation in Slovakia after 2 years program work - more then 400 registered schools, 135 registered partnership between schools.
Gabriela Podolanov?, National Support Service etwinning, University of ?ilina