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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------mentioned before; each course day had two training sessions with breaks (we used them to socialize with the other participants), two or three countries' presentations that gave us information about the participants' countries, cultures, civilizations and educational systems, and an educational visit to discover the cultural and historical elements of Turkey. The materials used by the trainers – PowerPoint presentations, flipcharts – were very well designed, interesting and useful for me. This training has been funded with support from the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius in-service training. This publication/communication reflects the views only of the author, and National Agency and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Bibliography: Final report of Comenius in-service training “EUMAGIC – Effective Use of Modern technology And Games In Classrooms” eTwinning Inclusive by Christine Kladnik Integration and Inclusion in Europe For about 30 years there have been efforts in the educational systems of Europe to teach children and young people with special needs together with all other students. At the beginning these intentions were carried mainly from concerned parents and dedicated Special Needs (SN) teachers. As a consequence of migration also the integration of students with different first languages got an issue and a challenge in schools. There were good best practice models, but in the European education systems integration/inclusion remained a marginal issue. With the ratification of the UN Convention on People with disabilities, all European countries agreed to advocate and implement Inclusive Education. Since that time Inclusion has been (still a little hesitant) a content and target of the European educational policy. Here you can find more information: http://inclusion-europe.org/en http://www.european-agency.org/ http://www.education-worldwide.de/InclusionEurope-7015_e.html What is meant by “Inclusion”? Inclusion wants more than the integration of students with SN or other first languages in “normal” classes/schools. Inclusion refers to the appreciation of the diversity of all people and the lifting of limits between disabled and non-disabled, nationals and foreigners, male and female and between religions and cultures. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In an inclusive school students learn together from each other, each child is appreciated with their resources and is integrated into the whole – nobody is excluded. A beautiful dream? Only a vision? No, not at all! Because there is eTwinning, and thus a way to implement the goals of inclusive education and to realize them. An inclusive eTwinning story I am an SN teacher and I have worked in a special school for students with very special needs for a long time. My way as an eTwinner started there almost 10 years ago. In the first projects we set up a small network of SN schools/classes and were soon rewarded with quality labels and prizes –for example: http://wondertree.wikispaces.com/, 11 partners from 11 countries). So then we sat with 105