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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------eTwinning ideas and methodology to more people and, at the same time, to increase our personal skills. how to disseminate webinars for eTwinners. In a nutshell, it was a sort of webinar about how to run webinars. At first, we decided to run webinars about the TwinSpace and we got some practice on that. Later on, we also trained during Massimiliano D’Innocenzo’s, one person from our NSS, basic eTwinning webinars. Furthermore, we tried to disseminate eTwinning in other fields too. In May 2013, Françoise Altamura checked out if there was anything about eTwinning on Wikipedia – she found nothing but a very short entry in the English Wikipedia. As a result, she decided to launch a forum thread in our Teachers’ Room eTwinning e la Realtà. We got a lot of replies and many eTwinners claimed they were willing to collaborate to create an eTwinning entry on the Italian Wikipedia. One day Françoise Altamura had the idea to set up a training TwinSpace for new eTwinners and our NSS opened up a “sample” project to give new eTwinners the opportunity to see a real TwinSpace and train on it, before founding their own project. Therefore, during our webinar sessions, we can show the tools available in the TwinSpace and how to use them. In the training TwinSpace, we can also give our trainees some “homework” thanks to sets of exercises arranged for them, e.g. “start up your own activity page”, “try your hand at opening up a file archive folder and upload a doc”, “build up a wiki page”, etc. Our (already well established) team carried out the organization of the work. First of all, according to our team’s work “philosophy”, we opened up a shared google doc and began to jot down, comment on and add topics. Then, we began to arrange the entry picking up the main ideas we had put together. Finally, we realized that we had collected far too much material and that we had to revise the newborn entry to make it more “user-friendly” for a wider audience – parents, pupils, teachers. Elena Pezzi loaded all the items in her Wikipedia Sandbox waiting for its publication. You can get a clue of the stuff produced at Elena’s Sandbox: /Sandbox During the online meetings (we have taken part in quite a few of them), each of us has to explain a segment or one or more tools of the TwinSpace: so far new eTwinners have been quite satisfied with the help supplied and have practiced a lot on the training TwinSpace. We have had more than 350 teachers there! Since we noticed that it had been a very good experience, during the European Conference in Catania, Massimiliano D’Innocenzo and some of us suggested showing our way of working to a wider audience. That is why we took part as panelists in a webinar run by the Central Support Service addressed to other European ambassadors. We explained how to set up a project, how to run it and However, not everything went in the right way and we soon began to have some problems with the Wikipedia’s “guardians”, as they have very strict rules about copyright and ask for neutral language to use – they thought we were too “enthusiastic” in our presentation! It looked like there was no way out… Luckily, at the end we figured it out thanks to Lorenzo Mentuccia, one person from our NSS, who suggested in translating the already existing eTwinning entry from English into Italian and enriching it little by little, in order to avoid “censorship”... All our collaborative works were presented during the European conference of eTwinning Ambassadors in Catania, 17-19 October 2013. Our way of collaborating and helping each other went on during the following months. Some of us were engaged as ambassadors to run seminars and organize actions for implementing Erasmus+ 120