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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------creating a collaborative blog during summer school break. often linked to theoretical programs. In this project students had the chance to be the protagonists of the learning process and we, as teachers, were only supporters of their practical working activities. Students of the second class were working on this project when my dear friend Ksenija VidmarNincevic invited me to join her project “London Olympics 2012”. I was a bit worried not to have much time to dedicate to this new project because of my assignments at school, but the answer came from my students themselves: they would become tutors of their fellows of the first class: a natural and spontaneous peer learning process! Here I met new European partners establishing relationships, sharing ideas and launching proposals for future activities. It was an unusual project because the students were not involved, but we teachers acted as students learning a lot together and working for a final aim: developing a real awareness of belonging to a common country to build together a better Europe in a globalized world. The project was awarded with Quality Labels by 6 NSSs, unluckily not by Italian NSS, but I must recognize that I learnt the tools of Web 2.0 and most of all, I acquired skills to carry these tools to my daily work in the classroom, sharing my new competencies with the colleagues of my Institute. Since then, students of different classes have joined eTwinning projects, many of them awarded with National and European Quality Labels. I cannot forget their enthusiastic commitment in projects such as “Let your language speak” or “London Olympics 2012”. The former let the students understand that every language, built during the centuries, represents a whole set of values of the people speaking it, so that they were encouraged to be respectful of their mother tongue, exploring its roots and richness to introduce it to their European partners, at the same time recognizing similarities and differences with their partners' languages. Thanks to this project any teacher of the class involved presented the students a unit linked to a peculiar side of our culture, for example a visit to the local ancient ruins of Villa S. Marco represented a new way of studying History of Art linked to the Roman Latin world... It was a great innovation for our school, because Italian subjects – especially in High Schools – are As we had decided to join the School Teams Campaign 2012, at the end of the school year we organized an event for parents and teachers, “Let's celebrate a winning team”, where the students themselves explained their two projects, with goals and outcomes, illustrating their collaborative way of working with their European partners. Have a look here: http://www.kizoa.it/slideshow/d2843649k8747077o 1/let-your-language-speak-a-winning-team. It was a really exciting challenge that well deserved the recognition: two European Quality Labels! We were so happy that, at the beginning of the new school year, we planned to celebrate the European Languages Day giving awards to pupils winners of the Quality Labels, during an official meeting with their parents who were also informed that their children would take part in our first Comenius Bilateral Partnership. Oh, I forgot to tell you that, while engaged at school as an eTwinning teacher, my professional development went on: being a member of Groups such as “Creative Classroom” or “CLIL and eTwinning projects” and taking part in Learning Events, I could improve my teaching skills and competencies getting in touch with European teachers sharing the same interests. For me it was a real pleasure to plan with my dear friend Bogdana, teacher at the Joan Ekzah Language School in Vratsa, Bulgaria, the Bilateral Comenius “English and Science Conquer New Spaces/ CLIL Phenomenon Permeates Different Approaches”. You may not be aware that CLIL methodology is a real innovation in Italian high schools, so thanks to this project we have been able to train teachers and 14