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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------eTwinning Before eTwinning? by Ana Zivkovic “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou If you really want something, you will find a way to do it, if you don’t, you will find an excuse. – proverb My story about eTwinning experience really is an unusual one, and I hope I grabbed your attention by starting it with these three quotes. I am an ESL teacher and I teach at Primary school “Čegar”, in Niš, Serbia. In spring 2014, my 8th grade students and I participated in the project about World War I called – “Echanges autour de la Première Guerre Mondiale” (WW1) http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/connect/browse_ people_schools_and_pro/profile.cfm?f=2&l=en&n= 98716 myself: “This is something I’d like to do with my students.” However, when I tried to register, I realized that Serbia was not on the list of participating countries. I was disappointed at first, but then I decided to find another way to connect my students with their European peers. Attending one webinar where colleagues from different countries presented their ways of teaching and engaging their students in class, I met a likeminded English teacher from Romania, Daniela Bunea, who happened to be an eTwinning ambassador. She kindly offered to explain how the platform and the exchange worked and suggested two projects she was already doing with her students. My students opted for the one dealing with History, and the History teacher in my school gladly accepted to help us. After the phase of planning was over, my students and I got to work and the final product were interactive maps of Niš and the Balcans (showing the main battles that took place during WW1) and an animated video depicting the landmarks in our town, related to WW1. How did we manage to be a part of eTwinning when Serbia still is not part of EU, you might wonder? If you really want something, then you do your best to achieve it. In my teaching, I try to give my students opportunities to practise and use their knowledge in real life situations like talking to their peers from other countries via Skype or interviewing virtual guest speakers. My biggest wish is to make my lessons unforgettable, to give my students something they would remember for the rest of their lives. When I learned about eTwinning, I thought to These students’ works were posted in the TwinSpace by Véronique Sarrere on our behalf, so that all the project participants could see them. My students were very eager to see the videos and interactive maps the other students had made and to compare those with what they had learned in 47