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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Latest Step by Anne Gilleran This 4th newsletter makes a splendid read during the summer days or the first days of autumn! Many eTwinning gems are embedded in it: practising foreign languages in real contexts; professional development; contact with other cultures; exchanges of experience, values and teaching strategies; team work and adventure; discovery and opportunity to develop and show new skills; creative use of ICT tools. Ways of Integrating eTwinning Projects into the Curriculum by Daniela Bunea By appropriately integrating eTwinning project work into the curriculum, we improve the quality of eTwinning projects, their evaluation, and their importance in the European educational space. We are living at the beginning of a new millennium. There are huge changes in society, which have generated transformations in education too, because education could not remain passive to the challenges in all other spheres of existence. Congratulations to all authors, and may you all develop great projects in the new school year! Real life issues, which need to be solved every day, have an integrated character; consequently, their solution involves a call to knowledge, skills, competences that cannot be put in a strictly defined object of study or another. These real life issues could be of a lesser or greater complexity – it does not matter, they simply cannot be placed in one single area of study. Anne Gilleran is Irish and has many years experience in education as a guidance counsellor, teacher, school principal, teacher trainer. She now works as an education consultant. She has specialised in Information Communication Technology in Education both in practice and research, and is currently the Pedagogical Manager for eTwinning Central Support Service, run by the European Schoolnet (EUN) in Brussels, Belgium. The teachers of Europe members of the eTwinning community have come to understand and value the opportunities offered by the eTwinning platform and its principles, and many have made the transition from a monodisciplinary type of education to an integrated model of education through their eTwinning projects, while undeniably supporting the action’s main aim: to promote interaction and online collaboration between teachers and students in Europe using ICT. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Integration is not a new thing. It has long been a fact of educational life. Put more accurately, integration is a feature of educators’ work that cannot be avoided. Any intentional uniting or meshing of discrete elements constitutes some form of integration. The very act of learning typically involves integration: new beliefs are filtered through, and connected to, the individual’s prior beliefs. Integration thus means uniting discrete elements into a whole. 5