eTwinning Visibility Newsletter no. 4 eTwinning Visibility Newsletter no. 4 - Page 59

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My Story on eTwinning by Laura Pitariu My eTwinning story started in 2011 when I found out about this platform and I started using it. No matter what the topic of each project was, I have always aimed at offering my students a broader framework to better understand the relationship between different cultures and peoples. Students usually try to understand the world we live in out of the media they consume daily and, consequently, sometimes their perception of the world might be inaccurate. Involving students in eTwinning projects enables them to think critically about the world we live in and to prepare them for the real life. They learn from personal experience about the social, economic, technological, cultural, environmental and politic forces that sha pe our society. Although involving students in eTwinning projects cannot solve world problems such as racism, bullying, violence, exaggerated sexuality, social stereotypes or intolerance, media consumerism, however, students can understand how they should cope with different situations and they will gain that sense of multiculturalism and tolerance. A first project was called “Let’s Have A Greener Future!” The aim of this project was to develop both the Romanian and the Spanish students’ environmental awareness that goes beyond their geographical limits, having the following motto in mind: “Let’s have a greener future!” The students organized a greenhouse in both schools and they cared for it. Environmental problems were discussed during our projects meeting in Sibiu (November 2011) and in Zaragoza (May 2012) helping students to raise awareness about the environment we live in. A second project was called “The Consumer Bill of Rights”. We live in a world where it is necessary to know the Consumer Bill of Rights. The project was a cooperation between my high school in Sibiu and a 59