eTwinning Visibility Newsletter no. 4 eTwinning Visibility Newsletter no. 4 - Page 69

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------with a Quality Label in my country and in Europe. Thinking about our project, “Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town”, I saw that it had ten tips to be good and successful without lots of work, so I offer them to you just in case they can be helpful. 1 Associate with someone with experience Once you have some ideas in mind and have decided to start an eTwinning project, the first thing you need to do is to find some good partners and begin the work together. Everything is easier if at least one or two of them have some experience in the field you want to work in. Ready for next school year with new students! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I was taking an eTwinning course, so I did not know anything about starting a project, but then I found Mutlu, from Turkey, who had an idea and was looking for some partners. He had developed some projects before so he was very helpful when it came to dealing with all the possibilities of the TwinSpace, with programmes or tools I had not used before or simply because he was responsible and reliable. 2 Do something you and your students like It is very difficult to work on something we consider dull or boring because we end up finding a “very good reason” to give it up. It is the same for our students. They are tired of studying subjects they do not like. So, why not ask them about what they love, the technology they are familiar with, or the activities they prefer? Very often we will be surprised at their ideas. We organized, as an important part of the project, excursions to visit the remains of Roman cities near the towns we lived in or to see two theatre plays, and some workshops such as cooking, Roman language, models … The students really loved them. KISS – Keep It Short and Simple by Marta Pena When I was asked to write something about eTwinning that could be helpful for others, my first reaction was: “I am not an expert, I have only got one finished project so, what am I going to say to other eTwinners?” But then I realised I could be a good example to talk about the fact that a good project can be simple and you do not need to be an expert to start it; in fact, our project was awarded 69