Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 5

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The anatomy of a successful training course by Daniela Bunea Happy reading with eTwinning! by Anne Gilleran Who said newsletters were a thing of the past? Many are, but our unique one has certainly bucked the trend. Visibility of eTwinning Projects Newsletter – you are looking at number 5 now – is a refreshing and beautifully illustrated annual electronic bulletin that presents you with the latest news on eTwinning activities. It is especially aimed at eTwinners and not-yet-eTwinners alike. It brings you various ways in which collaboration is promoted within schools – across curricula – and between schools, as part of the eTwinning and Erasmus+ schemes. Modern school requires teachers to learn incessantly. Regardless of seniority, they perfect their skills and complement their expertise, and in the age of the European Union they often do this abroad. I took part in such training not long ago – it was a two-week course, in the framework of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, held in St. Julian’s, Malta at ETI, the Executive Training Institute. Collaboration can bring about many positive elements in education, and this newsletter contains various tips that you may find useful when engaging in your didactic activities. Erasmus+, good practice examples of celebratory eTwinning projects, tools to use, professional and personal development and of course eTwinning’s 10th anniversary – they are all here in the newsletter you are now starting to read! Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The aim of this course was for teachers to experience a range of interesting activities linking methodology and learning theories to today’s classroom. Sessions were practical, including a focus on technology, and helped the 7 teachers in my group reflect on our approach to teaching today’s students. The course addressed the needs of language teachers and educators in secondary education. The course was taught interactively, with input, workshops and group work. The participants from 5 countries – Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania – took an active role in all sessions, maximising their use of English, and experiencing for themselves the activities covered in the sessions. We were introduced, during the course, to various web-based sites that we can use after the course. The course was devoted to the methodology of working with students using all available resources, with particular emphasis on information technology and multimedia. In order to better assimilate the material, it was divided into thematic blocks related to the development of various language skills of 5