Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 84

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------parents, we have e-book with their opinion about the project. Every European teacher can benefit from the treasury we have created and use it according to his/her needs - training games, entertainment, creativity, software. What is most valuable? In the process of project work the kids constantly surprised us with proposals for the study of various composers. It was necessary to cover the need for awareness and so the initial work plan is constantly expanded and updated. We invited students and lecturers from University of Shumen to help us in preparing the music lessons. Prof. A. Atanasova, after one of her visits to kindergarten shared that the children from the project have more high musical skills than children from 1st to 4th grade in school. Małgorzata and I share common European values and are working professionally to build a common educational space, topic "European Composers" is a constant and an integral part of our compulsory educational programs. In my kindergarten many students come to practice and with undisguised curiosity included in our activities. We won awards for “European Composers” - national and European quality labels, first place at the Annual awards of HRDC and NSS Bulgaria, an award of Union of Bulgarian teachers. Christmas Truce - Best UK eTwinning project 2014-2015 by Diana Linford “Christmas Truce” won the UK ‘Whole School’ Award and the UK eTwinning prize for best project for 2014-2015. The project The project included schools in 10 countries: Croatia, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine. Many of the project partners had worked on projects together previously. We therefore were able to plan the project together, using Google Docs and a conference Skype call. The project was linked with the Christmas Truce in 1914 in World War 1. Soldiers are reported to have stopped fighting, to have exchanged gifts and to have sung carols – Silent Night in English and German - at Christmas in 1914. The project started with the pupils designing a logo for the project, and voting for their favourite logo. All the pupils had to consider the themes of the project and were all involved from the very beginning. The winning logo was designed by one of the French pupils. Do not forget something very important: we acquire new knowledge in a fun way, playing together... And last important thing: if you want to be competitive on the educational market, use eTwinning space for professional qualification and for improving personal skills! Thank you, Małgorzata! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As a remembrance of the first Christmas Truce, the highlight of our project was a video carol concert on 10 December 2014 when we all sang Silent Night together in the languages of the project, as well as traditional carols from each country. Pupils also told each other of the work they had done in the project. This was a very moving event. John Cooper, headteacher, at Steeton, Engla