From 9-11 March 2012, eight UK teachers were funded by the British Council to attend an eTwinning Professional Development Workshop (PDW) in Aachen. These workshops run throughout the year and are aimed at teachers who want to learn more about eTwinning and develop their skills in European collaboration using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The workshops bring together participants from different European countries to network and share experiences.
In total, there were 59 secondary school teachers who attended this event from across the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland. The workshop commenced with a reception at the ‘Kupark-Terrassen’ and an opening speech from the Ministry of Schools and Further Education in the North Rhine Westphalia, Hildegard Jacob. Activities at this venue included a very successful speed dating session to enable partner school finding (see video below).
A range of workgroups where then held within a local bi-Lingual school, Couven Gymnasium, including hands on discovery of the eTwinning portal www.etwinning.net and case studies of successful eTwinning projects. All of the UK teachers were able to find partner schools to work with and to register exciting new projects on the etwinning portal!