Click on the picture to watch UK eTwinning Ambassador Elaine Smith and her French partner Isa Hameau discussing the trials and tribulations of their very successful eTwinning partnership.
Don't have time to watch the whole thing? Take a look at some snippets below.
FR: We love having a Scottish teacher [as a partner], we have a common history, kings and queens, with Scotland.
UK: The children are always thrilled when it is their turn to have turn with ‘snowball, or lulu the snail’, the soft toys that we share and the children photograph at home
FR: We often use flash meeting and video conferences It's very useful for our children to see you and hear you, and learn songs and rhymes.
UK: Knowing that they had an audience was an excellent motivation for [the children].
FR: I think our partnership becomes friendship, and I have been very lucky! I have gone to the UK twice or thrice! With an eT project we can do literature, maths, language, art, sport and so on, and this is very important for our pupils.
UK: This time the children are doing art as well as writing a collaborate story. I managed to persuade everyone else in school to have a go at this as well - we now have 4 classes involved in the school. I developed my ITC skills by using the blog, and giving each class a page there.
UK: The other thing about eT is the recognition for the schools involved. We had an HMI inspection a few months ago. The only thing they mentioned on their report that could be related back to a teacher, was that the school has strong links to other countries through eT projects. I thought, ‘That’s me! That’s me and my eTwinning partners! It was a part that the inspectors really enjoyed. Having that recognition was very important.
FR: We've won Quality labels, National Quality labels and European Quality labels. I think it's away of building European citizenship for pupils. Our pupils are v young, 6 or 7 years old, and their parents are really amazed hearing their children talk about Scotland, Romania, and Finland. They know details about these countries, flags etc. children would never normally know.