eTwinning and 21st Century Skills Partner Finding Workshop, Cardiff, Wales
Two weeks ago (22nd-24th March), the UK eTwinning team hosted a networking event in Cardiff, Wales welcoming teachers from the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The weekend was constructed under the theme of ‘21st Century Skills’ and was filled with exciting workshops and presentations, hosted by members of the National Support Service of all the countries involved. After an excellent introduction by Bill Burson, Head of Education and Society for British Council Wales, the delegates took the time to listen to an inspirational array of successful projects founded and presented by eTwinning ambassador, Ruth Sanders. Later, a series of activities from Human Bingo, to speed-partner-finding enabled each of our candidates to find themselves a partner, or two (or three)!
From this point onwards the teachers worked hard all weekend to learn the ins and outs of eTwinning and came up with some intriguing and exciting ideas for potential projects. By Saturday afternoon almost everyone at the event had registered a project (in fact even a teacher that couldn’t make it had a project). So, with what was looking like a 105% success rate, our teachers headed to Cardiff Castle for a cultural experience that will not be forgotten.
Over the weekend the delegates showed a great deal of enthusiasm and desire to improve their students’ means of learning which was really encouraging and made the whole experience extremely valuable for everyone. eTwinning is all about connecting, collaborating and progressing through sharing ideas with others across Europe. The teachers really wanted to develop projects that would help their students take control of their learning and get them actively engaged and involved in their work. This sense of motivation is unlike any other and having a real audience to showcase their work to will give students a sense of value and pride in their work.
The projects that were created as a result of the weekend, covered a wide range of subjects, topics and interest areas including Mathematics, Sports, Geography, Sociology and many more proving that eTwinning projects can be incorporated in any setting.