Written by Stephen Cole, Head of ICT/Computing at Launceston college
"The eTwinning Seminar in São João da Madeira took place from Thursday 14th November to Sunday 17th November.
This was my second eTwinning seminar I have attended in 2013 and again, it did not disappoint. The seminar had a focus on 'Digital citizenship and education' bringing together a diverse range of teachers from all over Europe.
With a busy programme consisting of various activities and workshops, finding partners and time spent project planning was unfortunately limited. Despite this I was able to set up a fantastic project which would incorporate colleagues from all the counties that attended the seminar.
My proposed project “European Website on E-Safety” is collaboration between multiple schools the UK, Portugal, Norway, France, Poland, Slovenia and Italy. With a large number of schools wanting to be in the project I had planned, it was fantastic to see external members of the e-Twinning community wanting to join the project from Turkey.
With eight schools showing an interest and already joining the project on the workspace, the final website will be published at, europeanesafety.wordpress.com. I am looking forward to the overall product the students will create, maintain and share by the end of the academic year.
The website will be produced by students aged 3-18, the collaboration will aim to succeed by maintaining excellent communication between all teachers involved and documenting all student progress on the Twinspace creating numerous Videos, Audio and website resources which will look to develop the skills of the students and the understanding of topics such as “Social networking, Cyber bullying, Mobile technologies and being safe online.”
The overall seminar was interesting, with a large cohort of enthusiastic teachers making the event a real success. Kelly Horrigan, Product Delivery Officer who represented the British Council was able to provide excellent support and guidance when setting up projects whilst making sure our stay was comfortable and hassle free.
Overall a fantastic few days, an exciting new project and lots of eTwinning to begin".