Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Last Words

Today is the last day of this Learning Lab. I thank you for your enthusiasm and excellent participation. Your valuable input is what made this elearning event a success. I hope you do register your virtual projects because you have very good and brilliant ideas. I remind you to fill in the Lab evaluation form. Warm wishes for a successful scholastic year! (by Miriam Schembri)

It was the first time I participated to a learning event. It was a challenge for me. Here I met many colleagues with ideas and knowledge. I cordially thank Ana Tudor. The project, which she wrote is clear and detailed. I joined her project “The Wonderful world of Childhood”. Ana is a great administrator. She is an inexhaustible source of programs that I can use in my work. Ana set up a blog and I became a follower. Here I found another new friend Maria Luz Borges. We chatted for an hour, but we were not able to join together in one project. We will do this in the future. Because Maria is a very sunny person and she had a great time while working. Miriam is a wonderful presenter. She responded to all queries very quickly. This area is well organized and it’s easy to use. Thanks, Miriam! (by Svetla Popova)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Reflections at the End of Learning Event

It was a real challenge for me to work in this course. It liked me from the beginning. That’s why I decided to achieve a blog where I posted the tasks proposed by Miriam, the materials sent by my course partners and the links to important sites considered useful by our mentor. The dates were well chosen in order to give us the necessary time to accomplish our duties. The using of “Children Pages” offered us the opportunity to post the title of our projects which appeared in alphabetical order and could be seen by all the course participants. The chosen title were different but all of them according to our similar curriculum. We also had the chance to add in attachments our photos, PowerPoint presentations, slides created by our pupils and posted with the help of Wiki. Clicking on the title of a project we could add our names, the tools used by us, the plan of our projects and our comments for a good cooperation. By using “Forum & Chat” we could find partners, talk about the manner in which we intend to realize the activities of the projects according the established aims. I want to thank to my partners in the project “The Wonderful World of Childhood” (Esen Sandıraz, Kremena Marinova and Svetla Popova) as well as to our dear Miriam for all her support. (Ana Tudor)
It was the first time to participated to a learning event. It was very useful and challenge for me. I participated in three different project ,,My Native corner", ,,E-motions" and ,,Just imagine and Have It". All those project ideas were so simple and creativ and special thanks for my colleges to work together. Of course I found a lot of great, creativ and original project ideas. Thanks to all participants and Mirjam to share ideas and good resorssis! (Terje Mägi)

Hello everyone! I first time participated in Learning Event. I understand again that for the modern teachers have very, very not much time to all new and interesting to teach students, but - to try all new and interesting teach is fantastic! Thanks to my great team and thanks Miriam! (Ingrida Tāraude-Šakova)

First of all I want to thank to Miriam for her support and for her patience with all the beginners. Besides I want to thank to Maria Luz Borges and Mary Fournari, my partners in the project “A First Road to the Art”. We have created together our Children Pages, the plan of the project and the proposals for the tools which can be used in order to have a better cooperation between all the school partners. The materials posted in attachments or the slides presented convinced me that they can be my partners in next projects. This course was very interesting because it presented us amazing slideshares which represented for us real lessons and gave us the chance to gain experience, to find the courage, to select project partners for European project for the benefit of our pupils. The best thing was the fact we could see the projects of the others in order to learn from the kind in which they plan their activities in the project. We can use more tools from now, as Miriam and the project partners proposed or describe. I wish you good luck to all of you. (Gabriela Mirela Jugar)
This event was an interesting experience. I met teachers who are creative and have lots of fantastic ideas to share with others. I learned about ICT tools which are new to me. I joined a project (One School Day in Autumn) which hopefully will be continued during the coming month. We communicated through wiki and forum. I want to thank all the participants and Miriam for being helpful and sharing their knowledge and experience with others. (Edyta Paziewska)
I really liked the fact that I could work on a project that my pupils would really love (children in the fairytale world). I startde with etwinning projects this February but in this seminar I foundout that I have a looooot to learn, especially things that have to do with ICT tools! I am sorry that I didn't have the time to absorb all this information but I will do it little by little. (I've seen many interesting pposts concerning etwinning generally and sites with a lot of interesting ICT tools I haven't yet checked...). I am also sorry that I won't be able to put into practice our project since I am pregnant and I don't have a permanent school. I will definitely try to attend another seminar, as well. It was great meeting other people and exchanging ideas with them. Miriam, it was amazing that you had the time to deal with all of our queries!!! Thank you for everything!!! I hope I will "meet" all of you again! (Georgia Maneta)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Activity 5 from 20th till 21st September

1. If you intend to start eTwinning project (This is optional):
Go to www.etwinning.net. Login in and enter your desktop.
Add group members as contacts on eTwinning portal.
Register the project on eTwinning portal.

2. Go to Forum and post your reflections (in ‘Reflections at the end of Learning Event’).
State in which project you participate?
How have you communicated? Did you use wiki, chat, personal emails?
Personal outcomes: Was this learning event useful to you?
Tips and feedbacks for the presenter (things you liked in the event, what you missed, etc).

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Using Chat, Mailbox or Forum and Learning about "Netiquette"

The TwinSpace allows for intensive communication between partners. All members of the TwinSpace community – both teachers and pupils – can use the available communication tools: chat, mailbox and forum. Online interaction has some specificities that have to be respected in order to communicate successfully. That is why we recommend that the eTwinners learn about netiquette to avoid any misunderstanding. When choosing a tool, consider also the language level of your pupils and the nature of the activity you are using it for.


The chat tool allows for online discussions in real time. All TwinSpace members have access to the chat tool at any time. It is possible to have one-to-one chats from school or home but also to have class-to-class discussions. To run a successful class-to-class chat, it is important to test the tools and decide on a topic and time beforehand. Your pupils should be prepared for the topic of the chat and know how long it will last. It is also a good idea to leave them to discuss freely at the end of the session. If you have necessary equipment, let the class follow the chat on a big screen. Consider the language level of your pupils. If it is not very good, the chat tool - which requires a fast reaction time and does not leave much time for thinking in another language - might not be the right choice. In this case, some teachers encourage pupils to have more informal one-to-one chats with their partners from home.


The mailbox enables all TwinSpace members to send messages to each other. It is not possible to send or receive messages from outside the TwinSpace. It is safe, there is no spam, and your pupils do not need to have another email address. The email tool is usually the first tool that partners use to communicate. In order to have an intensive collaborative email project, teachers establish a schedule with deadlines and agree on topics. The topics should reflect the curricula and their pupils’ interests. Some partners put their pupils in pairs to make sure that everyone takes part in a conversation. If you want to monitor your pupils’ work, you can ask them to include you in copy of each email. To have more ideas on how to use email for your project, see “The Image of the Other”.


The TwinSpace contains one main forum but can also allow you to create additional forums using the Content Management System (CMS) section. The forum enables the whole TwinSpace community to discuss a certain topic. Teachers often choose a curriculum-related topic. Some teachers let their pupils discuss topics of their own interest. The advantage of the forum is that pupils can react when they feel ready. Teachers can help them to check the language. The forum is very popular with a great number of eTwinning partnerships. There are some very interesting discussions on cultural differences, school life, cinema, music and even poetry and religion.

Guralp High School

Small children from Shumen Kindergarten № 1

First school day in Kindergarten,, Prikazka'' Varna, Bulgaria