February 2012

Congratulations to shortlisted projects!

From over 300 project submissions, we are pleased to announce the shortlisted projects for the eTwinning Prizes 2012 competitions. The shortlisted projects demonstrated excellent achievements and we look forward to rewarding the winners!


Get ready for a new, more appealing and concise version of the eTwinning Newsletter next month! The new newsletter will feature projects, kits and tools, with a special focus on good practices and pedagogical advices for teachers.

What’s going on in schools?

Project of the Month
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Listen the Stars

The foundation of the project is Astronomy, a science that easily captures the interest and curiosity of students, and may also be a tool for learning other sciences, such as mathematics and natural sciences. Listen the Stars relies on a study of four astronomical subjects: light pollution, robotic and optical telescopes, star brightness and spectroscopy, and radio telescopes and cosmic particles.

Quality Label of the Month
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The aim of this project is to encourage pupils to change their sedentary lives with the help of sports and leisure initiatives. Pupils have the chance to cooperate with each other and at the same they to improve their life style. Pupils will be encouraged to start up several social activities such as dancing, singing and doing sports.

From the eTwinning Portal

eTwinning at BETT 2012 London

For all those of you who didn’t attend to the BETT show 2012, we are glad to give you a glimpse on what happened at the eTwinning stand! "This is the best stand here!"

eTwinning Prizes 2012 - the Shortlist

Below is a list of all shortlisted projects for the eTwinning Prizes 2012 competition. From over 330 projects submitted, the shortlist is a collection of the most valuable projects that made it to the final evaluation round. Congratulations to all! This year there will be an extra prize – Best eTwinning Project 2012. This will be chosen from among all the winners of both the special categories and the age categies. More details later……..

What’s going on across Europe?

HR Bulgaria: eTwinning Training Events in Bulgaria

During the first month of 2012 four eTwinning training events took place in Bulgaria. Two of them were conducted in kindergartens – in Sofia and Pleven, and the other two in a secondary school in Dobrich. The topic of the trainings was enhancement of teachers’ ICT skills through work in the eTwinning portal.

HR Belgium (FL): Multilateral contact seminar

eTwinning invites secondary school teachers to participate in the multilateral contact seminar from 9 - 11 March in Aachen. During this seminar participants will get to know eTwinning and its added value for teachers through good practice examples presented by teachers and will have the chance to practice eTwinning tools during hands-on sessions.

HR Danmark: Use U4energy in eTwinning and win!

Combine your already existing eTwining project with U4energy, and take part in this first pan-European competition on energy education. Compete with schools from all over Europe and share your results in the gallery featuring unrivalled examples of excellent practice.

HR Germany: Didacta 2012

eTwinning was present at Didacta, Europes's biggest trade fair for education and training. The fair took place place in Hannover from 14 - 18 February. eTwinning was present in Hall 14, stand K23 (Schulen ans Netz e. V.) and in Hall 15, stand D52 (European Commission).

HR Italy: French border contact seminar

From 10 -12 February a French-Italian contact seminar took place in Marseille. 15 language teachers from each country, representing all school levels, took part and work together to establish new eTwinning partnerships. The seminar aimed to support teachers with technical training and facilitate the creation of new partnerships across the border.

HR Latvia: Latvian NSS organizes workshop about usage of social media in school education

From 23-25 February the Latvian NSS organised a workshop on “Usage if internet and social media” for teachers in Latvia. Teachers learned how to use blogs, social networks and different online applications in schools.

HR Lithuania: Teddy bear and twins adventures on the Internet Ocean

For Safer Internet Day, eTwinning and Safer Internet Programmes organised a drawing competition, whose main subjects were Safer Internet (Teddy Bear) and eTwinning Programme (Yellow and Blue Twins’ trip).

HR Malta: Awareness Seminar
On Friday 20 January the eTwinning NSS organised an awareness seminar on the island of Gozo, with the help of the Gozitan Ambassador Mario Xerri and expert eTwinning teacher Saviour Tabone.
HR The Netherlands: eTwinning workshops for beginners
In the first half of 2012, the Dutch NSS will organise workshops for eTwinners who have not run projects yet.
HR Romania: eTwinnin All Year Round - The first Romanian campaign of 2012
NSS Romania has just launched the first national campaign this year: eTwinning All Year Round. The campaign aims to provide eTwinning project teams with an opportunity to share examples of best practices and creative ideas for activities carried out throughout the year. Students and teachers are invited to create together a calendar inspired by their own project experience.
HR Poland: Contact seminar for head teachers

Around 50 head teachers from Latvia, Slovakia, France, Czech Rep., Germany, Hungary and Poland learnt the principles of the programme and its tools, looked for an eTwinning partner and started a project during a contact seminar which took place in Kraków from 23-26 February.

HR Slovenia: Project of the month
Join the European community for teachers and register a project! In 2012 the Slovenian NSS will select and award the best project idea of the month.
HR Spain: Mathematics and even more
Although the present curricular design keeps the traditional division into areas for the Infant and Primary stages and into subjects for Secondary Education, pedagogical research pleads for, whenever possible, an interdisciplinary content approach. We usually find eTwinning projects that involve crosscurricular activities which shows an increasing teachers interest for interdisciplinary approach methodology.
HR UK: BETT 2012 - raising awareness of eTwinning and British Council Programmes
For the first time ever, eTwinning Europe-wide had a stand of its own at the annual British Educational Training and Technology Show, the UK's largest education fair. There was a packed programme of activities, including case studies from current eTwinners and demonstrations of the platform. The British Council also show cased a stand for 'Schools Online'.