Earlier today starting 6 pm CET the eTwinning Creative Classroom Group introduced the Expert Collaborative Talks! Members of the group organize webinars on topics they consider are within their expertise, in collaboration with other members.
Today was the first ECT, entitled “The role of ambassadors in eTwinning”. Four other experienced eTwinning ambassadors – Tiina Sarisalmi, Cornelia Melcu, Miguela Fernandes and Costantino Soudaz – and myself spoke about our work as eTwinning ambassadors. We shared our ideas and experiences, and gave tips about how to promote and disseminate eTwinning in Europe.
http://tiinasarisalmi.wikispaces.com/eTwinning+ambassadors+role+2013 - this is where the presentation and the feedback can be found.
An ambassador’s work is varied and can take many ‘shapes’. When it was my turn, I decided to talk about two specific examples: the blog and the seminar.
An exemplification of a blog is the Romanian ambassadors’ blog, started in May 2013 – following similar ‘trends’ in other eTwinning countries.
As for the seminars – and webinars for that matter – that can be delivered to interested eTwinners and potential registrants, an example of an always suitable topic would be applying for a Quality Label.
The Romanian eTwinning ambassadors’ blog was created just 7 months ago and is, in fact, part of a website maintained by a few of the 45 Romanian eTwinning ambassadors.
Just like any blog, it is a place of discussions on the Internet. It is in Romanian and it consists of discrete entries – the posts, 18 in all so far – displayed in reverse chronological order – the most recent post appears first. It combines text, images, links to web pages, and other media related to eTwinning. There is information and dissemination about eTwinning events in Romania, there are posts about conferences in Romania and abroad where eTwinning was mentioned and praised, there are announcements about eTwinning publications, or more scientific or researched articles about, for instance, project kits, multiple intelligences, eTwinning Plus, Quality Labels and more.
The blog is interactive, allowing visitors – ambassadors, eTwinners, students involved in eTwinning, parents, other teachers – to leave comments. It is updated regularly – there are up to five posts a month so far.
The blog, as I already mentioned, is part of a website, and it is of good use to Romanian eTwinners as it complements the Romanian National Support Service’s site bringing together – on specific pages – pertinent information such as the Romanian eTwinning map (where the most active schools in the country are marked on the country’s map), the updated list of Romanian eTwinning ambassadors, all the eTwinning publications in Romanian in one place, forthcoming eTwinning events in Romania.
One such event is a seminar I am organising on November 28th 2013 in Sibiu county for the eTwinning teachers who would like to apply for a Quality Label this coming winter. The seminar will take place in the library of my school, and about 40 teachers have expressed their interest in joining.
I plan to set up a practical session, where the teachers find out handy information about applying but also start their own application. The technical requirements will be framed, and next the 6 quality criteria will be presented, with indicators of a good project. I have had some feedback after another session in September, and I intend to focus a little bit more on curricular integration.
I am confident the participants will acknowledge the session as being useful, and more eTwinning teachers in my county will apply for, and obtain, the National Quality Label and the European Quality Label in 2014!