The Prizes event 2014 on Twitter

twitterBIGThe Prizes event 2014 took place not only in Brussels… but also on Twitter! Dozens of teachers and students attending the event shared their thoughts and pictures during the different activities, especially during the Prizes ceremony. As a result of this, the hashtag #etwprizes14 potentially reached 71,265 accounts on 7 and 8 April.

Many thanks to all twitters to make the eTwinning Prizes 2014 a global event.

Read below some examples of tweets:

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Students’ workshops

During the 3rd day of the eTwinning event, the students took part in three parallel workshops.

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The students from “LYPS- Let your passion Shine” project worked on eTwinning trailers with Julian Coultas. They went outside the hotel, took photos and videos and created their own trailer using iPads.

The students from “Health for life” project took part in the “Creative stuff and more” workshop with Vincenzo Bianca. They created objects and games using recycling materials.

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The students from “Photography as a pedagogical tool” became “eTwinning reporters” with Claire Morvan. They followed different activities from the event’s programme, took notes and pictures with their tablets and wrote some articles for the event’s blog.

Read here their articles.

You can watch below a compilation of pictures taken during the workshops:

Prizes Ceremony: Europe celebrates the best eTwinning projects

IMG_3253The best eTwinning projects at European level were awarded during the Prizes Ceremony that took place on 8 April, in Brussels. The main aim of the event is to reward the best eTwinning projects from the previous school year, and especially to congratulate the people behind them: the eTwinning teachers and pupils.

Anne Gilleran, Pedagogical Manager of eTwinning, presented the ceremony, which was held in the capital of Europe for the first time. The event counted with the presence of Jan Truszczyński, the DG of Education and Culture European Commission, Malika Benarab from the Education committee at the European Parliament and Isabelle Durant, MEP from Belgium. They all congratulated the winners personally and celebrated their success.

Jan Truszczynski explained that the European Commission is very proud of eTwinning, which “has become an essential part of the new Erasmus + programme”. The Director-General of Education and Culture congratulated the winners on the stage and unveiled the best eTwinning project 2014, the best-kept secret of the ceremony.  This prize is voted among the 3 winning projects in the Ages Categories by the National Support Services from all the countries involved in eTwinning. This year, the overall winning prize went to LYPS: Let Your Passion Shine.

Isabelle Durant, MEP from Belgium, congratulated the winners as well and welcomed them to her home city. Finally, Malika Benarab from the Education committee at the EP, highlighted role of teachers “in the promotion of critical thinking and a safe use of internet”.

More than two hundred participants joined the ceremony in Brussels and thousands of people followed it thanks to Social Media.

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AGE CATEGORIES

The main Prizes are sponsored by the European Commission. There are three age categories (4-11, 12-15 and 16-19 years old) and in each category, a European jury chooses the winner and finalist projects. You can learn more about the evaluation process in the eTwinning Portal.

Winners and runners-up in each category were presented and rewarded during the ceremony. On the Videos section, you can watch the summary videos to all the projects, with the main outcomes and testimonies by the teachers and students about their experiences in eTwinning.

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LYPS: Let Your Passion Shine, winner of the 4-11 age category, was highlighted by the jury as an “excellent example of best practice and a true collaboration under many aspects”. In this category, Talking Pictures was selected as runner-up.

 

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Stories in History and Health4Life were awarded as runner-up and winner of the 12-15 age category, respectively. The jury said about the winner project that it is “an example of very well implemented eTwinning activities for exam preparations and hence their integration into the curriculum, making it fun without being noticed”.

 

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In the 16-19 age category, Euroguide project was chosen by the jury as runner-up and Photography as a pedagogical tool, winner. The jury highlighted the close team work between teachers in this project, in order to produce activities “relevant pedagogically but also engaging for their pupils”.

 

SPECIAL CATEGORIES
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The special five categories are sponsored by different institutions in Europe. The Spanish Language Prize, supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, is ¿Conoces este cuento? It was presented by Lourdes Gozalo Arranz (NSS), on behalf of Esther Castilla Delgado, Deputy Director General of Regional Cooperation.

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The winner of the French Language category, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education, was Moi, Toi, Lettres a nous. It was introduced Janina Zaliska Conseillère du Président de la Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français.

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On behalf of the British Council, institution that sponsors the English as a Second Language prize, Rosalyn Kennedy gave the trophy to the project Gold rules of behaviour.

 

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The special category prize for projects in Maths and Science, entitled after Marie Sklodowska-Curie, is sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service of Poland. Tomasz Szymezak, eTwinning Program Director-NSS Poland, introduced the winner project in this category: RIVER: Research Inside and Verify Environmental Risk.

mevlanaThe last special category was the Mervlana Prize for Intercultural Understanding and corresponded to the project e-cultural Kaleidoscope. This prize is sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Turkey and it was introduced by Sina Ada, member of the Turkish National Support Service for eTwinning.

After the ceremony, all the participants were invited to a cocktail to drink a toast to the winners.

Teachers’ workshop

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eTwinning teachers visited European Schoolnet and enjoyed a tour in the Future Classroom Lab led by Bart Verswijvel, Pedagogical Adviser.

ruteThen, they took part in light activities, organized by Rute Baptista (CSS), to reflect on some topics like what they have learnt from running an eTwinning project and what the benefits are for the pupils. They had to prepare their “suitcase” with things they would like to keep or leave aside using http://storybird.com.

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The main outcomes and presentations from the teachers’ workshops are available in the Workshops section.

eTwinning soirées

eTwinning is restless! After a full day of activities, fun continues after dinner. On Tuesday, the different groups presented their countries, projects and cities through different flash mob videos they have prepared. We were really happy to watch them all!

It is obvious that eTwinning winners are very talented, but in case it was not totally clear, they showed us their best skills and performances in the “European Talent show”, on Wednesday night. Before that, they had time to discover the city through a Geocaching activity.

And is there a better way of closing an event than sharing a chocolate cake?

 

eTwinning Reporters: Do you believe in European Identity?

You can read below some of the articles written by the students who participated in the workshop eTwinning Reporters (with Claire Morvan) about the eTwinning Prize event. Don’t miss their testimonies and personal views about the activities:

Do you believe in European Identity? They did

This Tuesday (8th April 2014) students and teachers involved in eTwinning project were in Palais des Academies where the Awards ceremony took place.

eTwinning is a multicultural project where young Europeans can learn together how to understand different perspectives of the world, where they can find friends from different countries and of course to gain enormous experience travelling around the world.

The importance of the ceremony was clear because of the official speakers that came: Jan Truszczynski, Isabelle Durat and Malika Benarab – Attou.

Jan Truszczynski, who was the first speaker, is the general director of DG EAC (Department of Education and Culture) and he is responsible for ensuring of the political mandate, as well as reporting to the Commissioner, providing policy recommendations, and ensuring the sound management of the DG on a day-to-day basis. Our award ceremony was different from others. All of the special speakers made short and clear, also very sincere speeches which not only made us hear, they made us listen.

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Also we had an honour to attract such an important person as Issabelle Durant to award ceremony and to listen to her welcoming speech. She is MEP (Member of European Parliament) and the Vice President of European Parliament. It was a pity that not everybody had a chance to receive her message, because only a few students of participating projects understand French, but we clearly believe that her congratulate speech and coming to the award ceremony showed the importance of eTwinning among the students all over the world.

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And the last but not least welcoming speech was given by Malika Benarab-Attou. She is a French politician and a Member of the European Parliament elected in 2009. We have to highlight that although each speaker focused on different points, it was really grateful to see our efforts being spotted and works being praised.

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Article written by Sara Chaves, Keren Martínez, Jana Prokesova, Sara Perfetto and Viktoras Cesnulevicius.

One day at the Parliament

20140408_145229We could start writing that the European Parliament is an institution founded during 1952, but it’s more than a simple institution. Indeed, the Parliament is made by people, the people who discuss our future. Parliament holds our future in its hands.

On 8th April, eTwinning Prize winners went to the European Parliament in Brussels in order to get to know this organization from Jaroslaw Walesa point of view. Using his own words, what makes the Parliament building such a special place is the people who work there together, with the same purposes. “Ask yourself, how many countries were fighting recently and now they have established cordial relationship? The answer is obvious: it’s better to cooperate than to kill one another”.

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Then, we went to Parlamentarium and we were able to take a look through history of EU from the First World War until 2050.

We can also set a linkage between functioning at the Parliament and operating in eTwinning project. In both cases, “it is really important to speak a “universal” language, such as English or French. It allows communication and comprehension between workers”.

Appealing Walesa father’s teachings, he sent an important message to all the students. “In life, it’s equally important to believe in God and to believe in ourselves”. Trusting in ourselves is the best way of reaching success. We just have to persistently follow our dreams.

And you, who are reading this article, don’t forget, you are the future! Let us fight to free the world- to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all humans happiness. Perhaps, in next years, some of us may seat in one of those parliament chairs. Who knows?

Article written by José Eduardo Sousa, Chiara Bernardo, Carlos Linares, Rugilé Gem, Petr Conka and Damla Aydaso.

Discovering the European Parliament!

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On Tuesday 8 April afternoon, pupils and teachers had the opportunity to visit the European Parliament and see where the members of the Parliament take the decisions for Europe!

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Jarosław Wałęsa, Polish Member of the EP, hosted our visit to the Parliament. He explained us how the European Parliament works and chatted with the students and teachers about the latest news in the European Union. Jarosław Wałęsa congratulated them on their success in eTwinning, saying what his father used to tell him: ” If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything”.

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To learn more about the Parliament and the history of the European Union, they visited the Parlamentarium. In the EP visitor’s centre, they could play with interactive devices, follow a timeline of the most important events that took place in the EU history, and even leave their wishes and thoughts on the future of the European project.

Visit to the museums

Time for culture! The second day started with a visit to different museums in Brussels: Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Magritte and Chocolate museum. In Magritte museum, 16-19 years old students discovered the largest collection in the world by the surrealist artist René Magritte.

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Teachers and 12-15 years old pupils visited the MIM, where they could enjoy an interesting exhibition of musical istruments from over the world. To finish the visit, they had a coffee in the museum restaurant, located in the roof of the building, where they could enjoy one of the best views of Brussels.

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The youngest ones (7-11 years old) disvered the world of chocolate in the heart of Brussels, the Grand Place. They learnt more about the history of this product and discovered how it is produced, by a master chocolate maker!