PRESS RELEASE: eTwinning awards European teachers in Brussels

More than 150 teachers and pupils from across Europe will attend the eTwinning Prize Ceremony on 8th April 2014 in Brussels

From Norway to Malta to Turkey, almost the whole of Europe will be represented during the European eTwinning prize ceremony. For the first time eTwinning rewards teachers and pupils in the European Capital.

Holding the European eTwinning prize ceremony in Brussels gives the possibility to European institutions to reward the best collaborative eTwinning projects. Jan Truszczyński, the DG of Education and Culture European Commission will personally congratulate eTwinners, as well as Malika Benarab from the Education committee at the European Parliament. Isabelle Durant, MEP from Belgium will also be present. Jarosław Leszek WAŁĘSA, MEP from Poland will offer a tour of the European parliament.

ANDROULA“eTwinning is a brilliant educational project with enormous potential to break down barriers. The contacts we have facilitated between schools are incredibly beneficial to everyone involved; eTwinning gives them the freedom to develop creative and inter-cultural educational projects, while also encouraging children to develop their ICT skills.” Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

The European eTwinning prize ceremony is an occasion to celebrate outstanding achievements in school collaboration in eTwinning. The winners of the eTwinning Prizes 2014 are awarded in three main categories based on the age range of pupils. These main prizes are sponsored by the European Commission. The projects cover topics such as promoting cultural understanding, healthy lifestyles, STEM education and creativity.

Now in its ninth year, the European Commission’s eTwinning action involves almost 250,000 registered teachers in 32 countries, who communicate, work together, and set-up cross-border educational projects. eTwinning has affirmed its important role in shaping a European space for education, helping teachers connect, collaborate and share allowing them to feel and be part of the biggest learning community in Europe.

For further information, please contact:

  • Valentina Garoia, Communications and Press Officer, European Schoolnet, mob.: +32 (0)488 495246, valentina.garoia@eun.org

Background:

eTwinning is the Community for schools involving almost 250,000 teachers across Europe, funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme. European Schoolnet coordinates the eTwinning Central Support Service on behalf of the European Commission.

The eTwinning platform offers opportunities for teachers to meet and interact with each other in school projects, special interest groups and online forums. It also offers a rich professional development element via online Learning Events, focusing on collaboration skills and the use of technology in pedagogic practice. Find out more on www.etwinning.net.

“At the end of my first project, when summing up the results and my pupils’ feedback, I started to think that eTwinning could be more than an extra project and could be fully incorporated into teaching. eTwinning is the most flexible tool of my teaching that allows my pupils and me to learn, improve, have fun and make friends.” Maria Doria, Italy

“Our school had never been in any international project before. When our School Management saw our eTwinning projects, they brought a PC and a projector to the classroom and support us in many ways. Some of my colleagues joined eTwinning too. Suddenly Europe became very close to us.” Ayca Oğuz, Turkey

Useful links: 

Prize event blog: http://prizes2014.etwinning.net/ 

Learn more about eTwinning here and follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@eTwinningEurope), Google + and YouTube

European Prizes: Winners 2014

We are pleased to announce the winners of the eTwinning Prizes 2014 competition.

From 134 projects submitted, you will find below a list of the winners of the three age categories and five special categories. These projects are great examples of collaborative work and demonstrated excellent achievements. We look forward to rewarding them in person at the Prize ceremony, which will be held in Brussels in April 2014.

Congratulations to the winners and runners up!

The competition is divided in three age categories:

AGE CATEGORY 4-11

Winner:

LYPS – Let Your Passion Shine

  • Barbara Głuszcz, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 4 w Zambrowie (Poland)
  • Rania Bekiri, 32 Primary School of Patra (Greece)
  • Agata Czarniakowska, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 4 w Zambrowie (Poland)
  • Ecaterina Ene, Scoala cu clasele I-VIII Ipotesti (Romania)
  • Paola Lavinio, ICS “De André” di Castel Mella (Italy)
  • Steliana Niculescu, School with classes I-VIII “Academician Marin Voiculescu” (Romania)
  • Lucian Constantin Vladescu, Scoala cu clasele I-VIII Ipotesti (Romania)
  • Dorota Zimacka, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 4 w Zambrowie (Poland)

Runner Up:

Talking Pictures

  • Anna Sofia Wahlström, Leikskólinn Holt (Iceland)
  • ANA ISABEL BLÁZQUEZ DÍEZ, C.R.A. ALTO CIDACOS (Spain)
  • MANUELA CÁRCELES VÁZQUEZ, C.R.A. ALTO CIDACOS (Spain)
  • Miguel Fernandez Molina, C.R.A. ALTO CIDACOS (Spain)
  • Juan Carlos Garrido, C.R.A. ALTO CIDACOS (Spain)
  • Ana Ibáñez, C.R.A. ALTO CIDACOS (Spain)
  • Anna Krzyżanowska, Przedszkole nr 48 z Oddziałami Integracyjnymi (Poland)
  • Anna Młynarczyk, Przedszkole nr 48 z Oddziałami Integracyjnymi (Poland)
  • Sheila Oliva Navarro, C.R.A. ALTO CIDACOS (Spain)

AGE CATEGORY 12-15

Winner:

Health4life

  • Nathalie Scerri, St.Theresa Girls’ School (Malta)
  • Mariangela Bielli, ICS “G. Perlasca” di Bareggio (Italy)
  • Marisa Grima, St.Theresa Girls’ School (Malta)
  • Chantal Daoust, Institut Sainte Marie Arlon (Belgium)
  • Paulien du Fosse, CSG Willem van Oranje (Netherlands)

Runner Up:

Stories in History

  • Theodora Gkeniou, Neo Souli High School (Greece)
  • Miroslava Borovcová, Gymnázium (Czech Republic)
  • Véronique SARRERE, Collège Jean Giono (France)

AGE CATEGORY 16-19

Winner:

Photography as a pedagogical tool

  • Maria Silva, Agrupamento de Escolas de Sátão (Portugal)
  • Ayşe Demirsoy, Mustafa Azmi Doğan Anadolu Lisesi (Turkey)
  • Romualda Liutkuviene, Jono Jablonskio gimnazija (Lithuania)
  • Daniela Mainelli, Isiss Boiano (Italy)
  • Maya Vila, IES Thos i Codina (Spain)
  • Marie Švehlová, Střední odborná škola Blatná (Czech Republic)

Runner Up:

EUROGUIDE: A Students’ Guidebook through Young Europe

  • Miguel Garcia, IES San José (Spain)
  • Stine Jeppesen, Trysil videregående skole (Norway)
  • Halil Yavuz, Antalya Karatay Lisesi (Turkey)
  • Angelo Azzilonna, ITCG “Argentia” (Italy)

 

In addition to the age categories, there are also special categories:

Spanish language (Prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport)

¿CONOCES ESTE CUENTO?

  • Javier Arias Bonel, CEIP VENTURA RODRIGUEZ (Spain)
  • Adele Lomma, “G. Nebbia”, (Italy)
  • Guilhermina Brotas, Agrupamento de Escolas de Aljustrel (Portugal)

French language (Prize jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Teachers of French and the eTwinning National Support Service in France)

Moi, Toi, lettres à nous

  • Susana Melo, Escola Professional Raul Dória (Portugal)
  • Muriele Dejaune, Lycée des métiers Louis Blériot (France)
  • David Ceiriog-Hughes, Winchester College (United Kingdom)
  • Domenico Marino, IISS “Ten. Col. G. Familiari” (Italy)
  • Gabriela Smolij, Zespół Szkół Nr 1 (Poland)

Marie Skłodowska Curie Prize (Prize sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service in Poland)

R.I.V.E.R Research Inside and Verify the Environmental Risk

  • Giuseppe Venturi, ITIS “Antonio Pacinotti” (Italy)
  • Eleni Kostopoulou, 5th Lyceum of Veria (Greece)
  • ATHINA GIANNOPOULOU, 5th Lyceum of Veria (Greece)
  • KATERINA RAFTOPOULOU, 5th Lyceum of Veria (Greece)

Mevlana Prize for Intercultural Understanding (Sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service of Turkey)

e-cultural Kaleidoscope

  • Renata Wojtaś, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 32, (Poland)
  • Jaime Ruymán Rodríguez Mederos, CEIP La Jurada (Spain)
  • AGGELIKI KATSANI, ΗΜΟΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ ΧΡΥΣΟΧΩΡΙΟΥ (Greece)
  • Aurelia Beruşcă, Scoala Gimnaziala “Nicolae Titulescu” (Romania)
  • Julie ELBOURG, Ecole élémentaire mixte 1 de Grand-Camp (France)
  • Katarína Kočišová, ZŠ Komenského 6,Spišské Vlachy (Slovakia)
  • Kemal HODUL, Hacı Hüseyin Aksakal Erkek Anadolu İmam Hatip High School (Turkey)
  • SAULIUS RUDELIS, Klaipėdos Gedminų pagrindinė mokykla (Lithuania)
  • Wilma Gordon, Mid Calder Primary (United Kingdom)

English as a second language Prize (sponsored by the British Council)

Gold rules of good behaviour

  • Irena Głowińska, Szkoła Podstawowa im. Tadeusza Kościuszki w Gębicach (Poland)
  • Fina Vendrell Vila, Collegi Sant Josep (Spain)

 

Welcome to the official blog of the European eTwinning Prizes event 2014!

The main aim of the event is to reward the teachers and pupils of the winning projects of the eTwinning Prizes 2014. They will travel to Brussels (Belgium) from 7 to 10 April to enjoy a full programme of workshops, visits and leisure activities. To see the full programme, please visit the Programme section.

In this blog we will keep you updated on what’s going on before and during the event. You can also find the main speakers biographies, contact details and all the practical information.

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