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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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

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.

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