During Spring Day in Europe 2004, schools had the opportunity to take part in a special activity
which matched schools in pairs, one from the EU and one from a new member state or a candidate country, so they could work together on a topic. Some teachers who joined in tell us about their experience in carrying out a twinning project.
Two schools, one from Slovenia and one from Austria decided to become sisters, adopting the model of Freinet pedagogy. This model is still used today by far away from each other classes to exchange cultural packages mainly for learning languages, geography and history. The modern pedagogy recommends combining this traditional teaching with the modern opportunities offered by the Web because the results may be more efficient when students learn directly from people and not only from books. (English, French, and German)
This is a mini Web-based classroom project which was running under Together in Europe, a Spring Day activity aiming at matching schools in pairs. The project was carried out by pupils of Class 7a in Hindsholmskolen School in Dalby, Kerteminde, Denmark and pupils of Class 6 in Nareg School, Nicosia, Cyprus, between March and June 2004.
Education should not be limited to the classrooms, but should go beyond the borders of the school walls and touch the lives of people living on the other side of the world. ICT in the classroom has made the impossible, possible. Who would have thought thirty years ago that schools would be linked as they are today by cooperation and networking, making education global? (English, French and German)
This is another Web-based classroom project, which was running under Together in Europe. The project was carried out by pupils of Class 6 in Nareg School, Nicosia, Cyprus, and 12-13 years old in IES El Calamot, Gava (Barcelona), Spain, between March and June 2004.
Two schools, one from Germany and one from Malta, joined to implement together a twinning project under 'Together in Europe', a Spring Day in Europe activity. The main goal of the project was to learn more about each other's culture.
'Together in Europe' activity proved to be one of the most successful Web-based solutions to encourage schools to collaborate with counterparts in Europe. At Engure Secondary School, in Latvia, students experienced collaboration with teachers and students from abroad through the Internet.
Class activities are obviously always instructing, but when they manage to be fun, goals are reached more easily, faster and with more results! That has been the case with my colleague Magdalena Bobek from Slovenia and I and our classes. Slovenia and Italy decided to cooperate in a recipe exchange which took place via e-mail in English. Recipes were translated and then baked to be eaten, and offered at school on March 23rd, 2004 for Spring Day.
This is a mirror project between Decin, in the Czech Republic and Haninge, in Sweden. In this article Eva Ingelstedt describes the main outcomes of this twinning project which helped the two communities to come closer together, to discover and understand our cultural differences and similarities.