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Dr. Kurt Schlegel: "eTwinning" - June 21, 2012


1. Dr. Kurt Schlegel

Kurt Schlegel is a teacher for primary school and Hauptschule at the Lindenschule Grenzach-Wyhlen for the subjects of music and English and a delegate at the Kreismedienzentrum Lörrach. Currently, he is the director of this centre and is, among other things, responsible for the IT training of teachers. His focuses include audio and video cutting, picture editing and layout. Further information about Kurt Schlegel can be found here.

2. Abstract of the Lecture

The EU programme eTwinning (e meaning electronic) connects schools from all over Europe online via the promotion of virtual school partnerships. This European exchange project is part of Comenius (school education / EU programme for life-long learning) and therefore presents an ideal platform to find a partner school and to work together on a joint lesson project in a protected virtual classroom.

In the eTwinning workshop, concrete lesson projects were presented at first. Following the presentation of practical examples of eTwinning for lessons, participants thought about concepts for their own projects. For this task, the focus was on the areas of communication and intercultural learning.

In the second part, the participants of the workshops had the possibility to get to know the eTwinning search engine better. With this search engine, it is possible to construct a personal working area at eTwinning and to find and contact a partner school for a joint lesson project in the Europe-wide eTwinning community. Furthermore, a personal project can be created and administered, and teachers from all over Europe can be contacted. After the registration and design of a collective TwinSpace with the partner school, participants were able to experiment with the following tools: sending messages, discussing in a forum or chat, managing a project calendar, and exchanging work sheets and presentations.

The participants were convinced by the pedagogic utility of the eTwinning programme, as eTwinning unites young people within Europe and therefore promotes understanding among nations as well as intercultural learning.

Further information about eTwinning: http://www.etwinning.de/

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