Wed, Dec 14th, 2016
Congratulations to the recipients of the eTwinning National Quality Awards, who received their awards yesterday at the Annual Léargas Forum in Dublin Castle.
This project focuses on the mythological and cultural heritage of the various partner countries but through a lens of literacy and ICT. The partners work collaboratively to share, myths and stories from each country. Through their shared eTwinning work, students learn new ICT skills to create literacy resources based on the stories.
This eTwinning project was part of the students’ European Studies Module 1 as part of Transition Year. The students looked at Christmas traditions unique to each partner country. They linked with 24 schools across Europe. Each pupil from the twin schools produced a home-made Christmas card, reflecting the Christmas traditions of their country and then shared them online.
This project focused on development issues, global citizenship, environment protection, justice and equality. The students communicated in English and French. The pupils used pair-work, group work and individual research. Students working on the project were also preparing for higher level French essays and an their oral exam.
Common ancient and Celtic origins as well as Hallowe’en were recognised and celebrated by all eTwinning partners. Nine communication tasks were created through the TwinSpace, emails, blog and video-conferencing. Students were the driving force behind the project. It was an enjoyable and creative way to learn more about the socio-cultual aspects of the partner countries.
This project focused on global citizenship. It looked at citizenship, sustainability, climate change and migration. The pupils now understand that their behaviour has an impact on the environment. The school is now embedding aspects of citizenship into their school ethos to promote better attendance and to involve pupils in the decision-making of the school community.
In this project, the pupils learned more about the school systems in Ireland, Poland and Germany. Through creating presentations, short films and padlets they learned what schools in these countries look like and how they operate. The pupils spoke German via Skype. Through collaborative activities, the pupils further enhanced their German language skills and learned all about the culture and school system of the partner countries.