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eTwinning Groups: share, connect, develop

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"eTwinning Groups:
share, connect, develop!"

Irene Pateraki,
Riina Vuorikari,
Brian Holmes

A social group that is created through the meeting and interaction between people who communicate via the Internet (Kowch, 1997).
Important areas of negotiation, learning, interpretation and identity (Kirschner & Lai, 2007).
According to Preece (2000):
There is a common goal that gives a community a reason to exist.
Tactics, protocols, rules and regulations guide the interactions between the participants.
People who interact socially, satisfy simultaneously their own needs.
Online Communities of practice and learning:
Have a user-friendly organisational structure
Involve active members in leadership roles and rotate these roles frequently
Plan a strategy to engage members
(personal mails from time to time, requests to participate in activities, rewards, appraisal and recognition of their good work)

Be present, lead by example
Ask members’ opinion regularly, value their ideas and comments

Design activities to support sociability and participation
Organise competitions, polls, contests to keep members active and give them a reward for the time they spend for the Group
Use a blended approach (offline and online activities), e.g. expert talks

eTwinning Groups have a diverse audience with a variety of backgrounds
Consider the timetable of the teachers
(sometimes busy with school activities with no time they want for the Group)
A good group needs time and work, it is a trial and error process
Factors for an active Group:
Thank you!!!
...in the Creative Classroom Group
Let's see some examples....
Part 2: What are eTwinning Groups?
Since 2010 in eTwinning:
Groups and Teachers Rooms are part of a general effort to reinforce social networking and interaction in eTwinning.
eTwinning Groups: private platforms for eTwinners to discuss and work together on a specific topic or theme.
Moderated by an experienced eTwinner, each Group sets out activities and tasks for teachers to do and discuss.
The aim to share practice examples, to discuss teaching and learning methodologies and to find support for professional development.
Determine the purpose of the Group( aims, main idea)
Set the goals of the Group (what skills and competences will the members acquire?)
Think of Group’s orientation (how will you introduce the different tasks, will it be task-based or subject-based?)
Define the roles of the members (moderator, sub-group moderators, members, experts) and the rotation time
Plan the recruitment of new members (how and when can new members join in?)
Set a communication plan to inform teachers about the Group (a brochure that gives a brief description of the group orientation, goals and activities)
Create a work plan where you describe briefly what you plan to do as well as state your goals to the members clearly.
Create a netiquette (code of conduct) so that members have a clear vision of how they should behave there.
Planning your Group:

Write your view: http://padlet.com/wall/c8uso68x9o
Part 4: What kind of activities/actions would you propose to encourage a group to be active, reflective and critical?
Active members in the Creative Classroom Group
Part 3: Are your members active?
Are you an active member?
Reasons for not being active
Irene is a kindergarten teacher
with a Master degree in Education.
She has worked in public kindergarten schools
from 2003- 2010.
She came across eTwinning in 2007
as a teacher amd for the last
3 years she has been a member of
the Hellenic NSS.
Brian recently gained his doctoral degree from the Lancaster University. Studying eTwinning Learning Events was an integral part. He works in Brussels in the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture.
Riina works in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in Europe since 2000 as an independent expert. Since 2007, she has worked in various roles with and in eTwinning. Dr. Vuorikari also holds degrees in Education (M.Ed) and hypermedia (DEA).
1. Start and introduction (10 min)

2. What are eTwinning Groups? Your expectations and experiences regarding groups (20 min)

3. How active people are and how to activate them in online Groups? (30 min)

4. Group activity: what kind of activities and action would you propose to keep a group active? (30 min)
Reason 1:
47% are "busy with
something else"
39%Busy with other things
8% Run a Comenius or other project
Reason 2:
43% "don’t really know
what to do!"
29% New in the Group
10% Do not know how
4%Beginners in eTwinning
Part 3: What can be done to active
your members?

Go to the next set of slides for the theoretical part.
Groups and Teachers' Rooms can be
accessed from your eTwinning Desktop!
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