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Expert Talk: Collaborative Activities: the key to successful eTwinning projects

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Irene Pateraki

on 27 January 2016

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Transcript of Expert Talk: Collaborative Activities: the key to successful eTwinning projects

QL criteria:Collaboration between partner schools
Collaborative activities go beyond communication: the partners are not
just recipients of information; they are team-members, co-authors
and co-creators. Collaboration means that both classes need the
contribution of their partner class to complete the activity.

Working in mixed-nationality groups is a very effective practice for collaborative work. (small group from one class + small group from another class = mixed-nationality group)

"Collaborative Activities:
the key to successful eTwinning projects"
Paraskevi Belogia
Irene Pateraki

Golden Rule 1: Get to know your partners
Share with your partners all the necessary
Number of students participating in the project.
Your students’ age and interests.
Your students’ level in the foreign language and their ICT skills.

Golden Rule 3: Preparatory planning leads to a successful eTwinning project
Plan a meeting, introduce the project to the children and inform the parents, the colleagues and the headteacher about the specific project.
Add more teachers from your school to the project and form school teams.
Announce the beginning of the project on the school website.
Create Twinspace Accounts for all the participants and invite the students to the Twinspace.
Organise mini-courses for your students on ICT tools to be used and on how to use the Twinspace
Create Twinspace tutorials for students or partners who are beginners in eTwinning (if necessary).

Golden Rule 4: Design your Twinspace carefully
Create activity pages for each one of the planned tasks.
Add a short description for each one of the activities planned on the top of each activity page.
Agree with your partners about the most suitable tools for each one of the activities and add them to your activity pages.

Golden Rule 5: Break the Ice and Get to know each other
Have students interact as much as possible.
Ask them to update their Twinspace profiles by adding a short description
of themselves and a representative avatar.
Ask them to leave comments on their partners’ walls.
Vote for the best Twinspace profiles.
Plan chat sessions and skype meetings regularly.
Find creative ways to have your students introduce themselves and their
school or country.

What is collaboration?
Follow this link: http://bit.ly/COLLABORATE000
and write shortly what do you think that collaboration is about in an eTwinning project?
How can you define it?
What are the characteristics of
effective collaboration?
(3 minutes)

Golden Rules for a Successful eTwinning Collaboration
Golden Rule 2: Create a detailed time schedule
Set the starting dates for each task
Mark the dates each one of the partner schools is on holidays.
Share it with your students
Set deadlines and keep to them.

Golden Rule 6: Team your students up in Transnational Groups
Team the students up in transnational groups.
Create a table with the newly formed transnational groups and add it to the Twinspace.
Ask your students to work together and write a short description of their group members (tool: titanpad).
Ask your students to agree upon a name for their group and draw together a symbol or an emblem (tool: DrawItLive) for each group.

Golden Rule 7: Plan as many collaborative activities as possible
Try to plan activities that need your partners’ contribution to be completed.
Use as many collaborative tools as possible (google.docs, prezi, DrawitLive, glogster etc)
Try to avoid creating folders for each country in Twinspace. Successful collaborative activities are the ones in which you cannot tell which of the
partners did what!

Golden Rule 8: Assign Responsibilities to your students
Discover your students’ talents and skills and give them responsibilities.
Team the students up in groups, according to their talents (the painting group, the photography group, the ICT group etc)
Assign to some students the role of ‘student administrator” in Twinspace

Golden Rule 9: Set Evaluation Criteria
Try to evaluate along with your partners the quality of your project.
Recognize Key Strengths
Identify areas that need improvement
Plan ongoing evaluation activities ( Ts and Ss share opinions, make proposals, comment on each other’s work)

Let's introduce ourselves
Visit the Padlet and write a short introduction about you (5 minutes):
Let's vote the name of our trasnational Group!
Go the following link: http://bit.ly/POLLEASY
in easypolls and vote the name you like mostly

Let's collaborate...
Will we draw our group's logo?
Follow the link and contribute to the group logo. You have to collaborate and respect other's work :-)

Group 1: http://bit.ly/DRAWFLOCK
Group 2: http://bit.ly/Twiddla
Let's write a collaborative poem!
Visit the link and complete ONE of the lines. We made the beginning to help you!You can also use to chat to collaborate!!!
Group A: http://bit.ly/Titanpad
Group B: http://bit.ly/meetingwords
How did you find the workshop? Was it useful?
Visit the link and write your impressions up to 20 characters!!
Some interesting tools...
Thank you!!!

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