I’m blogging from the Internet hub at the NCSL in Nottingham as I’m attending an etwinning conference this weekend. For those who have never had the pleasure, it’s a lovely place – Molten Brown toiletries, a maid to make your bed, complimentary drinks and delicious three course meals.
I’ve met lots of interesting people from across Europe; England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland etc. After a drinks reception on Friday with people bringing items of food and drink that represent their countries, there was a conference dinner and then today we’ve got down to the ‘work’.
I’ve been involved in eTwinning for the last year or so, completing a project called Somos lo que celebramos at Whitehouse Common with Colegio Público César Hurtado Delicado. I spoke about this project at Joe Dale’s conference a couple of weeks ago (see my blog post on Talkabout Primary MFL) and was sent to this conference to represent Comenius West Midlands, the idea being that I would find out further information about eTwinning links across regions and countries, and also make new friends and potential contacts for future projects.
There have been sessions about the eTwinning portal and ICT and eTwinning. the main part of the day has been spent in one of three workshops taking an ICT theme and showing how it could be used for eTwinning. I’ve been attending the Animation for Education session lead by Oscar Stringer. In my next post, I’ll share the outcomes of the sessions in which I worked with four other delegates and some plasticine to make a short film.
eTwinning is a great way to address the Intercultural understanding strand of the KS2 Framework, and is also a great source of cross curricular activities, as the project between WCPS and CPCHD showed. But more of that tomorrow – the clocks do change tonight but it’s still tiring work being at a conference 😉