Michael Purves shared his ‘tale’ this morning. A pretty inspiring tale it was too, taking him from a ‘despondent, stuck in a rut’ teacher into an eTwinner extraordinaire running eTwinning projects between 40+ countries.
His journey started in 2007 when he was browsing the LTS website with a colleague and came across eTwinning. Having registered his interest, his first project was with a Finnish school and was a comparison of food and sport called A healthy passport.
At an eTwinning PDW in Ischia, his next project was hatched, based on the premise that animals speak different languages – dogs say guau in Spanish but woof in English etc.
Perhaps his biggest project was Schoolovision, a Eurovision song contest for primary kids. With over 40 countries involved it was a big project, involving video recording and editing, voting by Flashmeeting and blogging. He goes for big projects as his latest is a Snapshot of Europe with pupils across Europe taking photographs of their local environment in four categories.
Michael shared the benefits of eTwinning-
for him, it led to a new dimension in his teaching, a renewed sense of belief in his teaching, an ‘I can’ attitude, and lots of fun, laughter and friendship.
For his pupils, a growing ‘digital literacy’, fun and friendship, a greater understanding of one another, plenty of cooperation and the opportunity to plan and make desscions about their own learning.
And for the school, international recognition. For example, his class have been on Newsround on the web!
A super douper ambassador – and not a Ferrero Rocher in sight.
The birthday was celebrated across Europe with balloon releases, cake eating and national events.
In the UK we were encouraged to plant blue and yellow flowers – the colours of the European Union and also the eTwinning logo.
At Whitehouse Common, 1DS marked the event in several ways.
1. we watched the eTwinning videos below – the children (aged 5-6) completely understood the message of the first clip – ‘eTwinning makes lessons more fun. The kids looked much happier when the eTwinning man arrived.’ And they were highly amused by all the ball throwing in the second!
2. we made paper doll chains to symbolise people holding hands as friends – surprisingly they all successfully cut out their dolls in a chain (although we had one set of decapitated dolls!)
3. we coloured in flowers in blue and yellow for a display
4. and best of all, we planted some marigolds and a blueish daisy in the dragon planter.
So – Happy Birthday eTwinning from WCPS!
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