eTwinning goes Dubrovnik

Jul 18, 2013

If you are a member of the Twinning community, you're provided with lots of opportunities for professional development, not only online but also in the real world. Workshops and contact seminars are organized in different countries all over Europe all year round and teachers can apply for those that are chosen by their national agencies.

Right now there are four workshops for Croatian teachers to choose from: in Stockholm, Billund, Brussels and Dubrovnik.The deadline for applying is August 28.

The contact seminar in Dubrovnik is organized by Dunja Babić, the NSS for eTwinning, and the staff at the Croatian  National Agency. Ten Croatian teachers will be selected to come to Dubrovnik and meet their colleagues from several European countries. Together they will learn about the Cross-curricular collaboration using Web 2.0 tools, make new contacts and start new eTwinning projects.

I'm especially looking forward to it because I'm one of the three invited speakers.

On the first day I'll be presenting along with Bart Verswijvel. Our presentation is named eTwinning on the Beach - quite appropriately so, considering the place where it will be held:



Oops sorry, not there, but quite close to it:

As you can see, it's almost on the beach. Bart and I have already done a joint presentation in Lisbon, which was very successful.

On the second day I'll be giving a workshop entitled "A little bit of magic with collaboration tools" and I promise you there'll be magic! And tools of course. But I won't forget the pedagogy behind the tools either.



Lidija Kralj, a Math and ICT teacher,  will also be giving talks. I'm  looking forward to her talk about Zondle which I would like to use with my students.

It really looks promising, doesn't it?  Contact your NSS and apply for the first contact seminar organized in Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the pearl of the Adriatic. Gosh, I really like this city!






Spice up your classroom with games

Cape Town is a beautiful city - I visited it in 2010 when I took part in the Microsoft Global Forum. I visited it again yesterday - but only virtually - I gave a presentation about games in education to South African teachers. Fiona Beal, a global hero in education and my dear friend who I first met in Cape Town, then later in Seattle, invited me to share my knowledge about this topic - most of which I learned at last year's workshop  in Swindon, orgnaized by Intel and led by the one and only Ollie Bray.
 
Here's the recording of the webinar, as well as the links to the websites and tools I mentioned in the webinar and to the Schoolnet SA blog. And my slides are right here:

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