What is eTwinning?

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eTwinning is an action of the European Union (part of Erasmus+) to support schools and teachers from pre-school to upper secondary level, including special schools, in co-operating with other schools all across Europe with the help of information and communication technologies.

More than 335,000 teachers from 148,000 schools in 42 European countries are involved in eTwinning and run thousands of projects every year.
 

Joint school projects

Through eTwinning, schools establish an Internet twinning link with partner schools elsewhere in Europe. The eTwinning portal offers a secure Internet environment and a range of tools for teachers to set up joint pedagogical projects in any subject area. 
 
eTwinning is based on the assumption that both pupils and teachers benefit from sharing ideas, approaches and resources with their peers in other countries. The project activities help them acquire and improve skills, not only in the topic or subject area on which the project is focused, but also in terms of social, planning and ICT skills. A partnership with schools from other countries also gives pupils and teachers the opportunity to practise and the motivation to learn foreign languages. 
 

Improving professional skills

eTwinning provides teachers, school managers and other school staff with the opportunity to exchange experiences and information with colleagues in other countries, to jointly develop methods for their particular needs, and to test and put into practice new pedagogical approaches.
 
Teachers involved in eTwinning appreciate its great opportunities for professional development, which are officially recognised in some countries. Most of the professional learning that takes place in eTwinning relates to teaching methods and digital and media literacy and is very much based on peer learning and on "learning by doing". eTwinning also offers specific seminars and workshops, both on-line and face to face, on project- and co-operation-based pedagogy. 
 

42 countries to choose from 

Teachers and schools from
  • 36 eTwinning countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom
  • and 6 eTwinning Plus countries: Arrmenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia and Ukraine take part in eTwinning:
 

Which are the main features of eTwinning?

Bottom-up approach

Teachers are the owners of their projects. Together with their partners, and often with their pupils, they decide on timing and content, without any external intervention. Projects are evaluated on a voluntary basis only, when teachers decide to apply for an eTwinning award.
 

Support, not funding, for participating schools 

eTwinning provides support, services, ideas, tools and recognition to facilitate co-operation between schools. It does not finance either school IT infrastructure or individual projects.
 

Support at European and national level

Teachers get support both at the European level, through the Central Support Service (CSS) and from the National Support Services (NSS) located in 33 countries.
 
The Central Support Service (CSS) is entirely funded by the European Commission and run by European Schoolnet. The CSS is responsible, in particular, for hosting the eTwinning platform, coordinating the network of National Support Services and organising teacher training activities and European eTwinning events.
 
The National Support Services are organisations appointed by the ministries of education (http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/get_support/contact.htm), and funded by the European Commission (80%) and by national authorities (20%). They are in particular responsible for promoting eTwinning within a country and its regions and for providing technical and pedagogical support to participating teachers.
 
Furthermore, an extensive network of experienced teachers helps to promote eTwinning at regional level as eTwinning ambassadors. 
 

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