2018 National Awards and National Conference
Teachers from across all four regions of the UK came together from Friday 8 June until Sunday 10 June 2018 to celebrate the 13th annual British Council eTwinning National Conference, which was held for the first time at The Slate at University of Warwick, Coventry.
The theme of the conference was aligned with the European Year of Cultural Heritage and British Council’s Owain Wright opened proceedings on Friday evening with the film ‘Our Cov' - Coventry's UK City of Culture official winning bid film for 2021 – a fitting welcome to over 100 educators from the UK and wider Europe who use the online platform and community for schools in Europe, www.eTwinning.net to support teaching and learning.
Lecturer in technologies and ICT at the University of Dundee, Sharon Tonner, delivered an engaging keynote on Saturday by demonstrating to teachers from across all sectors how kids can learn about their own cultural heritage through collaborating with their peers on international school projects. Sharon focused on how technology is shaping, forming and changing children’s’ identities and how research shows that this will have both positive and negative repercussions for their future cultural heritage, using Harry Potter storylines and characters to engage kids in e-safety issues.
Delegates attended a series of cultural heritage themed professional development workshops, supported by a variety of experts, resources and technology, including immersive and virtual reality, British Film Institute and Shakespeare.
A number of awards were presented to teachers and schools across the weekend, amongst them were the teachers and pupils from Alderman’s Green Primary school in Coventry, who are one of only 29 schools in the UK awarded a coveted eTwinning school label for their online international work. Pupils presented their project and confidently answered audience fielded questions which sought their feelings on the benefits of working with their twinned partner school online through eTwinning. National Awards awarded by British Council's John Rolfe MBE at a Gala dinner on Saturday recognised outstanding international projects from UK schools. There were 12 awards presented across various categories and one award for the overall winning project.
View the full conference programme here.
View live recordings and conversations via the conference twitter hashtag #eTuk18 , which trended in the UK throughout the weekend.
2018 OVERALL WINNER
Project: I’ve got a Frog in my Throat
Winner: Sarah Bruce- Panshanger Primary School, Welwyn Garden City, England
Judge's Comments: This project demonstrates excellent whole school involvement through very effective planning and communication strategies and a highly collaborative focus. There is very good pedagogical development for all participants. Robust evaluation processes are used to evidence outcomes. This is a clever, amusing and motivating approach to language learning achieving high impact on developing language skills. This project has used idioms as a tool to awaken curiosity of other languages, to reveal linkages between our European languages and thus to strengthen our sense of shared cultural heritage. The careful planning of the project and your leadership have been keys to its success.
Key Themes: Languages, Whole School
2018 AWARD WINNERS
Project: Our Colourful World
Winner: Kathryn Alker- Crossgates Primary School, Rochdale, England
Judge's Comments: A very well planned and delivered eTwinning project with thoughtful and clear curricular integration. There is enthusiastic student involvement and the focused use of technology to achieve precise outcomes. There is an emphasis on peer to peer learning permeating the project and excellent evaluation contributions from all stakeholders. This project achieves its aims of inclusion and equality.
Key Themes: Inclusion, Erasmus+
Project: The Colours of the Rainbow
Winner: Kirsten Barrett- St Maria Goretti Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland
Judge's Comments: This project makes good use of the practical application of active learning. There is excellent motivational content and well developed peer to peer support and teambuilding opportunities. Curriculum integration is clearly evidenced and broader teacher engagement is developing in the school. The twinspace is well designed displaying good evidence of outcomes and actions along with evaluative evidence.
Key Themes: Self- Evaluation, English as an Additional Language, Inclusion
Project: Forget Me Not
Winner: Valentina Burley- Tendring Technology College, Frinton-on-Sea, England
Judge's Comments: There is an excellent use of technology across a wide selection of curricular areas. Good collaborative evidence support language learning along with cross curricular engagements. There is pupil choice and strong teacher to teacher collaboration. There is good use of local communities as a resource for activity based learning in this endearing project.
Key Themes: Collaboration, Student Autonomy, Move2Learn
Project: Top Secret
Winner: Patrick Carroll- Shaw Wood Academy, Doncaster, England
Judge's Comments: The theme of this eTwinning project is a clear and imaginative starting point for an engaging experience promising massive opportunity for learning and collaboration. There is an excellent development of both problem solving and critical thinking through genuine active learning. There is a very well laid out twinspace with excellent evaluation and evidence of the outcomes being achieved. The students clearly had to rely and collaborate with each other to achieve the highly motivating objectives. There is a focused use of technology supporting this impressive project.
Key Themes: Cybersecurity
Project: Los 5 Sentidos de Boadilla Del Monte- Glasgow
Winner: Stephen Dolan- Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow, Scotland
Judge's Comments: A highly effective project with a well thought through strategy employed to address communication and collaboration. Carefully planned, cross curricular and motivating all the students involved. There is a good use of local communities and cultural links. A wide variety of active learning opportunities are evident as is motivated and engaged students who enjoy challenge.
Key Themes: Interdisciplinary
Project: Keep Fit!
Winner: Helen Edwards- Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, Ystalyfera, Wales
Judge's Comments: This is a fun, motivational project full of energy and enthusiasm. There is highly effective active learning outwith the games hall and strong cross curricular elements throughout. Very proficient use of technology and a well presented and organised twinspace enhances the active learning. There is clear evidence of fully engaged students achieving the project outcomes.
Key Themes: Healthy Living, Lefévre
Winner: Ian Kell- The Academy at Shotton Hall, Peterlee, England
Judge's Comments: An impressive, fully developed student led project with strong and precise application of technology to enhance and support critical thinking and collaboration. The subtle planning has enabled ethical values to be central while ensuring independent learning and focused collaboration permeates the learning. The well-structured twinspace clearly engages with quality evaluation tools, pedagogical development and significant peer to peer learning.
Key Themes: Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Erasmus+
Project: Cuisinons together!
Winner: Laurence Laminie- Ashton Park School
Judge's Comments: This well constructed project is imaginatively integrated into the curriculum. There is strong pedagogical development evidenced native speakers are facilitated are motivated and engaged to enhance skills. The combining of cultural food recipes adds an addition creative dimension to the project outcomes.
Key Themes: Languages
Project: Green Dreams
Winner: Christelle Lorin- Queens Road Academy, Barnsley, England
Judge's Comments: This project has at its core peer to peer direct contact and support. Shared goals and perserverance in achieving them, mixed with appropriate challenge, technology and cultural understanding is clearly evidenced. It is well planned and delivers language development in a motivational context.
Key Themes: Interaction, Creativity, Shared Goals
Project: Heritage Stroll: un paseo por la historia
Winner: Cristina Sanchez- James Allen’s Girls’ School, London, England
Judge's Comments: There are excellent student interactions throughout this well planned cross curricular project. Collaboration with partners also extends to other staff in their departments in the school while the use of student administrators in the project is admirable. Independent learning and skills acquisition is evident throughout. A well planned twinspace demonstrates clearly the outcomes achieved.
Key Themes: Cultural Heritage, Curricular Integration, Languages
Project: Our Lives in 20 Years
Winner: Natalie Stevenson- Forrester High School, Edinburgh, Scotland
Judge's Comments: This well organised, well presented project engages with topical contexts in an engaging and motivational way. Problem solving skills and creativity are woven into the fabric of this engaging project. There is good communication and collaboration with an appropriate use of technology. This is a very attractive and engaging project.
Key Themes: Problem Solving, Surveys, Erasmus+
NOTES TO EDITORS
Dates: 8-10 June 2018
Venue: The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7SH
eTwinning data: eTwinning is a free and secure online network, where teachers from 42 countries can find partners, work on projects and enable pupil collaboration across any subject area. The conference programme provided eTwinning Ambassadors, teachers and other stakeholders with high quality professional development opportunities and networking opportunities which contribute directly to a teachers’ ability to collaborate with peers and schools in different countries. There have been more than 570,000 teacher registrations across Europe on www.eTwinning.net the programme launched in 2005. The UK has reached approximately 26,250 UK registrations and has seen over 10,300 projects across all school sectors and subject areas.
eTwinning is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is managed in the UK by the British Council. The British Council is the UK’s National Agency for Erasmus+, in partnership with Ecorys UK.
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The UK schools which have been awarded the eTwinning School Label are:
- Alderman's Green Community Primary School, Coventry
- All Saints Church of England Primary School, Coalville
- Appleby Primary School, Appleby-In-Westmorland
- Barton Hill Academy, Torquay
- Bredon Hill Academy, Evesham
- Eastburn Junior and Infant School, Eastburn
- Gipsey Bridge Primary School, Boston
- Holy Trinity Pewley Down School, Guildford
- James Allen's Girls' School, London
- Jervoise School, Birmingham
- King's Ely, Ely
- Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham
- Mayflower Primary School, Leicester
- Pendle Community High School and College, Nelson
- Shaw Wood Academy, Doncaster
- Steeton Primary School, Steeton
- Stockport School, Stockport
- The Academy at Shotton Hall, Peterlee
- The Observatory School, Bidston
- Victoria Infant and Nursery School, Workington
- Craigholme School, Glasgow
- Hampden School, Glasgow
- Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
- Lamlash Nursery School, Glasgow
- St Roch's Secondary School, Glasgow
- Pillgwenlly C.P. School, Newport
- Ysgol Hendre, Bryncoch
- Edenderry Primary School, Banbridge
- St Paul's High School, Bessbrook