American Councils teachers join eTwinning as experts, mentors and project trainers

April, 30 2013


April 30, American Councils Moldova Country Director David Jesse met with Mihai Calalb, eTwinning Project Coordinator in Republic of Moldova, ORDSE Chairman (Organization for Reform and Development in Educational System), to agree on an official partnership as part of the eTwinning network (http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm). The eTwinning action promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools and offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe. Available in twenty-five languages, the eTwinning Portal now has the involvement of nearly 170 000 members and over 5324 projects* between two or more schools across Europe. Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission's eLearning Programme, eTwinning has been firmly integrated in the Lifelong Learning Programme since 2007. Its Central Support Service is operated by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 33 European Ministries of Education developing learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe. eTwinning is further supported at national level by 35 National Support Services.

American Councils Moldova will provide logistical support to eTwinning teachers from Moldova, will involve its most experienced educators and students in online eTwinning projects as mentors, trainers and curriculum developers. eTwinning participants will connect to Access teachers and students from over 6 regions around the country and will have the opportunity to learn from American Councils Moldova best educational practices. An important aspect of the project is teaching Moldovan educators English and then how to use online tools to connect to their colleagues around Europe. Several ACM educators will travel to the regions to conduct workshops on the use of Web 2.0 media in schools and the most active eTwinning teachers from the regions will have the opportunity to travel to the capital city and participate in American Councils summer projects, such as FLEX EFL and Access summer camps.

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