tips for collaboration


in etwinning projects project/course Let's eTwin ER&MVO
Marta Xallis
Flashcards by Marta Xallis, updated more than 1 year ago
Marta Xallis
Created by Marta Xallis about 6 years ago

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Tip #1 Get to know your partners Share with your partners all the necessary information: Number of students participating in the project. Your students’ age and interests. Your students’ level in the foreign language and their ICT skills
Tip #2 Create a detailed time schedule Set the starting dates for each task Mark the dates each one of the partner schools is on holidays. Share it with your students Set deadlines and keep to them.
Tip #3 Preparatory planning leads to a successful eTwinning project Plan a meeting, introduce the project to the children and inform the parents, the colleagues and the headteacher about the specific project. Add more teachers from your school to the project and form school teams. Announce the beginning of the project on the school website. Create Twinspace Accounts for all the participants and invite the students to the Twinspace. Organise mini-courses for your students on ICT tools to be used and on how to use the Twinspace Create Twinspace tutorials for students or partners who are beginners in eTwinning (if necessary).
Tip #4 Design your Twinspace carefully Create activity pages for each one of the planned tasks. Add a short description for each one of the activities planned on the top of each activity page. Agree with your partners about the most suitable tools for each one of the activities and add them to your activity pages
Tip #5 Break the Ice and Get to know each other Have students interact as much as possible. Ask them to update their Twinspace profiles by adding a short description of themselves and a representative avatar. Ask them to leave comments on their partners’ walls. Vote for the best Twinspace profiles. Plan chat sessions and skype meetings regularly. Find creative ways to have your students introduce themselves and their school or country
Tip #6 Team your students up in Transnational Groups Create a table with the newly formed transnational groups and add it to the Twinspace. Ask your students to work together and write a short description of their group members Ask your students to agree upon a name for their group and draw together a symbol or an emblem for each group
Tip #7 Plan as many collaborative activities as possible Try to plan activities that need your partners’ contribution to be completed. Use as many collaborative tools as possible Try to avoid creating folders for each country in Twinspace. Successful collaborative activities are the ones in which you cannot tell which of the partners did what!
Tip #8 Assign Responsibilities to your students Discover your students’ talents and skills and give them responsibilities. Team the students up in groups, according to their talents (the painting group, the photography group, the ICT group etc) Assign to some students the role of ‘student administrator” in Twinspace
Tip #9 Set Evaluation Criteria Try to evaluate along with your partners the quality of your project. Recognize Key Strengths Identify areas that need improvement Plan ongoing evaluation activities ( Ts and Ss share opinions, make proposals, comment on each other’s work)
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