The annual eTwinning conference took place in Berlin on 29, 30 and 31 March 2012. It awarded top European projects and brought together more than 500 teachers from across the Continent to discuss ways to highlight and foster school teams.
The eTwinning conference showcased the strong commitment of teachers to open their classrooms and let Europe enter in their work. This year the work on the conference focused on the fostering of school teams, teachers and other professionals working together in schools and communities to further the work on eTwinning. In its sixth year, eTwinning continues to grow from strength to strength. Now involving over 150,000 registered teachers across Europe, the Action has affirmed its ever-important role in shaping a European space for education. Free of fees and administrative tasks, eTwinning offers schools from all corners of Europe the opportunity to work together on projects that directly benefit their pupils’ learning development and knowledge of Europe.
One of the highlights of the conference was the eTwinning Prizes award. There were six prizes, 3 special category prizes and 3 main categories based on the age of the pupils. The winning projects in the three age categories were awarded with a four-day camp taking place in Antalya, Turkey giving the opportunity to the teachers and students to meet their partners face to face, learn more about online collaborative projects and spend time with other students from across Europe. eTwinning was launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme. Now part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, its Central Support Service is operated by European Schoolnet.
European Schoolnet is an international partnership of 30 European Ministries of Education developing learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe.