What to say about eTwinning? I am really a beginner/newbie on this platform but as far as I can see it is a great platform for cooperation. I am teaching a lot of high school subjects in high school. Each year I am preparing my curriculum for history, sociology, politics and civics. And each summer I am “wasting” a lot of my free time preparing something interesting for the next school year. Each year I am thinking how to prepare projects that involve international cooperation without begging for money for travel. Last year I was exploring some web sites and by accident I discovered something called eTwinning. I followed some people that were talking about it on Facebook, and especially the publications by Lidija Kralj.

During the last 12 months I registered on eTwinning portal, explored the content, participated in two webinars and one learning event. To gather more experience I have started a small (or basic) eTwinning project with just one partner from Turkey. “Meeting point in history: Szigetvar” was a history project connecting two schools, two teachers and several students. The idea was to explore one meeting point in history when in year 1566 two great historical figures met at the same place. The place was Szigetvar in Hungary, where Croatian nobleman Nikola Subic Zrinski defended the city against Suleiman the Magnificent.

Why am I using eTwinning? History is a great subject to implement international cooperation. Students love to do something that is not a part of usual school process. They love to get to know someone new and discover new interesting things.

I think that with this concept “Meeting point in history” each year I could do at least two mini-projects lasting two or three months. The ideas could be Napoleon (Napoleonic wars and involvement of Croatia and its soldiers in that time), White Croatia (part of Poland where Croats lived before migrating to present place), Under the Star (comparison between states that once were “under red star” and now one of the EU stars – history, culture, etc.). Students could benefit with learning project skills, language, history, culture, music, etc. If we have enough imagination and will to work, eTwinnning will be a fantastic place.

Source: Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter

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