The European eTwinning Prize Competition 2016
The main category is sponsored by the European Commission and has three levels as follows.
The three prizes are for projects involving:
1. Pupils age 4-11
2. Pupils age 12-15
3. Pupils age 16-19
In addition to the main eTwinning Prize category there are also a number of special categories sponsored by other organisations. In 2016, the special category prizes available are:
Spanish Language Prize
French Language Prize
Marie Skłodowska Curie Prize
Mevlana Prize for Intercultural Understanding
English Language Prize
History and Remembrance Prize
“Peyo Yavorov” Prize – For a project that encourages a love of reading among young people
To join the competition, projects must have been awarded the European Quality Label in any year of the project’s lifespan. Only the partners of a project who have received the European Quality Label can apply for and win a European Prize. All projects must demonstrate that they have been active in the 2014-2015 school year.
Projects can only apply once for the eTwinning Prizes; however, projects that have demonstrated a significant improvement over time can apply a second time at the discretion of the National Support Services involved.
The deadline for submissions is 12 December 2015.
All entries are submitted by clicking the link available on eTwinning Live.
Click on the projects tab, and you will find the link in the list of actions below the project description.
Each year several hundred projects compete in different categories for the honour of being awarded. The competition is high and the standard attained by the teachers and pupils involved in the projects rise each year.
To learn more about the timeline for the competition and the evaluation process follow these links:
Read more at: https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/progress/awards/european_prizes.htm
Patrizia Roma guided the audience through the exploration of two digital tools – Socrative and Nearpod – which allow a great amount of classroom interaction and have many possible applications in eTwinning projects.
What are Socrative and Nearpod?
Socrative (www.socrative.com) is a student response system for real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization. Teachers can engage and assess students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. The “Space Race” mode introduces an element of gamification into the quiz activity.
Nearpod (www.nearpod.com) lets teachers create interactive presentations to be delivered directly on the students’ devices, embedding quizzes, polls, videos and webpages which students can browse at their own pace. The “Draw it” feature triggers students’ creativity. There’s also a library of ready made presentations by Nearpod educators on a wide range of subjects and for different age groups, Nearpod is free up to a certain limit of presentations in your dashboard.
Both tools can be used online or downloaded in your pc. They are also available on tablets and smartphone devices.
After a comprehensive presentation of both tools, Patrizia gave the audience the opportunity to experiment with both. With Socrative, the participants could try themselves the quiz activities and got connected to the virtual room that she created. In their daily teaching, they can create their own virtual room and introduce elements of gamification. Moreover, there is a wide range of ready made quizzes which can be reused. A number of applications are possible in eTwinning projects: for instance, students of the partner countries can take part in the quizzes and polls at the same time.
In the second part of the workshop, the participants got the chance to try out Nearpod. As presentation dashboard, Nearpod offers even more possibilities that Socrative in terms of content creation. Teacher can incorporate video, word files, links, and also quizzes. Feedback is immediate and can be seen as a graph and saved in the reports section. Again, there are many possible options in eTwinning: presentations with embedded quizzes, videos, polls or webpages can be seen by all partners simultaneously in a single virtual classroom.
Reporting by: Valentina Garoia (European Schoolnet)