Involving Pupils Some tips and advice on how to get your pupils involved in the planning and implementation of an eTwinning project
Involving pupils Running an eTwinning project can be a rewarding experience for both teachers and pupils. We have set out some suggestions below on how to ensure that your pupils get the most out of their involvement in eTwinning Plus
Before the Project Explain that all participants (teachers and pupils) will have a role to play Explain the general idea of the project and involve pupils in the project planning
Before the Project Agree on a number of interesting topics to be discussed and developed throughout the project
Planning the Project Assess the pupils’ knowledge of other countries and what they would like to know Have students plan how they will present your school, region and country
Planning the Project Agree on the tools you will use during the project • Introduce the pupils to the TwinSpace
During the Project Create a Pupils’ Corner in class, or in another area of the school, as a dedicated exhibition space for the project.
During the Project Mix pupils from partner schools, in pairs or in mixed groups, to ensure that each pupil has at least one partner Have pupils ‘meet’ via chat or video conference
During the Project Ask for volunteers to manage certain aspects of the TwinSpace Allow pupils to propose topics for discussion throughout the project
During the Project Create a common calendar of events for pupils to refer to (e.g., national festivals, sporting events, etc.)
During the Project Involve all pupils in the activities. Propose different activities according to pupils’ interest and ability, to encourage constant engagement in the project Integrate the project into the curriculum by doing the work during teaching hours so that it is a natural contribution from pupils (and not perceived as extra work)
During the Project Emphasise the communication between pupils rather than focusing on grammar Establish evaluation criteria for the pupils to fill out at a later stage
After the Project Discuss the positive and negative aspects of the project with your pupils. Discuss their earlier expectations and how they have panned out
After the Project Involve pupils in disseminating the project results throughout the educational community and beyond
Involving other people You can also involve colleagues, by sharing your project results with them and asking them to get involved in the project or help disseminate the project outcomes.
Involving other people Organise “open days” with the pupils’ parents and have pupils present the project. You can also involve parents in the project by inviting them to the TwinSpace, so they can see the topics that their children have been working on.