eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe.
eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be a part of the most exciting learning community in Europe. eTwinning is co-funded by the Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
St. Patrick’s N.S. have taken part in eTwinning projects over the past number of years. We have been awarded an eTwinning School label for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a great honour and is recognition of the great work done with eTwinning projects, and in particular the collaborative project undertaken in 3rd-6th class in the 2019-2020 school year with a school in Spain. The project provided the children with the opportunity to learn about some of the culture and traditions in Spain as well as everyday life, particularly in relation to school life. Participation in the project gave the pupils the opportunity to engage with technology and it also provided a real audience for their work. Pupils used Google Classroom, Google docs, Google Slides, Powerpoint and Book Creator as part of this project. To begin this project, pupils used their Google Classroom account to type a letter to an eTwinning partner. They also created cards that they sent to their eTwinning partner. They created presentations using Powerpoint about our village and about Gaelic football. Pupils in 3rd class used the Book Creator app to recreate the story of Setanta.
In the 2020-2021 school year, 3rd class participated in a project entitled “Languages United”. This project's aim was to promote the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and motivate students to learn foreign languages and respect other cultures. There were 12 project partners from throughout Europe. This project provided the pupils with a wealth of opportunities, from learning about the cultures of other countries to learning about cultural diversity throughout Europe & presenting our class, village and country to a wide audience. Pupils had the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of digital tools that they may otherwise not have used. A major advantage of being involved in a project like this is that the pupils are provided with an audience for their work. They continued to work on the project from home while school buildings were closed in the second term.
In the 2021-2022 school year, 3rd class have been participating in two projects - one was a short project before Christmas where they exchanged Christmas cards with children from 19 countries around Europe. There was great excitement when the postman brought cards to discover which country they had arrived from! The second project involves just four schools, one in Italy, one in Turkey and one in Spain. So far, the children have made a short video greeting and before Christmas they sent Christmas wishes using Padlet. They have also had Zoom calls with the Italian classes and will do a project involving creation of a presentation before the school year ends.