Yesterday, at the wonderful Westin hotel in Zagreb I participated in eTwinning national conference. Among many speakers from Belgium, Sweden, Slovenia and Croatia, our National Agency gave the prizes for the best eTwinning projects in the previous school year.
A very lovely note was that the whole conference was covered simultaneously by Twitter tweets and the hashtag #etwzg, which reminded me of an amazing eTwinning conference in Berlin in March. It is always nice to implement modern trends into our country and keep all the other interested eTwinners posted wherever they are. Acoording to the Tweets, you can see the talks that were being held and participants’ impressions at the end of this post.
The conference started with greetings from our National Agency and the organizers, Dunja Babić, Jelena Goričanec and Zvonimir Vidušin. The first talks were by the experts in eTwinning, starting with Bart Verswijvel who always impresses the audience and in a very visual way of presenting shares his experiences about his teaching, eTwinning and use of technology. The stage loves him! 🙂
After Bart, we got a chance to hear Lidija Kralj and her Comenius partner Niilo Alhovaara from Sweden talk about Internet safety and the ways to protect ourselves and our students, but also to be responsible online.
The next up were lovely group of enthusiastic Slovenian eTwinners and ambassadors, who presented some of the best eTwinning projects in Slovenia. These are also my new friends I feel and I am certain that we will cooperate in the future. They are Tatjana Gulič, Irena Rimc Voglar and Dejan Kramžar.
After the lunch break, which is always a chance for catching up with colleagues, the COMET awards for the best eTwinning projects in the previous school year were awarded in four categories. The winners are:
- kindergarten and lower primary classes: Nataša Ljubić Klemše from Bjelovar
- upper primary classes: Mini Hotels Network, my project 🙂
- secondary school:
- the best school team: Tomislav Pavlović, OŠ Velika Ludina
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL! 🙂
The final talk was by Arjana Blažić, an enthusiastic teacher who is an amazing digital teacher, presenter, technology and Twitter fan and a great colleague from Zagreb IX. Grammar School. Her presentation was about 21st century skills.
To sum up, we had a wonderful conference and as always, I learned a lot, I met amazing new people and got a chance to meet some of the people that I collaborated with online. The power of eTwinning is in the unity and this feeling of positive energy when we all think that we can change education and grow as people and as teachers. THANK YOU! 🙂
What follows is a Storyfy listing of all the Tweets that appeared yesterday on #etwzg. This is a powerful tool, as you can see, it helped me a lot to summarize the conference, and to post this blog post.