Our schools are already participating in a Comenius project and our idea is to use Etwinning as a complementary tool within our project. We will start working with one of the schools involved (Escóla Secundaria de Gafanha de Nazaré), but we plan to invite the other schools participating to join in: Friedrich-Bayer-Realschule (Wuppertal, Germany), The Children’s Palace (Sibiu, Romania), Il Liceum Ogólnoksztalcace im. Emilii Plater (Sosnowiec, Poland), Fatih Primary School, (Ankara, Turkey) and AOC Terra VMBO Groen Oldekerk (Niekerk, The Netherlands).
Within the Comenius project, whose most important aim will be to compare different methodological approaches in teaching those subjects involved in the project, especially foreign languages, our students will be involved in the creation of a dictionary and a newspaper and we will use etwinning to encourage and facilite thier cooperative work on these two projects.
It will also be our purpose to make pupils aware of the importance of the use of a foreign language which will enable communication with people from different countries and will become the vehicle to get information and to know about the music, history, geography, economy or any other aspects of the countries involved, since we believe knowledge and cooperation are the best ways to improve understanding.
At the same time, students will benefit from the use of ICTs, learning how these devices will be an essential tool to carry out the activities they will be dealing with. ICTs will be also dealt with from the teachers’ point of view, learning to use them as teaching tools that can help to motivate our students. There will be, therefore, a double scope of cooperation: for the teachers on the one hand, and for the students on the other.