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Pippi Longstocking

eTwinning is the network for schools in Europe.  eTwinning teachers set up online projects for their students and they collaborate in a safe pedagogical environment. The added value of learning with eTwinning is the international context and the real life audience it provides for the learners. eTwinning facilitates 21st Century learning.

From time to time teachers get the opportunity to meet face to face. Over the past days  a Professional Development Workshop took place in Stockholm at the World Trade Center. The conference theme was European Citizenship. Around 100 teachers from 25 countries were present as well as a group of 80 EU school ambassadors who had a slightly different programme.

At the Europahuset we attended a keynote by Doris Pack, member of the European Parliament and the Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education.

Doris Pack told us that Europe is not just in Brussels and, of course, eTwinning teachers don’t have to be convinced about that. She spoke about identity and stated that exchange and communication make us who we are. The feeling of European citizenship should be embedded in education from a very early age. The new Erasmus+ programme will provide a new framework for mobilties and online collaboration.

The rest of the programme was filled with workshops to create project ideas, getting to know eTwinning ICT tools and partner finding activities. I delivered 2 workshops myself about building safe, interactive and creative introduction and communication activities.

The farewell dinner took place in Junibacken, the exhibition centre for the fantastic world of the stories of Astrid Lindgren and other great Scandinavian authors. We had our meal next to the house of Pippi Longstocking.

Teachers can learn from Pippi Longstocking. Education should be a bit Pippi like: adventurous and creative.

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