Anne Gilleran, Senior Pedagogical Adviser at eTwinning’s Central Support Service, served as moderator for the panel. She gave a lively introductory presentation Illustrated by reportages and interviews that followed the development of eTwinning from its inception until today. “eTwinning is a successful endeavour and it’s growing every day!”
She highlighted the many different opportunities that eTwinning offers, such as tools for communicating, sharing, learning, and teachers’ professional development aids such as learning events and pedagogical workshops. “ eTwinning arrives just at the right time, when teachers have a need.”
Then she gave the floor to the panel:
• Carlos Medina, Spanish Ministry of Education: “there is no bureaucracy; eTwinning offers reliable support.”
• Luca Volonté, Lombardia Regional School Office Representative: “this is a new approach, eTwinning represents a total engagement. Pupils have an active role. Teachers are taken out from their routine. “
• Eugenio Rivière, DG Education and Culture, European Commission: it was indeed a great idea to provide a tool such as eTwinning instead of simply funding a new project. eTwinners feel the complete ownership of the project.
• Tomacz Szymczak, Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji: the success of eTwinning comes also from the fact that it has been fully designed from the bottom up.