The 2021 eTwinning National Conference will be held in a blended version: online and in-person, on 15 and 16 December.
The event, dedicated this year to the impact of eTwinning on the professional development of teachers in service in Italy, is organized by the National eTwinning Unit, INDIRE’s Erasmus + National Agency.
The National Conference represents the most important national event of the European community of schools and teachers active in remote collaborative projects and includes, as every year, the ceremony for the delivery of the national eTwinning Awards, a moment of celebration of the ten best collaborative projects between classes, realized through the eTwinning platform in the school year 2020/21.
The institutional greetings will be attended by: Andrea Bollini, Erasmus+ National Authority of the Ministry of Education and Flaminio Galli, Director General of INDIRE.
15/12 – Opening of the Conference, National Awards 2021 and Erasmus Orchestra’s concert
During the first day, Wednesday 15 December from 2.30 pm, the videos of the 10 awarded projects will be shown, followed by short interviews with some of the teachers involved, who will participate in the event from the INDIRE headquarters in Florence.
The first day of the conference will be opened by US experts Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager, authors of the text Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom – the “Bible” of the Makers movement for teaching – and Lorenzo Guasti, INDIRE technologist, who edited the Italian edition of the volume.
At the end of the afternoon, from 7 pm at the Niccolini Theatre in Florence, there will be a concert by the Erasmus Orchestra, the musical ensemble made up of Erasmus students from Italian conservatories, which will celebrate the start of the new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme with music by Ennio Morricone. The concert is open to all, subject to availability and in compliance with the current anti-Covid legislation, by registering at this link.
16/12 – Round table
Thursday 16 December from 10.30, the second day of the conference will be dedicated to the presentation of the publication “The impact of eTwinning on the professional development of teachers in service in Italy”, which collects the results of research carried out by INDIRE and the University of Florence.
A round table discussion with a panel of experts on the challenges and opportunities for the professional development of teachers with eTwinning is also scheduled. Speakers will include Giuseppe Pierro, Director of the office for the policies of training for school staff of the Ministry of Education, Immacolata Grimaldi, Ministry of Education, Maria Chiara Pettenati, INDIRE research manager; Maria Ranieri, professor at the University of Florence; Donatella Nucci, eTwinning Italy head of unit and Emanuela Boffa Ballaran, eTwinning teacher and ambassador.
Official hashtag: # eTwPremi21