28.04.2014 eTwinning programme a success in Gaelscoil Mhuscraí

An Foras Pátrúnachta / News from Schools / 28.04.2014 eTwinning programme a success in Gaelscoil Mhuscraí

etwinning balla 2 - cropped

The eTwinning project has been underway in Gaelscoil Mhúscraí since 2010. eTwinning is a community for schools in Europe.

eTwinning enables schools across Europe to communicate and work together on educational projects.

In 2012, the pupils of the school co-wrote an eBook with children in Scotland and France. They recorded themselves reading their section of the book and listened to their partners abroad reading their work in English and in their native languages.

At present there are two projects in progress- ‘Green-Schools’ and ‘Castles Around Europe’. ‘Green Schools’ is a blog shared by the school with children in Britain and France where they compare each seasonal change between the three countries. They also focus on environmental conservation.

As part of ‘Castles Around Europe ‘, the students learn about castles in Ireland , Greece, Poland, France and Azerbaijan.

There are two projects underway at present – ‘Gr@@n-Schools’ agus ‘Castles Around Europe. Green Schools is a blog the school shares with children from Wales and France where they compare the changing seasons from all three countries. They also work on ways to help the environment.

etwinning MEP - cropped

“The eTwinning project as really improved the childrens ICT skills. They are blogging producing podcasts, creating PowerPoints, using Skype and mastering technological instruments as part of the eTwinning Project,” said Mairéad Breathnach, a teacher in the school.

“We have made international friends, we have won eTwinning Awards and we have met MEP’s as a result of taking part in this learning network. It also helped us to achieve the Blue Star Flag Award last year. We highly recommend it!”