Czech awards in Pan European education
Czech students rewarded for online cooperative learning.
The internet is often rightly regarded as a double edged sword. A technological tool that has enormous positive potential and poses great risks in equal measure, not least in its impact on our youth. For the past five years, one optimistic development has been the establishment of eTwinning, which has been linking young students from across Europe. Pupils at elementary and high school level cooperate and interact on projects and assignments and learn more about each other than merely the scope of the lesson.
The National Agency for European Education Programs (NAEP), the Czech national body in charge of eTwinning estimate 2,500 Czech elementary, middle and high schools are participating in around 650 projects. Approximately 50 School teachers per day advertise on the website looking for partners.
Over a week ago NAEP awarded prizes to Czech participants at elementary, high and special school levels. Petr Chaluš of NAEP said, “The national prize for eTwinning is only given to those projects in which pupils not only share common input, but … manage to actually cooperate online, by completing tasks in international teams, by communicating and preparing project inputs.”
At the elementary school level first prize went to ZŠ Komenského in Louny, northwest Bohemia. The class cooperated with a school in Slovakia on a project about a Czechoslovak spy film, and students learned about the differences in their languages.
First place in the high-school division went to a physics project from a high school in Liberec. Czech students did the same science experiments as their partner students, and everyone recorded their experiments and shared them online.
Under the auspices of the EU’s Comenius Programme, eTwinning Currently boasts nearly 100, 000 registered schools from over 30 countries and over 5,000 active projects and looks set to play a role, however minor, in the continuing integration of Europe.