How to use this exemplar to improve practice?
The ideas incorporated in the case study can be copied directly, or elements of the work can be taken and used to meet local need. eTwinning, which is described well, can be used as a simple low cost initial start to develop an international element to the curriculum which is engaging and motivating.
The exemplar also highlights the professional links and resources that are available and helpful, which could readily be used by other schools or institutions.
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What was done?
Pupils at Battlefield Primary School in Glasgow have been exploring the benefits of eTwinning as an international education teaching and learning resource.
By creating links with partner schools in Spain and Iceland, pupils have had the opportunity to use a broad range of media to share their learning.
This has included writing letters, taking photographs and making PowerPoint presentations.
Learners are now extremely keen to finding out about other children around the world, and four members of staff have benefitted greatly from the leadership opportunities offered to them. Learners and staff have also seen their ICT skills improve.
Read the full report on the eTwinning project below.
The school wanted to refresh and update its approaches to learning. This involved engaging staff and pupils in a more motivating, useful and interesting way of examining educational and social topics. The evaluation confirms the positive impact this is having, and the value to the staff and the pupils.
What was the impact?
Staff and managers valued and benefited from the professional learning, both around the process of strategic review, and around the learning and teaching approaches adopted.
Pupils were more motivated and used the eTwinning activities well as a vehicle for learning. They developed a range of skills including enhanced communication skills and improvements in their ability to use ICT.
PDF file: Battlefield Primary - Impact Report (52 KB)