Speakers and Abstracts Day 1

  • Below you will find the speakers of day 1. The description also includes the picture, a short bio and the abstract of the presentation. 

    Tapio Säävälä

    Tapio Saavala has worked in Finland as a SEN teacher and as a school head. At the Commission has has been working on key competences and the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme. Currently, his focus is on teacher and school leader policy development.

    Abtract: The title of the speech will be “Teachers in the European Education Area” and he plans to give an overview on the situation of teachers in Europe and what the Commission’s Communication on European Education Area plans ahead as regards policy support and the use of Erasmus+ for the years to come as regards teacher education.

    Pier Cesare Rivoltella

    Pier Cesare Rivoltella is Full Professor in Education Technology at the Catholic University of Milan. In the same University he is the Chief of CREMIT (Center of Research about Education, Media, Information and technology). President of SIREM (Italian Society for Research on Media Education) and part of several Scientific Associations, he wrote mainly about Media Education and Education Technology. He is also editor in chief of the journal REM – Research on Education and Media.

    Abstract: We will start from a reflection on some of the greatest masters of educational research who practiced "school twinning" in the past century: Celestine Freinet, Lorenzo Milani, Mario Lodi. This reflection will accompany us in understanding how the eTwinning experience can support teachers' training at different levels: collaboration, intercultural skills, digital literacy, citizenship.

    Ritva Kantelinen

    Ritva Kantelinen, PhD, is Professor of Education, especially Language Pedagogy, and currently 1st vice head in charge of international issues in the School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education at the University of Eastern Finland. Her professional interests in research, teaching and development work focus on language education and research-based development of higher education, especially teacher education. She is Academic Head of the International Master's Degree Programme in Early Language Education for Intercultural Education. She holds a docentship in Vocational Language Education at the University of Jyväskylä.


    Abstract: Experiences from University of Eastern Finland

    This presentation sheds light to encouraging eTwinning experiences in UEF teacher education since 2017. From the very beginning, our active eTwinning participation has aimed at exploring added value for university teacher education at the department and in its teacher training school. Experiences are introduced at four stages, which have been recognized during our eTwinning era: The stages introduced  are  getting familiar with eTwinning network facilities; applying facilities; sharing the outcomes; networking and collaborating; searching for new openings for networking.

    Magdalena Wawrzyniak-Śliwska

    Magdalena Wawrzyniak-Śliwska is an assistant professor at the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Gdansk, Poland. She specializes in ELT Methodology, Teaching Young Learners, Pedagogy and Cognitive Linguistics. She has been involved with eTwinning TTI since 2016. She has managed to make eTwinning visible at university both to students, lecturers and the authorities. She also runs in-service courses for teachers promoting the idea of online project work at eTwinning platforms.

    Abstract: The presentation will focus on the good practices of eTwinning at TTI that have been developed at Gdansk University. I will present both examples of international and national collaboration and projects and our attempts to incorporate eTwinning in the documents of pre-service teacher training courses at UG.

    Frederik De Laere

    Frederik De Laere teaches geography and is international coordinator in the education department of Howest for 6 years. Before, he was a teacher in secondary education in Flanders. He is project leader of the Erasmus KA2 project DLAB (Digital Learning Across Boundaries) and eTwinning ambassador.

    Abstract: In this workshop the participants will get info on how to integrate eTwinning in the curriculum of teacher training. Examples of project-based learning in teacher education in Howest will be shown in the module project-based learning and the Erasmus KA2 DLAB project.

    Chiara Felici

    Chiara Felici has carried out an eTwinning Internship (TTI) as a student trainee of the Course of Primary Education of the University of Florence following two projects carried out during the lockdown period.

    She graduated cum laude in October 2020 discussing a thesis on Flipped Teaching and currently teaches in primary school.

    Abstract: The aim of this speech is to underline the usefulness of the eTwinning platform to future teachers. eTwinning allows students to have a sight on different realities, new cultural contexts, and to share not only activities related to the project, but also experiences, feelings and emotions. And this has been particularly true in a period of social distancing. eTwinning is a window on the world for a trainee student, providing her/him with the opportunity to join a wide network of relationships. In this way, trainees can practically test their own management and communication skills, developing their mental flexibility and becoming part of a stimulating intellectual community. Undoubtedly, it also requires a considerable workload, but the opportunity to build relationships with partners, the joy of students, the satisfaction of the school tutor, can finally provide a great gratification. In conclusion, eTwinning allows trainee students to truly put on the shoes of teachers, becoming the real protagonists of a unique, authentic and shared project.