In Tbilisi, within the framework of the program
"eTwinning Plus" the first contact seminar was opened in which apart
from Georgian teachers 52 teachers and program coordinators from 10 European countries (France, Germany, England, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Turkey, Hungary,
Ukraine, Azerbaijan) take part.
The special speaker of the seminar is the British Council
representative, eTwinning Ambassador Chris Williams, who will make a report on
the importance of international cooperation and its benefits.
The aim of the contact seminar is to work together on joint
project ideas, share best practices, motivate teachers, support the cooperation
and communication, and reveal innovative teaching methods.
The participants of the three-day workshop will be offered a
variety of learning-thematic meetings, which will be conducted by the
representative Ambassadors from Georgia and other European countries.
The process of the seminar envisages setting up teacher groups
according to their interests and their joint work on various training projects.
Eventually, the project plans will be posted on the eTwinning portal, and
teachers upon the return to their countries will be able to implement them in classrooms.
The National Center for Teacher Professional Development,
with the help of the European Commission has been carrying out the Program for School
Teachers’ Online System Involvement and Collaboration with European Countries since
March 2013. The program is an international online platform designed to
encourage the cooperation between schools of Europe and its neighboring
countries which allows teachers of different countries to connect to each
other, collaborate, share their ideas and implement educational projects.
The aim of the program is to promote education, continuous process
of professional development of teachers, introduction of education through projects
and effective and efficient use of electronic resources.
The program helps Georgian teachers in their professional
development and in planning diverse learning processes. Within the program,
teachers are able to participate in international seminars, conferences and
workshops. They study and develop team working and communication skills, learn
about principles of integrated teaching, project-based learning, etc.
Approximately 600 teachers in Georgia are currently involved
in the program.