What Relationships Mean in Our Lives

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Aims and Topics of the Project

The project ran over a period of two years, from September 2011 to July 2013. During that time, the participants, students aged 12 to 17 from six schools in six European countries, collaborated on the topic of relationships.

Since this is a wide field, three subtopics had been chosen for a closer look at the general theme:

Families - what roles parents and siblings play in the lives of the students that participate in the project;

Peer groups - what influence people of the same age play in the lives of teenagers: friends, classmates, groups and people you meet in clubs and organisations;

Virtual Friendship - the importance of social networks like Facebook for the lives of our students.

The central aims of the project were:

  • to encourage the students to work on the topics according to their abilities and in ways that they choose,
  • to enable students from the different schools and countries to communicate freely through a social network created for that purpose,
  • to make the students use that network to discuss such aspects of the topics that they find relevant for their lives,
  • to make them presents the results of their work (inside and outside the classroom) to the others and comment on each other's work,
  • to meet face to face at international students' workshops and work together there.

So, international communication and collaboration were the central aims this project had. The teachers involved believe that these aims have been fully reached. The project has shown that the use of social networks can encourage students to communicate in a foreign language, both in speaking and in writing, to an extent that could not be reached in normal school lessons. It has also contributed to mutual understanding and respect for different cultures.

We would like to thank the European Union for setting up eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe, as part of their Comenius programme, and for making it possible to use a TwinSpace platform as the password-protected social network of the project.

We would also like to thank the EU for making the project and, in particular, the international meetings possible through the grants of its Comenius programme.

All the material produced by the students as well as the documentation of the meetings were fully published on the password-protected platform of the project.

To keep personal data safe, this website only shows work that could be anonymized. Any material that included copyrighted images, music or lyrics has also been excluded.

 

Families

Peer groups

Virtual Friendship