eTwinning annual Conference in Rome: Over 500 teachers from 39 countries participated


Over 500 of the most innovative teachers and Education experts from across Europe met in Rome from 27 to 29 November, for the 10th annual eTwinning Conference. The topic of this year's event was "Opening Education" and how eTwinning can promote creativity and innovative practices in both teaching and learning.

The opening plenary commenced with an encouraging welcome address from Davide Faraone, State Secretary for the Italian Ministry of Education, who stated that “eTwinners are the seeds for the new Europe”. He was followed by António Silva Mendes, European Commission (DG EAC), who highlighted that “the success of eTwinning comes through the community of teachers”. Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet invited the participants to reflect on how innovation can be mainstreamed in Education.

The keynote speaker was Lord David Puttnam, chair of Atticus Education and former film producer, who addressed the conference with an inspiring speech about Resilient Education. In addition, a new publication “Developing Key Competences through eTwinning” was launched during the conference. Download the English version here (translations in all eTwinning languages will follow in 2015).

The participants, who came from 39 different countries, including for the first time the six eTwinning Plus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia and Ukraine) participated in different networking activities. They also enjoyed some of the 52 different workshops in four different sessions on topics such as eSafety, Entrepreneurial Learning, Coding and Flipped Learning.

The event was closed by a Panel discussion on “eTwinning and Competences” moderated by Brian Holmes (Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture) and with the participation of Riina Vuorikari (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies), Donatella Nucci (Italian eTwinning Support Services) and Patrick Griffin (University of Melbourne). Some plenary sessions could be followed online via streaming live video and many eTwinners took part in the debate online via Social Media, with over 2 million impressions on Twitter. Visit the hashtag #eTconf14 on Twitter to find out more about the online debate.

Watch the summary video:

First conference photos:













For further information, please visit the eTwinning Conference blog.

ABOUT eTwinning:

eTwinning is the Community for schools involving almost 280 000 teachers in 42 countries, who communicate, work together, and set-up cross-border educational projects. eTwinning has affirmed its role in shaping a European space for education. Funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ Programme, eTwining helps teachers connect, collaborate and share via the biggest learning community in Europe. European Schoolnet acts as eTwinning Central Support Service. More information on


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