National Quality Labels
- Does your eTwinning project have common goals and a shared plan?
- Has it finished or is in its last stages?
- Have you and your students contributed to all the project’s activities?
- Have you and your partners organised collaborative activities?
- Have you taken into consideration data protection and copyright issues?
If the answer is YES to all five requirements, then why don’t you apply for a National Quality Label?
All projects are evaluated by taking into account five criteria. To be eligible for a Quality Label (national and/or European), you need to achieve at least the minimum points set in all the following sub-criteria:
- strategies for online collaboration among pupils from the partner schools
- the choice and use of ICT (all digital technological tools)
- GDPR, copyright and eSafety issues.
How to apply:
- log into the eTwinning area in ESEP
- go to Projects
- find your project and click on Apply for a Quality Label
- complete all the boxes with all the required information and provide evidence of your work
You can follow all the above steps for each of your projects that you think deserve a Quality Label, but you cannot apply for more than four projects during one school year.
Please note that only your first four projects submissions will be taken into consideration and evaluated by your NSO. Make sure to carefully select projects that you think deserve a Quality Label.
Complete all the information first in a Word document and then copy paste your answers to the application form. This will prevent you losing what you have written in the form if it takes more than 30 minutes to complete! Provide more information for the non-visible aspects of your project as the evaluators will see all the visible work in your TwinSpace.
The Quality Label is granted to the teacher, and it is personal. Even if you work with other colleagues in your school on the same project, each of you should apply for a Quality Label and present how he/she has contributed to the project. The Quality Label is granted to the teachers who contributed actively and visibly to the project’s activities.
The Quality Label provides:
- a concrete evaluation based on a common pedagogical framework;
- an opportunity for teachers to improve their project work.
Who grants the quality label?
The National Support Organisation (NSO) in each country evaluates applications from schools for the National Quality Label. Labels are awarded throughout the year, however, in some countries, deadlines are fixed, so be sure to consult your NSO for information about the deadlines in your country. Once the application is accepted or rejected, your NSO will contact you.
Criteria for Quality Labels
Use the checklist below when planning and implementing your project to check if your project meets the Quality Label criteria.
Collaboration between partner schools:
- collaboration activities go beyond communication;
- partner schools work together to accomplish joint activities;
- partners are not just recipients of information;
- collaborative activities result in a tangible outcome.
Use of technology:
- the technology is used to help partners achieve their pedagogical objectives;
- the tools help partners to collaborate better among themselves.
- the project has originality in terms of its theme;
- it uses a variety of pedagogical methods;
- pupils are the ones who take the lead;
- pupils interact with their partners and work collaboratively using different methods like information gathering, problem solving, research and comparative work;
- pupils take different roles as artists, journalists, technicians, scientists, actors, etc.
- the project is rooted in the school curriculum and syllabi;
- the majority of project work is done during the school hours;
- the curricular integration in the project is clear;
- project work allows students develop their skills and competences;
- the project-based pedagogical framework has been explained and documented by the teacher.
Results and documentation
Make sure that:
- the project results are presented online;
- students are involved in the TwinSpace;
- all steps of the project are documented, including planning, descriptions of activities, evaluation and feedback;
- you evaluate and publish the impact that the project had on the students and teachers involved in the project;
- you use the checklist when planning and implementing your project to check if your project meets the QL criteria.