Governments in Europe are urging their schools to pair up with counterparts in other European countries to share ways of applying technology in learning.
The “eTwinning” initiative is a project of the European Commission, based in Brussels, Belgium. Schools can find a “twin” by registering at a special Web site; they can change partners periodically.
The voluntary collaborations are intended to deliver pedagogical, social, and cultural benefits. Use of the latest technologies—such as broadband communications—is supposed to enrich schools’ ability to interact.
Like other commission-sponsored school technology initiatives, the broad aim is to strengthen European unity though cultural understanding.
Coverage of cultural understanding and international issues in education is supported in part by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2005 edition of Education Week