Diary - Navigating through the passionate etwinners' journey to healthful eating


Brief overview of topics and subtopics


We have been writing regularly into the Project Journal announcing all important events of our project. However, we are aware of the fact that newcomers / guests to our project's twinspace and blog won´t have that much time to read it all and that probably another type of DIARY (a short review of the project stages) would be useful for them. Here it is:


The project was founded as a multilateral eTwinning project with nine partner schools – namely a school in FRANCE, GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, ITALY, CZECH REPUBLIC, TURKEY, LITHUANIA and LATVIA. Each of the team introduced themselves, their school and the town - we did it in different ways (e.g. Chinese portraits, Powerpoint presentations), the introductions were accompanied with tasks for partners (e. g. Who is who game), or they were in the form of a task (e.g. the quiz and memory game to introduce the Czech town of Vysoké Mýto). Of course, we did our partners´ tasks and quizzes. Some of the students also edited their personal profiles in the twinspace or wrote a message on a partner ´s wall. The Greek and Czech teams described and shared old customs to wish the project good luck - one with a pomegranate and one with an apple. We also created a project song "What we like is superfoods" - we wrote lyrics, used an old melody, sang it and recorded it. We also wanted a logo for our project, so all the teams started working on the logo drafts. At the early stage of our project, two other important things happened - a common PROJECT BLOG was started by the Greek team and a MAP OF THE PROJECT ACTIVITIES was launched by the French team.


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By the end of November, we had a lot of beautiful logo drafts uploaded in our twinspace and so each team indicated which logo they liked best (of course they couldn't vote for their own logo) and that way we chose the logo to be used for our project. WE STARTED WORKING ON THE PROJECT TOPIC = SUPERFOODS. The first step was to brainstorm together all possible superfoods to cover the whole alphabet - we agreed that there could be more but at least one for each letter. After that, we decided which letters on which superfoods each partner school will work on. At each school small teams were formed and the students started working on presentations, following the recommended and shared instructions and als they began to work on recipes which meant cooking the meal at home, taking a lot of pictures and writing the recipe. This way, we worked as a big international team with tasks assigned. It was a lot of work to be done by the end of February. So, in the following four months, the presentations and recipes were being uploaded in the twinspace and we always dropped a line in the project journal so as our partners were well informed about what had been finished and available.

Once we had the list of "our superfoods", we felt like creating collaboratively a GLOSSARY in all the languages of the partners. Also, we wanted to work on the project in more school subjects (not only English even if it was the project language), especially in the fine art classes and so the students at each school created beautiful drawings, paintings, models, ... and we displayed them all in our twinspace. In mid-December, our first LIVE MEETING took place and the students loved the opportunity to see and speak to each other. One more thing that successfully took place was an EXCHANGE of typical superfoods - we agreed which superfood would be sent to whom and we realized the exchanges. The students were super-happy when they got the packages, kind of early Christmas gifts, and they cooked the proposed dishes (recipes were included) with them. Of course, before Christmas we exchanged Christmas wishes too. There was also a Christmas present - the Czech team found a series of wonderful youtube videos with songs about fruits and vegetables and they created a set of interactive quizzes in Learningapps to the songs.


Uploading the presentations and collecting the recipes continued so that to meet the deadline (the end of February). At the same time, all the teams wanted to contribute with something interesting and exciting looking at the topic from various points of view and that is how an avalanche of presentations and other outcomes began - you can find them on pages Musical superfoods, Poetic superfoods, Superfoods and traditions, Superfoods in the past,  Superfoods in cartoons and jokes, Superfoods in science, Strange facts about superfoods, Superfoods and famous people, Superfoods and love, Sound of superfoods, ... many of them had subpages with contributions from several partner schools, many of them included quizzes and tasks for the partners. One of the best sub-topic was SUPERFOODS AND GAMES - all partners contributed and in the end there are as many as 35 online games and activities, two of them ("Do you want to be  a millionaire" and "Arcade games") created collaboratively by all the partners. Some other activities were really created collaboratively from the scratch, e.g. Superfoods and linguistics (which included a common Book of Similes, Book of idioms and Book of proverbs), Alphabet of superfoods painting gallery, Superfoods for the soul, Common cartoon or Common survey on the students´ eating habits and superfoods.


Our project was coming to its final stage: the presentations about superfoods had been finished  and as many as 126 recipes had been created and uploaded in the twinspace. We decided to use the same information from the presentations and choose the best of the recipes and collaboratively create a common Europe´s ABC of superfoods final book, first in the form of Google slides and then transforming it into an Issuu book. There were three slides for each letter and superfood - one with basic facts about the superfood, one with a recipe and one with information about one of the accompanying activities. This e-book was our most important common outcome and was sent to several famous chefs - some of them sent us back nice letters with good evaluation and appreciations. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative and agreed on proposing a common superfoods menu which was created by multinational teams.Two and two partner schools collaborated together, took turns in making suggestions, which were discussed thoroughly in classes, we made compromises and in the end agreed on a complete menu which was then cooked and reported about with a lot of pictures. Another highlight of the project´s final stage were “Project Days” which took place in the partner schools - the programme of these days was varied,  and included exhibitions, discussions with dieticians, playing games and competitions, … the students learned a lot  and also had fun which is the best way how to disseminate the project work. The information about the project days and our project was published in media - in newspapers, on the internet, … At the very end, all the students took an evaluation survey that included not only questions evaluating the project activities, but also suggestion for another eTwinning project which most of the students would like to do next time.


Our project is a best practice project in Italy!

Dear friends,
We are so honoured!
This is the link, where you can read the extensive article on our project, published by the Italian National eTwinning Service.Our project is regarded as a best practice project!

The Hellenic Nutritionists' Society Letter of Congratulations!

We are so proud and happy!We have just received a letter of congratulations on our project from ELDE, the Hellenic Nutritionists Society, and their president, the distinguished Greek dietician Dr Dimitris Grigorakis. 
This is the letter sent to us:

                                                                                              Athens 22/01/ 2017
                                                                                       Ref . num.: 229


 Dear students of the Third Junior High School of Corinth 

The Hellenic Nutritionists Society feels the need to congratulate the students of the 3rd Junior High School of Corinth on their very important work, with reference to the nutritional information of their peers from other countries. It is our great pleasure to highlight such efforts to promote the valuable nutritional treasure that our country possesses. Very important is, therefore, the work of these students. Specifically, within the European project called 'EUROPE'S ABC OF SUPERFOODS', the Greek students, together with their peers from seven high schools in other European countries, have succeeded in creating an online alphabet that includes Europe's most important Superfoods in English. 

The students presented in English the benefits of the Superfoods that are inextricably linked to the history, tradition and culture of our country.Thus, they presented in a unique way the Kozani crocus, the Chios mastic, the honey, the raisin and the pomegranate. The children cooked healthy recipes with the Greek Superfoods and presented them in the eTwinning online platform and on their project blog. 

They also took the initiative to exchange Superfoods with their European partners. So, for example, the exceptional Chios mastic travelled to France and the Czech Republic, while the 
crocus Kozani 'conquered' Portugal and Turkey.Making good use of their knowledge in ICT and English, the students presented the proverbs and sayings of our country associated with Superfoods, wrote poems, created paintings and the gallery of Superfoods, researched their role in the customs and traditions of our country, made scientific experiments with Superfoods and voted for their favorite logo for this project. They created amazing cartoons and had fun with a variety of online activities and games made especially for this project, from puzzles and interactive whiteboards to online educational games, including the Greek Superfoods. 

The final result was to create a stunning online English alphabet of Superfoods of 130 pages, enriched with wonderful informative material. I think it is very important that such efforts take place continuously and really feel proud when children surpass us, the scientists and the state, in promoting the nutritional values of our country. Children, congratulations on your achievement! 

Yours sincerely 

The president                                                                                   The General Secretary                                            
Dr D.Grigorakis                                                                                     A.Asimakopoulou  

Clinical Dietician- Nutritionist MSc, PhD              Clinical Dietician- Nutritionist MSc     


Nostalgia or What a great project leaves behind...

The Greek students have created a movie on our last year's glorious project" EUROPE'S ABC OF SUPERFOODS". It is a film which captures our memories and the nostalgia we feel for it now.It reminds us of the great things we learned and did during this project which, of course, like all  things magical and beautiful in our life, will accompany us down the road.

The National Etwinning prize EBA-FATIH Integration in Turkey for "EUROPE'S ABC OF SUPERFOODS"

Our project won the National Etwinning prize EBA-FATIH Integration in Turkey.
Congratulations to our partner, Mukaddes Sahin and her team on their success!
You have made all of us so proud!

Italian National Prize for "EUROPE'S ABC OF SUPERFOODS"!

The Italian team of ICS " Radice-Alighieri" di Catona that participated in our project was awarded with the National Etwinning Prize in Italy.Congratulations to our wonderful partner Modesta Canale and her hard-working team on winning this great prize!You can read more about it on: http://etwinning.indire.it/premi-nazionali-etwinning-2016-tutti-docenti-vincitori/ 

French European Quality Label

Italian European Quality Label

French European Quality Label

Spanish European Quality Label

Greek European Quality Labels