Climate and climate change. Influence of climate o..
Climate and climate change. Influence of climate on Human populations
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
This project is based on the study of climate and its characteristics, and on climate change and its effects. It is aimed at students aged 14 to 16 years old, about 200 pupils from 5 different countries will take part in it directly and up to 2000 students will be involved indirectly.
Through the activities that we will develop, we want to achieve the following objectives:
Promote a responsible environmental awareness among our students based on scientific facts. Increase skills in the management of ICT by our students. Foster learning and active use of English, and increase oral and written skills in both teachers and students. Implement new methodologies of teaching and learning in our schools. Increase knowledge of other cultures by the entire school community, and thus contribute to the establishment of international links and the construction of a more united Europe.
As the main goal is to promote useful strategies and skills to improve general English, we assume this will have different impacts regarding the continuous learning throughout life. It will improve the quality of teaching contributing to foster teamwork among all the parts involved, reinforcing the language skills of the participants and, in conclusion updating our schools.
To achieve all the objectives mentioned above we have created a consortium of 5 schools from 5 different countries, with different weather types. This is an enriching element of the project, for several reasons:
The variety of climates translates into different biological and geological related features, what increases the value of the scientific results of the project
The cultural diversity, which will serve to enhance the European dimension of our school communities
Language diversity, which requires the use of English as a language of communication
The partner schools have cooperated from the very beginning in the development of the project, creating a good team working environment that we expect to be kept in the future, after the conclusion of the project. We also hope this will help us to work together in further collaborations through different channels.
The working methodology will be active and child-focused, following the principles of Problem Based Learning. It will consist of different tasks, such as Lab experiences, researching works, bibliographic collection, surveys, excursions to the natural environment to analyze different aspects, etc. With them we hope to respond to two different issues, divided in turn into 5 sections:
During the first year we will analyze the climate of each region and its characteristics regarding 5 topics: climate, vegetation, flora and fauna, soils and crops, culture and society. Each School will design specific activities for each topic, which will be worked jointly by all schools.
During the second year we will analyze the climate change, again regarding 5 main aspects : causes, consequences, evidences, official policies and the role of NGOs in this field. In this case, each country will develop just one of these aspects.
Three types of mobility or meetings have been scheduled, in order to facilitate the coordination, dissemination, collaborative work and sharing the results:
Two transnational meetings for teachers on the whole, one at the beginning of each year of the project to carry out coordination duties/tasks and assignment distribution.
Two visits with students. We have scheduled one each year, so students could work together and share experiences and results. In these visits there will be five students from each school, on behalf of the colleagues who have worked in the project
Regular virtual meetings, through different media, for both teachers and students. All the people involved in the project will take part in order to perform joint tasks, assess the development of the project and the quality of processed products and promote the establishment of personal links and the active use of English. The task of evaluation will involve teachers, students, and even external agents (parents, for example)
All the developed products, the lesson plans, learning diaries, shared experiences, etc… will be available to all teachers of the participating schools. They will also be published through the web pages, the own communication channels from each country and the available teaching platforms (such as the European Shared Treasure)
In the long term, we hope this project will be useful to:
-promote long-lasting cooperation relationships between the Schools.
-Improve the communication skills among people involved in the project.
-Improve their ICT skills.
-Use new teaching methodologies in our schools.
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