Schools in motion!
Date du début: 15 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 14 sept. 2017
This project originates from considerations about the conflictual situation which has recently arisen between countries of Central Europe, and among them Germany in the front, and countries of the Mediterranean area. From this preliminary discussion the next step was to focus on a topic which not only combined cultural, scientific and ITC knowledge but also had a direct link to the cultural surroundings of each partner town or their region: the target were then scientific technological museums, the final goal an audiovisual guide (in the project simplified as audioguide) in two languages, English and each country's own language. The topic was to be "motion and automotion", thus the title "schools in motion". The schools which finally joined the project come from Germany (Munich), Spain (Salamanca), Italy (Pescia), Croatia (Zadar), Turkey (Izmir) and Portugal (Aveiro). All schools have a special interest in promoting STEM subjects, furthermore they want to improve communication in foreign languages, above all in English. The whole project is based on close-knit teamwork, each team has to comply with one of the following tasks: evaluation (of location, of needs, of knowledge, of means and tools); creation (research, editorial tasks, recording, audiovisual editing, public relation); testing; monitoring; promoting; socializing. The innovative concept behind this project lies in the fact that students analyse needs and requirements of their fellow students from the participating schools before creating the audioguide for their hometown museum. Thus, students have to evaluate and collect relevant data from 5 schools before they can start on drafting a plan for their audiovisula guides. The main idea is for them to create an audioguide for their peer group. The project stresses the importance of basic competences in different subjects, from ITC to the knowledge of languages, but also on transversal skills, mainly the ones which can't be measured and valued at school (creativity, research practice, data analysis and interpretation, interrogative questioning and synthesizing information, innovation, oral and written communication, public speaking and presenting, but also on initiative in problem-solving, critical thinking, self-learning, teamwork , i.e. collaboration, and leadership, planning, adaptability and perseverance. Furthermore, the project is based on the idea that through interaction, constant communication and mutual support students and teachers from different countries contribute to make a joint intellectual effort towards a European identity.
One of its objectives is to improve and enhance the students' media and internet literacy and to expand their knowledge in the fields of technology (ITC) and physics. The work on the project also implies for teachers to compare teaching methodologies and active competence in field studies linked to media, technologies and physics, and, furthermore, to enable students and teachers to improve language competences in English as the common language of the project on two levels: on the one hand as a means of communication in a social context, on the other hand to deepen the knowledge in a topical context and improve the language skills by learning technical terminology. As the audioguides will be recorded in English as well as in each partner's language students will refine the use of their own language, which in a global-oriented world is too often disregarded. Moreover, as an option, they will have the possibility to learn the language of one of the partners. In a world of international exchanges, the ability to speak foreign languages is a factor for competitiveness. A special team will be constituted by students and teachers who will be in charge of monitoring the progress of the work as well as its quality. Students will report their findings in blog entries, whereas teachers keep in touch through eTwinning.
Furthermore, through this project students are meant to increase their civic awareness, ethical behaviour and mutual respect in a multicultural environment, thus they will have the possibility to learn about the many facets which form our European being.
Beyond the purely school-oriented part the project aims at creating a strong link to the culture departments of the partners' towns, encouraging a lively collaboration with their museums. Its objective is to establish a lasting link between schools and their cultural environment, so that they become partners through the creation of the special audioguides. Students will thus be involved in a cultural process as main operators. Museums will profit from this cooperation because they will receive a product created by students for their peer groups.
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