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Spirit of Europe
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The project "Spirit of Europe" focusses on the history and the development of the European Union and its image in public. If you observe the current discussion in the media, you can see that the membership in the EU seems to be only reduced to financial affairs at the moment. To continue, a lot of EU-critical parties use the European Union as scapegoat for a lot of problems and ills. They propagate the withdrawal from the EU as a solution to all the problems. Here our project comes in. The next two years we will try to convey our pupils a detailed picture of the EU with its advantages and disadvantages. We also want them to see the consequences of a EU membership in their personal lives. All this should encourage them to take a more active part in democratic processes. With the use of an Internet-based project room the pupils will gain experiences in Internet-based cooperation and so strengthen their ICT-competences. Thus we hope to provide them an important experience for their future professional lives. The work with this project room will also provide the participating teachers an insight into a different teaching method. Therefore, at the end, the project room will be tranformed into an online teaching unit. Since that teaching unit will be elaborated by the participating teachers in cooperation, they will get to know the different didactic and methodological approaches of the participating schools and so, they will be able to extend their knowledge of methods. In the project four European schools work together: Gymnasium Wertingen, Wertingen, Germany; Liceo Scientifico "R.Nuzzi", Andria, Italy; Celldomolki Berzsenyi Daniel Gimnazium es Szakkepzo Iskola, Celldömölk, Hungary and Osg Willemblaeu, Alkmaar, Netherlands. When choosing the project partners we paid attention to the fact that the countries of those schools have a different history as far as the entry into the EU and the integration into the common currency, the euro, are concerned. Apart from that the different countries have got different experiences with the current European crisis and therefore different ideas about the European Union. So we expect a differentiated and diverse picture of the EU. Another point was the readiness to work with an Internet-based learning platform. All four schools are already experienced in the use of learning platforms and in European cooperation projects and they are very ready to expand their experiences. To support the project work a virtual project room will be installed on a learning platform. This room serves for communication and cooperation among the participants and for the collection of materials worked out. During the time of the project four major subjects will be treated: ° Original intention of the European Union ° Introducion of the common currency ° The influence of the European Union on daily life ° Europe – a land of peace In all four subjects the pupils are supposed to research in their own countries and to formulate their results. During the learning activities, when they are together, their results will be presented to the other schools, will be revised in transnational work groups and a final version will be put up. In the course of the project a collection of materials will result thereof. During each learning activity a discussion with a local representative from administration or politics about the effects of the European Union on the respective region is planned. This serves to complete the picture of the EU and to strengthen the desired effects on the young people. Once a cooperation concerning one subject will be carried out only with Internet tools like Chat, Forum and Wiki. The results will finally be collected in a multilingual booklet which will be presented to the public in the last learning activity together. Another final product will be an online teaching unit which the participating teachers will design from the materials of the project room. This teaching unit will then be available for other schools. The results, the booklet and the teaching unit will be available via the Internet even after the end of the project. All these materials will be put under Creative Commons License, so that other schools can use and modify them. With the use of these materials in lessons we expect a more differentiated view on the European Union from the young people in the long term. Apart from that they will recognize that their own research is most important in order to form a well-founded opinion and we expect that they will then get more involved into democratic processes. As far as teachers are concerned the experiences with this project should make them want to initiate and run more projects in the future. And they will have the opportunity to use their newly-gained experiences in the development of their own online teaching units.



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