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culture

The 3 C's (The Euro in us: a cultural and historical approach)

The 3 C's represent the initial letters for: Currency, Coins and Culture. What is the relationship among these three words?

1. Project summary
Summary: 

What does the title "The 3 C's" stand for? The 3 C's represent the initial letters for: Coins, Currency and Culture. What is the relationship among these three words? Currency and coins have a close relationship. They refer directly to economic or monetary issues. But what about Culture? Someone would wonder: "what educational value could have a series of coins or banknotes?" The European currency (€, Euro) is something common to most of us who are part of the European Union. Being so, the illustrations in the notes and coins have a cultural, historical and geographical background which, thus, have an enormous educational potential. From these everyday objects we can imagine and develop different projects. Students will get to know not only the history and culture of the partner's country but also share identities and understand diversity,"building bridges" between them. We feel that the Euro € entry in our lives brought anxiety and different reactions. Positive and negative, especially from the adults' side. But, here we'll try to do a cultural approach... Especially, in the middle of the global economic crisis in the bank and stock market field, this issue has become modern and catchy!!!

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Greece
City: 
Karatoula Ilias
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Karatoula Ilias Primary School
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Christos Papandreou
E-Mail: 
papandr7@otenet.gr
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://dim-karat.ilei.sch.gr/euro/euro.html and http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&cid=33107
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 15 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
08/01/2009
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

Objectives Generally, the aims of the project are: to make students aware of some European aspects, to enlarge their knowledge as far as the common currency is concerned, to develop their English and I.C.T. skills, to exchange ideas and experiences and to promote respect and tolerance amongst different cultures.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

Students will start by researching the European coins and banknotes of the partner's country. Then, they will produce a work on the history and culture of the other country, as well as share opinions on the similarities and differences in each other's living habits and beliefs. As regards the pedagogical approach, we followed the project-method development and its phases.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

Our project has close relationship with European active citizenship, European Culture, European Union and new opportunities in education. The new era which the € Euro currency opened has a great interest. It is very challenging as regards the way the Europeans will react in the future.

 

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Although our project reminds coins or monetary issues, something which is far from our students' psychology, we try to take advantage of its European dimension and talk about culture, history, geography, European Union, active citizenship and our everyday lives. Especially, in the middle of the global economic crisis in the bank and stock market field, this issue has become modern and catchy!!! So this feature makes our project unique and innovative.

Our project becomes more amusing and educational as our students present their own interactive board game in both digital and printable version. So anyone can take advantage of it, even if they are not logged on the internet!!! You can find it in the attachments at the end of this page. Just unzip the attached folder with the name "game" and run the "euro1.htm" file. You can also download the zipped folder with the name "Euro Game". It is our printable version. Good luck and have fun!!!

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

After our activities our pupils will have: ◊ Learned to work in groups and understand that teamwork is more effective, as they develop communication skills and sociability. ◊ Improved their I.C.T. and English skills and performance.At the end of the project, we hope our students feel motivated to continue exchanging ideas with each other. Moreover, we expect that they will have learned to understand and respect the others' opinion and values.

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

Users can take advantage of a new and modern approach on European Union issues such as active citizenship. We also present amusing and interesting online games and exercises made by our students.

 

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

This school year (2008-2009) my greek class interacted with a portuguese class. During this collaboration they exchanged information and experience about their everyday lives, their schools, their countries and talked about modern issues. We used the E-twinning platform an absolutely safe social networking place -free of charge- offered by the European School Network. This made our work and our collaboration easy and very productive. We also communicated each other via e-mail, the chat service of our platform. The Web 2.0 tools helped us so much!!! We created a protected work space http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&cid=33107 and uploaded our work there. Later on we builted a new web site http://dim-karat.ilei.sch.gr/euro/euro.html where we announced our working results. Of course many other users can visit our separate web site and tell us their opinion and do their proposals!!!

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

Our pupils found this project amusing and informative, as they learned new things about culture, economy, geography, using ICT tools. They also improved their computer and English skills. Some of them (the team leaders) had no problem, as they have a PC at their home. The others had a few problems (at the start) with the keyboard or how to search the internet and find the suitable sources. The more they practiced, the more they succeeded . At the end of the project they estimated the role of working in teams and its great value. They also realized the new role of Web 2.0 and what the potential of social networking is.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

Our teams consist of students coming from different countries and reflecting a socioeconomic and cultural variety. So, pupils from a Greek rural school communicate with an urban Portuguese college -via internet- and exchange information about their school life, their hobbies, their customs, their opinions and reactions about Euro €, our new common currency. During this process, our students realize that their lives look quite the same as they are citizens not only of the European Union, but of a universal community, as well. The globality of the mass media and the new technologies (I.C.T.) educate "digital literated" people who share or promote their experience, learn about others on the planet and try to understand other peoples' individuality and diversity. At the same time, they try to preserve their native and special habits, attributes and identities.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

Already answerd above.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

This project produces only positive outcomes. Anyone can take advantage of our material, our online excercises and online games. Moreover they can meet a new perspective of Europe and broaden their mind.

 

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
Less than 1 year
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

History, Geography, Social Sciences, Arts, European Culture, ICT, foreign languages.

 

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

Christos (a greek primary school teacher) met Margarida (an English teacher) in Amsterdam, during a Comenius I.C.T. seminar and from the very first time we agreed on many things about our job. So i persuaded her to undertake with me this nice teamwork. I helped especially with the difficult software in order to support the web-site building.

Barriers: 

Margarida worked with 3 teams in Portugal, while Christos did the same with two teams in Greece. One of our first difficulty was the fact that Margarida had only one hour available for activities, while Christos could spend more than 3 hours per week, as the curriculum there allows 3-4 hours for cross-curricular and cross-thematic projects. The time difference was not a real problem as we could upload our scheduled tasks on the E-twinning platform (an absolutely safe social networking place -free of charge- offered by the European School Network.

Solutions: 

A solution to our first problem was to make a work plan from the beginning and follow it "to the letter". So we knew what we had to do, without sparing our time. As regards the teams, Christos gave the opportunity to George, Theoni and Anna to be the leaders, as they are very good in ICT field and could handle computers skillfully. They also helped their partners to overcome the initial problems with the keyboard (how to find the letters and pointing), the search engines and the software (Ms-Word and PowerPoint). Later they offered their place to the others in order to have their own experience with the PC. All of them collaborated and gave ideas about what to search and how to do it, about the context, the material, the quiz questions, how to construct their board game. Anna had the idea and draw the background for the Euro Currency Game!!! Of course Christos helped with the difficult software (Macromedia Flash 8 and FrontPage) in order to support the whole project. He also gave great help to Margarida in technical issues on PhotoShop 6.As regards our group's structure, we tried to achieve team diversity. So we included pupils (boys and girls) with communication, I.C.T. skills and of course with different capabilities and talents!!! Everybody in the team presented his opinion and all together contributed to our website's context, material and structure.

Future plans and wish list: 

Our future plan is to broaden our project, involving more schools or classes from all over Europe and share again our experience and ideas. This will make our project more effective and representable. The new technologies ICT, the Web 2.0 tools and their convenience will help us to make it true.

 

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EuroSwitch SwapShop

A cultural and communication project which provides a platform for teenagers to communicate and exchange cultural information with their European peers.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

Language teachers have included pen friends and exchanges in to their lesson planning for a long time, but as students now use e-mail, chat forums, blogs, podcast, video conferencing and so many other ICT based methods of communication, we decided to try to incorporate the Virtual world, and try to ensure that instead of hindering communication and socialisation it actually facilitated it and made it more accessible and immediate. We looked for a platform which would provide a safe environment with solid privacy controls to allow students to do all of this safely and only to an invited target audience. The Etwinning site proved to be perfect launch pad for this and we set up 2 projects for 2 year groups. These were called EuroSwitch and SwapShop. “EuroSwitch” came from the idea of switching/changing places anywhere in Europe – providing a window into each other’s surroundings and culture. “SwapShop” came from the English Swap, meaning to exchange, with the idea of a continuous stream of information exchanges. We found a number of schools and institutions around Europe and began creating PowerPoint presentations, debate threads on issues we concern this peer group, letters of introduction and so on. In some cases this lead to an actual visit where students got the opportunity to visit each other’s schools and turn their virtual friendships into real ones. As the projects are online, many students have continued to correspond through the summer holidays and the projects will be renewed in the new term with additional students and schools and countries participating.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Spain
City: 
Alicante
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Escuela Europea de Alicante
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Deborah Nicholson
E-Mail: 
Deborah.Nicholson@escuelaeuropea.org
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://www.escuelaeuropea.org
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 15 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
01/10/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

As explained in Q 9 the targets are to make communication “real” and promote social interaction between young Europeans.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

To provide a platform for teenagers to communicate using the ICT tools with which they are already familiar, and enable the speed of communication and the immediacy of response and feedback they have become accustomed to since the inception of the internet. It is also a focus that computer provide an aid and a tool to human interaction rather than a barrier to it.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

It provides the opportunity to communicate with real people in a combined real and virtual environment using a multitude of linguistic and visual methods. It also addresses the problem of the misconception that IT creates a barrier to social interaction, when in fact if used correctly it can greatly enhance it.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Students have combined the world of digital communication, which is so familiar to their generation, with that of more traditional methods, including exchanging gifts and making personal visits. They have learned firsthand the reality of living in another European culture.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

The project is ongoing and will be continued with the same and new additional groups from September 2009. The results so far have been enhanced enthusiasm for language learning and improved abilities in using multiple ICT skills.

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

Answered in previous and subsequent questions.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

Approx 280 per month, but this varies depending on which schools have been online, and what stages people’s power presentations are at etc.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

The project was launched by one teacher with 2 groups of language learners, but has been extended to include many classes in many countries, and is being adopted my many other teachers and groups in the originating school. Comments by teachers involved in the visits have been very impressed by how the project had brought‘purpose’ to language learning in the students’ eyes. Also by how it has changed ICT from being a potential barrier to social interaction into being a tool which can greatly enhance it

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

As above

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

Answered in Q 12.4. However additionally the following formats and tools have been used: live chat, video conferencing, PowerPoint presentations, digital video editing, forums and debate threads, word processing, digital photography and video making, cultural and historical internet research. A multitude of skills have been combined to facilitate communication.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

Through feedback from students and participation from a growing number of schools. Also through the quality and richness of language used, the topics researched and presentations completed.

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
From 30.001 to 75.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Other
Other: 
paid for in the general running costs of the school
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
Yes
Specify: 

By our current partner schools within the project. These include school in England, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, France, Poland, Romania, Belgium, Germany and Finland. Also by other teacher and groups within my own school.

What lessons can others learn from your project: 

That communication is enriching, and our peer group is vast. That the rapidly expanding world of computer and communication technology can help us be closer and more effectively “in touch” with other cultures.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Barriers: 

Time limits and time differences presented quite a challenge. We found that video conferencing was difficult to organise as we had coordinate concurrent times and availability of resources. Holidays differed between the schools, and times available in curriculum and hours or ICT spaces were varied.

Solutions: 

Initially this year it has involved A LOT!! Of teacher time at home (outside school hours) teachers have sent messages to other teachers – ‘on behalf of’ their students, and we would have preferred them to be doing themselves in real time. The lesson learned her is to find out this information at the beginning of the project and plan the timing to coincide as closely as we can.

Future plans and wish list: 

Expanding the project as planned to other schools and year groups – vertical (ages) and horizontal (more schools and groups) expansion.
Having the technology in place and a space for video conferencing.
Having up to to date video editing software with dedicated space and computers

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Lacadalet Magazine

Lacadalet Magazine is a bridge over Mediterrian sea.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

Democratic Republic of Congo comes through the third phase of large-scale civil war and genocide mainly  in Goma area (North Kivu). We have contacted local organization ADECOP, engaged forthe maintenance of peace, development of awareness and education, fighting against violent crime and sexual violence. Within the newly created Project Poetry Helps to Needs in the Congo a public literary reading and discussion Is poetry solidar? was introduced, and this way we will continue with further public events at the turn of March and April. Contacting civic associations and organizations in the Czech Republic operating in the African environment in the future we may provide support for this project, which aims to not only get money for humanitarian aid from voluntary admission to literary reading and discussion (in the spirit of Poesia e solidarietà, central motta of Trieste Youth Forum 2008). We encourage local citizens and young people through media, radio, periodicals, we prepare student exchange, workshops and working in the territory of both countries.

The main way how we support the cultural diversity and yet the similarity, is provided by a magazine platform in which response is discovered by citizens (not only) of both countries. We would also organize an international literary competition and promote education through czech project Talnet, running in the Czech Republic for more than 6 years. Crucial role in this project a grant policy, the promotion of cultural objects and cooperation with other organizations such as Platform2 or Friends of the Congo play.

Our main area of work, Lacadalet Magazine, has started to run in March of this year (the readings were held in December 2008 for the first time), and now our growing readership also introduces itself by our sites because we believe not only Czech-Congo relationships could be mirrored by our platform. We host every issue international young writer, whose works are connected to some problem in one or the other coutry introduced in the current issue.

Firstly, our magazine hadn't stable internet form, but the last weeks magazine is fully electronized (it was more like correspondence before) and the selection blog is running where redactors choose the works published in the issue. But no work is lost and anybody could read anything we get, because awareness isn't bordered by "quality" or "topic". We would like to encourage readers to write also, to think about the meanings of authors published and we would like to support also electronical discussion.

We have wide readership around the globe - Brazil, Australia, Russia, Tanzania, Germany, Bulgaria, Albania, Spain,... our magazine provides connection and learning from each other. We can show how the literature bring us to one ship and how we become friend unless we have the same social background, life experience and language. Language is typically czech and French, translated into english and texts are always published in the original language with translation.

Not only literature - we speak out also about our language in the general, about our culture in the general (we share songs, news, spirit) - not only poetry, but mainly poetry connects us. We are displaced friends who believe in each other.

I'm student of highschool and this project I started on my own half year ago. I know that people are needed to success and I know that my goal - student exchange and competition - is too far for me now. But; I never let something gone unless doing my best. Now I think the number involved in the program I started as one person, is great. Please visit our sites at least. I hope that this competition will inform at least about our action and that we are there for you.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Czech Republic
City: 
Trutnov
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Hana Sustkova
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
Other
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Hana Sustkova
E-Mail: 
MonCheval24@gmail.com
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://lacadalet.wz.cz
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 29 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
17/12/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

Civic war in the Congo D.R. and societal problems in the common view. We want to let people learn and teach us what is the bacroung of people, what we do in the same way and is the word humanity.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

People don't believ that the other coutries have also problems and that tey are not ideal. Also we show young generation that war is not needed and fortune is unless when you haven't family and friends. We fight against unawareness where many problems like civic wars starts. We learn but are also teached to be tolerant and try to see the world by somenes' else eyes.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

People don't need to know anything, tehy need only access to internet or somebody who has and spread the magazine in paper version, and litteracy. Our project support litteracy also in the artistic way. We help people to grow their ego that they could change something in their lives to better, we are not a "group" or place where you have to go, we are there forever, everywhere, in your mind. We are friends' community and you are voluntary among us. You are informed very slightly about the surronding world and you'll find what for life is in Europe, in Africa, that it isn't any fairytale but colorful reality.

You could really be absolutely ungifted writer and artistic illiteral. You could be prizoner, you'll find that people are the same regardless they are rich or they have stolen something. And it will be first international comeptition which I will private support.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

lacadalet new issue

Our results are our friendship anc that we have growing community from schools in Congo, D.R, Italy Trieste University, Belgrade, New York, Tanzania and much more Young artists look for us to publish with us and we are one step far from the student-exchange..

People visit our sites and also public readings.

Our site http://laccacheletemps.as2.cz has reached 3000 visits in few weeks...

 

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

We have only responses of the community. People write to the redaction:
"Moi j'aime les action comme les votres aussi pour aide' le congo.
je suis congolais vivant a Dublin, si nous pouvons etre en contact pour essaye' de travaille' ensemble avec vous cela me fera bien plaisir.

J'attend votre reponse.

fyotim"

or

"..Nous allons envoyé aussi des poémes et des photos des enfants que nous encandrons. Jevais aussi cooperer avec vous pour l'énchange des idées et experiénce...

Albert Wunda"

or texts in czech, and much more.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

Per internet, appr. about hundrets of income. We can show you Traffic map.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

We speak, and that's the main stream of information income!

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

A lot - M. Guelord Mbaenda, ADECOP, Mojca Krajl, teacher,...international, but it is not so needed for our well function. But, our main source was Talnet and the psychologists there -

I have prepared this article, you can here the article here:

http://www.houndbite.com/?houndbite=12762

shorten: "

Education of young people is a problem for developing society. Talented children are not always mild and is not always possible to satisfy them by usual way of schooling. To diversify their lives - and not only their but also their parents - I speak from my own experience, are ready online courses at a high level, which literally inspire your children.

Talnet - online to natural sciences: Talnet is a project which focuses on education of talented pupils and students. The project is under the heading NIDM and realized by Laboratory of distance education didactics Physics Department Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Charles University Prague, but works internationally.

“Working with talented students in the classroom at school is certainly not easy for individual access to talented individuals neinther in the subjects nor the time and space. Talnet may become a necessary resource for student activities, which are lacking in the academic teaching time. Your talented student which will develop Talnet activity in terms of their capabilities, the state may re-enrichment of their class and for your teaching, ” says management of Talnet to teachers.
 
Distance education, this is not just a “net”, it is an opening gateway into the world of knowledge to calm your children and let them sleep. Caring for gifted students has to be taken seriously, but also with love. The example of Talnet met this goals fully. Students are not due to  online shape of courses benefited or disadvantaged for their residence, it does not matter whether your gifted child jumping for pear trees or roofs of prefabricated houses. Everything takes place online in the community as well zapálených pundit, avšakl child remains in contact with the real world. ” It is so completely on the “elitism”, which is sometimes criticized for specialized education. “The main activities are the Talnet T-courses,” explains project coordinator, “being primarily an online form. Courses begin initial full focus in September and consist of four teaching blocks. In the autumn of collective learning takes place the first block followed by a block devoted to individual work seminary student to work under the guidance of an instructor, the defense of the online college. The common concentration of winter in February presenting their work before the plenary. Jarní learning takes place under the same block diagram, as in the autumn. T-courses ending the joint třídenním concentrating summer in June. “

http://quazen.com/kids-and-teens/school-time/gifted-children-its-your-turn/

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

Society grown and letters to redaction. Also we monitor the online discusion and we are concerned in the amount of people who participate to public readings and discussions -

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Other
Other: 
personal contribution
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

Poetry could help impruve the world. It is not only word or piece of art. It is a part of truth.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

As everything was created

Democratic Republic of Congo is located in a state of civil war. Despite the turbulent history, which began to chronicle the country especially after independence from colonial powers, Belgium, to the first free elections only recently, even now found peace and true democracy and independence. The Conference Youth Forum 2008 Trieste was among a number of votes of countries around the world hear the voice of středoafrického Congo, and thus began our journey to try to fill subtitle of this conference, where I had to represent our country - is solidarietà Poesía, Poetry solidarity --
It is not easy to find in this case the phrase, we can actually fill out (it was also the aim of the conference, therefore, how can today to help in the world of poetry?). And although the countries and areas that were represented at the conference and would need a helping hand, is undoubtedly much more, I was committed to Mr. Mbaendovi of the local Congolese Adecop organizations that do everything in my power to help local young people who War takes the opportunity and space for learning and growing their own culture. We want to jointly create a project as a multicultural bridge between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Congo, where young people can find a mutual language and options, help each other and transmit the experience to life. We want poetry, which even today can be solidarity, not only wild words, but words, what hýbou continents.
We have options to stop killing or promote local culture so that everyone or at least a large part of girls and boys from the affected area has the necessary education and thus vytoužených dreams. So far, no foreign or our association did not support the resulting project, even one of their company in February to suspend aid organizations Adecop (Mr Mbaenda is its president), which came on the substantial assistance in the territory of North Kivu.
But we have enthusiasm and time, which we work. We believe in the power of human ideas, which have often proved that he can overcome even the greatest obstacles.
We believe in the future most of solidarity among young Czechs and Congolese. We believe in assisting Poetry After-třebným.

The first action

We have the first objective, which fell on the day with poetry, and the intercultural dialogue between the Czechs and the Congolese, the concentration of our lives to help the arts and perhaps even extend the learning
for all who need it.
Poetry Project Helping the needy in the Congo for the first time oživl Poetry solidarity in action?
from mid-December of 2008. After the whole campaign at a grammar school in Trutnov pre week expressed his opinion more than 15 young people and other students and teachers are invited to read a literary work and his own poetry. Thanks to this solidarity meeting laděnému
Humanitarian Action has received a fair and thus officially introduced to the life.

Barriers: 

Amount of people intereted in program which was not spread was quite small. But it was growing because of the "oral advert".

Future plans and wish list: 
  • student exchange and meeting
  • international competition
  • far future - end of civic war?
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wedding traditions

This project aims to encouraging intercultural dialogue, positive valorification of etno-cultural diversity, preserve our tradition and share it with other european country.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

 project aims to promote the wedding traditions of our village Borod, which is situated on Bihor county Transilvania. the idea was born from the desire to preserve and pass on future this beautiful traditions. idea belonged of history teacher Silaghi Antonia along with Romanian teacher Mehes Mirela. 

 

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Romania
City: 
Borod
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Scoala cu clasele I-VIII Borod
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Silaghi Antonia
E-Mail: 
mi76has@yahoo.com
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://traditiidenunta.wikispaces.com
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 10 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
26/02/2009
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

 Our targets are:

-recovery-positive ethno-cultural diversity

-preservation of local investigation and finding similarities and differences between people living in a particular geographic area

-students involved in activities and documentation to synthesize information collected

-use by students of technical tools ( computer) in the realization of presentations

-creation of a proud citizen of the specific European or national

This project brings inovations by introducing the method of the project in the pupils' way of working. We are a rural area school, and we never be involved in this type of project, and for that pupils are very interested. 

 

What does it try to achieve and how: 

 The pupils receive a theme to search for information, they will have to investigate, sinthesize, organize, and make presentations with their work. Each student make a presentation help of ICT with tipycal dishes, traditional costumes, wedding ceremony. Finally they will present in the class to their colleagues. Finnaly students will play a traditional wedding and we share this video-clip with all schools that are involved in a project.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

 We have a good oportunity to present our wedding in a cultural show from Ungaria, and we are very proud that the Hungarians were very excited. Hopefully we can promote traditional Romanian wedding in other parts of the world.

 

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

 First are our unique traditional costumes, tipycal dishes are unique and all the wedding customs of a traditional wedding. Until now, has not been played atraditional wedding by children and thet because in a traditional wedding are many roles that are held by various people as "Chematorul"-which made the invitations to the wedding, "Graitorul"- which maintain the pleasant atmosphere of the wedding.

 

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

 because in this project colaborate schools from many country from Europe, i think that the most important result is the change of experience and the colaborations with other schools from other country. the benefits of the students are the study and practices of the english language, use ICT, developement of creativity and of capacity to work independently.

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

 we help students to find the necesary informations, to prepare their presentations, to translate into english. 

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

 are many users which interact with our project. are 54 schools from Europe which participate in this project, we interact in a web site, from chat, email.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

 students learn to use drawing programs(Corel Photoshop, Coreal Draw), Office programs(powe point, word) and could choose their own way to making and presenting their tasks. this project develop the students creativity, each pupil have posibility to make presentation in his own personal way. 

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

 the students make presentations and from that they are play a traditional wedding. teachers involved in this project prepare all food that are necesary from the wedding, and local comunity give us all that are necesary for the  proper development of the project.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

 students make their presentations in diferent ways. some have made power point presentations with pictures and description, others have made drawings which they then scanned and made presentations, some were filmed and then using the computer achieved what they had done.

 

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

 I attended the wedding with a traditional cultural contest took first place, and that represent for us a good way of assessment. 

 

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
From 1 to 3 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Sponsorships
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

 to share their culture because the culture is what defines us as people.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
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WE ARE WORLD

Our project has brought children in Egypt and Germany into contact with life and culture in an Islamic respectively a Christian country, using means of ITC to gain lasting friendships.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

(How the idea was born: see Background information 13) The project taking place as well in Egypt as in Germany is meant to be a long duration project leading to independently prolonged contacts of the partners. Its aim is to get children and young people into contact with life and culture in an Islamic resp. Christian country. Fear of contact and prejudice shall be minimized. Persistent understanding and the sense of responsibility for the global future shall be grown. The project consists of home country and of foreign country phases. During the home phases the children and young people contact the partners via media regularly (E-Mail, Chat, Internet phone). During the outbound phases German and Egyptian children and young people spend their time together in the families and in joint activities, e.g. visits to museums and other places of interest, sportive, cultural and learning activities with focus on global topics of the presence and the future. (See http://www.exchange2008.kulturserver.de and http://www.caimei.kulturserver.de)

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Germany
City: 
MEINERZHAGEN/NRW and CAIRO/EGYPT
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
SRM MEINERZHAGEN AND PDSK CAIRO
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
HELGA BOTHE
E-Mail: 
hcbothe@aol.com
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://www.caimei.kulturserver.de/
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 15 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
13/10/2007
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

The idea of using the world wide web to learn about the exchange partners and their countries is visible in the acrinom “wwww” on one of our websites and in our project videoclip. But the acrinom also refers to the topics in our “project curriculum”: Wald (woods), Wasser (water), Wüste (desert), Weltkulturerbe (world cultural heritage). The children share their living space, their living conditions and their places of interest with their guest brothers or sisters. As the return visit takes place immediately the contrastive learning impact is very lasting and effective.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

The project wants to achieve understanding and friendship between the different cultures by bringing the individuals together at a very young age in order to grow a sense of individual and global responsibility

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

The project addresses to various global problems, but most of all to discrimination, indifference, intolerance and xenophobia.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

There are two special aspects in the project: 1. The age distribution with the idea of older youth (~15 years old) being “patrons” for the younger children (between 8 and 11 years old). 2. The migration background of the participants who are representing the worldwide origin: Egypt, Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, Columbia.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

We established two project websites (see 6. ) and personal websites for the exchange partners (see links on the caimei-page.) We successfully carried out the exchange visits from September 29th to October 13th 2008. We made a project videoclip which won the first prize in a competition by the German Foreign Office. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBKTp7CKC1c Along with a camcorder for each school all participants received a webcam to encourage their communication efforts.

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

The research products, project photos and videos can be published on our websites. All partners can update the website directly; they only need an internet access and the keyword. The project participants share a personal website with their exchange partner.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

We have 18 children and their families in the first turn of the project. The preferred forms of interaction are e-mail, skype and icq.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

Social behaviour has been trained especially in the joint activities during the exchange visits and by integrating in a host family and having a guest brother or sister at such a young age. The “patrons” have matured by being guards for the younger students. Designing a website and giving a lecture on a special topic in front of the whole group adds to the self assurance and pride of the children and will help them to perform likewise in their daily school activities.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

The language performance (English for German participants, German and English for Egyptian participants) has improved. Online research and presentation within the project curriculum, video- and photoshooting have given even the youngest children the chance of contributing their share of knowledge successfully.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

Computer work has been the main means of gaining and transporting information and visual material among the project group before and after the exchange. Without the communication tools keeping in contact with the partners would have been much more difficult. In the beginning we also sent letters, but only very few of them arrived. The use of ITC is the ideal way of preparing an exchange, especially if you need to get visa or to transfer important documents and official information. On the German side the skills of using the homepage tools have improved, because the SRM school equipment offers all necessary possibilities while the Egyptian participants have no internet access at school. When the Egyptian partners will be able to work with these tools at school the quantity and qualitiy of their homepage work will improve likewise.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

There has been no written evaluation as the students didn’t get any marks or certificates. But 5 teachers are involved in the project and have been working and for two exchange weeks living with the children; we have been watching them and talking with them and about their personal improvement and had feedback from the parents as well. The websites give evidence of the project’s results and success.

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in USD): 
Less than 10.000
What is the source of funding for your project: 
Fee
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
10/17/2007
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

How to turn interest and enthusiam for history, geography, people and culture into learning activities; how to use modern ICT to establish global relationship; how to live in a group of diversity in age, culture, social background and religion; how to overcome the clash of cultures by associating with foreign cultures; how to travel with heart and brain and respect to achieve intercultural understanding.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

The project develloped quite naturally from a school history project at the SRM in 2006, initiated by Marc Thele, supported by Helga Bothe, assisted by Ute Schäfer, funded by the parent association. Together with 36 children they simulated life in ancient Egypt. http://www.deinereisenachaegypten.kulturserver.de/ The enthusiasm for ancient Egypt caused the yearning to visit the original places and to experience modern Egyptian life. Thus a group of 13 made a holiday expedition to Luxor in 2007 http://www.expedition2007.kulturserver.de . This excursion inspired the participants to establish intercultural contacts with young people in Egypt. As teacher Mark Thele changed to a private school in Cairo that year, he and his German colleague Helga Bothe started organizing an exchange programme at once. And during his first “home visit” the first project meeting was held on October 13th.

Barriers: 

1. Some colleagues and parents in Germany thought the exchange project was kind of “elitist”, too expensive and would interfere with “normal” exchange projects to France and England. 2. One problem with the accomodation in families was that there were only three boys in the German group but eight boys in the Egyptian group whereas we had seven girls in the German group and only four girls in the Egyptian group. 3. Parents were concerned (especially in the weeks before travelling and especially those of the younger children) about security in Egypt. 4. Getting cheap flights and visa for the Egyptian group took a lot of time and energy.

Solutions: 

1. We chose the autumn holidays for the exchange; so the visits were entirely in the German holidays; but we could meet in the school building and use the computers nevertheless. We had 15 compulsory meetings for the participants between October 2007 and September 2008 in the afternoons; and there were 7 compulsory meetings with the parents as well; thus everybody knew this was not an “elitistic touristic event”. 2. Marc Thele and Helga Bothe talked a lot (via Skype) about how the children would match the families and both were in close contact with the parents about this as well. 3. There was a special meeting for parents without the children about security questions. We had no insecure places on our programme but we knew there was no guarantee for security. 4. Both problems were solved via internet and by mobile phone. Without these modern means of communication we are sure the project would have failed in many respects but most likely in these two aspects.

Future plans and wish list: 

The exchange will be continued in April 2010 (Easter holidays) or October 2010 (autumn holidays). The “patrons” of the first turn will leave the programme, as they leave school this summer. Thus the “youngsters” of the first turn will become patrons for the new kids. The contact between the exchange partners will hopefully remain firm; the “oldies” will be invited to the project meetings, because they will still be able to share their experience with the “youngsters” and help them with the ICT work and the homepage building.

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E. U. ONLINE MAGAZINE

AN ON LINE MAGAZINE CREATING TIES WITH 16 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

1. Project summary
Summary: 

THIS PROJECT WAS CREATED AS AN ETWINNING PARTNERSHIP AND IT AIMED GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER EUROPE CONNECTED IN A MONTHLY ONLINE MAGAZINE EDITION. AS A FOUNDING MEMBER AND MENTOR OF THIS PROJECT I INTENDED TO GIVE MY PUPILS A LARGER VIEW OF THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES SO THAT, IN THE FUTURE, THEY MAY BE MORE RESPONSIBLE AND FRIENDLIER. I FIRST STARTED WITH ONE PARTNER BUT THE INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT GREW AND WE ARE NOW 16 COUNTRIES SENDING ARTICLES AND PICTURES TO PUT THE MAGAZINE ONLINE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH. MY PARTNERS ARE: SPAIN, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, ROMANIA, BULGARIA, CYPRUS, GREECE, SLOVENIA, SLOVAKIA, ICELAND, GERMANY, BELGIUM, ITALY AND LITHUANIA.
WE USE THE HTTP://ISSUU.COM SERVER TO PUT THE MAGAZINE ONLINE AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE MAIN POSITIVE ASPECTS OF THE PARTNERSHIP AS WE DO NOT HAVE TO PRINT THE MAGAZINE AND SO WE ARE LOOKING AFTER OUR NATURE AND PLANET.
EVERY MONTH THERE WAS A SPECIFIC TOPIC AND ALL THE SCHOOLS WROTE ABOUT IT, BOTH IN THEIR MOTHER LANGUAGES AND IN ENGLISH: IN DECEMBER WE WROTE ABOUT OUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS, IN JANUARY WE WROTE ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS, IN FEBRUARY OUR TOWNS, IN MARCH OUR NATIONAL SYMBOLS, IN APRIL WE WROTE ABOUT EASTER, IN MAY OUR PAST PRESENT HEROES, AND IN JUNE WE ARE WRITING ABOUT A NATIONAL TOURISTIC GUIDE.
I HAVE TO SAY THAT ALL THE PUPILS HAVE LEARNT A LOT ABOUT USING ICT IN THEIR LIVES, AS WELL AS RECOGNIZING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NATIVES OF OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ALL HAVE TO SHARE THIS CONTINENT AS UNITED AND RESPONSIBLE.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Portugal
City: 
TROFA – PORTO
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
ESCOLA BÁSICA DO CASTRO - TROFA
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
ANTÓNIO SILVA
E-Mail: 
silva.antoniom@gmail.com
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://issuu.com/antoniomonteiro
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 15 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
01/11/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

THE MAIN TARGETS WERE USING ICT AND A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AS TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATION AND GETTING TO KNOW THE TRADITIONS, CUSTOMS AND WAYS OF LIVING OF OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. WE USED TWO PLATFORMS: THE ETWINNING PORTAL AND ISSUU.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

THIS PROJECT AIMS GETTING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITHIN EUROPE BY WRITING ABOUT WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT AND WHAT MAKES US EQUAL IN EUROPE.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

WE ARE NOW 27 COUNTRIES IN EUROPE AND THE MAJORITY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE NOWADAYS DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT THOSE WHO LIVE IN THIS CONTINENT. SO, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR PARTNERS AND MAKE FRIENDS THAT MAY LAST FOREVER, BRINGING PEACE TO EUROPE AND TO THE WORLD.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

I FIND THIS PROJECT SPECIAL DUE TO THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES THAT WERE WILLING TO TAKE PART IN IT. WE ALSO USE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AS A MEANS OF PROTECTING NATURE. AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE ALL SHARING OUR MOTHER LANGUAGES AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, IN THIS CASE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

WE HAVE PUBLISHED 6 ONlINE MAGAZINES SINCE DECEMBER 2008.

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

ALL THE ARTICLES SENT TO ME ARE PUBLISHED AND WE FEEL BELONGING TO A GREAT GROUP OF TEACHERS AND PUPILS COMMITED IN CREATING WHAT WE SAID WE WOULD.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

AS I SAID BEFORE THERE ARE 16 TEACHERS FROM 16 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. THE NUMBER OF PUPILS VARIES BUT WE ALL WORK WITH A CLASS EVERY MONTH, SO THE AVERAGE OF PUPILS PER MONTH WILL PROBABLY BE 160.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

THIS PROJECT BROUGHT GREATER INTEREST IN LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AS THE PUPILS KNOW THAT WHATEVER THEY WRITE WILL BE READ BY THOUSANDS OF ONLINE READERS IN THE WORLD. AS TEACHERS WE CAN INTEGRATE THIS PROJECT AS A TOOL FOR TEACHING PUPILS HOW TO LOOK FOR INFORMATION AND HOW TO WRITE IT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES.

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

AFTER SOME MONTHS OF HARD WORK WE FEEL OUR PUPILS MUCH MORE MOTIVATED TO LEARNING AND ALSO TO KNOWING FACTS ABOUT EUROPE.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

THIS PROJECT IS BASED ON ICT AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING. IN PORTUGAL MANY TEACHERS WERE NOT USED TO WORKING WITH THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THEY FELT THAT THE PUPILS KNEW MORE THAN THEM. WITH THIS PROJECT THAT FEELING HAS CHANGED AND TEACHERS FEEL NOW MUCH MORE CONFORTBLE IN USING ICT IN THEIR CLASSES. CHILDREN ARE JUST LOVING BEING ABLE TO USING THOSE TOOLS THAT THEY WERE BORN WITH.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

THE USE OF ICT BY TEACHERS – VERY GOOD
THE USE OF ICT BY PUPILS – VERY GOOD
THE USE OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE – VERY GOOD
THE SEARCH TECHNIQUE – VERY GOOD
COMMITMENT – VERY GOOD
RESULTS – VERY GOOD

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
From 1 to 3 years
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
11/01/2008
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

I THINK THAT THERE ARE SOME LESSONS THAT MAY BE TAKEN FROM THIS PROJECT. FIRST, THAT IT IS WORTH TO TAKE CHANCES; SECOND, THAT WE MUST BE REALLY COMMITED IN TEACHING OUR PUPILS AND NEVER LET THEM DOWN; THIRD, IN ORDER TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE PUPILS NEED TO FEEL THE NEED, AND GETTING THEM IN TOUCH WITH OTHER INHABITANTS THAT DO NOT SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGES IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

THIS PROJECT WAS STARTED AS ONE MORE PROJECT ON ETWINNING THAT I’VE BEEN DEVELOPING SINCE 2006. I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO BRING MY PUPILS REAL LIFE SITUATIONS OF USING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND ICT. THERE IS NO NEED OF FUNDING FOR ETWINNING PROJECTS, WE JUST HAVE TO REALLY BE UP TO IT AND KEEP ON WORKING. THE TEAM OF PARTNER SCHOOLS WAS A BIT DIFFICULT TO GET TOGETHER AS I WANTED MANY COUNTRIES TO BE ON THE PROJECT. AFTER TWO MONTHS OF HARD WORK I BROUGHT TOGETHER THESE

Barriers: 

THERE WERE NO GREAT BARRIERS. I ONLY WISHED I COULD GET MORE PARTNERS.

Solutions: 

I SENT MORE THAN 100 MESSAGES TO ALL THE POSSIBLE PARTNERS AND SELECTED THEM AS THEY ANSWERED ME.

Future plans and wish list: 

THERE IS MUCH TO DO TO MAKE US FEEL EUROPEANS, TO BREAK BARRIERS AND TO BE TOLLERANT TO OTHERS. I WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO CONTINUE AND DEVELOP AND THAT WE COULD NOW CREATE FRIENDSHIPS AND EXAMPLES OF TOLLERANCE AMONGST EVERYBODY.

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My Magazine

Czech, French and Italian pupils worked together on a long-term culture project.

1. Project summary
Summary: 

My Magazine Project for lower-intermediate learners of English Short description of the project: Pupils will work in pairs (or alone, alternativelly). The task is to choose a famous personality (Czech artist, singer, writer, composer, historical personality, polititian, sportsman/woman, poet, inventor, dancer …) and to create a magazine about him/her. (Italian pupils will choose Italian personality, French pupils a French personality) One copy of the magazine will be sent to the partner school, one will be kept in our library, extra copies can be sold in a sale at school. Optional: video - role-play of a partner magazine, exhibition, pupils´ presentations of partner magazines in-class. Other cultural issues can be introduced during the project : my country, my town, my culture, character of our nation (optional).
Project developed by: Mgr. Pavlina Hrabetova, ZS M. Chocenskeho 211, Chocen 56501
Additional ideas: Silvana Astone (Italy), Michelle Letelliere (France) (see Project Partners in our Twinspace)

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Czech Republic
City: 
Chocen
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
ZS M. Chocenskeho, Chocen 56501
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Pavlina Hrabetova
E-Mail: 
Hrabetova.Pavlina@email.cz
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://twinspace.etwinning.net/launcher.cfm?lang=en&cid=32560
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 18 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
06/10/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

My Magazine Project for lower-intermediate learners of English Short description of the project: Pupils will work in pairs (or alone, alternativelly). The task is to choose a famous personality (Czech artist, singer, writer, composer, historical personality, polititian, sportsman/woman, poet, inventor, dancer …) and to create a magazine about him/her. (Italian pupils will choose Italian personality, French pupils a French personality) One copy of the magazine will be sent to the partner school, one will be kept in our library, extra copies can be sold in a sale at school. Optional: video - role-play of a partner magazine, exhibition, pupils´ presentations of partner magazines in-class. Other cultural issues can be introduced during the project : my country, my town, my culture, character of our nation (optional).

What does it try to achieve and how: 

Educational Aims: 1. Pupils will practise language in a meaningful context (past tense, present simple, present perfect, sentence structure). 2. Systematic, step-by-step work, is introduced to them. 3. Stress is put on quality of work. 4. Use of IT tools and various sources is practised. 5. Team labour and building of good relationships, division of labour. 6. Getting to know famous personalities of our culture and of the culture of our partner country. 7. Cross-curriculum Aims: English IT history culture civics 8. (Meeting pupils from partner country "face-to-face" through Skype). Sense of "not being alone", having a partner who works on the same task.

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

Pupils are encouraged to use various sources BUT NOT TO COPY THEM. They should MENTION all sources they have used. They should use their own sentences (even short and simple) to express their thoughts and facts.
Educational Aims:

1. Pupils will practise language in a meaningful context (past tense, present simple, present perfect, sentence structure).
2. Systematic, step-by-step work, is introduced to them.
3. Stress is put on quality of work.
4. Use of IT tools and various sources is practised.
5. Team labour and building of good relationships, division of labour.
6. Getting to know famous personalities of our culture and of the culture of our partner country.
7. Cross-curriculum Aims: English + IT + history + culture + civics
8. (Meeting pupils from partner country "face-to-face" through Skype). Sense of "not being alone", having a partner who works on the same task.
9. Multi-task learning, using ITC tools
10. Friendship and partnership is being established accross borders.

Evaluation Criteria:

Mark for this project will be a part of your mark for this half-year period (20%).
Things to be evaluated:
1. Correctness: facts and grammar.
2. Visual part: design, choice of photos, attractivity…
3. Fulfilling of all given criteria.
4. Your working process (+ or - mark for your preparation for consultation lessons, your attitude towards the task)

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Long term contact of the partner groups from 3 nations. Sharing the results and learning from one another about culture of our countries. Learning English and many other things together.

10. Results
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

See the links above.
Pupils magazines. exhibitions, videos, blog.

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

It fulfills the given aims. See above.

How many users interact with your project per month and what are the preferred forms of interaction: 

43 pupils (Czech Republic), 22 pupils (France), 17 pupils (Italy)
Blog, emails, Skype, slideshare, eTwinning Twinspace and Twinblog, mail service.

How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

It brought new methods of work to our English lessons and fostered pupils´motivation to use English for meaninful task. It helped us to break barriers between our nations (measuring by our groups) and to brek some stereotypes...

How has it improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders: 

The schools and local press were involved in the presentation of the children´s work - exhibitions were organized for pupils and public.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

The participants learned to work with Blog, Internet and printed sources, text editors, scanners, video-camera and software for editing the film, web publishing, slideshare, Skype, e-mail, etc.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

"Touchable - visible results" - children´s work, their excitement, keeping the set rules and fulfilling given critea.

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
Less than 1 year
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Yes
Insert date: 
05/24/2009
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
No
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

How to create and organize a multi-task project for learning English and culture.

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Background information
Background: 

See above.

Barriers: 

None.

Future plans and wish list: 

Continue the project next year with the same partners, involve more partners and include new tasks.

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Europe is mine, Europe is yours, Europe is ours

The project “ Europe is mine, Europe is yours, Europe is ours” involves pupils and teachers in tasks that are aimed to build a common european citizenship comparing with European partne

1. Project summary
Summary: 

The project is a continuation of the relationship between the primary school of Rionero vulture in the school and School Apoldu de Jos (Romania), "Liviu Rebreanu" School, Mioveni (Romania) "Liviu Rebreanu" School, Mioveni town, Arges county, Romania (Romania) with which we achieved in the past several other projects. Following an agreement made with the Romanian partners I've registered the project and invited other schools partners. During the project we have continuously communicate by MSN, and using the tools etwinning . In this way we established the various steps, organized the entire work, continuously exchanged our experiences, support each other
The project is based on the assumption that the natural and cultural heritage, are essential elements of our national and European identity. But you can not love and respect both of them if you don't know them enough. Pupils and teachers from different schools have done research and have revised the foreground making photos, videos, animations, slide, interactive learning games, questionnaires, surveys have inserted their products in twinspace of etwinning and published everything on the blog They also learned to communicate with its European partners using email, chat, video conferencing and through an international language. Curiosity and creativity are been continuously fed by many and different situations, intelligently selected by teachers to become love for nature and culture. On this trail have been addressed new problems that have relevance to the future of a more sustainable society in which culture and nature blend in accordance with the famous phrase of Edgard Morin"We need to inscribe in us an ecological conscience. The know our connection consubstantial with the biosphere leads us to abandon the dream Promethean of domain of the universe for found on the contrary, the aspiration to conviviality on Earth" The teachers have created a true virtual classroom where students were able to learn, create, test their skills and abilities

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Italy
City: 
Rionero in Vulture
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Scuola Primaria Statale Rionero in Vulture
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Maria Teresa Carrieri
E-Mail: 
carmarter@libero.it
6. Website
The website of the project: 
http://seasonsineurope.googlepages.com/
7. Please select the category in which you candidate your project
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Up to 15 years
Helping youth step in the job market: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creativity and Social Innovation: 
Creativity and Social Innovation
8. How long has your project been running?
From: 
07/04/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

Aims: Know more about the country of our partner school comparing the similarities and differences between their own country and other EU countries in the four seasons: landscapes, traditions , clothings, foods, legends. Knowing and enhance our common natural and cultural heritage. Improving the use of tools as a means of communication, creativity and innovation. Improving own skills in English as a medium of international communication. Increase the motivation of boys in learning. Promoting dialogue multicultural. Facilitate the exchange of experience teaching among teachers

10. Results
How has it improved the quality of educational and/or training services: 

The subjects dealt with are very important to our national identity and the European Union and because it address strategic issues for the development of the future of society, more sustenible such as energy saving, recycling of materials, the protection of cultural and natural heritage. Furthermore, the activities carried out with the ICT tools have increased the motivation of pupils towards the learning and involved in a active way even those with learning difficulties. Pupils and teachers have realized the value of collaboration with other European schools and have improved and increased their skills.

How does it promote the use of ICT for the educational and cultural development by professionals, children and youth: 

Students reflected on the knowledge acquired on their experience and refined all in a creative way using the technological tools New technologies were used by pupils and teachers to find information, develop texts, scan images, create photo albums and photo gallery, resize images, making powerpoint and slideshare, create video (using Studio and Windows Movie Maker) to send email, enter work in the Twin Space of etwinning, publish work on our blog

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
From 1 to 3 years
12. Transferability
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere: 
Yes
Specify: 

It's an e-twinning project

We are available to help others starting or working on similar projects: 
We are not available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
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