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My very special wondertree

"My very special wondertree" is an eTwinning Project between very special schools in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Portugal, Poland, England, Scotland, Belgium, Estonia and Austria).

1. Project summary
Summary: 

This is our third eTwinning-Project together and the main aim of every project was to bring Europe in our very special classes and let our children with special needs learn about it with all senses.
"My very special wondertree" was another step to reach this aims, in addition the children learned to handle new skills (picture editing programms).
It was great to see the high motivation of the children, their enthusiasm about the success.

2. Country (City / Region)
State: 
Austria
City: 
3251 Purgstall
3. Company/organization/institute presenting the project
Organization: 
Schule Rogatsboden - special school for special children
4. Type of organization
Select type: 
School
5. Project coordinator
Name and Surname: 
Kladnik Christine
E-Mail: 
christine@kladnik.at
6. Website
The website of the project: 
www.wondertree.wikispaces.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: 
28/09/2008
9. Targets and Elements of Innovation
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

For our project we wanted to connect an ecological issue with ICT - and this all of course prepared for the special needs of our students. As most project - partners know each other yet because of the two former eTwinning-projects (see www.specialchildren.wikispaces.com) the children knew already many things about the countries of their partners. So we decided to work on a special issue - our special tree. Every school made school-projects, where the tree (and sometimes also other trees) have been treated in every possible way and of course with all senses (informations about the different activities are on the project website).
Then we prepared informations about our trees for all other partners and put them on the website.
The next activity has been to learn to handle picture editing programs (paint, photoshop...) and then the children created their very, very special wondertrees for the artgallery on the website. Their creativity has been boundless.
The third step was to send seeds of our trees to each other and now we all try to grow up our little European Woods.

What does it try to achieve and how: 

- Working together with other children all over Europe, connected with the possibilities of ICT
- Learning together and from each other about one issue
- Learning new ICT - skills
- Creative working, presenting artworks - strenghen everones self-esteem!
- New inputs for intern school projects in every school

Which opportunities/problems does it address to: 

- integration of children with special needs
- to show, what they can do, if they are motivated!!!
- new ways of special education
- success brings self-esteem!

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

- We dare to our special children also to use ICT, to learn about Europe - and the project allows them to do this in their own way.

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

- Many beautiful new experiences together
- Great contacts between the partner institutions
- Great motivation of the children to communicate with their partners, to learn about them and to show them, what they do.
- A beautiful website, the children love it!
- Many beautiful artworks made from photos from our trees
- Little European Woods growing up (hopefully :-))

How does it fulfill the users’ needs: 

- The whole project is adapted to the special needs of our children
- It supports and strenghens their experiences, their creativity and their self-esteem

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

- 11 special schools in Europe
- 11 special teachers connected by ICT-Tools (eTwinning-Portal, website, mail, chat...)
- About 70 students with special needs directly involved, many others are involved too because of the projects in the different schools - interacting mainly with pictures and exchange of their artworks, letters with seeds....

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

The project demonstrated that it is possible also for children with very special needs to
- work in an European Dimension
- to handle ICT

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

- high motivation of the children, but also the involved teachers
- new ways of learning, new ICT-skills

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

It shows the possibilties of using ICT in a very creative and individual way.

Describe how you measure (parameters) these results: 

The best parameter is to see the children's enthusiasm while they are working in the different activities of the project!
Their knowledge about the issue (Trees) and about Europe has grown.
A little story for example:
I told my students, that I will take part on a study visit and travel to Finland. One child looked at me and said: "But we don't know anyone in Finland!" ( Because we don't have a partner institution there)
That's a great effort for a child that cannot read, write or count!

11. Sustainability
What is the full duration of your project: 
Less than 1 year
12. Transferability
What lessons can others learn from your project: 

Trying new ways brings high motivation for children and teachers!
Nothing is impossible :-)

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
Future plans and wish list: 

Three of us project-teachers have met at the eTwinning-Conference this year and there we created the next project together - but this will be a surprise!
It would be great, if it would be possible to meet each other in "real life"!

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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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