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Creative commons is the title of an eTwinning project of a Belgian and a Spanish school. The pupils

collaborated last schoolyear for about 4 months. Our aim was to explore together the fabulous world

of Web 2.0 tools.  At the same time we wanted to be creative and, of course, communicate in the

community of blogs we built. We also wanted our pupils to pay respect for the creative work of an author.  

 

The students followed the steps we presented and completed the tasks of the project. Now, they are able

to build a WordPress blog and add posts. They can modify the header, they can present themselves by

means of an embedded slideshow (e.g. using Rock You). They can also add a counter. They know the

conditions of using online material (Creative Commons – copyright). They know how to use Web 2.0

tools to edit pictures and to integrate the pictures into a blog. They know how to embed polls and

RSS-feeds. They know how to make a movie combining pictures with sounds. They know how and

where to host movies and embed them into a blog.

 

This project has also the objective of dissemination. Every part of the project is described in a transparent

and open way so that any one who wants to have benefit of our work can do so. In the project’s blog all

information and outcomes can be found: http: //creativecommonsetwinning.wordpress.com.

 

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

By means of creative challenges Belgian and Spanish youngsters share their passion for ICT and the internet,  

explore the world of Web 2.0. and become aware of internet copyright.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Belgium
Città: 
Malle
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Immaculata Instituut
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Bart Verswijvel
E-Mail: 
bartverswijvel@telenet.be
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://creativecommonsetwinning.wordpress.com
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 18 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/12/2009
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

Our project aimed at several objectives:

 

Creative commons: we wanted the students to become aware of the existence of Internet copyright.

 

Collaborative learning: the students work independently but at the same time they taught each other in an

informal way. The teachers didn’t give any frontal step-by-step instructions.

 

Creativity: creative freedom was  given as much as possible.

 

Responsibility: each student built his own blog.

 

Communication: Spanish and Belgian students worked on the same tasks and exchanged material and results.

 

Dissemination: as coordinators of the project we had the intention of offering all information and instructions

for anyone wanting to adapt or copy our project.

 

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

In this project our students acquired competences to communicate in a digital way using web 2.0 tools with respect

for the work of an author (Creative Commons License).

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

As educators of millennium learners we think  that the focus we put in this project should be a part of education. We

think that besides the attention for issues like safe internet, attention should be given to copyright and respect for the

work of an author. Pupils (and teachers) often copy and paste without giving at least credit to the author.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

This project was unique and special in several ways.

 

First of all their was the organization (configuration) of the project. Each student was responsible for his own blog and all blogs were linked to the project blog. This configuration offers everything needed for meaningful project work. We considered the ownership of the tool by the student as very important. The project didn’t stop at the end of the lesson! Students had to take full responsibility.

 

For none of the tasks mentioned above frontal teaching was involved. All the students taught each other or worked independently.

 

The project was also unique because we only used online material and programmes of WEB 2.0 but at the same time we wanted my the students aware of the existence of Creative Commons Licenses. Also the complete project was presented under Creative Commons License and we want to share it as much as possible. All presentations, tutorials, descriptions are shared in this project. We think that this project has great potential of replication.

 

We can also mention the spin off website we made in this project: http://bvpics.wordpress.com.

 

As mentioned above , we think that Creative Commons Licenses are an essential part in the education of new millennium learners.

 

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

We present this project in a realistic, honest way.

From the project blog (http://creativecommonsetwinning.wordpress.com) all the contributions of the pupils can be

reached. As mentioned above, it was from the start an objective to share everything so that (elements of) this

project can be used by any one interested. So we think that this project is really a good source of inspiration for

teachers who think of setting up an online co-operation with classes from different countries.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

We wanted to our pupils to acquire communicative competences. We think that the things they have learned are

tranferable in new circumstances because we gave full responsibility to our pupils during the learning process.

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

In the Belgian and Spanish school about 50 pupils took part in the project. Since the 2 groups of pupils have a

different mother tongue, we used non verbal communication and English as lingua franca.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

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Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

This project remained on the level of the class, but as mentioned elsewhere, we tried to disseminate our

experiences, both on the project’s blog as at several conferences where we presented the project.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

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Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

In both schools the project work was integrated in the curriculum. (In Spain this only counted for a grroup of

students).

 

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Meno di 1 anno
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

he project has been disseminated in many ways. In Belgium is was presented at 2 conferences: Monitoring Day in

Alden Biesen and Ecomedea Europe in Hasselt (May 2009). The project was also presented at the national eTwinning awards where we won the overall prize of 2009.

 

In Spain the project was presented at the in-service Teachers training center in La Almunia and at the Aragon ICT school meeting (June 2009). Creative Commons was also elected as eTwinning project of the month in Spain.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

I think we provide as much information as possible. We think that other teachers can copy the structure of our project but that they are free to add other elements.

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

This project is an eTwinning project. I found my partner in the database of www.etwinning.net and we took our time to discuss everything before starting with our pupils. We used email but also Google docs for our communication. We learned a lot from each other and we wanted to use many different tools. An overview:

 

Wordpress, Rock You (slideshow), many different (online) tools for picture adaptation (http://bvpics.wordpress.com), Polldaddy (polls), RSS-feeds, Counter (free choice), Moviemaker, Blip.TV (movie hosting), Gmail chat, Synthasite, Scribd, Picasa, Camtasia, Sony Vegas, Google calendar, Google docs Form,  Esurveyspro, Hot Potatoes, Flash meeting, Box.net (online storage)

 

 

Ostacoli: 

We didn’t discover that many barriers. In the Spanish school the participation to the project was not compulsory

for a group of pupils. Some blogs haven’t been finished by those pupils.

Soluzioni: 

Next year we will devote more time of the school year to the project. When pupils take part it will be a part of the

curriculum.

 

Future plans and wish list: 

Next year we will continue the cooperation between the same schools. We will work together on a similar basis.

We will also have a third partner. We were invited by a school for teacher training. During the traineeship of about

5 months of one of the future teachers, a group of students will take part under his/her supervision. In the renewed

project we will also put the emphasis on creativity, web 2.0 and Creative Commons License. The

outcomes of the cooperation will be media products where school life will be presented.

 

 

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