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Schoolovision 2009! - A primary schools' version of the Eurovision Song Contest, involving 30 European countries!

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Schoolovision 2009! is a primary schools' version of the Eurovision Song Contest, where one class from each of 30 countries across Europe were asked to choose a song, representative of their country, practise it, video it, and finally upload it to the project blog. This was done to coincide with the real Eurovision Song Contest in May 2009, and all songs had to be uploaded to the blog by 8th May 2009. Then, the children in each of the 30 countries across Europe spent one week viewing all 30 songs in their classes, and each child in each class was involved in voting for their favourite songs. On Friday 15th May 2009, the day before the real Eurovision Song Contest, each country met using the online video conferencing tool, FlashMeeting, to cast their votes, in the same way as in Eurovision.

The votes were counted up, and the winning country were then awarded a specially commissioned trophy, marking their achievement. This was personally delivered to the winning school in Brno, Czech Republic by the project co-ordinator, Michael Purves, a primary teacher in Scotland.

 

http://schoolovision2009.blogspot.com

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

The Schoolovision family! The picture shows each of the 30 countries that took part in Schoolovision 2009!

The project idea was born in November 2008, by Michael Purves, teacher at Yester Primary School, Gifford, in Scotland. Having done several projects through the eTwinning portal, www.etwinning.net , Michael came up with the idea of trying to involve all the countries registered with eTwinning in a large scale, Eurovision Song Contest style project. In order to maximise the impact of the Schoolovision project, Michael carefully worked out a timescale for the project, so that it would mirror the timing of the real Eurovision contest.

The project involved all 30 countries choosing a song representative of their country, practising it, videoing it and uploading it to the project blog set up by Michael. Then all countries would vote for their favourites after having viewed all the other songs. As well as this though, several other things were carried out. Once the 30 participating partners had agreed to the above, Michael asked each country to prepare a video showing their own school/country and upload this first to prove that all the teachers involved could make and upload a digital video to the blog. These videos formed a very important part of the overall project, as they allowed the children in all 30 countries to have a clear understanding of the countries taking part, their cultures and gave them the chance to meet their fellow primary school pupils.

Once all the "test" videos had been made, Michael moved them all to a separate, linked blog http://schoolovision2009tests.blogspot.com which allowed the main blog to feature the final songs. (http://schoolovision2009.blogspot.com )

As the children were making their videos, Michael then introduced the Flashmeeting web-conferencing tool to all the teacher partners of the project, at home, where they discussed the progress of the project. All the partners enjoyed learning how to use this important ICT tool, as none had used it previously. We then transferred it to the schools, and the pupils in all the partner countries met online to ask each other questions about each others' countries that they had prapared. This allowed all pupils the chance to learn from each other about each others' countries and cultures, prior to the online live vote, which took place on May 15th.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
United Kingdom
Città: 
Gifford, Scotland
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Yester Primary School
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Michael Purves
E-Mail: 
mpurves@yester.elcschool.org.uk
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://schoolovision2009.blogspot.com
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 15 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
Creatività e Innovazione sociale
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
23/12/2008
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

The project co-ordinator, Michael Purves, has worked with European schools in various countries over the past two years, using the eTwinning website to find partners.

This experience prompted Michael to try to set out to link as many countries as possible in Europe in a project involving the use of Music, ICT, (using a blog and other innovative, new technologies that teachers and pupils across Europe had not engaged in previously, such as web-conferencing) Citizenship, Talking, Dance and Drama. From this, the idea of Schoolovision was born.

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

The idea of the project was to bring together as many European countries as possible, through the use of music, ICT, citizenship and the eTwinning.net portal, to allow all the pupils in each of the participating countries to learn more about their European partners. Music was chosen as a suitable medium, as everyone could participate using any language they chose.

The test videos that each of the 30 countries produced allowed all the partners to view their peers' schools and countries and cultures as the project developed. The use of test webcam conferencing, where participants met online to ask each other pre-prepared questions about each others' cultures and countries, proved a very powerful and innovative way of learning about other cultures.

The fact that a total of 23 countries joined in for the live vote on May 15th via webcam tool, FlashMeeting, demonstrated the truly innovative way the project was concluded. The children themselves gave the votes, and each child in each of the 30 countries (a total of around 600 children) contributed to the final result of the project.

 

Children in the Finnish class give their votes, watched by the other countries.

 

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

The project gave all 30 participating countries the opportunity to:

  1. Become accustomed to using a blog, by logging on and posting information about the school taking part.
  2. Create and upload a digital video of each school, to allow all the other children involved (and their teachers) the chance to learn a bit about each country taking part.
  3. Make friends with the children and teachers in each of the countries, which was done very successfully!
  4. Create a digital video of the chosen song and upload it to the project blog within a specific timescale.
  5. Learn how to use the video conferencing tool, FlashMeeting, both at home- between the teachers, to allow ongoing discussion about the project to take place- and at school, where the children preparede sets of questions to ask each other about their school life and their countries.
  6. The chance to vote for their favourite songs in a huge online webconference on May 15th.
  7. The chance to be involved in whole school rehearsals and auditions, which took place in many countries, to determine which song/ act would be chosen to represent the school.

In Iceland, the whole school were involved in auditions during a special day called "Flatovision!" to choose the winning representatives.

8.   The chance in many cases to be interviewed by local media who covered the event. TV companies in a total of 7 countries      covered the project, mostly the live vote.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Schoolovision was both Innovative and Creative in many ways. These ways helped to make the project so special and unique. They are listed below:

The Innovative aspects of Schoolovision 2009.

  • First time something like this has been done!
  • Use of FlashMeeting to hold webcam conferences
  • learning about others' cultures, not from books etc, but by using FlashMeetings for face-to-face questions and answers
  • holding whole school competitions to choose representatives- eg in Poland, Iceland, Turkey, Portugal and others
  • using a recording studio- eg in Estonia, Czech Republic, Iceland
  • learning about others' countries, cultures and heritage through test videos
  • using a variety of online media tools, including blogger video, YouTube, Smilebox and others
  • asking the local Mayor to read out the votes! (in Norway)

 

The Creative aspects of Schoolovision 2009.

  • singing
  • dancing
  • playing musical instruments
  • composing songs
  • composing and choreographing dances
  • making videos and uploading them to the project blog
  • learning songs in English and singing them in English (for those not using English as a 1st language)
  • learning songs in another language and singing them in that language (for those who perhaps used English as a 1st language)
  • writing modern versions of traditional songs
  • making a Google map showing all the schools taking part in Schoolovision
  • making montages showing the participants in various countries

In addition, Schoolovision was characterised by a very high level of collaboration, internationally, between not only the 30 partners, but also the 600 children involved in the project, who made up and asked many questions of each other during the many test webcam conferences we carried out prior to the live vote on May 15th.

Children in the Austrian class celebrate their finished video!

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

The results of the project were truly impressive. All 30 participating countries, listed below, successfully created and uploaded both test videos and final songs to the blog. All took part in the voting process, involving more than 600 children right across Europe, and 23 of the countries successfully logged in to the live vote FlashMeeting on Friday 15th May. The other 7 participants sent their votes by email the night before, but then watched the recording of the FlashMeeting after the event.

The winning school, in Brno, in the Czech Republic were visited on Friday 5th June by the project co-ordinator, Michael Purves, who flew from Scotland to present the children in the winning class their trophy and to congratulate them on their fantastic achievement.

More than this, the teachers in all 30 countries reported how positively the children had engaged in the project right from the start until the end, and how much they learned about Europe via the FlashMeetings and the videos watched from all the other countries. The fact that TV companies in 7 countries covered the project meant that it had media exposure across many countries.

In the winning class in Brno on June 5th, with the children, the class teachers, the headteacher, the Deputy Minister of Education for the Czech Republic, the Mayor of Brno and the project co-ordinator.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

Schoolovision 2009 allowed teachers and pupils' ICT skills to be developed in a variety of ways. Many of the partners had never been involved in blogging, uploading digital images and videos to the internet, and none had previously used web-conferencing as a teaching tool.

Children were encouraged throughout to choose their own songs, be creative in their interpretations of songs and dances, to form their own questions that they wished to find answers to from their peers and teachers.

As well as being a huge adventure from start to finish, it was immensely enjoyable for all- which allowed it to be a very powerful way of learning, as the children saw what they were doing as fun, rather than direct learning- but afterwards were very positive about how much they had actually learned!

 

Children in the German class celebrate after being awarded the maximum 12 points during the live vote on Friday 15th May!

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

All classes were involved in the making of all videos, from January through to May 2009. The project blog hit counter shows a total of around 30,000 hits since January 2009.

http://schoolovision2009.blogspot.com

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

The project allowed children from all across Europe to meet each other and learn from each other about each individual country. This was done through the use of the test videos and through the use of the test FlashMeetings, all of which were recorded and are viewable directly from the blog itself. In particular, it allowed children to learn lots of facts about other countries from themselves, through direct interaction with their peers, which allowed them to get away from the teacher-pupil relationship a little.

As the project went on, and as TV companies and other media got involved in the vast majority of the countries, the pupils themselves sensed that what they were involved in was a very big project, and this increased their determination to make it a big success. For many, who had never had journalists or TV presenters asking them how they were enjoying the experience of meeting so many countries and learning so much about Europe, it was really a wonderful experience that they have said they will remember for all time.

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

For the teachers involved, they all stated how much they had enjoyed learning new skills, particularly the use of blogging, making videos and use of webconferencing.

For the children, the use of music and ICT proved highly motivating, especially to those in classes who might have struggled with more academic type work, and were in this instance able to develop their creativity and enthusiasm through the project.

For the schools themselves, there was much recognition for the work they all did. eTwinning in many countries has recognised the excellence of the project, and of course, media articles and Tv news allowed many schools to showcase what they did to the surrounding regions and countries.

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: 

Children in all the participating countries saw that ICT is more than just using computers or the internet. They used digital camcorders, projectors, microphones, webcams in ways that had never been done before in their schools, in order to produce highly impressive results.

Culturally, the children found out many things about each other as they went along. One question asked by the children in Scotland to several countries during test FlashMeetings, was "What do you call your own country in your own language?" and they received some unexpected replies! For example, none knew that the Greek word for Greece is Hellas!

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

Perhaps the best way to measure the success of the project is to include quotes from the 30 participating teachers:

Thanks from Italy!

Few words to say how fantastic was this project and how it was brilliant for teachers and students.

My children liked very much to stay all together with so many friends all around europe!

The project in every step had a superb organization.

Michael always thought about every aspects and every possible problem could happen.

The flashmeetings were an occasion to meet new friends, to test our abilities and to open our minds to strangers.

It's not so simple, nowadays, to have contacts with different people with a common project.

We, all the teachers, worked together in peace and I think it's a very important message to send to our politicians.

They must learn from children who, in their simple way,stay together and work together.

I will put this experience in my memory and in my students' memory!

 

Schoolovision- thanks from Sweden!

We have really enjoyed it, me and my pupils,  We realised how huge this project have been, during the weeks when one entry after one other, appeared on the blog.

I asked my pupils what they have learnt from this project:

Here are som answers:

" A lot about the nature in different countries"

"About climate in Europe"

" Habits"

"Songs"

"Culture"

"Difference between how kids from different countries look - haircolour, skin, clothes"

"School uniforms or not"

" How different languages sound"

"That we must have better equipment to succeed in the competion"

I hope that we can meet next year again! 

 

 Schoolovision 2009 in Estonia:

 We are very happy that we won the second place. Congratulation to Czech Republic, it was our favourite song too.

We all enjoyed this project very much. It was very well organized. Thank you! So many good emotions and fun. We learned a lot about Europe and how to work together.

 

Schoolovision in France:

This project was fantastic! My pupils learned so much about Europe (geography, culture, language...) and had a lot of fun learning a song in English. The Flashmeetings trained their skills to understand English and to express themselves. This is worth much more than any English lesson.

ICT skills were also trained, some children even don't have a computer at home; now they know how to manage Internet.

The voting on May, 15th was an unforgettable moment for the kids: they will always remember this day and numbers from 1 to 12!

 

Thanks from Iceland:

When Michael invited me to take part in Schoolovision I thought it would be a brilliant idea for the 7th class to be involved because they have a project about Europe on their curriculum. But later we decided to let the whole school take part in the project. We established something called Flatovision and told the children that everyone was to think about what he/she could do to show something he/she was best in (dancing and singing). Every child in the school was involved and everyone sure knows what Flatovision/Schoolovision is now. We are going to have Flatovision next year. Our students are also very proud of being representatives for Iceland. Using the internet as a tool to get information in this way is a very positive approach or a method to use for learning. The studens who took part in FlashMeeting had great fun doing it. They loved to see the other children in their classrooms. The voting 15th of May was the climax, the whole school came to the hall for a short time to watch.

Schoolovision is a perfect project to stimulate the children to find out different things about the European countries (geography/language/culture). The project was met with great enthusiasm both by the teachers and pupils and roused general interest in the project itself and the other participating countries.

Thanks Michael for leading us all this way through the work in the project and you taught us many practical things on the way.

 

Thanks a lot from Norway:

This project have been very fun, interesting and impressive, both for the teachers and pupils involved!

The pupils have learned a lot about different cultures, language and creativity from our blog. They've also put a lot of work in their own performance improvement; singing, or playing instruments.

It was also very useful to do the voting process like in the real MGP (and not to mention the democratic process behind the votes from the class).

A great thank you to Michael who came up with this simple but wonderful idea. This project had big success from two things; very well organised by Michael and 30 motivated classes/schools.

I'm pretty sure this project will stay as an annual happening - and it is also transferable to secondary, upper secondary school - and yes, even pre-school;-))

 

Big thanks from Germany!

Thank you so much for this splendid event
and for all the time and work you have invested for this project.
It has been a great adventure and a huge success.

 

Thank you from Denmark:

Without Michael there has been no project, and without all you positive partners, it wouldn't have ben so funn to participate. Thank you all very much. We would be VERY interested to join Schoolovison 2010 if possible ....

Thanks everyone from Spain!

The end of the project has been so sad because we were working a lot, but I believe that we shared a lot of beatiful things and the European spirit is with all of us. For me and my children, it has been a great project because we could learn about other cultures. I hope next year we can be work together again.

A Great Thanks from Cyprus!

We all want to say a big thank you to Michael and all the project partners. It was a great job and we all enjoyed it. Students want to repeat it next year and are now thinking for their next year's song. It was a pleasure for me to engage this process into the curriculum because of my students'enthusiasm and the outcomes at the end.

 

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Meno di 1 anno
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Meno di 10.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Altro
Altro: 
School funds
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Si
Insert date: 
07/29/2009
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
No
Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

I believe that although Schoolovision had never been done previously, it is an idea that could be easily replicated in any area of the school, primary or secondary. I am certainly available, via the eTwinning portal, to help others develop similar projects. In the meantime, I will definitely be repeating the project in 2010 and beyond, and most of the 30 countries have already told me they definitely wish to do it all again next year!

 

The countries who took part were:

 

Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Wales.

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: 

Some links that show the depth of media attention the project achieved throughout Europe, along with links to TV news items in several countries and links to some of the songs via YouTube. Of course, they can all be seen on the project blog itself!

http://files.etwinning.net/shared/app_uploads/twinspace/repository/34751/833-090622-112205.jpg

Article in local paper in Germany about Schoolovision

http://files.etwinning.net/shared/app_uploads/twinspace/repository/34751/639-090622-111043.jpg

A second article from local press in Germany.

http://files.etwinning.net/shared/app_uploads/twinspace/repository/34751/55-090622-115245.pdf

Schoolovision mentioned in Spring Day for Europe

http://files.etwinning.net/shared/app_uploads/twinspace/repository/34751/764-090516-035438.doc

Danish teacher gives thoughts and links to TV article on Schoolovision in Denmark

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8043961.stm

BBC news website in UK covers the story

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/East-Lothian-school-flies-the.5253094.jp

Article in The Scotsman newspaper, Scotland

http://luzyce.info/index.php/zgorzelec/1028-piate-w-eurowizji.html

Polish TV video about Schoolovision

http://www.h-avis.no/article/20090508/NYHETER/662639183/1058/AKTUELT

Norwegian article about Schoolovision in press.

http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/209411000100521-udalosti/obsah/78634-soutez-schoolvision-2009/

Czech National TV follow the Schoolovision story!

http://files.etwinning.net/shared/app_uploads/twinspace/repository/34751/845-090524-013154.doc

Article in Greek press about Schoolovision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr3074NaUmk&feature=related

Iceland's entry to Schoolovision 2009!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF52TonAo08&feature=related

Czech Republic's entry, which won the competition!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE0csqdD310

The Polish entry to Schoolovision 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmgbkBxRiss

Estonia's excellent entry to Schoolovision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc5CxGcQ_ME

Latvia's entry to Schoolovision 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cree0-DbXY

The Netherlands' entry to the competition!

Ostacoli: 

There were no real barriers to the project- just lots of real enthusiasm from all the partners!

Future plans and wish list: 

Next year, we plan to make Schoolovision 2010 even better than this year! Many of the partners have indicated that they will take part again, and as there are new countries who have just joined eTwinning, (Croatia, FYR of Macedonia) they will be invited to koin in the fun with us all.

Other suggestions have included making the selection of schools country-wide, so that auditions and voting takes place in each country before the representatives are chosen. This will be discussed among the existing partners during the next three months before a final decision is made.

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