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"
"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.