Second Transnational Project meeting “Environmentally Friendly Cranberries and Innovative Tablets”

Place: Via Acerbi 61, Piacenza, Italy

Time: 06 April -08 April 2017

Meeting Objectives:

  1. Evaluation of the attained objectives and the activities done during the 1st project year.

  2. Feedback of the first Project year. Questionnaires for students and teachers.

  3. Introducing the Project for the second year

Attendees present:

Teachers from:

Estonia ( Võru Kreutzwaldi Kool): Marju Purge and Ere Tumm

Latvia ( Rigas Igaunu pamatskola): Urve Aivars and Ivika Keisele

Italy (Ic Della Val Nure): Emanuela Sbordi

Poland (LO Piaseczno): Maria Szklarczyk and Alesia Zabovska

Finland (Kiukaisten Yhteiskoulu): Jaako Laeslahti and Tuula Kütövuori.

THE AGENDA OF THE PROJECT WORK MEETING:

  1. Exchange of experiences. Evaluation of the attained objectives and the activities done

  2. Presentation of the Project poster.

  3. Feedback of the first project year

  4. Introducing the second project year

  5. Project Homepage

1. Exchange of experiences, Evaluation of the attained objectives and the activities done

LATVIA

In our school the project involves students from 5th to 9th class and all teachers. During the project we have been enjoying doing different tasks and working together.

Info-stand about all partner schools and literature exhibition in the school library

Project has given us opportunity to learn how to:

  • use voki.com and create avatar

  • take good photos

  • create good videos

  • find useful information about school

  • express yourself in English

  • work together with other students

  • integrate different subjects to support our project purpose.

We bought 8 Samsung Galaxy tablets and now we are using these:

  • during our project (movies, taking pictures, finding information etc)

  • during lessons - we have downloaded several apps for learning math, science studies and also art

  • to create integration between different subjects

  • to teach how IT can be useful for us

Field trip

On 31th of March we went to Niedrāju-Pilkas bog to have an adventure - bogshoeing. We went there with 25 students and 4 teachers. We divided students into 6 groups and they had worksheets to fill during our trip. Our guide Kristaps helped us to study a peat bank and collect peat samples. Our trip was 3,5 hours long and during that time we walked 6 kilometers. Although we were walking on “floating soil” it was really cool experience and we are hoping to find us wearing bogshoes again.


ESTONIA

In our school the project involves students from 7th grade from Võru Kreutzwaldi Kool.

During the 1st year:

  • IT course for students: using digital Technology to make sound recordings of nature using smartphones or tablets carried out by our IT education specialist.

  • Small literature exhibitions in school library and info-stand.

  • Our school was responsible for carrying out the 1st Project Meeting.

  • A film course for our students: making short films and documentaries. 

  • Publishing an article in the local newspaper about our 1st Project Meeting in Võru.

  • Working on the project at eTwinning.

  • Cooperation both with students and subject teachers has been excellent.

  • The project has enliven our school life.

  • We are have learned lots of new things.

Field trip

The field trip took place on 10th March. Subject teachers had prepared handouts for the activities both in classroom and during the field trip. We went to Taevaskoja hiking trail. Students worked in groups. We collected natural materials, made short video films, took photos, solved different subject tasks.

POLAND

We started the project in September 2016.

  • These are our activities:

  • meeting at our agency in Warsaw

  • we went to Estonia, a meeting with our coordinator and our partners where we decided on our work

  • after coming back we had a meeting with our teachers and students and we decided on our activities at our school ( the number of teachers and students is not fixed, it changes according to the tasks)

  • we keep such meetings almost every second Friday or (alternatively) Thursday with our students and some teachers

  • parents were informed about our project and we obtained parents’ permissions to allow their children to take part in the project

  • we organized a stand of our partners’ authors and an info board at our school about our partners’ countries , which such an info-board is updated every month

  • we started and made math project, which is ready now

  • we had an eTwinning training in October for our teachers (12 teachers took part in it)

  • we created our Face-book for our project (one teacher is responsible for it)

  • we disseminate information about our project on our school homepage, at meetings with parents at school and in the local municipality

  • we wrote an article to our local school newspaper about our project and our activities

  • in March we had a meeting with our headmaster during which we agreed on our plans and we started to carry on our planned activities which we will carry in April and hopefully finish in May.

FINLAND

In our school the project involves 21 students from 7th grade from Kiukaisten and Euran yhteiskoulu. All the students in our school have been participating in some activities.

Conclusion of the first year

  • Working at eTwinning (woki.com, video, school description)

  • Cooperation with subject teachers was good, but it was difficult to get ideas for the field trip. We are still planning our field trip – waiting for better weather.

  • Morning assemblies – the plan is that there will be talks on all countries (right now we have introduced only Poland).

  • Family field trip in October took place at school – it was a game to introduce our project partners to our student and their parents. Learning about partner countries.

  • Dissemination – presenting the project meeting organized by our national agency.


ITALY

  • Now that this first school year of Erasmus partnership has come to the end, I will consider the degree of participation and satisfaction in the teachers and pupils involved in the tasks developed inside and outside the classrooms. Undoubtedly and sincerely, the work tied to the project has turned out to be very successful. The partner countries shared all their experiences on eTwinning, on the project internet site, on Facebook, which the Italian pupils appreciated a lot because they came to know different realities: different school buildings and organizations, different landscapes, different ways of celebrating events.

  • Three secondary school teachers (English, Geography and Music), two primary school teachers and four classes worked in the project.

  • - The mostly liked activity: Voki creation.

  • - The least liked activity: collecting and writing our school data.

  • - Strengths: pupils' enthusiasm and dissemination through the newborn school site https://vigodiario.wordpress.com/vigodiario/

  • - Weaknesses: little participation of other teachers.

  • - An activity the pupils of the whole Italian school liked particularly was the snail letters exchanged with Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Poland. Their contacts were through Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, as well.

  • - As for me, I was delighted by the spring meeting in Italy, when I had the opportunity to meet all the partners. The two Italian teachers who went to the meeting in Estonia in October 2016 also referred getting awesome feelings.

  • - Field trip. It took one month to organize it: to where to go, when to go, maps, what to wear, aims, activities. Luckily the weather was sunny and warm. The pupils took a lot of photos and recorded the sounds of nature: birds, water, wind, grass. They reported the experience in the school site.

  • - The primary school children joining the Erasmus project went on a field trip, too. They picked up a lot of natural material which they used, transformed, coloured, glued to posters and on exercise-books. The results were great.

  • - Everybody is eager to start the second year with Erasmus.

eTwinning and tasks there are really interesting, but it is hard to use it with phones.

2. Presentation of the Project poster

On our poster there are flags, cranberries, tablets, crane and Erasmus+ logo. The author of the idea is the 5th grade student Rasmus. It represents our project idea – to connect nature and IT.

3. Questionnaires for students and teachers.

This year both questionnaires were created by Estonian teachers. We decided that Italy is responsible for creating questionnaires about the 2nd project year for students and teachers. It will be created with the help of www.mice-t.net/mice.html . Those will be on eTwinning and from each school up to 20 students are required to fill it out.


4. Introducing the Project for the second year

Rehearsing and performing plays

Rehearsing and performing plays will improve students´ communication, creative, presentation and confidence skills. Students will prepare to perform plays in English about nature (up to 5 minutes). Best play of every school will be presented to others by using IT (Skype).

Charity sale

The aim is to give our students the experience of entrepreneurship, building confidence and learning about your strengths through teamwork, developing critical thinking and problem solving, improving communication skills, getting some knowledge of risk bearing.

5. Project Homepage

Introducing our project homepage (http://www.cranberriesandtablets.eu/)


6. Decisions:

  1. Give feedback in the end of 1st project year (questionnaires for students and teachers in eTwinning).

  2. All participants will send their Project reports to their Nation Agency.

  3. All participants will create play (theme- IT and/or nature) in autumn 2017.

  4. All participants will organise charity sale.

Minutes prepared by Ivika Keisele and Urve Aivars, Rīgas Igauņu pamatskola

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