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

Place: Võru Kreutzwaldi  Kool, Estonia

Time:  13 October -15 October 2016

Meeting Objectives:

  • Introducing project objectives and activities, partners’ responsibilities

  • Discussing project dissemination activities (poster, homepage, eTwinning)

  • Possible changes in the time and place of the project meetings

Attendees present:

Teachers from:

Estonia ( Voru Kreutzwaldi Kool): Marju Purge and Ere Tumm
Latvia ( Rigas Igaunu pamatskola): Urve Aivars and Ivika Keisele
Italy (Ic Della Val Nure):Barbara Cavanna and Enrica Anselmi
Poland (LO Piasecno): Maria Szklarczyk and Michal Surlas
Finland (Kiuakisten Yhteiskoulu): Kirsi Heikkilä and Tuula Kütövuori.

THE AGENDA OF THE PROJECT WORK MEETING:

1. What is the project about?
2. Main Objectives
3. Partners` Responsibilities
4. Project Activities
5. Dissemination
6. Transnational project meetings
7- Students` Action Plan
8. eTwinning
9. Homepage of the project
10. Project outcome- Multilingual electronic book
11. Project Budget

1.What is the project about?

Cranberries - pure natural environment

Tablets - digital devices and innovative methods

2.Main Objectives

  • Promoting the use of ICT  to increase quality and relevance of education

  • Addressing underachievement in basic skills

Our aim is to:

-to integrate formal (in classroom) and non-formal (other natural environments) learning
-to promote teachers` and students` communication, language and cooperation skills
-to suppliment curricula in our school systems
-to enhance the intercultural competence of teachers and students

3. Partner`s responsibilities

Rīgas Igauņu pamatskola:

  • Monitoring and overall coordination

  • Opening and administrating the project homepage (reports from partners)

It belongs to the responsibilities of a coordinating school to keep the minutes of the project work meetings to save the results, decisions and if necessary then the changes as well.

And the coordinating school is also obliged to finance some common project needs. For example making the mascot of the project, we haven`t got a mascot but we`ll make a project poster.

Võru Kreutzwaldi Kool:

  • Opening and creating eTwinning environment for the project. (Students of all partner countries will make their contributions)

  • Compiling a project product- a multilingual eBook

eBook will include the materials collected during the project activities: pictures, videos, sound recordings and a piece of creative writing in English and in mother tongue.

Istituto Compersivo Della Val Nure:

At the end of each project year students  well as teachers are going to fill in a feedback questionnaire: how they liked the activities, what they didn`t like about it, what was useful and so on. There will be different qusetionnaires for students and teachers. At the end of the third year there will be an overall feedback questionnaire on the whole project - 1 for students and 1 for teachers.

Kiukaisten Yhteiskoulu:

  • Responsible for organising job shadowing activity in their school in January 2018

As the Finnish have been very successful in PISA tests and have a reputation of having one of the best education systems in the world.

The focus of job shadowing will be on:

- the use of tablets (smartphones) with students aged 13 - 16 in basic subjects
- using different apps in different subjects to make studying more effective, individual based and enjoyable;
- how creativity and ICT tools are used in basic subjects.

IV Liceum Ogólnokształcące:

  • Opening Facebook account of the project

  • Compiling interactive Culture Questionnaire

Interactive culture questionnaire- the Polish school is responsible for collecting partners' questions and  uploading the questionnaire in eTwinning for students to answer it.

4. Project Activities

The aims of the project activities:

  • To integrate formal (in classroom) and non-formal (other natural environments) learning.

  • To put the topics studied in the classroom into practice in the nature.

  • Our aim is to change learning process more enjoyable and creative also integrating non-formal study methods.

 

MAIN FOCUSES:

Year 1

The focus of tasks will be on teaching our students how to use digi technology to make videofilms and sound recordings of nature using smartphones or tablets during the field trip. We also focus on teaching our students how to  use ready-made apps. We will also plan and organise one field trip with integrating formal and non-formal learning in different subjects (math, science, literacy, art, craft, English, IT) and some pieces of  creative writing inspired by nature will be produced.

Year 2

The focus will shift to rehearsing and performing plays based on environment, videoing the plays and having a video conference. We will also plan and organise a Photo Hunt which activities will be connected with ICT.

Year 3

We will focus on one more field trip. This time we will also use smartphones, tablets and ready-made apps to be used in nature. In the 3rd year more attention will be paid to project products. Contributions of new learning resources will be uploaded in Open Educational Resources and a multilingual eBook will be designed, edited and uploaded in free e-books environment. It will also contain sound recordings of nature, videos and photos made during the field trips.

5. The project results will be disseminated :

At schools

  • A project info-stand at school

  • Small literature exhibitions of partner countries in school libraries

  • Project link on school home page

  • Erasmus + team meetings at the start of every school year (reporting the completed activities, discussing the plans for up-coming year)

In the community

  • Project materials will be distributed during methodology days, Community Day, meetings etc.

  • Articles about the project work will be published in the local newspaper;

  • Introduction of project at school events

National level

  • In national level (people interested in Erasmus+ projects): each school can use the opportunity to present the project results during the project days organized by their National Agencies.

EU level

  • Project home page-Mobility reports/presentations/videos will be shared in our homepage in order to encourage everyone to participate in multilateral projects.

  • eBook uploaded in free eBooks site-an eBook will be compiled, designed, uploaded and disseminated in partner schools in different European countries.

  • Learning resources in Open Educational Resources- Learning resources based on project activities  will be uploaded in Open Educational Resources.

6. Transnational project meetings:

There will be 6 transnational project meetings and one Job Shadowing:

(M1) 1st Project meeting in Võru/Estonia Oct, 2016
(M2) 2nd Project meeting in  Bettola/Italy April, 2017
(M3) 3rd Project meeting in Riga/Latvia Oct, 2017
(C1)Job Shadowing in Finland Jan, 2018
(M4) 4th 5th Project meeting in Võru/Estonia April, 2018
(M5) 5th Project meeting in Piaseczno/Poland Oct, 2018
(M6) 6th Project meeting in Riga/Latvia May, 2019

7. Students` Action Plan

Subjects

Science, Math, Estonian, Art, Handicraft, Woodwork, English

Aims

1.Students start using digital devices more in studying
2. Linking natural environment with classroom activities
3. Improving English and IT skills
4. International communication and cooperation

8. eTwinning

What’s it for?

Communication, particularly for our students, as a possibility to exchange and store parts of our work is carried out with the help of eTwinning.

All partner schools will make their contributions.

ProjectPlan https://docs.google.com/document/d/104GqAV3LbrpSgfSXa4Puqe2fE3mKZuiWqeKxpZnDJZA/edit

Our eTwinning  Homepage: https://twinspace.etwinning.net/24952/home

9.Homepage

Opening in October 2016

  • Partner schools must send the necessary information for agreed deadlines

  • Local activities- updated

  • The homepage of the project will be continuously updated with the latest activities.

  • Mobility reports/presentations/videos will be shared in our homepage in order to encourage everyone to participate in multilateral projects

Our homepage: http://cranberriesandtablets.eu/

10.Multilingual electronic book

eBook"Environmentally Friendly Cranberries and Innovative Tablets"

The product of our project

The project enables to develop the intercultural dimension of multilingualism  as the compiled eBook consists of students` pieces of creative writing in their mother tongue and also in English.

It contains:

Creative writing inspired by nature, which  can be of different types e.g. stories, poems, descriptions, plays, comics etc. Sound recordings of nature, drawings, photos, videofilms

Example: http://cliptomize.com/Clipbook/View/259990?secret=ke2tm7er2e

11. Project Budget

The acquired grant  will be used for:

1. carrying out field trips and photo hunts (transportation of students)
2. buying necessary ICT software for implementing project activities
3. financing ICT-based courses (using tablets etc.)
4. financing teamwork training
5. buying materials for art and craft activities (drawing paper, markers, paints, water colours, pencils, etc.)
6. administrative expenses: office paper and other office supplies,  telephone, sending letters and parcels (if necessary)
7. toner and ink for copying machines and printers
8. hard disk for saving project materials
9. folders, plastic covers, files,  paper board (for project activities)
10. expenses connected with dissemination (posters, leaflets, etc.)
11. expenses connected with final project conferences at schools
12. necessary hand-outs of project meetings
13. expenses connected with creating  and administrating project homepage

Decisions:

1. All partner schools start working on the project according to the project plan
2. All partners take seriously their reponsibilities
3. Homepage, eTwinning platform and Facebook account will be opened during October 2016
4. Dissemination of the project is carried throughout the project year
5. All partners make their contributions both for the project homepage and eTwinning
6. The coordinating school is responsible for creating a project poster by the next meeting
7. Communication between the partners is mainly via e-mails
8. All partners help each other if there are problems
9. The partners agreed to meet for the second Project Meeting in Italy from 5thApril-9th April 2017 (including travel days).

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

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