Project TEACHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION developed innovating school curriculum based on modern ICT tools and involved six partner schools located in six different European countries: Romania (the project coordinator), Italy, Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Turkey. The main goal was to create teaching materials in six school subjects by using different programmes like 3D graphic software to design 3D lesson materials. All the partners learned from each other about creating teaching materials by using different computer programmes and methods/approaches/materials to motivate students to their lessons were shared by all. The students actively participated in the project implementation as they were really keen on technological devices and software tools. Every partner produced 3D course materials on a different school subject (Biology, Environment, English Language Physical Education, History and Geography) and in every short term exchange the host school presented its outcomes.
Improve motivation for different school subjects using modern computer technology
Improve language skills of European languages
Develop students´ civic skills through participation in a European project by improving attitudes such as tolerance, solidarity, respect and non-discrimination for reasons of gender, religion or ethnicity
Promote the exchange of good practices between European schools
Develop innovative ICT materials
Connect technology and the educational process
School Gimnaziala Maria Rosetti is a public school placed in a district of Bucharest with a stable population formed mostly by middle-class families. The school has more than 700 pupils from 6 to 15 years old and 40 teachers; there is a little number of pupils with special needs, migrants, refugees, but a great number of pupils belonging to different ethnical communities (Armenian, Macedonian, Roma, Jewish) and different religions (Orthodox, Greco-catholic, Romano– catholic, Muslins, Mosaic and others). All the pupils from the school are perfectly integrated in the school community. The school has a good experience on management of national and international school projects being partners and coordinators. In the last years it has participated in intercultural themed projects which had a great impact and success in the school in cooperation with different partners from Romania or abroad.
The school considers that it is very important and useful to share and exchange experiences with the participation in European projects by sharing the different curricula and methods of teaching and learning. Taking into consideration that all previous projects had great success, the pupils and their parents wanted to participate in this kind of projects. The school is experienced in the use of digital equipment and very successful in ICT teaching and learning. Classrooms are equipped with projectors controlled from a computer or a laptop. The school policy is to stimulate the participation of pupils in curricular and extracurricular activities no matter the ethnical origin, religion, gender, social level. In addition, pupils should be connected to European pupils’ community because in this way they can develop cooperation, friendship, tolerance, and communication. They can also develop confidence and selfesteem, speaking up their ideas and listening to other opinions, and understanding the problems of the contemporary world.
Partner Schools Çorlu Multi-programme High School has 302 students and 35 teachers. This year the school participates in an Erasmus + project and also in another project entitled “Full equipped schools and less dropping off rates” sponsored by Ergene Province. It has different programmes as Anatolian High School and Vocational High School. In the vocational programme there are Accounting, Financial, Public Relations and Logistics departments. The school has a wide range of programmes specific to young people’s needs. Its approach is to guide students in their needs and provide them with guidance to develop their professional skills at school and get a good job.
On average, students and parents’ socioeconomic situation is stable, and only few students have economic problems. Most of students come from families with parents who often work in different cities or even abroad. Thus, they can have several problems, for example lack of contact with parents. The participation in Erasmus + projects is supported by parents and the main school governing body. The school hopes the project will influence the development of language competences, getting to know new cultures, tolerance to different people, group work, interpersonal communication, historical and geographical communication, and ability to use multimedia effectively.
Partner Schools Møglestu Senior High School, is a combined general and vocational secondary school in a rural part of southern Norway close to a small port town, called Lillesand. It is situated 30 km from Kristiansand which has 80.000 inhabitants. Møglestu has approx. 520 students between the age of 16 and 19, and approximately 110 employees. The school offers general secondary education qualifying students for college and bachelor studies in the university. It offers vocational studies in computer and media science, health service, caretaking of children and elderly, sales and business, carpentry, food and restaurant subjects, ambulance-service and design and craftwork. Møglestu has a special department for disabled and special need children. These children´s goals are mainly to learn basic and practical skills, in order to cope as independently as possible in everyday life. During the past years, Møglestu has had focus on different environmental issues. It has, in the same period of time, raised funds to build a school for disabled children in Sri Lanka. Lillesand and Norway in general, are facing an increasing challenge with young refugees and immigrants, who need shelter, education and friends. Møglestu is trying to find the best way of integrating this group, organize classes, developing new teaching methods, and creating professional and social networks to meet their needs. Møglestu puts high emphasis on individual dignity and organize the new students every year to join a national dignity day. Møglestu feels committed to emphasise international importance and cooperation. It has for several years joined projects of different international character.
FORAVE – Associação para a Educação Profissional do Vale do Ave is a vocational/ technical private school located in Vila Nova de Famalicão, one of the most industrialized councils of the Ave Valley, in the North of Portugal. Established in 1990, FORAVE’s main aim is the preparation of qualified young and adult students, who want to acquire or improve skills to answer the demands of the changing world of work in the areas of Company Management, Industrial Maintenance, Electronics and Automation, Polymers Technology and Food Quality Control. The main aim of the school is the preparation of qualified youngsters, who can answer to the demands of the market and who can live creative, fruitful and successful lives. To reach these goals, FORAVE has established partnerships with the local community/ authorities and the local enterprises and associations. FORAVE takes part in European cooperation activities as it wishes to give students and teachers the opportunity of facing new challenges and of improving their competencies, while being in touch with other countries, languages and cultures. The school also wishes to raise interest and motivation in all school components; to favour conditions that make innovative teaching/learning strategies possible while encouraging group work; to improve relationships between the school and the outside organizations connected with it; to better understand young people realities in different contexts; to encourage the use of the new technologies; to enhance the learning of foreign languages and to exchange experiences through which European integration is improved and the school organization is enriched.
LICEO SCIENTIFICO “E.MAJORANA” is a secondary general school which 700 students range from 14 to 19 years old. It is located in a town with 17.000 inhabitants, surrounded by four other similar towns where most of our students originate from. The school is situated in Scordia, an agricultural centre with one of the most important intensive citrus industries in Italy. The agricultural crisis has increased the economic problems of this region, giving origin to gigantic phenomena of juvenile unemployment, accompanied by expressions of uneasiness, like scholastic abandonment. The school is the only government institute of the town and represents a point of reference. There are three different school courses, Scientific, Human sciences and Foreign languages (French, English, Spanish, German). Liceo Scientifico “E.Majorana” has some students with special needs working in perfect harmony with the other pupils helped by a supplementary teacher. Special attention has been given, by the school, to international activities in the last 20 years. The first Comenius cultural exchange was organized with a school in Flanders and took place in 1999. Since then, hundreds of mobility activities for students and teachers involving partnerships with schools in 12 European countries have been set up successfully. The objectives of the international development plan of the school formalized in the school’s educational and training plan are to strengthen the international dimension of education; increase the ability in understanding and becoming aware of the different cultures in the countries involved in the project; allow the building of networks of international contacts, and to develope a sense of citizenship and to develop a sense European identity.
Tumba Gymnasium has 1200 students studying different types of educations. The students involved in this Erasmus + project study at the social science department. Tumba Gymnasium specific focus is on behavioural science. We are working very close together as teachers. The school tries to connect the different subjects to each other in inter curriculum work. This is one of Tumba Gymnasium biggest strength as a school. During the refugee crisis in Europe many NGOs are activating plenty of voluntary work. Many of Tumba Gymnasium´s students have parents that went to Sweden as refugees themselves and these students have experienced of how important voluntary work and NGOs can be. There were several social science teachers involved in the project. All these teachers have plenty of knowledge in political science and sociology and were able to give a more scientific approach to the topic of NGOs and voluntary work in Europe. Some of the staff are involved with different voluntary organisations and have lots of contacts that were useful in this project.
During the two-year project there were four short term students´ exchanges in which each host school presented its outcomes and organized project activities for all the partners involved.
The main results of this project were 3D course materials produced by every partner on a different school subject (Biology, Environment, English language, Physical Education, History and Geography). ERASMUS+ corners at each school, PowerPoint presentations, eTwinning and Facebook pages, an online magazine and a website were also some of the results of the partners´ work.
Short term students´ exchange in Lousado, Portugal (February 2017) • • • • •
Coordinators´ meeting Students’ presentations on the project theme Attending lessons Workshops Study visit to University of Minho (Innovative Educational Environment) Romania: 3D Lesson on Biology
Short term students´ exchange in Lillesand, Norway (March 2017) • • • • •
Coordinators´ meeting Students’ presentations on the project theme Attending lessons Workshops Conference at UiA (University of Agder)
Portugal: 3D Lesson “The European Union” (History/Civics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=denoGofbdWo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGsIcquV0Z4
Short term students´ exchange in Sicily, Italy (November 2017) • • • • •
Coordinators´ meeting Students ‘presentations on the project theme Attending lessons Workshops 3D and virtual reality lesson
Italy: 3D Lesson on Environment in Sicily
Norway: 3D Lesson “How to use 3D technology in Physical Education”
Turkey: 3D Lesson “Geography of Europe” (Geography)
Sweden: 3D Lesson “Do you speak English?” (English)
Short term students´ exchange in Tumba, Sweden (April 2018) • • • • •
Coordinators´ meeting Students ‘presentations on the project theme Attending lessons Workshops 3D project at Xenter Botkyrk