In the frame of the project 2 Transnational Meetings and 5 Learning/Teaching/Training Activities were carried out.
Transnational Meetings 1. The purpose of the first meeting in Väätsa Basic School Estonia at the beginning of the project (Oct, 2016) for coordinators was to discuss the detailed plan of activities, deadlines, responsibilities of each partner school, the dates and activities for Learning/Teaching/Training meetings. Also involving students with fewer opportunities, external partners, parents, local community into activities was discussed. Trainings for web tools used during the project and after the end of the project were carried out: MyHistro, Timeline, Weebly, Etwinning platform, Kahoot. Etwinning project and Facebook page for the project were created. Two or three teachers from each partner school participated. 2. The purpose of the meeting in Borsellino school, Mazara, Italy at the end of the project (June, 2018) was to complete final report of the project, discuss about the results, outcomes of the project, sustainability, further collaboration. An impact on students, teachers, parents, local community, participating schools was discussed. ECAS was filled, etwinning twinspace and project website were revised, necessary presentations added. 1 or two coordinators took part in the meeting. It was concluded that as the result of the project students’ interest towards studies rised, school failure lessened. These meetings served the project purpose very highly because it was very beneficial to discuss all activities in detail with coordinating teachers at the beginning of the project and analyse the impact, results etc, write the final report together at the end of the project.
Learning/Teaching/Training Activities The purpose of the Learning/Teaching/Training activities was: 1. to involve students and teachers into project-based learning through working on a given project by creating presentations, educational games, organizing activities on the project topics for each particular meeting; 2. implementing other new teaching/learning methods into the studying process (eg peer-to-peer learning, outdoor lessons, learning with other scools in Europe etc). But also at the meetings: 1. carrying out workshops on educational materials created between the meetings; 3. carrying out workshops and seminars on using digital and web tools, licensing, copyright; 4. creating films with all partners together; 5. getting to know other people, their cultures and traditions, educational systems and schools, 6 involving students with fewer opportunities to communicate and get social skills when travelling out of their country. As there were 5 schools involved into the project, the frequency of the meetings was to organize two meetings in a school year 2016/17 and three meetings in a school year 2017/18 where students and teachers working on project participated. When back the students and teachers gave feedback of the meetings to parents and community as well as in media.
In learning, teaching and training activities students presented their works created in the studying process in their schools (educational materials, films) and played educational games on the topic handled in each particular meeting. Lessons were visited in order to get acquainted with studies in that country. Workshops about creating films were organized: using technology, different web tools for making films and effects. Film companies, museums, theatres were visited. Educational games, worksheets in collaboration with other students were created and presented. After the meeting students gave feedback to other students and teachers about their visit, showed photos and films created during the visit. They also reflected it in local and regional newspapers.
Learning with other students from different countries improved their language, social and communication skills, tolerance towards other nations and knowledge from other countries.