"TEACHING METHODS ON THE MOVE"
Comenius Project 2012-14
Davis College, Cork Ireland
Stryn vidaregåande skule (Upper Secondary School) Stryn Norway
Alessandro Volta, Perugia Italy
Mittelschule Westerzgebirge, Bad Schlema Germany
I.E.S. Julio Perez, Madrid Spain
- 1.THE BEGINNING;
Contact Seminar in Dresden 6th – 9th of October 2011
Agenda for the Contact Seminar: "Schools on the move".
- 2.DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The project "Teaching Methods on the Move" is a cooperation of 5 secondary schools in 5 different countries. The project involves 260 pupils aged between 14 and 19, with 50 teachers. "Teaching Methods on the Move" focuses on the use of ICT in all areas of school life, varying from actual teaching methods to how the administration of the school can be improved through the use of ICT.
ICT has had a major impact on education throughout the world, as teachers now have more resources than ever at their disposal in the modern classroom. This has led to the creation and adaptation of teaching methodologies, moving away from the old style didactic teaching that had exposition and practice at its core to classrooms full of investigation and discussion of the topics. The project aims at using the pupil’s prior knowledge of modern technology and how this can impact on the classroom environment.
This project will allow the partner schools to get an insight into the teaching and learning practices of the schools in each of the participating countries, allowing teachers to bring new ideas into their classroom, which will result in increased enthusiasm and motivation from staff and students alike, raising standards across the curriculum. It will involve the sharing of ideas and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning from similar and different cultures as well as the development and testing of new teaching methodologies and pedagogical strategies for use in the classroom. Through this project, we would hope to see evidence that ICT when used effectively in the school environment has a positive effect on student, teacher and the wider school environment. Pupils should also demonstrate ICT skills as a direct result of the transnational collaboration of activities.
- 3.THE MOTIVATION FOR THIS PROJECT
The motivation for this project is for schools to share their teaching and learning models with other schools, finding common ground and difference, and will see the schools collaborate to develop, implement and test new teaching methodologies and strategies for use in the classrooms of all participating schools. This will include the development of material to be used by the students. This project will allow the partner schools to get an insight into the teaching and learning practices of the schools in each of the participating countries, allowing teachers to bring new ideas into their classroom, which will result in increased enthusiasm and motivation from staff and students alike, raising standards across the curriculum. The development, implementation and testing of new methodologies will serve to further increase the standards across all curricula. This positive influence will also see the students become more engaged with curriculum, no matter what country they are in, as they are exposed to new and different active teaching methodologies. This will result in the students becoming higher order critical thinkers, responsible for their own future learning when they progress on to further or higher education.
Students will be exposed to modern technology in use in the classroom and will explore ways in which to further their own learning, working in both individual and team basis, increasing their social skills. Resources will also be created by the teachers for the teachers.
- 4.CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- A.Italy (Mobility One) 27th Nov to 1st Dec 2012
Teachers meeting in Perugia, Italy
* Presentation of the participating schools.
* Guidelines for the project (paper work and legal documents).
* Design the project website.
* Competition for project Logo.
* Detailed planning of the project "Teaching Methods on the Move"
* Language wall developed on website.
* Presentations of how participating schools (and educational systems) deal with ICT in the schools’ setup and in the curriculum for respective pupils.
* Plan for how we will effectively communicate with each other.(Pupil to Pupil etc).
* Guidelines for school presentations on the webpage.
* Detailed planning for Two year period.
* Plan of motivational E-Risk game
* Cultural Events
This was a very important phase of the project. The hard work that went into this meeting will allow this project to reach new heights. The vast majority of items planned for were executed. The only slight change is that the motivational E-risk game idea has become more of a classroom motivational game for all involved. How can we promote ownership of one’s own learning?
We also agreed to upload in a dedicated page in the website our ‘best practices’ of integrating ICT in our teaching routine to exchange ideas and suggestions to be developed and personalized by the partners. It was also planned to prepare some ‘special’ lesson to be taught in other partners classes during the following mobility, with the help of each own students.
- B.Norway (Mobility Two) 5th to 9th May 2013
Conference in Stryn, Norway
* Students present their school to each other.
* "Game Theory to help the Classroom environment"
* Working on the school presentation.
* Investigating the other schools in terms of Teaching methods, ICT in the classroom and students motivation. Pupils interview each other. The results are presented with the aid of ICT, exhibits and a presentation.
* Pupils work on an idea “If we could decide on teaching methods what methods would we employ”.
* School Logo chosen.
* Pupils interviewed by Local Norwegian newspaper.
* Teachers teach in classroom setting in Norway, students to attend various classes and look for similarities and differences between Norway and other schools.
* Cultural Events
This was the first meeting involving the students, so the selected students from each country underwent a training phase to be prepared to talk and show features about their schools and schools systems, with special regard about how teaching methods and strategies were undergoing an updating connected with the integration of new technologies in the class. The experience they went through in Norway was very significant to them all in order to practically understand the differences between the others school system and their owns. They reported very clever observations and a new awareness about what does it mean to be a student in some different European countries. Pros and cons were wisely surveyed and commented during the mobility and afterward when back in their classrooms.
- D.I.E.S. Julio Perez (Mobility 4) Spain
- E.Davis College (Mobility 5) Ireland
WHY IS THIS PROJECT NEEDED?
In modern day society, the teaching methodologies enacted in today's classrooms are becoming more and more advanced. The partners in the project see huge benefits in the sharing and adaptation of current teaching methodologies and pedagogical approaches, as well as the creation, development, implementation and testing of new teaching and learning strategies.
EXPECTED RESULT FOR THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
* By participating in the project each institution will have the chance to get in touch with different educational systems, share pedagogical practices and teaching methods. The common denominator is however, that all partner institutions see the project as an important part of establishing a European and intercultural dimension in their school.
* Being involved in such a large project calls for the support of the schools’ Board of management and all the parents of the pupils involved.
* The project will increase the schools’ prestige and reputation.