Activating Innovative Learners” -That is the project that has been carried out over the past two years by the Erlich-School in Speyer and four primary schools from all around Europe, namely Spain, Wales, Norway and Belgium. The Project should teach the students to use their tablets effectively. The teachers of the participating schools met 6 times inbetween working on independent projects with their students. The last meeting took place in mid June in Wales. Wibke Levens, a teacher from Erlich-School said, that each country could modify the common topics so that they would fit the specific needs of the students. At the start at the project the students made an animated film, the second topic was the founding of a student-run business. ” We took care of our school kiosk” Wibke Levens said. “That was a new experiece, doing this with grade four and grade seven. The pupils learned a lot, things like selling products, money management and adhering to sanitary standards.”
With the third topic ” Web Quest”, the pupils should learn how to access information using the web.They decided to produce a broadcast on the topic ” Healthy Food”. The young pupils also reported on a project they did with the school dog and the older ones about a musical they performed in. The last common topic was the production of a TV show. The Erlich school produced a talk show with the Erasmus team.
It was very interesting for the German teachers to get an overview of the school systems of the paticipating countries. Especially Norway spends a lot of money on their education system. ” There is still a lot left to do in Germany” Ms Levens said.
In Norway the students get aquainted with new media early on. Welsh teachers receive a different training and are somewhat underpaid. All the other countries teach children with disabilities alongside their peers. “A lot has to happen until this system could work here” Ms Levens said. For the moment she is glad that parents in Germany are allowed to choose which school their children will attend.
All participating schools are willing to apply for a new Erasmus plus project. The first meeting will be in autumn.
Newspaper Rheinpfalz, 23.10.2017
Schule im Erlich
Students interview guests on TV
Tuana (12), Elvin (11) und Tyler (11) are a bit excited when they enter the film studio of “Offener Kanal” with their teacher. The seventh-graders from the school “Im Erlich” are supposed to moderate a chat show with foreign guests. This is a highlight of the fourth meeting of the two-year Erasmus project “Activating innovative Learners”, which is about the reasonable use of new media.
Twelve teachers from the other project schools in Wales, Spain, Belgium and Norway visited Speyer in the past week for five days. The Erlich students surprised them with their idea to produce a chat show. Everyone has got a job: teachers are helping to film, record sound, clapper board etc.
During filming Wibke Levens asks Vicky Griffiths on stage and takes over the job of translator because the interviews need to be held in English. It’s the job of Tyler to interview the Welsh teacher. He would like to know how big the school in Wales is, where exactly the school is, how many students they have and how old the students are? The three students are interested to hear the English being spoken which is unfamiliar to them. Tyler is stunned when he hears that the children in Wales are going to school at the age of three.
Then the film, which two students from Wales have filmed about their school, is played and Mrs. Griffith explains what is happening. Tuana is amazed when she sees the whiteboards in the classrooms. “Why don’t we have that?” she asks. In the end, Tyler asks the teacher Vicky Griffith to say something in their language. Mrs. Griffiths sings a Welsh song and Tyler comments spontaneously, “Pirate Language”.
In the end, an interesting film is created, which the teachers of the Erlich school still have to cut in the next few days. Then you will be able to find it through the project website: www.ail4kidz.eu. The Erasmus project still has another year to run.
Participants: Norway (Ann Elin, Brit, Silje), Belgium (Florence, Justine, Marie, Vincent), Wales (Vicky, Adrian), Spain (Barbara, Saray, Alvaro), Germany (Karin, Nicole, Wibke, Angelika, Thomas, David)
Thursday, 19th of October 2017
There are a lot of tasks to be done in this school year. The idea is to discuss all tasks during that meeting, so that every school can decide when they are doing which tasks. It is also necessary that every school adapt the tasks to their school and students needs. But we would like to share and reflect on our teaching: Taking pictures, keep worksheets of students, send worksheets created for teaching and translations to Adrian for website!
Presentation of what every nation has done so far
It’s important to keep everything created for teaching and share it with the project. Important: how to create a business plan and reflect on that. Think about reflection and evaluation throughout the year
- Belgium: -worked on entrepreneurship, talked about ideas like T-shirts, bird boxes or calendars…
-for some classes it’s difficult to do the whole entrepreneurship…
-Everyone needs to adapt it for their own situation.
- Spain: will start entrepreneurship in November, started to plan it. The idea is to have one lesson weekly.
- Germany: started with entrepreneurship in two classes (Gr. 7 and 4). Need to make it easier for their students. Collecting ideas, making posters, survey, working on ideas…
- Norway: -one group: canteen, already existing and running in school -one group: Creating an app for homework in Maths Grade 2 (with help from G6), working with coding, app design. Trying to make a game.
- Entrepreneurship is not new for Wales, they have started entrepreneurship, created a business plan and are now in process of deciding what the are going to create.
It’s a competition in Wales for all schools
Wales is interested in learning how to teach entrepreneurship with younger students. They have a lot of experience in how to teach it in Grade 6 but now they need to do it with younger students as well.
- It is a very good way for students to explore their interests, but in a guided way. We have decided to link it with literacy and Journalism
- All webQuests contain six steps: Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion, Resources
- Content is own choice, depending on curriculum or Eramus+-project, but students should create a Newspaper.
- Group work: Every students is also responsible to help their partners..
- Important is evaluation
Radio Broadcast / Podcast
- Plan, Produce, Postproduction, Publish
- Content is free for every school
- 3-5 min. long
- Task already on website. Needs to be translated and sent to Adrian.
- Software: Audacity (free) or App Speaker Studio or any other
- for younger kids: it seems to be important to link it to a real product the students have created first (e.g. baking a cake, making a book.…) Then it is easier for younger students to talk and record.
- Be careful with music! Teach students to use legal ways of using music!!!
- Please translate and send it to Adrian
- On website at the end of activity resources is a language audit. There you can see which translations needs to be done. Please send translations to Adrian as .doc or .pages for uploading on website.
- The plan was to create an ibook. Now we see, that we have everything available on website. So there is no need to create one, just a lot of work without any new content. The first 2 chapters are ready, but it look the same like the website. We decided that we don’t need to have an iBook!!!
Next meeting in Spain
- Next meeting in Valencia is 31st of January until 4th of February 2018
- Everyone should try to finish two tasks to present in Valencia.
I have uploaded the dates to the website calendar for the Norway itinerary kindly provided by Geir. See you all next week.
Participants: Norway (Geir, Silje, Vivian), Belgium (Catherine, Dany, Florence, Francoise, Justine, Marie, Stephanie, Claire, Vincent), Wales (Adrian, Ryan, Michelle), Spain (Alvaro, Dolo, Christina), Germany (Karin, Nicole, Wibke)
Thursday, 26th of January
Presentation of Website (made with wordPress.com): www.ail4kidz.eu
- It is important that everyone in the Erasmus+-Team posts files, reports, photos or resources for the activities, so that they are available for everyone.
- Everyone can subscribe (first give email address to Adrian), after that you get an email from WordPress and you can follow the Password instructions.
- Posting: go to dashboard, then new post (enter title and enter the information in the main box)
- every country can translate school description of the other countries if necessary and hand to Adrian
- if you post a newspaper article, please provide an english translation!
Presentation of eBook
- Vincent presents first work on ebook.
- Ebook is made with creative book creator: it is not as interactive as the last one but this eBook also works with other (non apple)-tablets or PCs
- everyone should check on translations in ebook and hand it to Vincent
Discussion of survey results
- Each country checks the answers of their own school, writes a small comment in home language and translates it into English afterwards.
- Comments should be sent to Adrian by end of February.
FRIDAY, 27th of January
Presentation of Animation ideas
- a lot of different possibilities: most simple: taking picture every two seconds.., others: i-stop-motion
- Vincent showed different kinds of animation movies (made with paper, modelling clay, moving objects, people, or mix it all…). Vincent, please upload link of movies on website.
- take care about light and shadow and continuity
- about 12 picture every second
- everyone should also present the process of making the movie/teaching, because we want to share good practice (Introduction, research, learning how to use animation technique, planning, production, reflection)
- movie should have a translation or explanation in English, because English is the project language
- Adrian wrote the rationale of Task 2 on website. Please translate text into your home language and send it to Adrian by email as soon as possible.
- movies shouldn’t be too long, about 1-3 minutes
Entrepreneurship-tasks will be represented in Norway in June. Time might be very tight before summer holidays. We decided that we have time to finish this task till the beginning of year 2018. Therefore it might be good that Wales also presents task 4 in Norway in June and every school can decide how to proceed.
Idea for this task: kids are producing their own app for selling things. It will be shown in Norway. It’s possible to do it on different levels. Germany is not sure if this is a task their students could benefit from (special needs school). Silke will show how to work on this with Grade 1 and Germany will decide if they can adapt it for their students.
4th meeting in Speyer:
Adrian will send email with a spreadsheet for finding the Dates for our meeting in Speyer in Autumn 2017.
We have had a very warm welcome at INDH this morning. The Belgium pupils were put on a fantastic show as you can see…