With Erasmus program in Norway.
Wibke Levens was very impressed by how efficient education can work if there is enough money. The teacher of the Erlich School just returned from a 5 day trip to Tysvaervag in South Norway where she had attended the third meeting of the Erasmus-Plus-Project ” Activating innovative learners” together with three collegues. This project will last two years and wants to increase the know how of pupils concerning the New Medias.
” It was very interessting for us to see the Norwegian way of inclusion. All students are together in only one school also the ones with special needs. There is no stereotyped thinking” says Wibke Levens. That would be possible because many social workers are involved. “Money is no issue for Norwegians”, she says. You can only dream of that in Germany.
How you can run a students`shop was the topic of this third meeting with teachers of Wales, Belgium and Spain. “The Norwegian school will pay for an IT-expert to create Apps with the younger pupils that will be sold parents , family or friends” says Wibke Levens. Since grade 1 the Norwegian students are used to work with computers. Such a kind of school business would be inconcievable in the Erlich school. These pupils with special needs tend to develop a business in the household section. The pupils will work on a plan on that score.
The teachers also were discussing the results of the tasks from the former meetings. The students created animation films concearning the actual curriculum with iPads. In grade 4/5 the children created a film with traffic signs and grade 3/4 a film on the Puri-Farm, a farm with animals that every younger student is visiting once a month in order to take care of the animals.
The next meeting will take place in October in Speyer.
AIL Erasmus+ Meeting 3 – Norway
Participants: Norway (Geir, Silje, Vivian, ), Belgium (Catherine, Stephanie, Vincent), Wales (Adrian, Ryan, Lianne), Spain (Alvaro, Josvi), Germany (Karin, Nicole, Wibke, Angelika)
Thursday, 8th of June 2017
Presentation of Truls Dahn: How to create Apps
Truls Dahl explained native apps and web apps. For more detail please have a look at Truls’ presentation.
The idea was that students in every school develop and sell new apps as the entrepreneurship task.
Discussion about how to proceed with task entrepreneurship
Belgium, Germany and Spain don’t think that it is possible for their students and teachers to develop new apps. These schools never did an entrepreneurship project and would like to do this task as it was planned before.
Wales offers to develop a web app on our website which leads every school through the entrepreneurship task. Every school can work on this task on their own needs. Norway could develop apps with their students while other countries start businesses to earn money on students ideas (like cake selling, making jewellery, cleaning windows…)
Presentation of stop motion movies
Each country presents some of their work on animation.
Every school should give their movies to Adrian. Adrian will upload them on website.
As a reflection every teacher who worked on animation should fill in a KWHL grid in English and own language by 16th of June. Please reflect on: What went well? What went wrong? Where to improve?
FRIDAY, 9th of June 2017
Change of dates for 4th meeting in Germany
4th meeting will be in Germany 18th – 22nd of October 2017, hotel Ibis Speyer confirmed.
Agreements on entrepreneurship task
Wales tries to produce a web app pro-forma on teaching how to run a business until September so everyone could start in the beginning of next school year. Entrepreneurship Task should be completed by June 2018.
Every country has to do translations in their language.
The video task might be an advertisement for our business.
Ideas for web app
1. Idea shower
What are we good at?
How can we use our skills ?
What events are happening in school?
Who can help?
1.b. Decision for one idea…
What do we need to know / do / how?
3. Action planning
Who did we get help from? (Could lead into our Interview plan)
Who will be our customers?
Where will we sell our product?
How will we get word out about our business? (making an advertisement could be Media task…) Name of business / logo
Start up costs ?
How much will it cost to start?
Materials / equipment
Where will you get the money?
Cost per unit ?
How much will we charge ?
How much will you make?
What will we do with the money you make?
It was decided that Wales will provide a structured route through the entrepreneur process which will be accessible via the web. Norway will possibly use this information to create an App suitable for students to use on an iPad.
I have started to create the Wales animation page. You will need to bring your videos and PDFs to Norway for me to add them. Here is what the finished material will look like.
Year 6 – 10 years old
Year 6 have been studying materials this term. Their practical investigation was on rates of dissolving and what affects them. They were asked to find out what happens when substances dissolve and explain this in an animation. They first used a KWHL grid to find show what they knew and what they would find out by research. They then used the storyboard provided to plan their videos. iPads were used along with the i Can Animate App and sound added in iMovie. Pupils were left totally to their own devices to produce the material. After the videos were created, they were asked to reflect on them by completing the KWHL grid.year6kwhlgrid
Year 4/5 – 8-9 years old. Year 4/5 have been studying volcanoes and mountains term.
Pupils completed thrir KWHL grid related to their knowledge of volcanoes and their knowledge of animation.
In Literacy, children have been writing explanations about how volcanoes explode and what causes the eruption.
Pupils practical aspect of the topic was to design, create and make a volcano out of paper mache. They filmed themselves making their volcanoes , in time frames, using the ‘I can animate’ app.
They drew each step of the eruption and also independently animated each process using the animate app. Pupils now use the software to help other children understand what happens when a volcano erupts.
Year 3/4 decided that they wanted to do an animation on an element of maths that they were learning. They decided that it would be a good idea to do an animation on pictograms to show what fruit was popular in their class. They all filled out a KWHL grid stating what they already knew about animations and pictograms and what they would like to find out. In order to make the animation they all had to create resources. This included the fruit and the titles for the pictogram.
Once they had created these they used the app I Can Animate to create the animation. The children were responsible for capturing the frames and putting the resources they created onto the board one at a time. When they had captured all the frames they needed they looked back at the animation to see if they needed to speed it up or slow it down. Having decided on a speed that they were happy with they went back to their KWHL grids to write down what they had learnt.year34
Pupils in Year 2 have been studying the life cycle of the chicken during their science lessons. They were lucky enough to have some fertilised chicken eggs to hatch in an incubator. Using the internet, they found out about the life cycle of a chicken and completed a KWHL grid. They decided to try and capture the chicks hatching from their eggs using time-lapse photography. They set up a web cam connected to the class computer and took a picture through the incubator glass every 10 seconds. The final video footage was over two hours long. The class selected the best bits and with the help of the digital leaders edited it. They were then asked to draw the different stages of a chicken’s life. This was given to the digital leaders in year 6 to turn into an information video using VideoScribe.year2kwhlgrid
I have uploaded the dates to the website calendar for the Norway itinerary kindly provided by Geir. See you all next week.
Erasmus-school in the Online world
“It was very exciting to see how pupils and schools in other countries are dealing with the Internet”, says Wibke Levens. The teacher of the Erlich-School and two collegues just visited an elementary school in the Belgian town Mont St. Guibert. There were also teachers from three other countries, namely Wales , Norway and Spain. It was the second meeting in the Erasmus-plus project “Activating Innovative Learners”. The project tries to analyse and increase the knowledge of the pupils concerning new media.
The first meeting took place in Speyer (we reported). Back than the teachers of the five countries developed a survey for pupils, parents and teachers. Now there are the results. “Our pupils think that they are very competent but in fact they have very little experience”, says Wibke Levens. At their homes there are many smartphones but only a few tablets or computers. Contrary to the partner schools there are only a few rules for using new media in the german families. On workdays they would use the Internet often more than three ours, at weekend even more although the parents say something different. These results have been a surprise. In other countries more media competence would be claimed. Due to permanent evaluation of the government the Welsh teachers are forced to develop frequently new media concepts. In Norway a teacher wants to design an app with the first grade. “In Germany I would suggest such a task rather for older pupils” , says Levens. The lesson is clear for her: We only know little about the educational system of other countries. “It isn’t easy in Germany as well because education is the concern of the federal states”, says Mrs. Levens. For her own school an advanced training of teachers would be necessary. In addition the pupils’ and the parents’ awareness for using new media should be raised.
The next meeting will take place in Norway in June.
Sagrada Familia school from Manises involved in innovation thanks to Erasmus Plus.
Sagrada Familia school is working within the Erasmus + KA2 stage. It is the EU program in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2021. Working in the fields of education, training, youth and sport can be an important help to tackle the socio-economic changes, the main challenges that will face Europe until the end of this decade, and to support the implementation of the European political agenda aimed at growth, employment, equity and inclusion. The schools joining Sagrada Familia are: Tysværvåg barneog ungdomsskule from Norway, Institute of Notre-Dame des Hayeffes from Belgium, Pontlliw Primary School in Wales and the FSP Lernen (Förderschule) Schule im Erlich from Germany.
Alvaro Ruiz, the project coordinator in the school, said the usefulness of the project, since “revolves around working with the iPad 5 and 6, at least in our school. It’s a project where all the schools meet every term during two years. In addition, all our activities are integrated into the curriculum of each country, so that is not an extra work we have to do as a special activity. ”
The teachers from the five countries schools have already met in Germany, where they put together the reality of each school with a video presentation of each school. In a website were hanging works of the project are questionnaires to see the technological level and the opinion on the use of technology in the school by parents, children and teaching staff.
Jose Vicente Ferris, headteacher of the school, saw in the project an oportunity for working in the future: “Although this project they work with 5th and 6th grade, we are open to work things in school now or when it ends the project “.
This project allows to have contact with other schools in the continent, see their ways of working and share best practices that each develops its educational system. “We have seen that children in Norway incorporates the use of the Tablet very soon, for instance.”
The route of the project will do a scale in each country where teachers will coordinate the activities. Belgium recently presented an activity to make a stop-motion in the classroom, where you can work from different subjects. Norway will be responsible for working with the entrepreneurship APP that designed the children in order to sell a product. Next October the school from Germany will present how to do a podcast and will make available to other schools how to find the information needed to carry it out. Later on, Sagrada Familia will show how to do a Webquest focused on journalism. Finally Wales will be in charge of an activity focused on TV broadcasting resources. “All the schools work in the same way, but each school prepares and presents one activity. After that each school develops according to its curriculum and its possibilities. At the end of each term we show the results and the process of creation. Finally we upload all the results on the website so that everyone can see the best practices at every school”.
The Erasmus European exchange program is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
At the Notre-Dame of the Hayeffes Institute of Mont-Saint-Guibert, teachers and pupils are in their fourth project. Since September school year they have taken part in a new project with four other schools, one in Wales represented by several teachers, one from Valencia in Spain with three teachers, one from Speyer in Germany with three teachers and one from Norway with three professors.
A total of some four hundred students, half of them from Mont-Saint-Guibert. With the aim this time, the impact of new technologies and especially the iPad on student learning.
Several transnational meetings were scheduled to carry out this project. The first was in October 2016 in the German school. It was used to prepare a preliminary survey allowing children, parents and teachers to give they advice on the use of new technologies in their daily lives.
The same survey will be carried out again at the end of the project to see the evolution of the perceptions following the various activities carried out.
Last week, the students and professors of the Hayeffes welcomed the European partners.
During the second activity programmed in the project, the students will have to carry out a stop motion animation in order to synthesize a lesson seen in class, explains Vincent Dupont in charge of the project for the Hayeffes. These synthesis videos can also be used by other students as the work will be available on the project website www.ail4kidz.eu
Transnational visits are also an opportunity for teachers to visit the welcoming schools and exchange among teachers about the good pedagogical practices used throughout Europe. Subsequently, the children will be invited to create entrepreneurship to finance a school activity, to carry out a web quest on the Internet or to create a spoken newspaper broadcast as a podcast, as well as a television newscast using the Ipad.
A great opportunity for the students of the Hayeffes to use the iPad received as part of the Ecole Numérique project of the Région Walonne.
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.
Our meetings have finally finished. You can find the results of our analysis of the surveys on the activity 1b pages (although not quite complete). We have also planned our next task – animating the curriculum and are excited about the learning possibilities for our students. The overview can be found on the activity 2 page and we will add resources and results as they arrive. Thank you to all colleagues for your hard work!